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Welcome to Teaching@Sydney for 2015 – and a special welcome to new staff who are joining the university. We look forward to working with you in the coming year. Teaching@Sydney is a monthly e-bulletin with news about teaching, teaching development grant and award announcements, and information on a range of professional learning opportunities for university teachers.

New staff are particularly invited to join us for the two day introduction to teaching and learning Principles and Practices at The University of Sydney to be held on the 27 and 28th of February. The program provides an orientation to the concepts that underpin university teaching and an introduction to the key university policies and learning systems and resources, and is a chance to meet new colleagues at Sydney. The program addresses practical challenges new teachers face, such as such how best to engage students in your face-to-face and online classes, and includes practical advice from expert teachers across the university. You can register here for the next Principles and Practices program and see when it will be running later in the year. One of the other opportunities for staff early in first semester are the eLearning workshops which cover best practice for teaching online using the University's eLearning enterprise systems. New topics include the use of Collaborate for web-conferencing. You can register here for the eLearning workshops and see the full program.

These eLearning workshops and Institute for Teaching and Learning programs are provided as part of a suite of professional learning opportunities available through the Education Portfolio and you can explore what’s on offer here. There will be many new professional learning opportunities on offer over the coming semester which will be advertised in this newsletter, including an exciting seminar in our monthly #edtech talks series from Professor Peter Bol on MOOCs.

Simon Barrie, Director Teaching and Learning[close]

Welcome to Teaching@Sydney for 2015 – and a special welcome to new staff who are joining the university. We look forward to working with you in the coming year. Teaching@Sydn...[more]

#edtech talk: Harvard Vice Provost on Learning from MOOCs

Professor Peter Bol, Vice Provost at Harvard, will open the #edtech talk series for 2015 from 12.00-1.00pm on Friday 20th February with Who Learns What, When, and How? Parsing the 2 Million Registrants in HarvardX MOOCs.

As Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Professor Bol leads and coordinates two of Harvard’s prominent academic endeavors: the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, a presidential initiative launched in October 2011, and HarvardX, the University’s branch of the online educational venture edX, which offered its first classes last year.

Professor Bol's talk will address the following topic: The data stream from registrants in Massive Open Online Courses is also massive, and not easy to analyze. The techniques Harvard has employed have given us greater insight into the audiences for MOOCs and how they make use of these learning opportunities.

Read more about his ideas as a pioneer in pedagogical experimentation, both online and in the classroom.
 

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#edtechtalk Series

The next #edtech talk will be held on 20 March 12.00-1.00pm when Professor Adam Bridgeman (Science) and Dr Sandra Peter (Business School) will present their experiences and expertise on Active Learning Online and In Class. Following their sessions at the Sydney Teaching Colloquium which were very well received, Adam will talk about Guided Inquiry in First Year Chemistry while Sandra will discuss Blended Learning in Business.
 

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eLearning Workshops

As part of the DVC(Education) #edtechtalk series, Sydney eLearning will be running a series of workshops covering best practice for teaching online using the University's eLearning enterprise systems. These workshops part of a suite of academic development programs in collaboration with the Institute of Teaching and Learning.

The first session will be conducting a lunchtime information session in Carslaw 175 on Wednesday 11th February from 1.00–2.00 pm. This session will focus on:

  1. New tools and features in Blackboard
  2. A demonstration of Kaltura the video streaming solution integrated with Blackboard
  3. New features in the Blackboard enrolments middleware allowing staff more control over access to their Blackboard sites
  4. An explanation of the lecture recording opt out process

Registration is through CareerPath, search "elearning" in the search box at the top right of the screen.

Any queries to ricky.connor@sydney.edu.au

To view dates for the rest of the series and register, visit the Sydney eLearning website.[close]

Professor Peter Bol, Vice Provost at Harvard, will open the #edtech talk series for 2015 from 12.00-1.00pm on Friday 20th February with Who Learns What, When, and How? Parsing the...[more]

You are invited to apply for recognition of your teaching

OLT (Office for Learning and Teaching) Citations and Awards offer recognition of quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning. Do you enjoy teaching and have evidence of your impact as a teacher? Have you been responsible for an initiative that has made a difference or been part of a team that has initiated a change? There are many different aspects of teaching that are relevant for such applications. Applications are now invited for the University's nominations for the 2015 Citations and Awards and potential applicants are encouraged to consider applying. This year the criteria have changed and there are four not five criteria to choose from. The new “evaluation ‘ criteria may appeal to those who have initiated change in their units or in a program of study. If you think you may be interested in applying for either of these awards check out the information available on the ITL webpage.


Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Citations are open to all staff who contribute to student learning. The 150 Citations which will be awarded this year are each worth $10,000, in addition to the recognition and prestige that comes with them. The applications focus on one criterion and therefore require a different application from those for the VC’s Awards although making an application for a faculty or university award is useful preparation. If you are interested in applying this year or at a future date for an OLT Citation you should attend the workshop on Tuesday 17 February 9.30-11.30am.
 

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Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

OLT Awards recognise programs and services that demonstrate effectiveness through rigorous evaluation that will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions. There are six Program Award categories: Widening participation; Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations; Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching; Postgraduate education; Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education; and Global citizenship and internationalisation.  There are many programs around the university which have enhanced student learning. If you are involved in a program that fits one of these categories do consider the possibility of applying.

Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise teachers, including individuals and teams, renowned for excellence in teaching. Both individual and team applications are welcome. There are seven disciplinary categories and a priority area which this year is High impact intervention for progression, retention and attainment. You are strongly advised to attend the workshop on Tuesday 10 March, 9.30-11.30am whether you have decided to apply or are just thinking about doing so.
 

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There have been some changes to both the Citations and Awards and the OLT stresses the advantages in making an application and building on it to success, perhaps over several years. A list of previous winners from the University can be seen on the ITL webpage.[close]

OLT (Office for Learning and Teaching) Citations and Awards offer recognition of quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning. Do you enjoy teaching...[more]

OLT grant opportunity and resources

The second round of the 2015 OLT grant applications is now open. This round which closes internally at 5pm Thursday 4 June 2015, is only for seed grants and full proposals from successful Round 1 EOIs. Applications for full proposals which have not been through the EOI process will not be accepted for this round. 

The 2015 Priority areas are:

  • Academic standards
  • Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
  • Assessment and promotion of student learning (on selected topics)
  • Curriculum design (on selected topics)
  • 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.

If you are interested in making an application for a Seed grant you should check the information and register for the workshop:

Making an application for an OLT grant
Friday 13 March, 12.30-2.30pm 
 

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This workshop will focus on Seed Proposals.  A workshop for those who have submitted sucessful EOIs will be notified to the successful applicants as soon as the results are known. 


Office of Learning and Teaching grants and other projects produce resources which are useful for the sector. Recent projects are featured on the front page of the website. You may like to check regularly to see what's new.

Currently the following are featured:

All projects can be accessed from the Resources section of the website. If you want to find useful information about a range of topics about University Teaching and Higher Education in Australia, see the OLT website.

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The second round of the 2015 OLT grant applications is now open. This round which closes internally at 5pm Thursday 4 June 2015, is only for seed grants and full proposals from suc...[more]

OLT award and grants successes

Congratulations to Award and Grant winners from the University of Sydney.

National Teaching Award

At a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, in December, Dr Danny Liu was awarded an Australian Award for Excellence in Teaching. Danny was recognised by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) with a national Early Career Teaching Excellence Award for developing innovative technology-enhanced and inquiry-based teaching approaches at the University, and for his work in cultivating scientific discovery and critical thinking skills in large undergraduate cohorts with diverse backgrounds and career trajectories.

National Teaching Grants

Congratulations to colleagues who have recently received grants from the federal government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). In congratulating them for the grants which were announced in December, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Professor Pip Pattison commended the recipients for their innovation.

OLT grants provide funding for academics and professional staff to investigate, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching. Dr Carl Schneider and Dr Rebekah Moles from the Faculty of Pharmacy received funding for their project: Walking in consumers’ shoes: reshaping the pharmacy student placement curriculum via mystery shopping with feedback. The project will compare student academic performance, clinical competence, and engagement in research between students undertaking a supplemental redesigned placement and students undertaking a traditional experiential placement.

The University was successful as a partner in projects with other universities, which cover a range of innovations. Sydney academics are partners in the projects:  Professor Peter Goodyear in Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology, led by Charles Sturt University; Dr Lyndal Sheepway in Enabling competence in prescribing medicines across multiple healthcare disciplines through systematic assessment practices, led by Queensland University of Technology; and Associate Professor Abelardo Pardo in Enabling connected learning via open source analytics in the wild: learning analytics beyond the Learning Management System, led by Queensland University of Technology.  In addition Dr Jennifer Rowley was awarded an extension grant for her project on ePortfolios for creative and performing arts students in Australian universities.The University is also a partner in a recently announced Strategic Priority Commissioned Project, led by RMIT, with Professor Philip Poronnik involved in the project on: The global canopy: linking international inbound students with domestic outbound students for improved learning and global connections.[close]

Congratulations to Award and Grant winners from the University of Sydney. National Teaching Award At a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, in December, Dr Danny Liu was award...[more]

Extra funding acknowledges the quality of Educational Innovation Grant applications

Congratulations to colleagues who have received $600,000 in educational innovation grants to support new initiatives in teaching and learning across the University. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison expressed her pleasure at the number and quality of the applications. 

"I'm pleased to be able to announce the projects which will be funded but I also want to thank all the applicants for their thoughtfulness in crafting projects which have the potential to improve teaching and learning at Sydney, through innovative and creative ways of engaging students and promoting learning."

Professor Pattison noted that due to the quality and quantity of applications, the selection panel had recommended an extra $100,000 of funding for projects, bringing the total funding to $600,000. More than 100 applications were received from across the University, with the total funding requested in excess of $2.4 million. Ten small grant proposals (up to $8000) were funded and 22 large grant applications were successful. The more than 30 projects have been awarded funding included succesful applicantions from all faculties. The projects will use existing approaches and technologies, or the development of novel approaches and technologies, in order to improve students' learning experiences. A notable feature of the applications was the significant amount of collaboration across faculties.

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Congratulations to colleagues who have received $600,000 in educational innovation grants to support new initiatives in teaching and learning across the University. Deputy Vice-Cha...[more]

Inaugural winner of DVCISS award

Associate Professor Jaime Gongora from the Faculty of Veterinary Science is the inaugural recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy.

The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, recognises Dr Gongora’s vision and drive behind 16 new initiatives - spanning the areas of cultural competence, curriculum development, student support and research - launched in 2013 and 2014. University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston said he was delighted to announce Dr Gongora as the recipient of the award.

“It is the impressive breadth of his initiatives across Wingara Mura’s objectives, the real progress he has been able to achieve, his leadership and advocacy, and the collegiate and engaging way he has done this made him the stand out choice, from what was a stellar group of nominations,” Professor Houston said.  “Outstanding people like Associate Professor Gongora live the example that making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education everyone’s business can produce remarkable results."

Associate Professor Gongora’s diverse contributions included developing a comprehensive framework of graduate attributes and learning outcomes to embed cultural competence in the curriculum across the Faculty of Veterinary Science. He also established a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander portfolio in the faculty, promoted student experiences and achievements, and set up new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander summer and winter school programs.

Associate Professor Gongora said the initiatives implemented by the faculty had promoted diversity, and led to the recruitment and support of more pre-vet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The faculty sets aside a minimum 12 percent of places each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, rural and disadvantaged students.

“There is now a broad perception in the faculty that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander local plan has generated a more culturally competent environment where students feel welcome, confident and proud,” he said.

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Associate Professor Jaime Gongora from the Faculty of Veterinary Science is the inaugural recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contribution...[more]

53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About

Graham Gibbs has been one of the UK's 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 has now turned his hand to a new blog 53 Powerful Ideas all Teachers Should Know About.

In this year's Teaching@Sydney, we will point you to a number of those ideas as an opportunity to stimulate your teaching practice. From the blog, this edition's powerful idea: Students are selectively negligent, and successful students neglect the right stuff.

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Graham Gibbs has been one of the UK's most well known advocates of improving university learning and teaching. With his colleagues (Habeshaw & Habeshaw), he was responsible...[more]

Special Issue Call for Papers: Exploring the space/s of Higher Education

This special issue of the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) journal welcomes research articles, scholarly essays and other more innovative kinds of academic writing that address considerations of space to offer insights into contemporary higher education. Themes and topics of interest could include explorations of the:

  • spaces and places of research and scholarship, teaching and learning, and/or academic citizenship
  • global, regional, local and/or virtual spaces of higher education
  • lived, material and technologized spaces of working in higher education
  • physical, social and/or imaginative spaces in higher education.

Contributions to this special issue that explore the dimensions of space and higher education are invited from higher education researchers and scholars and also others from a range of fields of inquiry that have fruitfully taken higher education as their object of study – such as geography, history, anthropology, political studies, social sciences, architecture and design, philosophy and so on.

Visit the website to learn more about the Special Issue including due dates for manuscripts.
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This special issue of the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) journal welcomes research articles, scholarly essays and other more innovative kinds of academic writing...[more]

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Current Events & Registration

register Sign up for Teaching@Sydney details 2014
register OLT Citations Workshop details 17 February
register #edtech talks: Professor Bol, Vice Provost at Harvard, will discuss HarvardX details 20 February
register Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 24 February
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 26 - 27 February
register OLT Awards Workshop details 10 March
register OLT Grants Workshop details 13 March
register #edtech talks: Active Learning Online and In Class - Professor Adam Bridgeman & Dr Sandra Peter details 20 March
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