Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUTN) workshop 14 December 2017

Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUTN) workshop provides networking opportunities for Australia’s award winning teachers, in order to champion excellence in learning and teaching.

The program will give participants the chance to: meet with other award recipients (including past recipients); connect with national/state and territory learning and teaching networks; discuss the establishment of a national network of awards alumni and the launch of the new website; discuss mentoring opportunities; and view a poster showcase of recent grant projects and fellowship programs.

Please see the attached AAUTN Workshop for further details on the workshop sessions.

Thu. 14 December 2017
9:30 am – 2:00 pm AEDT
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Grand Hyatt Melbourne – Mayfair Ballroom
123 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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You can RSVP for the workshop here

We look forward to seeing you on the day.


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2018 HERDSA Conference: (Re)Valuing Higher Education

2-5 July 2018, Adelaide Convention Centre

The 41st annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) will be held 2-5 July 2018 (with pre-conference workshops on 2 July) at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide.

The theme for the conference is (Re)Valuing Higher Education. Higher education has undergone dramatic change in the last decade with an international agenda to open universities to a broader range of individuals while requiring researchers to focus on priorities set by government.

The sector is forced to continue to grapple with restrained budgets, increased student numbers, greater student diversity and government agendas requiring preparation of students for work and lifelong learning. It also faces an increasingly under resourced and corporatized and complex research environment.

Within this context we wish to consider what the value of higher education has become. By (Re)Valuing Higher Education we are revisiting the purpose and scope of what being a ‘university’ means as well as considering what differentiates ‘higher’ learning from other forms of post-secondary education.

We have identified areas and points of interest relevant to (Re)Valuing Higher Education as captured within our sub-themes. You are however, encouraged to interpret the themes as it best suits your own institutional or national context.

There are many diverse and wide-ranging perspectives from which to approach the notion of (Re)Valuing Higher Education. We welcome contributions that reflect the diversity of participants in higher education including private and non-university higher education providers, the vocational education and training sector, educators, researchers and students, administrators and policy makers, government, community and industry partners, and our culturally diverse communities. We also welcome international delegates who can provide insights into the value of higher education from other contexts and cultures.

Join us for HERDSA 2018, to share ideas and network with colleagues, forge new collaborations and gain new insights into the value of higher education as well as to enjoy the many attractions that Adelaide and its surrounds have to offer.


ISSoTL Conference 2018

October 24-27, 2018 – “Toward a Learning Culture” – Bergen, Norway

The 15th annual ISSOTL18 conference theme, Toward a learning culture, opens a space for discussions about the collegial, cultural, interprofessional and interpersonal dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. It will explore how teaching staff, students, educational leaders, administrators and community members can collaborate to foster a learning culture.

  •  A culture for learning: How do we generate and sustain meaningful teaching and learning that have a lasting impact, within and across courses, programs, departments and institutions?
  • A culture of learners: How do we engage and support the many players and complex relationships that together comprise a learning environment?
  • An inclusive learning culture: What happens when we connect student learning to life and work experiences beyond the (physical or virtual) classroom? What does teaching and learning look like, and what does SOTL look like, when inclusivity (of diverse perspectives as well as a diversity of people) is not an add-on but core to our practices?
  • A culture that learns: How is SOTL changing, and how can SOTL practice foster development and growth in higher education?

Welcome to Bergen in 2018! Join us in the ‘gateway to the fjords’, on October 24th – 27th

University of Bergen and bioCEED – Centre of Excellence in Biology Education


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


This year’s theme reflects Calgary’s high elevation of 1,049 meters and the nearby Canadian Rocky Mountains peaking at 3,747 meters, dramatically shaping the city’s western skyline. This theme will inspire new ideas, hope, and future-oriented thinking in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference will take place from October 11 through 14, 2017.

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