LearnTeachNews - Ed. 4, 2010

29 March 2010

In this edition...

  • Click go the students, click, click, click (Instant Polling: Audience response in lectures with mobile phones)
  • CTLC Workshops
  • Scholarship of Learning & Teaching (SoLT) Research Network
  • NVivo Training
  • 2010 Conferences

Click go the students, click, click, click

Instant Polling: Audience response in lectures with mobile phones

An audience response system can enable lecturers to use instant polling of a student audience to conduct a quiz or poll, receive immediate results and then present them to that audience. This builds immediate feedback and engagement for students, and provides lecturers with an appreciation of how students are engaging with the lecture material. Uses of polling include checking students' prior knowledge on a new topic, or instant testing of a key concept. Use of mobile phones as clickers means no preliminary setup, purchasing of gadgets or costs.

This session will enable you to familarise yourself with instant polling before trying it out in a lecture or teaching session. Bring yourself, and a mobile phone, and make it work for you

  • 27 April 2010  
    2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Registrations now open

Clicker Resources

The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia has created a set of resources about effective use of personal response systems ("clickers") for student engagement and formative assessment - most notably a set of high-quality videos giving an inside look at clickers being used in the classroom and teacher and student opinions about them.

1. Clicker Videos
This page houses a suite of short, well-produced videos on the rationale for using clickers, the details of how to use them effectively, and the research supporting their use. Videos are 5-15 minutes long.

2. The Instructor's Guide to Effective Use of Personal Response Systems (PDF)
This comprehensive guide discusses pedagogical aspects of clickers in a great amount of detail.

3. A resource website on clicker use
This page contains many helpful links, including quality clicker question banks, articles, and the videos.

CTLC Workshops

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 May 2010 (Bundoora)
  • 7-9 June 2010 (Bendigo)

ALTC Grant Writing Workshop

This two hour workshop is designed to support you to develop your ALTC grant proposals. It will provide you with practical strategies for writing educational grant proposals. The focus will be on discussing the criteria for each of the three different kinds of grants, including your project's approach, and budgets for successful grant preparation. The session will help you distinguish writing for learning and teaching initiatives.

  • 7 April 2010, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
    Bendigo - register now
  • 8 April 2010, 11.30am - 12.30pm
    Bundoora - register now

Grant applications due soon...

  • 9 April 2010 - Priority Projects Program - Full Proposals due (Deadline for La Trobe DVC (E)'s approval 2 April 2010; Round 2 - 26 July 2010)

ALTC Citations Review Workshop

The Awards review session is the second of teaching awards workshops to help staff review their application submissions. The aim of the session is to help staff refine their applications using feedback and expertise from the group and past successful award recipients. Lessons learnt here will be useful for staff when providing evidence for learning and teaching initiatives to advance their academic career.

  • 13 April 2010, 11.30am - 12.30pm
    Bundoora - register now

Interactive eLearning

Teaching and learning online presents even experienced academics with new dilemmas in how to shift learning to online spaces without the familiar constraints of classroom teaching. Teaching in e-learning environments raises issues of student engagement, diverse student orientations to learning and the use of technologies, and issues of workload and managing online learning.

The aim of this two hour workshop is to provide participants with practical strategies for designing and organising an e-learning environment, and research-based techniques for building online engagement. Active learning principles will be applied to e-learning, where a focus on student activity leads to effective learning, incorporating uses of the learning management system (LMS) and Web 2.0. Participants will receive materials and resources to apply and follow up.

  • 14 April 2010, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
    Registrations now open

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). March workshops are scheduled in Bundoora for the following:

  • Assessment tools in the LMS (7 April)
  • LMS - Respondus (7 April)
  • Using LMS communication tools (8 April)
  • LMS - Developing my LMS subject (8, 14 April)

Scholarship of Learning & Teaching (SoLT) Research Network

SoLT Research Network aims to advance the theory, research and writing about learning and teaching at La Trobe University. All staff are welcome to attend the lunchtime meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Bundoora and Bendigo.


  • Tuesday 13 April, 1-2pm, BUS129 Board room
  • ALTC Grant Writing Workshop, presented by Dr Judith Lyons


  • Tuesday 13 April, 1-2pm, CTLC Meeting Room (HU2, 102)
  • Tom Angelo will hold a discussion on forumulating educational research questions

For more information, see the SoLT wiki page.

NVivo Training

NVivo is a software tool produced by QSR International for storing, organising and querying non-numerical or unstructured data.  It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.

Training @ La Trobe offer a two-day course consisting of NVivo – Getting Started and NVivo – Advanced.  The first day covers creating a project, importing source data (including audio, video and picture files), creating links, and coding your data into themes.  The second day covers finding project items, querying your data, creating relationships, building charts and models, and generating reports.

These training sessions are only $100 per participant per day which is a lot cheaper than you will find outside La Trobe University.  For full details including how to register, please visit Training@LaTrobe website or contact Margaret Armstrong on Ext 3277 or m.armstrong@latrobe.edu.au.

Training will be available throughout the year.  However, if you have a group of six or more, alternative dates can be arranged and there is a 25% discount!

2010 Conferences

A number of teaching and learning conferences are scheduled in 2010. See also our conference webpage with a large list of Australian and International conferences scheduled in 2010.