OLT – National Senior Teaching Fellowship Activity – “Having the Hard Conversations”


Good practice in working with resistance to Indigenous health and cultural safety

Date: Tuesday 21st – Wednesday 22nd April, 2015

Venue: Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex, Flinders University,
Adelaide, SA, Australia

Format: Day One – Public Symposium
Day Two – Invited Roundtable

This two-day event is presented by the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide(Flinders University) and its collaborators in the 2014-15 National Senior Teaching Fellowship, Having the Hard Conversations: Strengthening pedagogical effectiveness by working with student and institutional resistance to Indigenous health curriculum.

The Symposium (Day One) is open to all. A number of leading scholars in this area, some bringing a specifically-Australian focus and some an international one, will present and analyse models for better comprehending the spectrum of educational-setting responses to Indigenous health and cultural safety curriculum. Peak national Indigenous health professional organisations will also be represented. Fellowship collaborators will present a draft Good Practice Framework for enhancing student and institutional engagement with Indigenous health and cultural safety, in the service of creating more-effective practitioners. Panel sessions will particularly focus on strategies for recognising, engaging and working through resistance, whether student/professional development resistance to curriculum or resistance within university faculties, hospitals and other institutional settings. Some key questions that the Symposium will address will be:

• How do we turn disengagement into continuing engagement with Aboriginal health /
cultural safety training?
• What would diminish resistance / make the conversation easier?
• What would it take to turn organisations, services or systems into culturally-safe ones?

Day Two is an invited Roundtable, designed for scholars, educators, health professional organisations, administrators, health and human services practitioners, public servants, NGOs and Indigenous community and health organisation representatives. This will be a facilitated Roundtable, whose sessions address the issues raised in Day One, refine the draft Good Practice Framework, and review and strengthen, as necessary, a suite of planned dissemination activities to advance uptake of the issues and strategies canvassed around resistance and engagement.

Further information on registration, presenters and programme will be available early in the new year. Please address any inquiries to Ms Di Autio, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-being, Adelaide: Ph. +61 (0)8 7221 8599; E-mail . My apologies for any double-postings.

Best wishes,


Prof. Dennis McDermott
Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being / Faculty of Health Sciences / Flinders University / Ph. +61 (0)8 7221 8604 / E-mail dennis.mcdermott@flinders.edu.au
National Senior Teaching Fellow (2014-15), Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)
W: http://mtu.flinders.edu.au/events/Ngara…DeepListening…SeeingTwoWays.cfm
W: https://www.youtube.com/user/LIMENetworkProgram/playlists

Executive Assistant: Ms Di Autio, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-being, Adelaide: Ph. +61 (0)8 7221 8599; E-mail .

Resources from the workshop: Creative forms of teaching evidence

The slides from our keynote speaker Professor Denise Chalmers, University of Western Australia are available below:

Education Teaching Quality – Australian Criteria and Standards for University Teaching

Kate Coleman, Deakin University spoke about ePortfolio’s, here is the link to the online portfolio site she created for the workshop.

The slides from the VTAS presentation by Joy Whitton, Monash University and Melody West, University of Tasmania are below:

VTAS Presentation – Activity Map

VTAS Presentation slides

The slides from our Panel – the recent recipients of the Office for Learning and Teaching Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence are available below:

Professor James Arvanitakis, University of Western Sydney

Associate Professor Mahfuz Aziz, University of South Australia

Professor Stephen Barkoczy, Monash University

The video of the workshop containing all the presentations and workshop sessions will be uploaded to our website ASAP.







Reminder – National Summit on Benchmarking Distributed Leadership – Registrations Close 21 November 2014

Are you wondering how to demonstrate IMPACT in your OLT project grant applications? Does  your grant application include a process that engages many people in its implementation? If so, you may be interested in the National Summit on Distributed Leadership in which the issue or how to demonstrate impact on building leadership capacity as part of your projects.
TIME: 9.30-4.30
WHERE: Melbourne – RMIT University
REGISTRATION: Funded by the OLT. Please complete the online Registration form at http://survey.opinio.net/s?s=10718. Closes Friday November 21st
SUPPORTED BY: OLT and the L.H Martin Institute
There is still limited opportunity for you to present a case study based on your experience of using distributed leadership. An online Distributed Leadership Benchmark tool has been designed to enable you to rate, appraise and reflect upon your distributed leadership experience against good practice benchmarks. To access the online Distributed Leadership Benchmark tool click on the link http://survey.opinio.net/s?s=10478
Please provide your email address at the end of your entries before you click​ SUBMIT​.

We will then send you an electronic version of the data you have entered (as the online tool only allows you to print your entry). 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.

We look forward to disseminating our Distributed Leadership Benchmarks; providing a valuable networking opportunity and engaging in high-level discussions around shared approaches to leadership in higher education.
If you would like any further information on our OLT project on distributed leadership, please go to www.distributedleadership.com.au<http://www.distributedleadership.com.au/>.
I would be happy to discuss the details of your participation by email (Sandra.jones@rmit.edu.au<mailto:Sandra.jones@rmit.edu.au>) or by telephone (+61 2 9925 5961).
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Jones on behalf of the OLT Benchmarking Distributed Leadership project team

STEM Ecosystem Industry Breakfast – RMIT

The STEM Ecosystem Project at RMIT University is building cross-disciplinary leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. A core objective is to connect STEM academic staff with industry leaders creating networks, fostering best practice and cross fertilisation of knowledge. The project is supported by the Federal Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT).

We are hosting an Industry Breakfast to tackle the question “What does Industry want from STEM graduates”. Our keynote speaker is Leonie Walsh, Lead Scientist, Victorian Government.

I would like to invite you to join us for the Industry Breakfast on 25 November, 2014; an invitation is attached.

There will be opportunities to network with STEM Academic Staff and Industry colleagues to discuss industry’s requirements for STEM graduates.

Looking forward to seeing you at RMIT University.

Register for this event before Tuesday, 17 November by emailing your details to belinda.kennedy@rmit.edu.au

Dr Belinda Kennedy, Project Manager, Office of Learning and Teaching, STEM Ecosystem Project, College of Science, Engineering and Health, RMIT University (City campus), Melbourne 3001, Tel: (03) 9925 0995




357 days until ISSOTL 2015!

The 12th annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will take place from 27-30 October 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The conference will be co-hosted by Monash University and RMIT University and held at RMIT University, located in the central business district of Melbourne. At this major international conference, you will have the opportunity to hear from, and interact with, scholars of teaching and learning from around the world. The conference theme, Leading Learning and the Scholarship of Change, will explore how teaching staff and students in universities can lead quality learning and teaching practice as we move inevitably towards more changes in higher education. You will be able to interact with colleagues and build networks that will enable you to participate actively in the distributed leadership of the academy. We look forward to hearing from you at the conference and to working with you beyond the event.

Registration opens on 27 November 2015.  For more details please visit the website: http://issotl2015.com.au/


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 http://survey.opinio.net/s?s=10718

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 www.distributedleadership.com.au.or contact me by email (Sandra.jones@rmit.edu.au) 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: http://www.bizsims.edu.au/. 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:http://boliver.ning.com

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


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