20th June 2017
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.
2nd June 2017
Are we there yet: Making curriculum visible to students
Are we doing enough to increase visibility of graduate capabilities, program learning outcomes and curriculum intent to students? Why students are not provided the whole of curriculum details at the point of enrolment? Current students are able to access course information online, but the information frequently lacks relevant detail and is presented such that there is minimal student perception of relevance. Students rarely see a course-wide view of their studies, and yet their courses are developed with just such a holistic view. And yet, clearly defined course learning outcomes and graduate attributes are essential for producing graduates with the skills necessary to be proficient employees and contributors to society.
30th May 2017Earlier this month ALT Fellow Dr. Anne Gardner presented on learning frameworks to engineering students at UWA. Students had answered questions online prior to the symposium to create their individual learning profile and worked in groups, using resources created as part of the Fellowship, to help them interpret their own profile and decide on strategies to develop their learning capacity. Presentations and handouts from all Anne’s workshops are available on the aaee-scholar wiki.For more information on Anne’s fellowship please visit http://aaee-scholar.pbworks.com/
29th May 2017
- Resources for Practice: New case studies, advice for getting started, 4 ‘how-to’ guides
- Research from Practice: Australian Stories of Partnership special issue published + Issue 1 of International Journal for Students as Partners available
- Events: 2017 National Roundtable Date announced! + many more events
- Featured Work: Spotlight on selected research, case studies, & blog posts
- Reflections: Linking ‘student voice’ & ‘students as partners’; student reflections on partnership
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15th April 2017
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 learning. Read more here.
29th March 2017
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.
25th February 2017
In February, Trevor Cullen and Dawn Bennett attended the 1st world summit of the International Federation for national Teaching Fellows in Birmingham, England. Both fellows presented on their work. The IFNTF is going from strength to strength, with members from the UK and Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and emerging links with countries such as India. Attendees debated the definition of teaching excellence, including its ‘measurement’ in the new UK Teaching Excellence Framework. Excellence was also considered in three strands: high-impact pedagogies, excellence within the disciplines, and learning gain.
17th February 2017
3rd February 2017
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.
13th January 2017UPDATE 13th January 2017: Due to requests the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows World Summit have extended the deadline for abstracts to January 31, 2017.
Papers can be theoretical, conceptual, and or empirical. Papers should be related to the key theme of the conference and the key task areas: Learning Gain/ Impact, High Impact Pedagogies and Student Engagement, What constitutes quality within the Disciplines, A special issue of the Higher Education Pedagogies Journal will feature selected papers from the conference.
Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length excluding references.
If you have submitted an abstract already, you should receive confirmation by 17 January at the latest. If you are submitting for the 31 January. Confirmation will be sent by 3 February at the latest. Preferential room rates are available at the Radisson Blu at £129 per night including breakfast if you quote IFNTF but you need to book asap for these rates. Information on other accommodation options is available on the website.
The registration form for the conference is attached and also available online. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment methods are outlined on the website at http://www.ifntf.org/worldsummit
Any questions, please email Carol at email@example.com