• Marriage Equality and Tertiary Education Students & Staff: Suggested Actions

    21st August 2017

    ALTF news

    As you will be aware, there is likely to be a postal survey regarding marriage equality held soon. Encouraging respectful debate is critical, as is encouraging our staff and students to participate in the survey by ensuring they are correctly enrolled to vote.

    If you are interested in this issue, the following three points are offered for your consideration:

    1. The NTEU recently issued a statement urging academics to encourage students to enrol to vote. See below. You might share this with first-year program convenors, noting that the enrolment deadline is this Thursday, 24 August 2017.
    2. The VC and Student Arc Chair at UNSW recently issued a joint statement in support of equity, diversity and inclusion and the LGBTQI+ community, and warning against discriminatory behaviour. See also below. You might like to encourage your VC to do the same.
    3. The Australian Psychological Society has an evidence-supported LGBTQI+ issues information webpage http://www.psychology.org.au/Content.aspx?ID=5638 (more resources will be added over the coming weeks). You might choose to share this webpage and/or seek to have it added to your own institution’s equity and wellbeing support and resources pages.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Kind regards,

    Jacky Cranney, Sally Kift and Dawn Bennett

     


     

    NTEU Email

    The deadline for correct enrolment in the national postal survey on marriage equality is 24 August.

    NTEU members are in a unique position to help achieve marriage equality by reminding students to enrol to vote and update their details. For this activity, only eight days remain.

    NTEU NSW has produced some resources which are available on our website, including:

    1. For teaching staff – a choice of images to insert into a powerpoint slide containing enrolment information so it can be included in lectures delivered to students.
    2. For everyone – a poster for you to print and place where students will see it.

    We will add resources to this page as the campaign progresses.

    While polling suggests a large majority of Australians support marriage equality, there is no telling what result a voluntary postal survey may deliver unless people are correctly enrolled and participate. In the last national postal ballot, (for the Constitutional Convention in 1997), just 33.9 per cent of people aged 18-25 participated.

    NTEU members have long campaigned for marriage equality. What happens in the next eight days could determine the outcome of the postal survey, which could either progress or delay marriage equality.

    We also believe our universities, as influential civil society institutions, have an important role to play in the promotion of human rights. We will be encouraging university managements to actively participate in ensuring students and staff are enrolled to vote, and to vote yes for equality.

    Equality is union business,

    Michael Thomson
    State Secretary

     


     

    UNSW Joint statement

    16 August 2017

    To the UNSW Community,

    With Australian Marriage Equality looking set to move to a postal vote, UNSW is reminding all staff and students of the importance of expressing your views on same sex marriage in a way that respects the rights and opinions of others.

    Although the University as an organisation does not take a stance on any political issues, we strongly encourage individual staff and students who are eligible to vote to express their views via the planned plebiscite and to ensure that their enrolment details are up to date.

    To enrol to vote, or to check to see if your enrolment details are correct, you need to visit the Australian Electoral Commission. The closing date for the electoral roll is next Thursday, 24 August 2017.

    UNSW has a clear and explicit ambition to contribute to equity, diversity and inclusion for students and staff, and to promote equality and diversity in society.  We support our LGBTIQ community through a variety of programs and projects, and we will continue to do so regardless of the outcome of the proposed plebiscite.

    Behaviour that is discriminatory, offensive, vilifying or in any other way negatively targets staff or students because of their sexual orientation, gender or sexuality, will not be tolerated at UNSW.

    More information on both student and staff codes of conduct are available online.

    If you feel that you need support, we would encourage you to contact the free and confidential UNSW Counselling Services (students) or the Employee Assistance Program (staff).

    Professor Ian Jacobs
    President and Vice-Chancellor
    UNSW Sydney

    Edward Bartolo
    Chair of the Board
    Arc @ UNSW

  • ALTF Fellows at HERDSA 2017

    20th June 2017

    ALTF news

    The 2017 HERDSA conference is taking place in Sydney in a weeks’ time. The theme for this year’s conference is Curriculum Transformation and is convened by ALT Fellow Romy Lawson. This year, ALTF is a proud sponsor of the expert streams that will be ongoing throughout the conference.

    A number of ALT Fellows will be participating in these streams and in workshops in Sydney across the week. Please see below for more information on where you can support Fellows.

    You can find more information about the conference at www.herdsa2017.org.

     

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  • ALTF leading collaborative SoTL with students as partners

    15th April 2017

    ALTF news, Fellow news

     The International Collaborative Writing Groups (ICWG) initiative created a space for ongoing collaboration amongst scholars of teaching and learning—including both students and staff. The second ICWG, linked to the 2015 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in Melbourne, Australia, involved 59 scholars from 11 countries and resulted in 6 co-authored manuscripts published in the latest issue of Teaching & Learning Inquiry. ALTC Fellow Kelly Matthews co-led this exciting initiative with Mick Healey, who described the 18-month long ICWG process as quite the roller coaster ride! The 6 articles cover topics of relevance to us all (and all with Australia scholars as co-authors): harnessing technology in eAssessment; credibility of teaching-focussed academics; deeper pedagogcial thinking for ‘flipped classrooms’; meta-cognition for transfer of learning; inclusive practices that transcend institutional cultures; and student voice in work-integrated learningRead more here.

  • Featured Fellow | Sally Varnham

    29th March 2017

    ALTF news, Featured Fellow, Fellow news

    Sally Varnham_Student Voice

    Starting a new conversation- towards a national framework for student partnership in university decision making – Professor Sally Varnham, National Senior Teaching Fellow

    Sally’s Fellowship is entitled Creating a National Framework for Student Partnership in University Decision-making and Governance. During 2017 the Fellowship is undertaking a sector-wide collaboration to develop an agreed set of principles, a framework for student engagement and ultimately toolkits to assist universities in the implementation of these principles. Sally will be coming soon to ‘a place near you’ so please take note of the workshop details listed below.

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  • Sector-wide backing kept us world-class by Professor Sally Kift

    17th February 2017

    ALTF news, Articles & Publications

    Sector-wide backing made us world-class

    Article by ALTF President, Professor Sally Kift, The Australian, 16.02.2017
    re-produced with permission

     

  • Featured Fellow: Jacquie McDonald

    3rd February 2017

    ALTF news, completed fellow, Featured Fellow

    Why is it so difficult to establish and sustain Communities of Practice (CoPs) in Higher Education? Several reasons, CoPs may be better suited to industry, academics are time jealous, and traditional facilitation (leadership) skills are challenged. Jacquie McDonald’s 2010-2012 Fellowship “CDP: community, domain, practice: facilitator catch cry for revitalising learning and teaching through communities of practice,” addressed these issues. It aimed to implement Communities of Practice (CoPs) to support learning and teaching in Higher Education using a robust and practical organising structure, and also researching and capacity-building the CoP facilitator’s role. The Fellowship report provides an outline of activities, research findings and resources.

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  • Fellowship Pins and congratulations

    11th January 2017

    ALTF news

    The impact that each Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow makes to improving our students’ learning and higher education experiences is greatly valued. Our Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship lapel pins are a symbol of this and formally presenting them gives us, our university colleagues and others opportunities to show their appreciation.

    The 2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ceremonies held across Australia in recent months provided opportunities to present Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship lapel pins to a number of our fellows.

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  • Australian Awards for University Teaching 2016

    19th October 2016

    ALTF news

    Congratulations to ALT Fellows Professor Mark Brimble, Dr Claire Palermo and Dr Ruth Bridgestock for being awarded 2016 citations for outstanding contributions to student learning.

    More than 100 of the nation’s university academics and professional staff have been recognised over the past two months for outstanding contributions to student learning. Current Fellows also received their pins at the various State Citations ceremonies.

  • Welcome to the new ALTF website!

    26th August 2016

    ALTF news

    We’re very pleased to announce a brand new look and feel to the ALTF website. Along with a new logo and home page, you will notice a new events page for upcoming ALTF events and other events by higher education organisations. If you have events you would like to see on the calendar please get in touch with Pip at contact@altf.org. This now completes phase one of the website development and phase two will commence shortly. During phase two we will further develop the resources page with fellowship documents, videos, articles and more. The new logo is available on the resources page for fellows to download and use.

  • Save the date for 2017 ALTF Forum

    25th August 2016

    ALTF news, Event news

    Planning is in progress for a 2017 ALTF forum to align with the 2017 HERDSA conference in Sydney. The forum will be held on Monday the 26thof June prior to the HERDSA conference so please save the date in your diaries.