Photo Galleries: VTAS PEN Workshop at 7th August 2017

Welcome to the workshop

A/Prof Angela Carbone – Project Leader
Director, Education Excellence,
Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching (MU-OLT)

Background and Overview to University Teaching Awards

Mr. Adam Chapman
Department of Education and Training (DET)

Keynote: Evaluating your Practice

A/Prof Karen Burke da Silva
(AAUTY 2016, Flinders University)

Panel Session:

Evaluation and Collection of Evidence

Poster Session

Breakout Session:

Unpacking Evaluation Challenges and Opportunities

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 28-30 June 2017

Join us for the 40th annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) to be held 28-30 June 2017 (with pre-conference workshops on 27 June) at the ICC (International Convention Centre), Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The theme for the conference is Curriculum Transformation. Effective curriculum transformation is seen to optimise the curriculum as a framework for student learning and experience rather than as simply an organising framework for disciplinary knowledge. It puts quality at the centre of this process and ensures support for staff in curriculum development and innovative teaching practice.

VTAS PEN Workshop: Evaluating your Teaching Practice – applying for a Citation or Teaching Award

This VTAS PEN Workshop is designed to up-skill academic and professional staff interested in preparing to apply for a local or national citation or teaching award.  This Workshop is targeting Criteria 3 of the National Awards – relating to Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. Please see the attached VTAS PEN Workshop for further details on the workshop sessions.
August 7th 2017 between 12:00pm and 5:00pm

Monash University Law Chambers
Ground Floor
555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

You can RSVP for the workshop here

We look forward to seeing you on the day.


AAUT to move to UA

As part of its Higher Education Reform Package the Federal Government’s Department of Education and Training will cease to fund and administer the Australian Awards for University Teaching.  It, together with the OLT’s digital repository for HE learning and teaching, will move to Universities Australia from 1 January 2018 (Higher Education Reform Package, p20).

The HE Reform Package says the Government has supported the recognition of high quality learning and teaching for more than 20 years and “Given the levels of funding provided to institutions it is appropriate that the higher education sector takes increased responsibility for the recognition and promotion of quality in higher education teaching and learning.

“…the best approach to the long-term sustainability of the awards lies with the higher education sector taking ownership and ensuring that the AAUT target exceptional performance in areas that are relevant, and important, to the sector” (ibid).

Universities Australia will also curate the OLT digital L&T research library to ensure project reports and resources continue to be accessible.

OLT National Teaching Fellow Lisa Tee: MyCourseMap Workshop

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OLT National Teaching Fellow Assoc Prof Lisa Tee from Curtin University is travelling to the eastern states to undertake workshops as part of her OLT National Teaching Fellowship, which identifies the need to communicate transparent and “visible” curricula to students. This event will be hosted at RMIT University city Campus on Wednesday 19 April 2017.
Please see the attached flyer for further details on the workshop sessions.
You can RSVP for the workshop here.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
More information about the day is available here: OLTNTF_Workshop Invitation RMIT

HERDSA/ACEN Rekindled Conference

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The Victorian HERDSA Branch in collaboration with ACEN and Monash University are hosting a 1-day conference on Friday 2 December 2016 at Monash University Caulfield Campus.
This event will cover topics such as professional and employability skills, work-integrated learning, and industry and community collaboration and engagement.
Please see the attached flyer and program for further details on the presentations.
You can register for the event here.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
More information about the day is available here:  herdsa-acen-rekindled

HERDSA – Academic Integrity Forum 26 Sep 2016, 9:30-11:30am


  • A/Prof Wendy Sutherland-Smith,  A/Prof Phillip Dawson,  Dr Helen Walker, Deakin University:  Contract cheating: What do student advocates think?
  •  A/Prof Judy Sheard, Monash University: Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text
  •  Dr Fiona Henderson, Victoria University: Supporting unit coordinators to implement academic integrity policies, resources and scholarship

Chaired by: Trish McCluskey, Deakin University

Venue: Deakin University, Burwood Campus, Burwood Conference Centre (Building BC).  See Burwood Campus map. Transport and parking: For information on how to get to Deakin and where to park, see this link.  RSVP: Please register for this event by September 22 here.  For further information please contact Bella Ross at

HERDSA Assessment at Scale forum

Dear HERDSA Victoria Branch Member,

The HERDSA Victoria Branch would like to invite you a forum on Assessment at Scale on June 15th from 10-12 at ACU.

This forum will explore the use of assessment for large cohorts. There will be 3 presentations followed by a panel discussion:

Presenter                      Title                                                                          Affiliation                          

Dr Grainne Oates         Using apps in a large first year core unit          Swinburne University

Dr Simone Gibson       Competency based assessment                           Monash University

Sharon Horwood          First year psychology at Deakin                          Deakin University

Hannah Bereznicki

A/Prof Wendy Sutherland-Smith



Please register for this event using this link. If you have questions or topics you would like to raise, please do so via the registration form.


The forum will take place at ACU in the Daniel Mannix Building, level 7, room 2. See ACU map (building 2).

Transport and Parking

Parking at ACU is very limited and usually full by 8am. The public transport is excellent. For transport and parking, see this link. For further information please contact Bella Ross at


VTAS PEN pre-conference workshops

Thursday 28 April 2016, 1.30pm-5.00pm, Langham Hotel, Southbank, Melbourne

The Victorian/Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network presents two workshops prior to the OLT Conference dinner on Thursday 28th April 2016.

Workshop 1:      Impact of IMPEL framework by Tilly Hinton

Workshop 2:      Shaking up Higher Education – Learnings from National Award Winners, featuring 2016 Australian University Teacher of the Year A/Prof Kevin Tant

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

During Workshop 1, Tilly Hinton will discuss the impact of the IMPEL framework using exemplars of successful grant applications supported with the IMPEL ladder.

Workshop 2 will involve OLT teaching award winners discussing the impact the award had on their careers and networks. Speakers include; A/Prof Robyn Brandenburg, A/Prof Kevin Tant – 2015 Australian University Teacher of the Year Award winner, A/Prof Natalie Brown, Prof Sally Kift & Tara Newman workshopping the benefits creating a community of practice of national award winners.


1:30 – 2:00pm           Registration for Workshop 1 (Clarendon Ballroom)

2:00 – 3:00pm           Workshop 1 – Impact of the IMPEL framework by guest speaker Tilly Hinton

3:00 – 3:30pm            Afternoon tea & Registration for Workshop 2

3:30 – 5:00pm            Workshop 2 – Shaking up Higher Education: Learnings from National Award Winners

Note: Those who have registered for the OLT conference dinner will depart on the bus at 5:30pm to Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.


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

When registering please remember to indicate if you have, or have not, also registered for the OLT Conference (check Yes or No box). OLT Conference details are available here.

Please contact us on 9905 9439 if you have any additional questions prior to your attendance!

Invitation to participate in important survey on models of intensive mode teaching

The Office for Learning and Teaching has commissioned RMIT University, The University of Western Australia, and University of Tasmania to undertake a strategic priority project to support and improve students’ experiences of capability development in courses with intensive mode teaching. Intensive mode teaching engages students in facilitated learning activities or classes intensively over longer in a day than is usual in the discipline, and over fewer days than a traditional course. A good practice guide on supporting the student experience of capability development with intensive mode teaching will be developed.

Recent, current, and future coordinators of units with intensive mode teaching are invited to share their models by completing a 15-minute online survey. Coordinators of non-standard courses such as bridging courses are also welcome to participate.

Link to survey:

More information about this project can be found here.