21st August 2017
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Jacky Cranney, Sally Kift and Dawn Bennett
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:
- 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.
- 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,
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.
Professor Ian Jacobs
President and Vice-Chancellor
Chair of the Board
Arc @ UNSW
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
Read full newsletter here
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.