13th December 2017
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.
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 email@example.com for a copy of the editorial guidelines.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26th August 2016
We’re very pleased to announce a brand new look and feel to the ALTF website. Along with a new logo and home page, you will notice a new events page for upcoming ALTF events and other events by higher education organisations. If you have events you would like to see on the calendar please get in touch with Pip at firstname.lastname@example.org. This now completes phase one of the website development and phase two will commence shortly. During phase two we will further develop the resources page with fellowship documents, videos, articles and more. The new logo is available on the resources page for fellows to download and use.