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Vice-Chancellor's Awards: Winners announced

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Learning and Teaching were this year awarded to nine individuals or teams for their contributions to the University’s commitment to excellence in learning and teaching.

Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman (pictured), Faculty of Science, was recognised for his Outstanding Teaching. Adam has maintained high personal achievements in teaching, alongside his ability to lead and drive curriculum renewal and evidence-based practice. His innovations show respect for students, and his recent voluntary appointment to coordination of the First Year Experience network is a further example of his strong commitment to excellence in learning and teaching.

Dr Melanie Nyugen and Dr Susan Banki were awarded Early Career awards for Outstanding Teaching.

Dr Melanie Nyugen of the Faculty of Health Sciences was commended for the range of her teaching activities and initiatives, and an innovative staff mentoring program which has been adopted faculty-wide and is well evidenced.

Dr Susan Banki of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was commended for the wide reach of her teaching activities with impact outside the university, and recognised for her innovative work on simulation and its potential connectivity.

Two awards were made for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision.

Professor Jennifer Alison, Faculty of Health Sciences, was commended as a caring supervisor who has employed best practice in accommodating diverse student needs, including maximising future employment opportunities and the development of her students as effective practitioners and academics.

Professor Des Richardson, Sydney Medical School, was acknowledged for his evident success and strong outcomes of his supervisory practice which is clearly based on his commitment to students and their achievements. The Dean of the Sydney Medical School describes Des' supervision as having the potential to “further enhance the reputation of the University of Sydney as a source of the next generation of Australian medical researchers”.

Two teams gained awards for their Support of the Student Experience.

The Pam Maclean Centre team (Professor Stuart Dunn, Professor Fran Boyle, Dr Paul Heinrich, Ms Jennifer Dibley) were commended for the impact of the Centre's innovative communication curriculum across all six clinical schools attached to the Sydney Medical School.

The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Program team (Professor Craig Mellis, Ms Annette Burgess, A/Prof Chris Roberts, Dr Kirsten Black, Dr Renata Chapman) of the Central Medical School were commended for their program of key activities for senior medical students, with the overall objective of developing engaged enquiry experiences.

Two Faculties were commended for their work in Curriculum Review and received awards in the category of awards for Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The Sydney Nursing School (A/Prof Heather McKenzie and the faculty team) were awarded for their significant achievements in successful faculty-wide, sustainable curriculum renewal and the fundamental change in faculty culture which has resulted. The curriculum renewal strategy connects to all parts of the academic endeavour: to teaching and learning, to other faculties and to community engagement.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy Curriculum Review Team (A/Prof Jane Hanrahan, Prof Ines Krass, Dr Erica Sainsbury, Dr Rebekah Moles, A/Prof Parisa Aslani, Dr Romano Fois) were commended for their curriculum renewal of the Bachelor of Pharmacy, which was strongly evidence based, with a clear analysis of the issue, a concrete and systematic approach and clear outcomes. Evidence was provided of a spiral curriculum with themes returned to across the program and a culmination in the case study third, ‘signature year’.

Congratulations to all recipients of this year's Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.[close]

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Learning and Teaching were this year awarded to nine individuals or teams for their contributions to the University’s commitment to e...[more]

Reminder: OLT Awards for Programs and Teaching Excellence

Teaching Excellence at the University has been recognised nationally by winners of Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citations and in 2011 by the awarding of a Teaching Excellence Award to Associate Professor Rosina Mladenovic (Business School) and a Program award, for delivering high quality feedback to large classes, to Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman and Dr Peter Rutledge (School of Chemistry).

In 2012 Professor Rick Benitez (Faculty of Arts) was recognised with one of twelve Teaching Excellence Awards.

This year the University’s call for nominations for the OLT Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, and Awards for Teaching Excellence, closes on 30 May at 5pm. Please click here for information about internal processes. Recipients of Awards receive $25,000.

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. For further information please contact Alison Kuiper.[close]

Teaching Excellence at the University has been recognised nationally by winners of Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citations and in 2011 by the awarding of a Teaching Exce...[more]

OLT Seed project applications workshop

A workshop for those interested in submitting applications for Seed Projects in the second round of OLT grants will be held 1-3pm Friday 17 May in New Law 340. To register for the workshop please click here.

The second round of learning and teaching grants being offered by the OLT this year is for Seed Projects and the development of successful EOIs from the first round into full proposals only.

There was exceptionally strong competition in the first round. Congratulations to the leaders and teams of the five EOIs from Sydney selected to submit full proposals from an unprecedented number of applications.

No other applications will be considered in this round but the OLT has indicated there will be a third round for applications for Innovation and Development, and Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program grants in 2013. The date has not yet been announced.[close]

A workshop for those interested in submitting applications for Seed Projects in the second round of OLT grants will be held 1-3pm Friday 17 May in New Law 340. To regis...[more]

Need help with publishing your learning and teaching project?

This two hour workshop on publishing from your Widening Participation project provides an opportunity for you to discuss your ideas on writing about your project. The workshop is also open to people interested in writing about their learning and teaching-related research.

You’ll be able to make connections across disciplines for possible collaborative writing, and hear from an experienced journal editor. Please bring any work in progress.

Date: Monday 13 May
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Darlington Centre Conference Room
Register: Click here

Presenters / Facilitators:

  • Professor Deborah Lupton, a prolific writer who uses social media alongside more ‘traditional’ forms of publishing.
  • Dr Tai Peseta, who is on the editorial teams of Higher Education Research and Development, Teaching in Higher Education and The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Dr Hannah Forsyth, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Social Inclusion Unit.
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This two hour workshop on publishing from your Widening Participation project provides an opportunity for you to discuss your ideas on writing about your project. The w...[more]

Start your promotion portfolio now

The best advice about going for promotion is to start preparing a portfolio for your application as early as you can.

Although the next call for promotion applications will not be made until March/April in 2014, start thinking now about gathering the evidence you will need to make your teaching case. For example, standardised student evaluation forms will always have more credibility in your application than other forms which you might 'make up' from scratch.

Do you need to order the Unit of Study Evaluation form or other ITL standard form to obtain student feedback about your teaching? Place your order now for the USE for semester one.

In planning the case for your teaching, start thinking about what kinds of evidence you will need that will show your teaching is superior or outstanding.

Credible and convincing forms of evidence include:

  • unsolicited emails from your students about their learning experience
  • unsolicited emails from your colleagues about the influence of your teaching on their students, or about your mentoring or leadership in learning and teaching
  • emails about invited presentations on learning and teaching
  • your students' achievements including their performance in course assessments, or in the case of research students e.g., conference papers or other publications that they have successfully submitted and/or published

In particular, make sure you keep a Word file of all your USE student feedback comments, student emails etc. and cross reference them with a list of your units of study and other teaching.

In making your teaching case, there is nothing like real, genuine comments and affirmations to make your quantitative data in your application 'come alive' for the promotions committee.[close]

The best advice about going for promotion is to start preparing a portfolio for your application as early as you can. Although the next call for promotion applications will not...[more]

Free state-of-the-art design studio available for your use

Are you planning to revise an existing course, create a new unit of study, or (re)design a learning space? Will you work on this collaboratively in a team? If so, we invite you to consider using our state-of-the-art design studio in the Education Building (A35).

The Educational Design Research Studio (EDRS) is equipped to support small teams (2-10 people) working on existing or new course development projects. The EDRS offers multiple projectors, interactive whiteboards, and plenty of space on the whiteboard walls to develop your ideas. There are audio, still image and videorecording facilities, so that you can take away a record of your work. Your team can use the EDRS just once, or as many times as needed to develop your project. Potential users might include academics (from any discipline), instructional designers, eLearning specialists, etc.

The EDRS has been created as an educational design research facility. You can use the space at no cost and without any obligation to be involved in our research. If, after viewing the studio, you think you’d like to help with our research program, we would be happy to discuss opportunities with you.

In the first instance, please contact Dr Beat Schwendimann.[close]

Are you planning to revise an existing course, create a new unit of study, or (re)design a learning space? Will you work on this collaboratively in a team? If so, we invite you t...[more]

New book on university teaching

If you are looking for an up-to-date practical introduction to university teaching from an Australian perspective, then this new book, University Teaching in Focus: A learning-centred approach is hard to go past.

The book "provides a foundational springboard for early career academics preparing to teach in universities. Focusing on four critical areas - teaching, curriculum, students, and quality/leadership - this succinct resource offers university teachers a straightforward approach to facilitating effective student learning" (Routledge). See the publisher's website for more information.

Dr Saranne Weller from the King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London In her review of the book states that "overall this new collection is a valuable addition to the field for those seeking up-to-date introductory readings". Read Dr Weller's full review here.

University Teaching in Focus: A learning-centred approach is priced at $59.95 (members $55.75) from the Co-op Bookshop.[close]

If you are looking for an up-to-date practical introduction to university teaching from an Australian perspective, then this new book, University Teaching in Focus: A learning-ce...[more]

Call extended for proposals for ePortfolio Forum

ePortfolios Australia is a professional network which aims to support the use of eportfolios in Australia and beyond through professional development activities and the sharing of resources, ideas and practice.

The call for proposals for the 2013 ePortfolios Australia Forum has been extended until 20 May 2013.

The Forum will be held on 3 October at the University of Canberra and is based on the theme "Digital Identities, Footprints and Networks”.

Proposals of 150 words or less to present or to facilitate a workshop/professional conversation should relate to one or more of the following themes:

  • Eportfolios supporting learning pathways
  • Managing online identities through eportfolios
  • Verifying evidence through eportfolios
  • Getting started with eportfolios and/or changing eportfolio platforms

For more information about themes and how to submit a proposal, click here.[close]

ePortfolios Australia is a professional network which aims to support the use of eportfolios in Australia and beyond through professional development activities and the sharing o...[more]

ASCILITE conference call for papers

The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) encourages and supports research into and exemplary use of technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education throughout Australasia.

ASCILITE has recently announced the call for papers for its 2013 conference.

The conference will be held from 1-4 December at Macquarie University, Sydney. Proposals for papers can be submitted under the following themes:

  • Learning from the Past
  • Understanding our Present
  • Imagining the Future

Paper formats include full and concise papers, digital posters, symposia and workshops. For more information about submission of papers and conference registration, click here.[close]

The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) encourages and supports research into and exemplary use of technologies for learning and teach...[more]

Deadline for submission of abstracts to AARE

The closing date for submission of abstracts to the 2013 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference is 31 May.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Adelaide Hotel, from 1-5 December 2013.

Abstracts can be submitted for individual presentations, symposia and posters in a wide range of areas in Education and in particular the Special Interest Group of Higher and Professional Education.

For more information about other special interest groups; how to submit an abstract; and to register your interest in the conference, click here.[close]

The closing date for submission of abstracts to the 2013 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference is 31 May. The conference will be held at the Hilton...[more]

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Current Events & Registration

register Sign up for Teaching@Sydney details 2014
register Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 25 June
register NSW Learning Analytics WG Meeting details 30 June
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 16 - 17 July
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 1 - 2 October

closed Dialogues with Sydney’s Distinguished Teachers details 29 May
closed Information Session for Grants details 20 May
closed #edtech talks: Dr Rosanne Quinnell and Professor Adam Morton details 15 May
closed Curriculum Conversations: Team Based Learning in Practice details 1 May

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