• CMM Series

    4th December 2019

    ALTF news

    Campus Morning Mail is currently publishing a series of short thought pieces by Fellows. Each piece is featured every day for a week in CMM and we are most grateful for that interest and the opportunity to continue contributing to the national L&T agenda. You can find the full list of published articles here.

  • President’s Message | April 2019

    10th April 2019

    ALTF news, president's message

    Dear Colleagues

    I hope everyone is having a happy and productive year so far and that you are looking forward to the Easter break.

    Ever since the ALTF was formed in 2011, I imagine that we all suspected that funding to support its ongoing sector-wide engagement and sustainability would dry up at some point. In 2019, we have finally arrived at that place. But we go out with a bang and not a whimper, and remain hopeful that all Fellows will continue to fight the good learning and teaching fight and advocate for excellence and innovation in our sector to the continued benefit of our students and the national interest, in both its social cohesion and national productivity aspects.

    In that vein, we have two pieces of particularly good news. First, in our latest Student Success Blog post, Professor Jessica Vanderlelie shares her insights on transforming alumni engagement in Australia.

    Secondly, you will see below that our small Secretariat team have been busy over the last couple of months producing a 2019 ALTF Legacy Report. In that wonderful and validating collection, peppered with testimonials contributed by Australian higher education leadership, I write in the first few paras as follows:

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  • ALTF Student Success Series | Beyond Time, Talent and Treasure: The case for transforming alumni engagement in Australia

    1st April 2019

    ALTF news

    For our Student Success Blog series, our ALT Fellows contribute to the conversation on sector wide issues around student success in higher education. Here, Professor Jessica Vanderlelie of La Trobe University shares her insights on transforming alumni engagement in Australia.

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  • President’s message | August 2018

    29th August 2018

    ALTF news, president's message

    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.

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  • 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

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    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.