LearnTeachNews - Ed. 2, 2010

29 January 2010

In this edition...

  • CTLC Workshops Open for Registration
  • Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo Workshops
  • Design for Learning Forum
  • Accessible PowerPoints - a fast track course from Training @ La Trobe
  • AUSSE Survey Results
  • ALTC Grants Scheme Evaluation - Stakeholder e-Survey now open for your feedback
  • 2010 Conferences

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.

  • 3-5 March 2010 (Bundoora)
  • 3-5 May 2010 (Bundoora)
  • 7-9 June 2010 (Bendigo)

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).

LMS Training

A series of short workshops have been developed to provide staff with the necessary skills to effectively use the Learning Management System (LMS). Workshops are scheduled in Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Bundoora from February. Click on the workshop title below for more information, workshop dates, and links through to register your attendance.

  • LMS Fundamentals
  • Introduction to online teaching tools
  • Using LMS communication tools
  • Developing my LMS subject
  • Assessment tools in the LMS
  • Respondus
  • Turnitin and the LMS assignment dropbox

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

Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo Workshops

Staff of the CTLC, ICT and Library will be visiting the Bendigo Campus on 15 and 16 February and Albury-Wodonga on 17 February to run a range of training sessions to prepare staff for semester one.

Lecture Theatre, General teaching space Audio-Visual Training and Videoconferencing sessions

It is important that staff register for a session relevant to their teaching venues due to new AV installs and upgrades to venues. See the above article for links to relevant AV training sessions. If you aren't sure which venue or session is relevant to you, please contact Charlie Duddridge c.duddridge@latrobe.edu.au .

LMS Drop In Sessions

The LMS Developer from CTLC will be available for informal Drop In Sessions where staff will have the opportunity to have questions answered. Please note this is not a formal training session, it is intended solely for staff to pop in and have one or two questions answered.

Bendigo
- Computer Training Room, Room 0.15 Arts Building (formerly EventNet)
- 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
- 15 February

Albury-Wodonga
- Computer Lab 2 in the main admin building
- 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
- 17 February

Lectopia Drop In Sessions

The Lectopia Administrators will be available in the for informal Drop In Sessions where staff will have the opportunity to have questions answered or to have a demonstration of the system.

Bendigo
- Computer Training Room, Room 0.15 Arts Building (formerly EventNet)
- 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
- 15 February

Albury-Wodonga
- Computer Lab 2 in the main admin building
- 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
- 17 February

Copyright Information

The Copyright Officer from the Library will be available for informal Drop In Sessions where staff will have the opportunity to have questions in relation to Copyright answered.

Bendigo
- Computer Training Room, Room 0.15 Arts Building (formerly EventNet)
- 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
- 15 February

Albury-Wodonga
- Computer Lab 2 in the main admin building
- 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
- 17 February

Design for Learning Forum

The first scheduled forum for 2010 will be presented by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, University of Adelaide. Both sessions will be held on the Bundoora campus, with the 1pm session being webcast. Click on the links below for further information about the session and how to register your attendance.

  • Assessment 2.0: assessment in an interactive, participatory and distributed environment
    - 26 February 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
  • Workshop: Moving beyond multiple-choice questions: interactivity in e-assessments
    - 26 February 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Accessible PowerPoints - A fast track course from Training @ La Trobe

The Equality and Diversity Centre is proud to announce that Training @ La Trobe is now offering a fast track course in creating Accessible PowerPoint presentations!

As we move further into flexible and online teaching, the need for learning material that is accessible to people with a disability is becoming even more important. PowerPoints, for a long time, have been considered a scourge of electronic documents, because they often lock out users who are relying on text-to-speech software and other adaptive technology.

However, with proper preparation, a PowerPoint presentation can be made accessible from scratch. This means no extra time is required to reformat it when it is needed - and usually when it's needed most, there is no time to do it.

Training @ La Trobe's fast-track course, PowerPoint 2007 - Accessibility has been designed to teach you how to make the presentation you want, while factoring in the requirements of people with a print disability, such as blindness or dyslexia, or even colour-blindness.

A well-crafted PowerPoint presentation is also more adaptable to other formats, such as Rich Text Format text files. This will allow you to easily provide multiple formats, thus meeting recommendations of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

By providing material in usable, accessible formats, we are meeting La Trobe's obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The fast track course will enable you to keep using PowerPoint, but in a more efficient way that will provide better content to students, staff and other passersby.

Providing accessible material improves our inclusive practices as a first-step measure, rather than as a retrospective amendment.

For further information, please contact Training @ La Trobe on 9479 1883 or via email: training@latrobe.edu.au Alternatively, you may also contact Anthony Earl, La Trobe University's Accessibility Resource Officer, via email: a.earl@latrobe.edu.au or at 9479 3653.

AUSSE Survey Results

The results for the 2009 AUSSE Survey have been released. For the executive summary, please go to the Student Engagement website. 

More reports will be added soon.

ALTC Grants Scheme Evaluation - Stakeholder e-Survey now open for your feedback

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) has commissioned an external evaluation of its Grants Scheme. This Evaluation is now underway and an open survey will form part of the review.

You are invited to complete the 15 minute ALTC survey (please note, the survey link will be open until 28 February 2010).

2010 Conferences

A number of teaching and learning conferences are scheduled in 2010. The first two on this list below have calls for contributions closing very soon. We have also updated our conference webpage with a large list of Australian and International conferences scheduled in 2010.