• President’s message | August 2018

    29th August 2018

    ALTF news

    Dear ALTF Community,

    Here we are again, well over half way through what I am sure has been another very busy year for all. Despite the policy uncertainty of yet another change in Minister, I hope the year is going well for you, your colleagues and our students.

    We’re very pleased to be sharing our August Newsletter with you. Unfortunately, this looks likely to be our penultimate communication. As is the case now for all OLT legacy networks, and despite strong encouragement to make one final application for funds last year, the ALTF has recently been advised that no further funding is available beyond 2018. Nevertheless, I trust that, as evidenced in the news items and updates included below, you can see that the ALTF Network continues to have wide-ranging and positive impacts. Through and beyond the Fellowship activities, ALT Fellows also continue to advocate for, support, and enhance higher education quality and student success, at a time when it is critically important that we do so. And our Fellows continue to shine on the national stage, being recognised for the learning leaders they are. We warmly congratulate ALTF Fellow Jessica Vanderlelie on her award this week as the Australian Financial Review Emerging Leader in Australian HE.

    Some of you may know that I have recently been appointed as a member on the AQF Review Panel, with preliminary contextual research available here. I am very happy to hear from colleagues with views you might have about how we should go about ensuring that the Framework “continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community”. Formal and extensive public consultation will commence with the release of a discussion paper, as soon as the final two COAG members are appointed.

    This month we hear from Nicolette Lee via her contribution to our Student Success Blog series with her piece on Assessing for Transitions. We have also recently introduced our ALTF Impact blog series. First up, we spoke with one of the original CAUT Fellows David F. Radcliffe about his work on ‘belonging, being and becoming’ in engineering education.

    Thank you for your continuing support of the ALTF and the contributions our Network and Fellows make.

    All the best to everyone.

    Sally Kift
    President, ALTF

     

  • New ALTF Student Success blog post from A Prof Sarah O’Shea

    6th April 2018

    ALTF news

    In our latest ALTF Student Success Blog, A Prof Sarah O’ Shea presents a strong call for us all to consider how university both impacts on learners but also potentially extends into the household and the broader community. You can view the post here.

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  • New ALTF Student Success Blog post from Professor Dawn Bennett

    14th March 2018

    ALTF news

    ALTF-SS-BANNER_Dawn Bennett

    The Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows network includes Australia’s leading higher education scholars, who bring a wealth of experience in evidenced-based approaches to support student success and high-quality learning and teaching.

    In recognition of this expertise, we have created the ALTF Student Success blog: a forum for Fellows to share their insights and contribute to the national higher education conversation. The blog will be published on a regular basis, with special out-of-round editions released in response to hot topics.

    Our newest post comes from ALTF Project Leader Professor Dawn Bennett who explains why higher education and employABILITY thinking go hand in hand.

    We are currently accepting topic proposals for 2018 and encourage all ALT fellows to contribute. The blog will be shared through the ALTF LinkedIn page and various social media, and we ask all fellows to comment and share through your networks. Email us at contact@altf.org for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

  • ALTF Student Success Blog launched

    13th December 2017

    ALTF news

    The Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows network includes Australia’s leading higher education scholars, who bring a wealth of experience in evidenced-based approaches to support student success and high-quality learning and teaching.

    In recognition of this expertise, we have created the ALTF Student Success blog: a forum for Fellows to share their insights and contribute to the national higher education conversation. The blog will be published on a regular basis, with special out-of-round editions released in response to hot topics.

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    The blog has now officially launched with a piece from ALTF President Professor Sally Kift titled Not drowning, waving (though the sniff of a lifeline wouldn’t go astray): A 2017 HE retrospective.

    We are currently accepting topic proposals for 2018 and encourage all ALT fellows to contribute. The blog will be shared through the ALTF LinkedIn page and various social media, and we ask all fellows to comment and share through your networks. Email us at contact@altf.org for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

  • 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

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  • 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

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    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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