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
11th January 2017
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.
14th December 2016
At the recent TEQSA conference, ALT Fellows Angela Carbone, Nicolette Lee and Marina Harvey ran a brief set of presentations during the HECQ forum part of the conference. The session, held at the Park Royal Melbourne, was hosted by Julie Hare on the topic of The future of quality in HE and how do we prepare for it. The panel talked about quality challenges in the higher education setting; the importance of staff development and critical issues in sessional staffing. Attendees were from across the country and included Vice Chancellors, L&T senior leaders, quality assurance and academic staff.
14th December 2016
The Australian Awards for University Teaching for 2016 were held last fortnight and many of our Fellows were there to celebrate, both as winners and colleagues. Mark Brimble, Dawn Bennett and Trevor Cullen all received 2016 Awards for Teaching Excellence. Congratulations!
19th October 2016
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.