• 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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  • Prof Sandra Jones, RMIT, has published a HERDSA Guide: Leading the Academy: distributed leadership in Higher Education.

    15th September 2017

    News in higher education

    Prof Sandra Jones, RMIT, has published a HERDSA Guide: Leading the Academy: distributed leadership in Higher Education. In launching the HERDSA Guide,  Sandra spoke of her longstanding interest in shared leadership: “I am quite excited at its release as it gave me a chance to bring theory and our local empirical research together, with a set of resources for all”.
    This HERDSA Guide advocates a particular form of activity-based/practice-based leadership known as distributed leadership, which incorporates what are termed three new ‘Rs’ for leadership.
    • Respect for the expertise contributed by all employees
    • Recognition (and development) of the contribution of each employee
    • Reward for leadership performance undertaken to achieve change.

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  • 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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