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.
Time: August 7th 2017 between 12:00pm and 5:00pm
Venue: 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.
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!
Places are still available to attend The Monash Educational Excellence Research Group (MEERG) seminar presented by Dr Lisa Schmidt, Senior Lecturer in Health Professional Education at Flinders University.
Better judgement: Improving assessors’ management of factors affecting their judgement
Date: Thursday, 13 August 2015 Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Location: Monash University, Caulfield campus, The SLATE, Building C, room C3.22
Afternoon tea will be provided. Please book online here for catering purposes.
More information is contained in the attached flyer. Please note: This is a joint project with Lisa Schmidt, Lambert Schuwirth, and Maree O’Keefe, and could be of particular interest to staff teaching into medical degrees.
The University of Queensland has been working on a nationally funded Office for Learning and Teaching project on online business simulations and have two exciting announcements:
Project Website: we have just launched our project website: http://www.bizsims.edu.au/. The site provides resources for business educators interested in using online simulations to develop graduate capabilities that may be difficult to develop or assess using traditional pedagogies. Resources include case studies, assessment guides, marking rubrics, simulation profiles, a student learning barometer and other tools. We would like to invite anyone interested in online business simulations to visit the website and join our project community. The website will continue to grow as we develop more resources and case studies.
Forum on Business Graduate Capabilities: business graduate capabilities have taken on a new importance as a result of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the development of threshold learning outcomes in several business fields as well as ongoing pressure from peak industry bodies to produce work ready graduates. We would like to invite you to a half-day forum showcasing three projects that have examined innovative pedagogies for developing business graduate capabilities. Presentations will include:
Innovative Practices in Undergraduate Business Capstones – A/Prof Janis Bailey and Dr Liz van Acker, Griffith University
Integrated Business Consulting– Reality Driven Rigour – A/Prof Christine Burton, University of Technology, Sydney
Simulation-based Pedagogies in Business – Dr. Pierre Benckendorff, The University of Queensland
Thursday 6 November 2014, Victoria University City Convention Centre,
City Flinders Campus, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
The Victorian/Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network is a project funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching.
The Network has as its aim 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.
In this workshop, creative forms of teaching evidence will be explored by a range of experts and leaders in the area, with topics including ePortfolios, blogs, evidencing teaching impact on learning and the student learning experience. This workshop will be of interest to all practising teachers and educators.
The morning workshop will be hosted by Victoria University, at their City campus in Melbourne. Following the morning event, a catered lunch will be provided allowing for networking.
8.30 – 9am Registration
9am Keynote – Denise Chalmers, Winthrop Professor and Director (CATL),
University of Western Australia
Title: Education teaching quality
9.45am Speed dating – networking opportunity for attendees
The event will be kicked off by Lauren Sayer and Emma Fraser, who will share the amazing work being done at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, where eportfolios are being used to support chronically ill students achieve their greatest learning potential. Their presentation is called Eportfolio learning design and implementation.
This amazing presentation will be followed by a Plenary Panel discussion led by Prof Beverley Oliver, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and ALTC National Teaching Fellow Deakin University, on the question: What does it mean to have a digital profile in 2014?
FAILURE AS A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS Transforming failed grant applications into successes
A workshop hosted by Deakin University
This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to hear from highly qualified professionals in their field about their experiences of taking failure and transforming it into something positive.
Program 9.00-9.30 Registration 9.30-10.00 Keynote: Monica Curro, Assistant Principal 2nd Violin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: What can auditions teach us? Learning from failure 10.00-10.30 Keynote: Sally Kift, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic, James Cook University: Failure as Feedforward for Success (or have a Plan B) 10.30-11.00 Morning tea 11.00-12.00 Round table session 1: Dummy failed grant application 12.00-1.00 Round table session 2: Real failed grant application 1.00-2.00 Lunch
The workshop will provide practical hands-on activities to:
critically analyse failed grant applications to identify which areas to improve, and
think creatively about transforming or reappropriating these projects into something else entirely.
This is a flipped format with pre-workshop activities for participants to access online.
The hands on activities will use real grant applications to provide participants with realistic practical experiences of working through an application.
If you would like to use one of your own rejected grant applications as a workshop activity, please email it to Bella by the end of April. These will of course be anonymised.
Spaces for this workshop are limited, so please register now if you would like to secure a place.
Violinist Monica Curro is currently in her 17th year as Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 5 years before that. Monica has taught violin at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts and has coached at the Australian National Academy of Music and its Young Academy. She regularly tutors for Australian Youth Orchestra and National Music Camp programs. Monica recently gave the world premiere, as co-soloist with her sister Sarah, of Stefan Cassomenos’ Double Violin Concerto for acoustic, semi-acoustic and electric violins. In October 2013, she appeared as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Sally Kift Sally Kift is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University and President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF). Prior to commencing at JCU in 2012, Sally was a Professor of Law at Queensland University oTechnology, where she also served as Law Faculty Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning (2001-2006) and QUT’s foundational Director, First Year Experience (2006-2007). Sally is a national Teaching Award winner (2003) and national Program Award winner (2007). She was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) in 2006 to investigate the first year experience and is currently a Discipline Scholar in Law.
Failure as Feedforward for Success (or have a Plan B) As any Google search of “success from failure” will tell you, many people fail their way to success. This is an undoubtedly true and motivating sentiment, but how does it translate to our current fraught and highly competitive grant environment where, if at first you don’t succeed, you are in very good company: only about 20% of OLT grant applications are ultimately successful. This presentation will not (and cannot) provide any silver bullet for grant success, but will suggest some strategies that may assist colleagues to at least ensure that the enormous effort put into grant applications and re-submissions might pay personal and institutional dividends; perhaps leading to a different, but equally valid, kind of success.
The VTAS Promoting Excellence Network and RMIT University held a Learning Futures workshop on Wednesday 13 November. Approximately 115 people attended this event and heard presentations by Hamish Coates, Phill Dawson, Betty Leask, Beverley Oliver and Gilly Salmon.
Thank you to all attendees and presenters.
Videos and the keynote presentation slides from the day can be accessed below.