Notes from Suzi Hewlett’s keynote address

These are the notes compiled from the audience’s feedback during Suzi Hewlett’s keynote address at the Networking to Succeed Workshop on 29 October 2012.

1. Like about OLT 

  • Good response from office
  • Seed projects
  • Continuity with ALTC
  • Recognition as Cat 1 grants
  • Approachability of the OLT

 2. Possible improvements

  • To communication via alert process
  • What are the ‘hot’ areas
  • Feedback on why a project was or wasn’t successful
  • Publication – who is lead author, how is work among team represented
  • Turnaround time was tight – hard to assimilate
  • The website – resources more accessible
  • Stats on success rates on programs
  • Improve dissemination of outcomes
  • Blended learning and doing it better – beyond just putting it up, and MOOCs conversation
  • Communication around policy issues, eg around thee pause
  • The PEN network – how OLT can optimise links with them
  • Skills seminars: e.g. using technol to enhance learning
  • Using outcomes of grants to build upon
  • Need guidelines and transparency around assessment of applications to OLT, as it is difficult to coach people on preparing applications
  • Collaboration on grants & need for partners
  • Disjunction between policy on practice, & academic resistance due to lack of connection and meaningful opportunity to inform policy. E.g. move to online. (John’s comment: Note that this was an additional issue added after the session, and may be an issue more relevant to institutional processes rather than the OLT)

3. Strategic

  • How to work/find out about new teaching focused positions
  • Internationalisation – ongoing major issue
  • MOOCs and what it mean, impact on international programs
  • Different perceptions of online L&T: diversity, managerialism
  • Supporting strat directions: e.g. Implications of facilitation funding cut from 2014
  • Focus on embedding scholarly teaching practices in Schools
  • Can OLT be a voice for policy change, eg SoTL doesn’t necessarily count for research outcomes
  • Opportunities to engage with OLT strategic directions, e.g. scholarships
  • Lifelong learning and increasing diversity of learners, e.g. need to address older population, learners with specific needs


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