• 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

     

  • ALTF Student Success series | Assessing for transition

    10th August 2018

    Student success blog

    For our Student Success Blog series, our ALT Fellows contribute to the conversation on sector wide issues around student success in higher education. In our latest post, Professor Nicolette Lee of La Trobe University shares her expert insights for assessing for transition. 

    View the post here.

  • 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.

  • Featured Fellow | Jessica Vanderlelie

    27th February 2018

    Featured Fellow

    Our featured fellow for March / April is 2015 OLT National teaching Fellow Professor Jessica Vanderlelie.


    Supporting student transition to the world of work has been a passion of Professor Jessica Vanderlelie for more than a decade. In her role at the Griffith University School of Medical Science, Jessica began developing an alumni network that now has more than 1700 members. This network has been instrumental in supporting the School to deliver embedded employability experiences, and shaping Jessica’s firmly held belief that alumni engagement must be earnt and always be of benefit to the alumnus. Since 2015, Jessica has been leading a national fellowship titled ‘Engaging Alumni for Gradate Success’ and exploring academic staff, student and alumni professional’s perceptions of the value of alumni and the key challenges for maintaining authentic alumni communities.

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  • 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.

  • Are we there yet? Making curriculum visible to others

    23rd November 2017

    Fellow news

    MyCourseMap is a multi‐dimensional interactive curriculum map using digital and touch technology that increases transparency and relevance of curricula for students.

    2016 ALT Fellow Associate Professor Lisa Tee invites you to attend her workshop at Monash University on Tuesday 28th of November to explore MyCourseMap online and to discuss the discourse around transparency of curriculum and new ways to present visible curriculum.

    You can find more details on the event here.

     

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  • Invitation to participate in survey exploring digital literacy in the context of Higher Education Australia

    6th October 2017

    Fellow news

    ALT Fellow, Jo Coldwell-Neilson is seeking your assistance in relation to her Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship which is exploring digital literacy in the context of Higher Education in Australia.

    Jo invites you to participate in a survey of staff who are involved in teaching higher education students. This study aims to:

    1. explore academic staff self-perceptions of their digital literacy capabilities, and
    2. identify academic staff expectations of their students digital literacy skills on entry into higher education institutions.

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  • Would you like your post-secondary and senior high-school students to self-assess their employABILITY?

    4th October 2017

    Fellow news

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    ALTF Fellow and project leader, Dawn Bennett, has launched the Student Employability Starter Kit as part of her fellowship that responds to the demand for change within higher education teaching and among students and graduates by operationalising program-wide employability development.

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  • Featured Fellow | Sarah O’Shea

    4th October 2017

    Featured Fellow

    Our featured fellow for October / November is 2015 OLT National teaching Fellow Sarah O’Shea.


    Based on her desire to influence educational equity across HE institutions and the sector more broadly, over the last two decades A/Professor O’Shea has worked as both a researcher and practitioner in the field of university access and participation. Sarah’s skills at steering educational equity initiatives between various universities was recognised in 2012 when awarded an Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for ‘sustained commitment to student transition to university and educational equity in order to facilitate a culture of engagement’. This award acknowledged a decade of leadership in devising and implementing programs/resources to support students from diverse backgrounds (e.g. first in family, low socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds, Indigenous students, ‘second-chance’ learners and students who parent).

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