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Online course on teaching for engaged enquiry

The ITL and Sydney eLearning have collaborated in the development of an online short course for academic staff on engaged enquiry. The course is designed for anyone interested in curriculum renewal using engaged enquiry as described in the current University strategic plan. The course comprises 5 modules, involves consideration of your own teaching context and can be completed in 12-15 hours.

Most of the recent ideas in teaching can be organized around the concept of engaged enquiry (for teachers and students) and those ideas are the focus of the content of this course. It draws on the student learning research, principles of good teaching, and examples of engaged enquiry from within the University of Sydney (from Strategic Teaching Enhancement Projects (STEPs) and other curriculum initiatives) as well as from the many developments now reported in the literature. To access the course, and for more information, please click here.[close]

The ITL and Sydney eLearning have collaborated in the development of an online short course for academic staff on engaged enquiry. The course is designed for anyone interested in...[more]

OLT grants now listed on ACG Register

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) has advised that both their Grants and Fellowships have been listed on the 2013 Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR). For the Grants, the following programs are included: Innovation and Development, Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Seed Projects, and Strategic Priority Projects.

You can find more details about the ACGR here.

The Register’s managers have advised that funding paid in 2012 for OLT Grants and Fellowships can be included in the University’s 2013 Higher Education Research Data Collection return.

Information on the OLT grant schemes is available on the ITL website[close]

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) has advised that both their Grants and Fellowships have been listed on the 2013 Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR). For the...[more]

Do you want to enrich your students' learning experience?

Blended learning and teaching is about integrating eLearning and face-to-face teaching in ways that enrich students' learning through engaging, flexible activities and experiences.

Students can be involved in online activties, that complement in-class experiences, and encourage them to learn in research-engaged and community-engaged ways. Click here to watch videos showing how colleagues in various disciplines have integrated eLearning in their teaching, in order to develop their students' engaged enquiry knowledge and skills.

As part of a broader program of professional development for staff, Sydney eLearning, in collaboration with the ITL, runs workshops that aim to enhance your skills in using eLearning enterprise systems, including the University learning management system (LMS) and Turnitin®.

If you are new to the University and/or unfamiliar with the LMS (which uses Blackboard Learn software), then you should first enrol in a Fundamentals workshop. You will be working with a workshop site (a playground) to gain familiarity and develop your use of course tools.

Sydney eLearning also offer a range of Focus workshops that emphasise the use of key best-practice strategies in the use of Assignments, Communications, Test and Surveys, and Group work tools. There are also Extension workshops, and currently these focus on the creation and management of Turnitin® assignments in your discipline context.

For more information about Sydney eLearning workshops and how to enrol click here.

See the ITL website for resources on online assessment, and resources and guidelines on using Turnitin® and educating your students about academic honesty.

Deakin University also provides examples of good practice in blended learning and teaching.[close]

Blended learning and teaching is about integrating eLearning and face-to-face teaching in ways that enrich students' learning through engaging, flexible activities and experi...[more]

New policy on Research Supervision

A new research supervision policy – Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2013 – came into effect on 22 February. A copy is available here.

A one hour lunch-time information session on the new policy will be held tomorrow (5 April) in the New Law Annexe Lecture Theatre 106. For more information on this session, or the new policy, contact Simon French in the Graduate Studies Office or Keith Trigwell in ITL.[close]

A new research supervision policy – Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2013 – came into effect on 22 February. A copy is available here. A one...[more]

Teaching first year students?

You are invited to attend a Forum on Engaging Students in Large Classes using Response Systems.

It will be held Friday 12 April, 3-5pm in New Law Annex Lecture Theatre 024.

Hear how Danny Liu from Science has been successfully using response technology to keep his students engaged. Felicity Kiernan and Cassie Khamis from The STAR team will also present on orientation, peer mentoring and track and connect. 

This is the first forum in a series for 2013 organised by the First Year Experience Working Group. The Group is open to all staff. Come along and network with others working with first year students.

You may also find it interesting to look through some ideas on helping students in their Transition to University. There are more resources for those involved in administration, teaching, and support of first year students on the First Year Experience website. [close]

You are invited to attend a Forum on Engaging Students in Large Classes using Response Systems. It will be held Friday 12 April, 3-5pm in New Law Annex Lecture Theatre 024. H...[more]

OLT citation and award nominations due internally April and May

The University is now calling for nominations for the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citations, Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, and Awards for Teaching Excellence. Please refer to here for internal processes and due dates for each of the three programs. Recipients of Citations receive $10,000 and recipients of Awards $25,000.

Citations recognise contributions to student learning in higher education and are open to academic staff, general staff, sessional staff and institutional associates. The University may submit up to eight nominations in a ranked list. There are no specified categories except for the Early Career category (of no more than 5 years experience teaching).

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services across eight categories:

  1. Widening participation
  2. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  3. The first-year experience
  4. Flexible learning and teaching
  5. Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching
  6. Postgraduate education.
  7. Services supporting student learning
  8. Global citizenship and internationalisation (a new category in 2013)

Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise outstanding university teachers across eight categories: five discipline categories, the Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education, an early career category, and an annual priority area. The priority category for 2013 is High impact strategies for progression, retention and attainment.

The University may submit only one nomination in each of the 16 award categories.

The 2013 internal closing date for OLT Citations is 5pm 24 April.  The 2013 internal closing date for OLT Awards is 5pm 30 May. For further information please contact Alison Kuiper in the ITL.


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The University is now calling for nominations for the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citations, Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, and Awards for Teaching Excelle...[more]

Further opportunities from the OLT

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) has announced the following opportunities:

Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program
"The purpose of this program is to drive a major improvement in the quality of mathematics and science teachers by supporting new pre-service programs in which faculties, schools or departments of science, mathematics and education collaborate on course design and delivery, combining content and pedagogy". Projects need to be a collaboration between science, maths and education, and should involve a number of institutions with research excellence in these areas. Available funding is $12.4 million from 2014 to 2016. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30 April 2013. Applicants must notify Sally Paynter in the DVCE Office their intention to submit by Tuesday 23 April.

Academic Secondments
Secondees will carry out a program of work for the Government and the higher education sector on strategic priorities. Those seconded will be a source of academic advice and support to the staff of the OLT, with the aim of broadening staff capability within DIISRTE, and building relationships with the home institution. The closing date for nominations is Friday 26 April 2013. It is expected that the secondees will commence as soon as possible after 1 July 2013 and no later than 1 September 2013.[close]

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) has announced the following opportunities: Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program "The purpose of t...[more]

AARE Conference call for papers

The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference will be held in Adelaide, 1-5 December 2013. AARE publishes the ISI-rated journal Australian Educational Researcher.

The call for abstracts and full papers is now out. The closing date for abstract for symposia, panels and papers is 1 May 2013. The closing date for full papers for refereeing is 3 June 2013. When submitting, you will need to indicate the Special Interest Group that is most relevant to your topic.[close]

The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference will be held in Adelaide, 1-5 December 2013. AARE publishes the ISI-rated journal Australian Educational Re...[more]

Looking for evidence for Work-Integrated Learning?

The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) is hosting a day-long forum at the University of Sydney on Thursday 9 May. The theme is 'How do we find evidence for the outcomes of work-integrated learning (WIL)?'

For colleagues working in the area of community-engaged teaching, learning and enquiry, the forum is an opportunity to learn more about the different forms and sources of evidence for student learning and engagement. It is free for staff of the University but you must register to attend. Further information about registration is available here.

You may be interested to review resources of another recent ACEN event in which Professors Andrew Stewart and Rosemary Owens of Adelaide University, authors of ‘The nature and prevalence of unpaid work experience, internships and trial periods in Australia: Experience or Exploitation’, spoke to ACEN members via a video conference on March 1, 2013. Their report has several implications for higher education, especially for students undertaking unpaid work experience. The issues are complex, and are well summarised in this graphic. For further information, please see the video of the presentation or read the report.[close]

The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) is hosting a day-long forum at the University of Sydney on Thursday 9 May. The theme is 'How do we find evidence for the...[more]

Sydney Teaching Colloquium 2013 (October 2-3)... save the date!

Once again the University will celebrate teaching excellence, and share ideas about curriculum innovation and engaged enquiry at this year’s Sydney Teaching Colloquium. It will take place on 2-3 October in MacLaurin Hall – so, save the date!

The Colloquium will feature keynote presentations, plenary sessions, students’ perspectives, and it will provide faculties with  opportunities to share strategies and practices. Planning for the 2013 Colloquium will begin in the next month, and feedback from 2012 participants is being incorporated.

Resources from the 2012 Sydney Teaching Colloquium are still available - topics include: assessment, community-engaged learning and teaching, inclusive teaching and widening participation, Indigenous education strategy, research-enriched learning and teaching, research supervision, technology-enhanced curriculum, transition to university, and the startup funding program Incubate.[close]

Once again the University will celebrate teaching excellence, and share ideas about curriculum innovation and engaged enquiry at this year’s Sydney Teaching Colloquium. It...[more]

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