Invitation to Participate in a National Summit on Distributed Leadership:

Benchmarking Distributed Leadership to Demonstrate Impact

Dear Colleague

You were recently invited to register or nominate a delegate to a National Summit on DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP which will be held on Monday 1 December at RMIT University.

Based on requests from colleagues to explore the potential for the Benchmarks for Distributed Leadership to demonstrate IMPACT, particularly given the new Impact focus of OLT projects, we have added this focus to the National Summit.

The National Summit is supported by the OLT and the L.H Martin Institute with registration funded by the OLT.

Your active participation is encouraged through the opportunity to present a case study using the online Distributed Leadership Benchmark tool we have designed. To access the online Distributed Leadership Benchmark tool click on the link below.

To take advantage of the opportunity to present a case study at the National Summit please provide your email address at the end of your entries before you click Submit.

Selected case studies will be invited to submit a full refereed article for a Special Issue publication on the implementation and impact of distributed leadership in Higher Education.

To register for the Summit please complete the online Registration form at

Please find attached a POSTER which we ask you to display across your universities.National summit poster v2-1

Registration closes Friday 14th November.

If you would like any further information on distributed leadership, please go to contact me by email ( or by telephone (+61 2 9925 5961).

Professor Sandra Jones,  Project Leader on behalf of the Distributed Leadership Project Team

University of Queensland – Building Business Graduate Capabilities

The University of Queensland has been working on a nationally funded Office for Learning and Teaching project on online business simulations and have two exciting announcements:

  1. Project Website: we have just launched our project website: The site provides resources for business educators interested in using online simulations to develop graduate capabilities that may be difficult to develop or assess using traditional pedagogies. Resources include case studies, assessment guides, marking rubrics, simulation profiles, a student learning barometer and other tools. We would like to invite anyone interested in online business simulations to visit the website and join our project community. The website will continue to grow as we develop more resources and case studies.
  2. Forum on Business Graduate Capabilities: business graduate capabilities have taken on a new importance as a result of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the development of threshold learning outcomes in several business fields as well as ongoing pressure from peak industry bodies to produce work ready graduates. We would like to invite you to a half-day forum showcasing three projects that have examined innovative pedagogies for developing business graduate capabilities. Presentations will include:
  • Innovative Practices in Undergraduate Business Capstones – A/Prof Janis Bailey and Dr Liz van Acker, Griffith University
  • Integrated Business Consulting – Reality Driven Rigour – A/Prof Christine Burton, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Simulation-based Pedagogies in Business – Dr. Pierre Benckendorff, The University of Queensland

The forum offers a unique opportunity to network with peers, hear the latest thinking and gain insight into the role of pedagogy in the future of business education. Forums will be hosted in Sydney (10 November), Melbourne (11 November) and Brisbane (3 December). Further details are attached. The Melbourne forum has been timed to coincide with the National Peer Review of Assessment Network Forum (12 November) and the Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence National Forum (13 November).

Kind Regards
Pierre Benckendorff
Project Leader
The University of Queensland

Roadshow Forum Flyer

Deakin University: Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence: National Forum, November 13, 2014

This Office for Learning and Teaching national forum will showcase examples from the thought leaders in the field in prior learning, credentialing, open badges practice and research, and offer an employer’s perspective. The forum is a national event at Deakin University Burwood campus with sites for colleagues in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. We are utilising Cisco’s WebEx as our streaming platform for our national host sites through our partnership with Cisco as a project partner. 

Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence: National Forum, November 13, 2014

Mozilla’s Open Badges project has opened up a new way of recognising skills and learning through an open, stackable framework and provided an opportunity to recognise more detailed aspects of learning. For example, whereas achievement of learning may be somewhat invisible in collated marks and grades, open badges enable the warranting of capabilities including those that are difficult to measure (such as team work and intercultural competence). Badging skills, experiences and knowledge can supplement or even replace traditional assessment signals such as marks and grades. Open badges can also enable a more social approach to assessment: badges can be issued or endorsed by designated stakeholders – peers, mentors, industry, associations – both within and outside of an institution and build the learner’s ability to judge their own and others’ performance.


  1. Dan Hickey, Indiana University; Director of the Open Badges Design Principles Documentation Project
  2. Nan Travers, SUNY, Director of the Office of Collegewide Academic Review
  3. David Gibson, Curtin University
  4. Allyn Radford, CEO, DeakinDigital
  5. Michael Evans, Neukom Fellow, Dartmouth College
  6. Joanna Normoyle, Experiential and Digital Media Learning Coordinator; UC Davis
  7. Janet Strivens, Centre for Lifelong Learning Educational Development Division, The University of Liverpool, Senior Associate Director, The CRA
  8. Susi Steigler-Peters, Education Industry Executive, Telstra

Register Here

Deakin’s strategic commissioned project site can be found at:

Please feel free to pass this email on to any interested colleagues

Kathryn Coleman, Lecturer (Cloud Learning)

Project Manager, OLT Project

Curate, credential and carry forward digital learning evidence


Deakin University Melbourne City Centre Campus , Level 4, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne

Phone:  +61 3 92468265

Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B



Workshop|6 November|Creative forms of teaching evidence

Victoria University logo      Workshop ‘Creative Forms of Teaching Evidence’

Hosted by Victoria University

Thursday 6 November 2014, Victoria University City Convention Centre,

City Flinders Campus, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

The Victorian/Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network is a project funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching.

The Network has as its aim to promote collaboration that maximises dissemination of innovation and good teaching practice.  Its vision is to support professional development and the sharing of systems, knowledge and processes that contribute to optimising student learning.

In this workshop, creative forms of teaching evidence will be explored by a range of experts and leaders in the area, with topics including ePortfolios, blogs, evidencing teaching impact on learning and the student learning experience. This workshop will be of interest to all practising teachers and educators.

The morning workshop will be hosted by Victoria University, at their City campus in Melbourne.  Following the morning event, a catered lunch will be provided allowing for networking.


8.30 – 9am      Registration

9am                 Keynote – Denise Chalmers, Winthrop Professor and Director (CATL),

University of Western Australia

Title: Education teaching quality

9.45am           Speed dating – networking opportunity for attendees

10.00am         Morning tea

10.15am         Presentation – Joy Whitton & Melody West, VTAS Promoting Excellence Network,

Title: Creative forms of teaching evidence

10.45am         Presentation – Kate Coleman, Lecturer Deakin University

                         Title: ePortfolios

11.15am         Panel – recent recipients of the Office for Learning and Teaching

Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

 Title: Creative forms of teaching evidence

The panel will draw on the type of evidence they used in their recent successful application.  There will be an opportunity after all the panel members have presented to ask any questions.

12.00pm         Survey – post event evaluation

12:15pm         Lunch

1pm                 End of event

Spaces for this workshop are limited, so please register now if you would like to secure a place.



Office for Learning and Teaching – Information Sessions – 2015 Grants, Awards and Fellowships

The Office for Learning and Teaching are running a series of information sessions to discuss enhancements to OLT programmes.

The information sessions will cover the OLT’s Grants, Fellowships and Awards Programmes, and will have a specific focus on applying for 2015 Grants. The sessions will also include a mini-workshop by Tilly Hinton, OLT Secondee, on project impact, which is a criterion for 2015 Grants.

The information for the Victorian and Tasmanian sessions are:

Victoria: Thursday 23 October, Melbourne, at Monash University Conference Centre

Tasmania: Wednesday 22 October, Hobart, at UTAS

Online session: Monday 27 October (will be via Go-To-Meeting)

The flyers for the Victorian, Tasmanian and online session are attached.

Registration is done online, and the OLT will send a confirmation email with details of the venue to participants in due course.

The OLT would be grateful if you could encourage all potential applicants to attend this session as it has direct relevance to them. Please feel free to forward the flyer for the relevant session(s).


OLT Online Information Session flyer OLT Information Session flyer VIC (1)OLT Information Session flyer TAS

2014 Eportfolio Forum – Full Program now available

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Following the success of the 2012 and 2013 Eportfolio Forums, the 2014 Organising Committee are excited to share with you the full 2014  Eportfolio Forum – Moving Forward program #eportforumImage of 2014 Eportfolio Forum Program

The 2014 Eportfolio Forum will be held on 2 October 2014 at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

The event will be kicked off by Lauren Sayer and Emma Fraser, who will share the amazing work being done at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, where eportfolios are being used to support chronically ill students achieve their greatest learning potential.  Their presentation is called Eportfolio learning design and implementation.

This amazing presentation will be followed by a Plenary Panel discussion led by Prof Beverley Oliver, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and ALTC National Teaching Fellow Deakin University, on the question: What does it mean to have a digital profile in 2014?

Click here to read more about these opening sessions.

The remainder of the day is made up of 30 different Workshops, 20×20 Presentations, Facilitated Conversations and Posters based on the themes of:

  • Eportfolio use in formal education
  • Eportfolio use beyond formal education
  • Eportfolio use from the user’s or learner’s perspective
  • Eportfolio learning and design

The Eportforum ends with a networking event at the Eagle Bar, La Trobe University.

The Eportforum is also supported by half-day workshops on 1 October at La Trobe University.  Download the workshops program here.

Register now as places are limited!  

Click here to find out more registering and accommodation options.

For more information contact:

Allison Miller – 0400 732 270 or


Update – Office for Learning and Teaching – Innovation and Development Grants – Round 1, 2015

An update from the Office for Learning and Teaching in relation to the Innovation and Development Grants Programme in 2015.

As you are aware, the Information and Application Instructions for OLT’s Programmes are reviewed annually. This process provides an opportunity to ensure programme design continues to support the OLT’s objective of excellence in learning and teaching in higher education.

In considering its programmes in 2015, the OLT is particularly keen to:

  • Raise the impact of OLT grants and fellowships
  • Reduce red-tape for higher education institutions

As such the 2015 instructions are being improved across three main areas:

  • Project impact:  will be a focus for all grants projects from 2015 onwards. Applications for new grants will need to address project impact in a more explicit and structured way.
  • Reporting: has been streamlined and reduced with new formats that will support project impact.
  • Priority areas: have been updated to reflect current and emerging priorities. As a result, some issues previously considered priority have now been removed, and new priorities have been identified and included.

In addition, you will notice that the instruction document is more streamlined, with related information, previously included across different sections, now consolidated. Please also note that applications for Seed projects will be accepted in round 2 2015 only, not in round 1.

Further information about the changes will be provided when the 2015 Innovation and Development Grants Programme Information and Application Instructions go on our website. They are planned to be released at the end of August. The due date for applications for round 1 2015 will be towards the end of November 2014.

Please feel free to forward this notification to colleagues, and please be in touch with the OLT with questions or concerns.