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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