Teaching@Sydney

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Register for the Sydney Teaching Colloquium

Registrations are now open for the Sydney Teaching Colloquium which will be held on Wednesday 4th November, and hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison. With the theme of 'Cultural competence is everyone's business', the Colloquium considers how we might meet the challenge of embedding cultural competence in teaching and curriculum. You'll hear from students, staff and industry, and also from our keynote speaker, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner.

At this year's event, you can:

  • learn more about assessing and giving feedback on students' cultural competence
  • hear what the professions really want from our graduates
  • interact with staff who are faciltiating learning in culturally diverse groups
  • find out what this year’s Student Ambassadors think about cultural competence

Register here

If you're on Twitter, you can follow the conversation @SydTeachColloq and #sydteach15

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Registrations are now open for the Sydney Teaching Colloquium which will be held on Wednesday 4th November, and hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Patti...[more]

OLT Grants Round 2016

The Office for Learning and Teaching has announced that there will be one grant round only for the 2016 year. It will cover Innovation and Development Grants and Strategic Priority Commissioned Grants. Seed grants and extension grants and EOIs will not be offered in 2016.

The closing date for the 2016 round for applications to be submitted to the OLT is Monday 2 November 2015. The closing date for internal submission has yet to be determined but is likely to be 14th October. The date will be posted on the ITL website as soon as it is available. The institutional deadline is required because the university must notify the OLT of all pending applications, and applications have to be checked before letters of support can be issued by the DVCE.

Because the time frame is short, If you are interested in applying for a grant you should start now to:

  • download and read the information and nomination instructions
  • consider whether your project fits one of the priority areas
  • start planning your application
  • register for the workshop on Wednesday 16th September 10am-12noon
  • contact potential partners and start assembling your team
  • attend the workshop with as much of a plan for the project as you can and with your questions.

The 2016 Priority areas for the Innovation and Development Grants are:

  • Academic standards
  • Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
  • Deisgning learning for the future
  • Assessment and promotion of student learning
  • Employability skills
  • Improving institutional pathways across higher education
  • Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • The contemporary PhD

The 2016 Priority areas for the Strategic Commissioned Grants are:

  • The changing role of the academic
  • Scaling up ansd ensuring quality of higher education in an era of massification
  • Academic integrity and good practice in assessment

For further information which is essential to follow if you plan to apply click here.

The call for OLT Fellowships for 2016 is also open, and applications close on Monday 2 February 2016.

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The Office for Learning and Teaching has announced that there will be one grant round only for the 2016 year. It will cover Innovation and Development Grants and Strategic Priority...[more]

We're hosting the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI)

Sydney is hosting the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI) on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2015.

ALASI gathers practitioners and researchers in analytics across Australian universities to engage in an interactive program comprised of mostly workshops, tutorials, and panels. There will be two keynote speakers to provoke thought and discussion – our own Professor Peter Reimann and Dr Lyn Alderman from QUT.

Come along! Early bird registration opens Friday 28 August.

Proposal submissions are due Friday 2 October.

All the details are on the ALASI 2015 webpage.

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Sydney is hosting the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI) on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2015. ALASI gathers practitioners and researchers in analytics a...[more]

#edtech talk - 18 September

On Friday 18 September please join us for #edtech talks from Dr James Edwards and Catherine Smyth.

Dr James Edwards will talk about the development, challenges and future direction of the 'onthewards’ website. In his role as Director of Prevocational Education and Training, and primary supervisor for over 100 junior doctors, James recognised a gap between the transition from medical school to internship with many junior doctors feeling unprepared for working on the wards. This gap, coupled with an interest in the flipped classroom model of teaching and developing resources to support asynchronous learning led him to found www.onthewards.org for early career doctors in 2014. This is an example of a Free open access medical education (FOAM) website that features podcasts, blogs and videos that address what junior doctors will face whilst working on the wards. FOAM is based on the ethos of open sharing and collaboration of resources with attribution and recognition of the work of others. 

James is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and the Deputy Director of Emergency Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH). He is the current Clinical Chair of the NSW Prevocational Training Council and Acting Medical Director at the Health Education and Training Institute. In the Sydney University Medical Program, he chairs the Pre-internship committee.

Catherine Smyth is a lecturer in Human Society and Its Ennvironment (HSIE) K-6 primary curriculum in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her teaching and research focuses on primary teachers’ historical understanding and the way technology can be used to build, organize and communicate knowledge. In this presentation, Catherine talks about how she uses ‘Scoop.it’ - a part content curation tool and part social network - to share ideas and connect with her students during their degree and after they graduate. Catherine curates 14 Scoop.it topics, which have attracted over 45,000 views. She will discuss how an inquiry-based assessment task, where students create their own Scoop.it sites, can provide an opportunity for participation in, and contribution to, an online community of practice.

Date: Friday 18 September
Time: 12-1pm

Register: Click here

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On Friday 18 September please join us for #edtech talks from Dr James Edwards and Catherine Smyth. Dr James Edwards will talk about the development, challenges and future dir...[more]

ascilite Learning Analytics SIG awards

The ascilite Learning Analytics Special Interest Group (SIG) has launched its inaugural Awards for Excellence in Learning Analytics.

Details of the Awards can be found via this link. The Awards program aims to recognise excellence in the practical application of learning analytics to enhance learning and teaching, and provides cash prizes for finalists to support travel to this year’s ascilite conference in Perth (where finalists will present on their submissions).

This is just a reminder that Awards submissions close on Friday 11 September. Finalists will be announced on Monday 5 October. 

To enter click here.

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The ascilite Learning Analytics Special Interest Group (SIG) has launched its inaugural Awards for Excellence in Learning Analytics. Details of the Awards can be found via this li...[more]

@sydneyanalytics welcome to Twitter!

If you’re interested in what’s happening in the analytics space at Sydney, follow along! 



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OLT news and resources

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) will continue business as usual until 30 June 2016, after which its responsibilities will be transferred to a new institute from July 2016. Information about the Awards and Citations for 2016 is expected shortly and will be posted as soon as it is available. Fellowship applications for 2016 are now open and information about the Grants round for 2016 is given in an item above.

Resources which result from OLT projects are regularly posted on the OTL website.

Learning and Teaching Across Cultures is just one of the latest resources available from the OLT as the result of a recently completed project. 

Other resources include two network reports: the National Forestry Education Network and the Journalism, Media & Communication Network and Defying the Odds: Promoting Success for Refugee Background and Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) First-Year Students Through Peer Support and Tourism, Hospitality and Events Learning and Teaching Academic Standards.

These and the many other reports on the OLT website are useful resources for teaching. Anyone preparing an application for an OLT or Education Innovation grant should check what's available through the OLT resource library.

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The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) will continue business as usual until 30 June 2016, after which its responsibilities will be transferred to a new institute from July 201...[more]

Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy

The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy seeks to promote, recognise and reward outstanding and innovative contributions to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy at the University of Sydney. It is awarded by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), and is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff of the University. Nominees must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy. The award is for the sum of $10,000. Applications close Monday 14 September. Click here for information on the award and to apply. 

 

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The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy seeks to promote, recognise and reward outstandin...[more]

Students supported to participate in the Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to students Lucy Coles and Jen Liu - the inaugural recipients of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference Support Scheme (URCSS). Funded by the Institute for Teaching and Learning, the scheme supports two Sydney undergraduate students (and their academic supervisors) to present their research at the Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research (ACUR) which this year, will be at The University of Western Australia from 29-30 September.

There were over 20 applications for the URCSS, and both applications stood out largely because of the students' research initiative. Lucy is a third year Bachelor Science (Adv)/MBBS student enrolled in the Talented Student Program undertaking research with Professor Rebecca Mason in Physiology on ultraviolet radiation, and Jen is in the second year of a Bachelor of Information Technology degree working with Professor Phillip Poronnik on a project related to the posture of musicians - a collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the ICT Innovation Lab (in particular, with Jai Honeybrook-Carter) which is an initiative of the Charles Perkins Centre research node on Health and Creativity.

Jen writes:

One of the reasons I am excited to attend this conference in particular is the diversity of disciplines represented. I believe I will meet fellow students who might give me interesting ideas for ways in which the project could be extended. Posture and other physical parameters are not restricted to musicians so I hope I might find other students in different disciplines with whom I can collaborate.

Lucy writes:

Attending ACUR will allow me to learn about the process of conference attendance outside of the more daunting context of subject-specific conferneces. I believe that the combination of humanities and sciences at ACUR will broaden my interests in many fields of study and hopefully provide inspiration for more innovative wayss to conduct research.

Our warmest congratulations to Jen and Lucy, and we look forward to reporting on their experiences of the ACUR conference in a future edition of Teaching@Sydney.
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Congratulations to students Lucy Coles and Jen Liu - the inaugural recipients of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference Support Scheme (URCSS). Funded by the Institute for Teac...[more]

Applications open for 2016 postgraduate course in university teaching

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) is a postgraduate award course offered through the Faculty of Education and Social Work and taught by staff in the Education Portfolio. It is an advanced program of study building on candidates' university teaching experience.

Research shows that staff who complete the Graduate Certificate have more satisfied students and are more likely to win teaching awards.

Graduates also say that the course gives them 'permission' and the 'space' to reflect on and enhance their teaching practice.

The course consists of four core units of study (chosen from five options) over two semesters. Entry requirements are that intending participants in the course must be engaged in university teaching during the year they undertake the program.

Course fees for the Graduate Certificate are waived by the University for University of Sydney staff, provided staff have permanent residency/citizenship status. To avoid paying course fees you will need to provide certified copies of evidence of your employment at the University; this can include a copy of your staff ID card or a copy of your pay slip. Please note that there is no mid-year intake.

For further information about the course, visit this website and to begin your application to the course click here.

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The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) is a postgraduate award course offered through the Faculty of Education and Social Work and taught by staff in th...[more]

53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About

In Idea 33 'Motivating students is not magic', Graham Gibbs invites Professor Emeritus Marilla D. Svinicki, University of Texas at Austin to address a very common concern among university teachers about what motivates students to learn. The first big caution Svinicki offers is this: "teachers are NOT the main source of motivation for students. We just don't have THAT much control over students lives". Read on if you want to learn more.   

Graham Gibbs is one of the UKs most well known advocates of improving university learning and teaching. With his colleagues (Habeshaw & Habeshaw), he was responsible for the very popular '53 Interesting Ideas' books series that have supported countless teachers (new and experienced) navigate their way through tricky classroom and curriculum dilemmas. Gibbs's new blog 53 Powerful Ideas all Teachers Should Know About offers a research summary of key issues.[close]

In Idea 33 'Motivating students is not magic', Graham Gibbs invites Professor Emeritus Marilla D. Svinicki, University of Texas at Austin to address a very common concern a...[more]

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Current Events & Registration

register Sign up for Teaching@Sydney details 2014
closed Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 2 September
register OLT Grants Workshop details 16 September
register #edtech talks: Dr James Edwards and Catherine Smyth details 18 September
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 1 - 2 October
register Sydney Teaching Colloquium 2015 details 4 November

closed #edtech talks: Professor Eric Tsui presents Blended Learning and MOOCs: PolyU's Journey details 28 August
closed #edtech talks: Dr. Vanessa Hughes & Dr Kate Edwards details 21 August
closed #edtech talks: Learning to Teach Online MOOC study group details 14 August
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