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University forum on lecture recording

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison invites you to participate in a University-wide forum on 8 April hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 'Lecture recording: perspectives and directions'.

The forum will explore a broad range of views relating to the University-wide pilot this semester of new guidelines for ‘opt out’ lecture recording. The pilot was launched in response to student feedback. The forum will be an opportunity for staff to hear from students and colleagues across the University, and to provide feedback on this initiative to Professor Pattison and other members of the University’s leadership team.

When:  9am to 12pm, Wednesday 8 April
Where: Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub

Morning tea will be provided on the day. Register here before 3 April 2015 for catering purposes.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison invites you to participate in a University-wide forum on 8 April hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 'Le...[more]

Blended Learning & Educational Innovation Symposium

The School of Business is hosting the Blended Learning & Educational Innovation Symposium on Wednesday 6 May. The keynote speaker will be Professor Stephen Kosslyn, Founding Dean of the Minerva Schools of Arts and Sciences, previously Stanford University Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences and Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard. Stephen’s talk will focus on interactive uses of technology to facilitate learning.

The Symposium is connected with the series of events related to the Sydney Teaching Colloquium.

A full program will be available shortly. Further information and registration is available here.
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The School of Business is hosting the Blended Learning & Educational Innovation Symposium on Wednesday 6 May. The keynote speaker will be Professor Stephen Kosslyn, Founding De...[more]

Engaging students: April #edtech talks

Register now for the April #edtechtalks on Friday 17th April 12.00 - 1.00pm with Dr Abelardo Pardo (Faculty of Engineering and IT) and Dr Melanie Nguyen (Health Sciences).

Abelardo and Melanie are known not only in their own faculties but also increasingly across the University for their success in engaging students and promoting learning through using new technology. Come and hear what they have to say.

Abelardo will discuss:  How to foster student engagement before and during lectures

The term "flipped learning" has emerged recently as a pedagogical strategy proposing the active participation of students before and during lectures. Some instructors claim that student preparation has always been desired but challenging to promote. In this talk, I will describe some ideas to foster student engagement in the context of a flipped learning first year unit of study. We will discuss the use of videos, the use of formative and summative assessment, the activities that occur in the lectures, and some initial effects that have been observed.

Melanie will address: Engaging students in classroom activities: social media and multimedia

Students are engaged with social media and multimedia outside the classroom. They are proficient and savvy but often unaware of how these skills can be used in their learning. Melanie’s talk discusses several tools used to engage students with content such as professionalism, ethics, and audience-appropriate communication.

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The May #edtechtalk on Friday 15 May 12.00 - 1.00pm will feature Dr Rosanne Quinnell from the School of Biologcal Sciences, Faculty of Science and Professor Adam Morton from School of Social and Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Adam will address Blogging as pedagogy and Rosanne's topic is CampusFlora.  She will discuss partnering with undergraduate students on a campus-wide learning and teaching App that addresses botanical literacy and her plan to take over the world one campus at a time.

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The March #edtech talks by Adam Bridgeman and Sandra Peter were enthusiastically received by the audience with comments including, "Every time I hear Adam or Sandra I learn something new that I want to try out.”

If you weren't able to attend the talk you can access it online here. The #edtech talks are part of the Sydney Teaching Seminars.

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Register now for the April #edtechtalks on Friday 17th April 12.00 - 1.00pm with Dr Abelardo Pardo (Faculty of Engineering and IT) and Dr Melanie Nguyen (Health Sciences). Abelard...[more]

Dialogues with Sydney's Distinguished Teachers

This new series of lunchtime talks showcases Sydney’s distinguished university teachers whose teaching has been recognized through a University or the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) award. Bring your lunch, and find out what inspires them, what they do, why and how they do it, what evidence means to them, and why they believe teaching matters.

These talks are part of the Sydney Teaching Seminars.

The venue for this series is Teaching and Learning Seminar Room 250, Level 2 South, Fisher Library. You can also follow along on twitter #stsdialogues.

Upcoming events

Date: Friday 24 April
Time: 1-2pm

Rosina McAlpine-Mladenovic & additional guest to be confirmed

Associate Professor Rosina McAlpine-Mladenovic is located in the Discipline of Accounting in the School of Business. She is an accomplished and highly awarded university teacher. In 2006, with two colleagues, she received a national Carrick citation for her contributions to tutor development in the then Faculty of Economics & Business; in 2009, she won a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching; and in 2011, another national award from the ALTC for Teaching Excellence.
Read more about Rosina...

To register click here

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This new series of lunchtime talks showcases Sydney’s distinguished university teachers whose teaching has been recognized through a University or the Australian Office for L...[more]

Vice-Chancellor's and OLT awards, grants and resources

Applications for the four categories of Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Learning and Teaching close 5pm Monday 4 May 2015.

Resources for all categories of awards are availble on the ITL webpage.

Those who want to apply for the Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence or Support of the Student Experience awards should register for the workshop on Tuesday 14th April 2015 9.30-11.30am.

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Applications for nomination by the University for the Office for Learning and Teaching Awards close on 27 May 2015.

The Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning 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. Contact Alison Kuiper if you want to discuss the possibility of doing so this year or at a later time. The OLT criteria stress sustainability so it is worth thinking ahead to applying next year.

The 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.

Latest Resources and Projects from the OLT

The University of Sydney's project Vision and Innovation in Biology Education (VIBEnet), Authors: Pauline Ross, Charlotte Taylor, Susan Jones, Elizabeth Johnson, Vicky Tzioumis has recently been published ion the OLT website. Congratualtions to the team on the completion of the project.

The OLT continually publishes reports of recently completed projects. Check them out to find resources in your areas of interest and bookmark the page so you can keep up to date.  Other recently published resources on the OLT website include:

  • Teachers Matter: Models for Effective Teaching in Low SES Schools
  • eTutor: Building pre-service teachers’ intercultural understandings and technological capabilities through online cross-cultural school and university partnerships
  • Environment and Sustainability Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement
  • Collaborating across boundaries: a framework for an integrated interprofessional curriculum
  • Design of a participatory super-vision support platform for improving higher degree supervision: a feasibility study
  • Exploring the role of technology in fostering sense of belonging in students studying by distance
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Applications for the four categories of Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Learning and Teaching close 5pm Monday 4 May 2015. Outstanding Teaching, including Early Career awards...[more]

Scholarships for students undertaking Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) is the professional association for practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community and government who are involved in WIL in Australia is offering    eight scholarships, valued at $1,500 each.

The 2015 ACEN Student Scholarship provides financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their university studies.

Scholarship applicants:

  • Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See http://acen.edu.au/list-of-financial-institutions/ for a list of current financial institutions.)
  • Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

The University of Sydney is a paid member of ACEN and so students are eligible to apply (please check that the additional criteria are met too). Applications for the first stage close on April 10. Further information available here.
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The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) is the professional association for practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community and...[more]

Webinar: e-portfolio practice and enhanced learning for Australian Tertiary Students

You are invited to join a FREE WEBINAR on Tuesday April 14 at 4pm.

e-portfolio practice and enhanced learning for Australian Tertiary Students
Both teachers and learners agree that an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) is important in developing a creative and independent graduate, yet there is surprisingly little awareness, lack of clarity or shared meaning of what needs to be developed to make an e-portfolio a learning tool across the Australian Higher Education sector. This first webinar (in a series of professional development for Australian tertiary staff) focuses on the emerging teaching and learning benefits of e-portfolios in a range of disciplines in Australian universities. It explores institutional agendas for higher education, teaching quality and the role that the e-portfolio plays in supporting improvements in teaching and student outcomes.

This free webinar is a great way to learn more about e-portfolios and how other Australian Tertiary Institutions are incorporating the e-portfolio into their teaching practice. It will support professional learning of Australian tertiary teachers who use e-portfolio in their teaching practice and it is designed to support anyone who would like to start using e-portfolios. Experienced educators will share their knowledge of designing and implementing e-portfolios which allow users to further develop their e-portfolio thinking.

To join the the first Webinar for 2015  "e-portfolio practice and enhanced learning for AustralianTertiary Students" on Tuesday April 14 at 4pm, email jennifer.rowley@sydney.edu.au to register. The webinar link will then be sent to you.
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You are invited to join a FREE WEBINAR on Tuesday April 14 at 4pm. e-portfolio practice and enhanced learning for Australian Tertiary Students Both teachers and learners agree tha...[more]

Call for Expressions of Interest: Indigenous Content in Education Symposium 2015

This symposium builds on the Indigenous Content in STEM Symposium held at the University of South Australia in 2014. It examines approaches to engaging Indigenous knowledges, pedagogies and curriculum. It will provide an opportunity to build communities of best practice across a range of disciplines including: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); humanities; social sciences; education; health; business and Indigenous studies.

Held on Monday 21 September at the University of South Australia, the Symposium will bring together academics, teachers, community members and students.

Themes:

  • Best practice when engaging Indigenous perspectives, knowledges and pedagogies
  • Engaging Indigenous perspectives, knowledges and pedagogies in different disciplines, such as STEM, health, business and humanities
  • How students learn best about culture and Indigenous Australians
  • Creating spaces for Indigenous perspectives and voices in curriculum
  • Creating institutional readiness.

Expressions of interest are invited from staff from across the Education sector, communities, students and anyone with an interest in making a difference in this important field. Register your interest here.
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This symposium builds on the Indigenous Content in STEM Symposium held at the University of South Australia in 2014. It examines approaches to engaging Indigenous knowledges, pedag...[more]

Call for papers: Curriculum as Contestation (Special issue of Teaching in Higher Education)

Guest editors: A/Prof Suellen Shay (UCape Town) & Dr Tai Peseta (USyd)

A decade ago curriculum was a largely absent in higher education scholarship. This is no longer the case. Curriculum is now on trans-national, national and institutional higher education reform agendas. These reforms are responses to an entanglement of global challenges and opportunities facing higher education, including globalization and internationalization, demand for specialized  knowledge, affordances of technology, inequality of educational provision, massification and rising expectations of the middle class, shrinking public funding, to name a few.

This Special Issue takes as its point of departure that curriculum is an arena of struggle characterized by intense contestations about, for example, the content of the curriculum – what knowledge, whose knowledge; the purpose of the curriculum – whether it is primarily about the formation of a particular graduate identity or whether it is about knowledge and skills for employment; what kinds of curriculum structures or pathways to offer; there are debates too about the modes of delivery. How these contestations are resolved -- what gets privileged, whose interests dominate – is influenced by a range of underlying, mostly implicit, ‘drivers’. Of particular interest in this issue is to surface some of the drivers which are shaping curriculum development or reform agendas at a range of different levels whether in the classroom, at the institutional or national level. The issue welcomes papers that surface and critically engage with this contestation from a wide range of theoretical perspectives.

Additional information about the scope and themes, making a submission, and timelines is available here. Please note that the first deadline is to indicate an expression of interest - 500 word abstract - by Friday 1st May, 2015.
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Guest editors: A/Prof Suellen Shay (UCape Town) & Dr Tai Peseta (USyd) A decade ago curriculum was a largely absent in higher education scholarship. This is no longer the case...[more]

53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About

This is the third installment from Graham Gibbs's blog. It is idea number 9: Many patterns of teaching simply follow convention. Do you agree?

Graham Gibbs is 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's new blog 53 Powerful Ideas all Teachers Should Know About offers a research summary of key issues.[close]

This is the third installment from Graham Gibbs's blog. It is idea number 9: Many patterns of teaching simply follow convention. Do you agree? Graham Gibbs is one of the UK...[more]

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Current Events & Registration

register Sign up for Teaching@Sydney details 2014
register Curriculum Conversations: Team Based Learning in Practice details 1 May
register #edtech talks: Dr Rosanne Quinnell and Professor Adam Morton details 15 May
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 16 - 17 July

closed #edtech talks: Dr Abelardo Pardo & Dr Melanie Nguyen details 17 April
closed Preparing an application for an award for Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence or Support of the Student Experience details 14 April
closed Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 10 April
closed University forum on lecture recording details 8 April

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