Assessment Design Decisions Framework Launch

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Assessment Design Decisions Framework Launch.

When: Monday 16th March at 4 – 6.30pm
Where: Monash University conference centre, Level 7, 30 Collins St., Melbourne.

Registration has been extended until Friday 6th March

As there is limited venue space still available, please respond ASAP to ensure your registration.

The framework is the result of extensive research of tertiary education assessment and has been designed to help university teachers make good decisions about assessment design, while taking into account contextual influences and challenges.

Please see the attached invitation for further details.

ADD launch invitation_March 2015_final print qual-1

Apologies for any cross-postings.

Kind Regards,

Bronwyn Beovich
(on behalf of the Assessment Design Decisions team)

Bronwyn Beovich
Research Assistant
School of Nursing & Midwifery
HealthPEER (Health Professions Education and Educational Research)

Bldg 13 C, Clayton Campus,
Monash University
ph: +61 3 9905 0316

Tues / Wed / Thurs

CALL FOR PAPERS- SENSORIA: A Journal of Mind, Brain and Culture

Dear Vic/Tas PE Network members,

We are editing a special edition of Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain and Culture and we would like you to invite you to submit an article for this special release. The special edition is focussed on the future of higher education, especially on students’ perspectives regarding what they think the future of learning and teaching may (should? could? will?) consist of. Papers could also focus on academics’ perspective of what they think may be the future of higher education may be and how students may respond to this.

The journal: Sensoria is a multidisciplinary journal and is particularly interested in thought-provoking, progressive and topical research and analyses with a focus on rational inquiry.

Please have a peek at the call for papers at:

Expressions of interests are due on the 13th of April, with full papers due on the 30th of June, 2015.

If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact me. We hope that you might consider submitting a paper for this special edition.

Kind regards,

Dr Simone Buzwell
Swinburne University of Technology
Australia 3122

Invitation to participate in workshop led by Emeritus Prof Geoff Scott

The University of Tasmania is delighted to invite you to participate in a workshop led by Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott to discuss current developments in assuring quality and achievement standards in Australian higher education and successful approaches to leadership in this area. He holds an Office for Learning and Teaching National Senior Teaching Fellowship entitled: Assuring the quality of achievement standards and their valid assessment in Australian higher education.

Please forward this invitation to academic staff, particularly, Heads of School, Associate Deans (L&T) and Heads of Program (or Course)

Key aspects of the workshop will include:

– What is happening internationally around assuring the quality of achievement standards and their valid assessment in Higher Education
– Validating learning outcomes and assuring the fitness of purpose of assessment and not just its fitness for purpose
– Ensuring we are using a valid professional and graduate capability framework
– The importance of developing graduates who are work ready and the results of successful early career graduates studies and focused employer feedback
– Ensuring that course level outcomes are valid
– The role of local leadership in successful change management in this area
– Policy implications for the University
– Development of a national online peer support and moderation tool and clearinghouse of good practice in assessment

State/Territory Workshops

Tasmania: University of Tasmania
6th March 2015 – 9.00am-12.50pm
Cradle Coast Campus: MR.AK07.L01.159 – CC.B159 Video Conference Room
Sandy Bay Campus: SB.AX17.L02.210 – SB.SocSci210 Video Conference Room
Newnham Campus: NH.BF24.L00.023 – NH.A023 Video Conference Room
Rozelle Video Conference Room

Victoria: Victoria University
24th April 2015 – 1.00pm-4.00pm

Venue: TBC

Please RSVP by April 10 for seating and catering to
If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We will be updating you with more details on the State-based workshops when these become available.

Best wishes,
Sara Booth

Dr Sara Booth | Head, Student Evaluation, Review & Reporting Unit [SERRU]
Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education)
University of Tasmania | Locked Bag 1313, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250
T: (03) 6324 3587 | E:
W: | Skype: sara.booth5


Workshop Page 1

Workshop Page 2

Office for Learning and Teaching Awards Workshops

Dear Colleagues

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) is working with the Promoting Excellence Networks in organising a series of Award workshops in most capital cities in February and March 2015, to provide more information on the Australian Awards for University Teaching and other OLT programmes.

We warmly welcome and encourage all ICOs, potential nominees and staff from the learning and teaching units to attend these workshops, where they will find out more about the Awards programme, hear from the Awards recipients and assessors, and gain insight into how to write good nominations. This is also an excellent opportunity for the ICOs and institutions to network and share ideas on how to support the nominees and recipients better.

The Victorian/Tasmania workshop will be running from 10am to 1pm local time on the date and location listed below. Two teleconferences will be available for staff who cannot attend the workshops in person.

Victoria / Tasmania – Monday 23 February 2015 – Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
Teleconference (1 hour) – Thursday 19 March 2015 – Session one: 10 – 11am (AEDT) or Session two: 1 – 2pm (AEDT)

Registration is now opened at .

Please feel free to spread the word and promote the event in your institution by using the flyer. We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the workshops. For any enquiries, please contact OLT at

Kind regards

Dr Paul Corcoran

Director, Awards & Networks

Office for Learning and Teaching

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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
National Senior Teaching Fellow (2014-15), Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)

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 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
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<>.
I would be happy to discuss the details of your participation by email (<>) 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

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: