LearnTeachNews - Ed. 1, 2010

7 January 2010

In this edition...

  • Welcome back
  • CTLC Workshops Open for Registration
  • Design for Learning Forum
  • SoLT Research Network - next meetings
  • 2010 Conferences

Welcome back

Welcome to the first edition of LearnTeachNews for 2010. CTLC staff have been busily scheduling a full academic staff development program for semester one. In this edition we have listed the workshops and events that are now accepting registrations. You may also be interested in downloading a copy of the CTLC Academic Development Program - Semester 1, 2010 (DOC 330KB) which lists the dates for all workshops that are planned so far.

CTLC Workshops Open for Registration

All workshops scheduled are displayed on the CTLC homepage.

Effective teaching for Higher Learning (Three-Day Workshop)

This 15-hour short workshop (three-day workshop) provides La Trobe academic staff with practical, research-based strategies and techniques to make teaching, assessing, and giving feedback both more effective in promoting higher learning for students and more efficient and rewarding for staff.

Audio-Visual Training sessions

Training sessions will be held between 8 and 19 February 2010 for staff to learn how to confidently operate the University's AV and videoconference systems. These sessions include:

  • Lecture Theatre AV Training
    - Sessions available at Albury-Wodonga, Bundoora, Bendigo, and Mildura
  • Lecture Theatre Video Conferencing Training
    - Sessions available at Albury-Wodonga, Bundoora, Bendigo, and Mildura
    - Please complete Lecture Theatre AV Training before attending this session
  • General Teaching Space AV Training
    - Orientation for basic AV equipment, including procedures for plugging in your own laptop
    - Sessions available at Bundoora only

Effective Tutoring 1: Practical strategies for engaging students and promoting learning

The purpose of this three-hour workshop is to provide strategies and information that will enable La Trobe tutors and demonstrators to more effectively, efficiently and confidently help their students learn. This interactive session will use mini-lectures, demonstrations, video clips, pair- and small-group work, short writing tasks, and formative assessments to demonstrate practical, research-based strategies that can be adapted to tutorials and labs.

Please ensure that all of your casual tutoring staff are aware of these sessions scheduled from 22 February to 5 March (sessions available in Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Bundoora).

Effective Tutoring 2: Assessment, feedback and marking for learning

The aims of this three-hour workshop are to provide participants with practical, research-based approaches and techniques to: encourage academic integrity, help students learn more from preparing for assessments and from feedback on their performance, and to help tutors manage marking and moderation more efficiently. The workshop will also introduce the University's new Student Feedback on Tutoring form and report format.

Please ensure that all of your casual tutoring staff are aware of these sessions scheduled from 24 February - 5 March (sessions available in Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Bundoora).

Design for Learning Forum

The first scheduled forum for 2010 will be presented by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, University of Adelaide. Keep Friday 26 February in your diaries. Details of this forum will be published on the CTLC website by the end of January.

SoLT Research Network - next meetings

  • 12 January, 1pm, CTLC Meeting Room, Bundoora
  • 9 February, 1pm, HU2 301, Bundoora

The SoLT research network is a lunchtime meeting to advance Higher Education research and writings on Learning and Teaching. New ideas for publishing papers, educational projects and research grants can be shared in friendly environment. The presenters get constructive feedback from 'critical friends' so that they can advance their projects further. The network is open to all staff.

The first meeting for 2010 will be a presentation by Claire Brookes (Educational Designer, Borchardt Library) on the paper she is scoping based on work she has been doing. General discussion will follow.

2010 Conferences

A number of teaching and learning conferences are scheduled in 2010. The first three on this list below have announced calls for contributions.