LearnTeachNews - Ed. 5, 2010

6 May 2010

In this edition...

  • Call for Applications: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Broadcast Journalism students collaborating with ABC Radio National
  • CTLC Workshops
  • National Student Engagement Forum
  • Design for Learning Forum on Learning Spaces
  • First Year in Higher Education Conference
  • e-Assessment webinar - Why should we change assessment because of Web 2.0?
  • HERDSA Guide: Design and using e-assessments
  • Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability
  • Latest Reports from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council
  • 2010 Conferences
  • Join our Running Group

Call for Applications: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Applications are now open for the 2010 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Each year, up to three awards are made to either individuals or teams who have shown excellence in their teaching and have made outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at La Trobe University.  General information, guidelines/criteria and application forms for 2010 can be downloaded from the awards page.

An information session will be held on Monday 10 May, 1-2pm in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Centre (CTLC) Seminar Room - Level 1, HU2. Register for that session at the CTLC website.

For conversation and support regarding applications, please contact Dr Judith Lyons (judith.lyons@latrobe.edu.au or ext. 3528).

Applications are due to Robyn Hodge, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Curriculum and Academic Planning) in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Centre (CTLC) by 5pm on Wednesday 2 June, 2010.

Broadcast Journalism students collaborating with ABC Radio National

Over the coming weeks, Broadcast Journalism students will – as part of their assessment for the subject – design and develop story segments for the Radio National program/podcast Future Tense, which examines new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking. 

The best pieces will then be produced and broadcast for a special edition of the half-hour weekly program, to be broadcast in the middle of 2010. 

Radio National presenter and journalist, Antony Funnell, will join the 9am class on Monday 10 May in the Hooper Theatre. Staff are welcome to attend.

See the full article on Upstart Magazine.

CTLC Workshops

All workshops scheduled are displayed on the CTLC website.

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.

  • 7-9 June 2010 (Bendigo)

ALTC Grant Review Workshop

This Grant review session will help you review your grant proposal according to the ALTC checklist. The aim is to refine your proposal using feedback and expertise from the group, as well as past successful grant applicants.

  • 12 May 2010, 11.30am - 12.30pm
    Bundoora - register now

Note: ALTC competitive grants Round 2 are due on May 24th to CTLC for internal processing. Further information contact Judith Lyons on 3528.

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 Bundoora for the following:

  • LMS - Respondus (7 July)

SoLT Network

Next meeting on 11 May 1-2pm in CTLC meeting room - presented by Julianne East on " Writing as inquiry"

Julianne East has published on the topic of student plagiarism and academic integrity. She is analysing these journal articles for her PhD, which is a thesis by publications. One of the methods she is using to analyse her texts is Laurel Richardson's " Writing as inquiry". For this presentation, Julianne will share some of Richardson's questions, to demonstrate how they can work as effective tools to review your own writing. To further the discussion on reviewing writing, she will also share some of the reviews she has received.

 Richardson, L. (2000). Writing: A method of inquiry. In N. Denzin & Y. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition., Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

National Student Engagement Forum

The Forum is to be held at La Trobe University's Bundoora Campus in Melbourne on Monday 5 July 2010.

Hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research and La Trobe University, the 2010 Forum looks at how student engagement data can be used for improving students' learning, and how evidence from surveys can be used to enhance practice and quality improvement.

Registration and program details are online at http://ausse.acer.edu.au. La Trobe has a number of complimentary registrations for this event. If you are interested in attending this event, please email ctlc@latrobe.edu.au to join a waiting list for complimentary registration.

Design for Learning Forums

Professor Shirley Alexander on Learning Spaces

Please mark this forum in your diaries.

Professor Shirley Alexander will be presenting a forum on Learning Spaces on Monday 17 May 2.00pm - 3.30pm in the Menzies Conference Room, Bundoora. An abstract and title of this forum will be advertised shortly.

An update on Sally Kift's March DfL Forum presentation

Following Sally Kift's visit to the university on Fri 19 March, we have updated the CTLC website with additional resources to progress the work on the first year experience, orientation and transition. The video of Sally's talk: Articulating a Transition Pedagogy: The First Year Experience and Curriculum Design is now online, as is the link to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) FYE site, and the participant feedback from Sally's talk and workshop: see the CTLC website.

You may also be interested in reading the latest report on First Year Experience: R. James, K.-L. Krause, C. Jennings (March, 2010) "The First Year Experience in Australian Universities: Findings from 1994 to 2009, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.

First Year in Higher Education Conference

Staff who teach or support first year students may be interested in atteding this conference to be held in Adelaide on 27 - 30 June 2010.

Early bird registrations close on Friday. See the conference website for more details.

e-Assessment webinar - Why should we change assessment because of Web 2.0?

This webinar will be lead by Professor Geoffrey Crisp from the University of Adelaide. Geoff will give a short presentation on the changes in the student learning environment afforded by Web 2.0 and lead a discussion on why assessment practices need to change in response to these new learning environments.

Please go to the webinar site. Please plug in your headset and run the setup Wizard to ensure you can hear and can talk.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 12 May 2010; 5.00pm - 7.00pm

RSVP: So that we can gauge expected numbers please RSVP via email to: info@transformingassessment.com with e subject line "RSVP for webinar 12 May".

HERDSA Guide: Design and using e-assessments

This HERDSA Guide highlights some of the key issues surrounding the use of e-assessment and provides examples and practical advice on how teachers might engage students in more interactive online tasks. It presents a realistic view of what is now possible through the use of computers and the Internet in higher education assessment. It specifically discusses the important relationship between learning, teaching and assessment, and presents a number of frameworks for aligning e-learning activities and e-assessment tasks.

The Guide covers e-assessment possibilities ranging from simple computer marked multiple-choice questions, through to elaborate role-plays, interactive simulations and online scenarios. There is no suggestion in the Guide that e-assessment will replace all traditional assessment tasks; it highlights the necessity for teachers to be aware of the new opportunities for enhancing the quality of assessment tasks through the use of computers and the Internet. The Guide also emphasizes that if students are using the Internet or computers as part of the learning environment, they should also use these tools to complete their assessment tasks. Numerous examples of how teachers can prepare engaging questions that will test higher order capabilities in students are provided in the Guide.

Copies of the guide may be ordered on line through the Herdsa website. Cost to HERDSA Members $20, Non Members $25, including postage within Australia.

Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability

The inaugural edition of the Journal for Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability has recently been published by Curtin University. The Journal aims to provide a forum for the dissemination of research and evidence- based practice in higher education teaching and learning for graduate employability. Graduate employability is an issue of concern to academics, career advisors, students and employers regardless of discipline or profession. The Journal will be a forum to foster interdisciplinary dialogue among researchers, teacher scholars, careers staff and industry and professional practitioners. The editors are looking for quality, scholarly articles - please visit the journal website for information on the foci of the journal and instructions for authors.

Latest Reports from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Training @ La Trobe

Training @ La Trobe are offering courses in Nvivo and EndNote X2 during May. For more information see go to the Staff Intranet Training website.

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.

Join our Running Group

A few staff have started a running/walking group, starting from the Sports Centre each Wednesday at 1pm. We are a small group of varying fitness levels aiming to compete in the Run Melbourne 5km or 10km fun run on 18 July. Anyone interested in joining, please feel free to turn up at the above mentioned location. For more details, email Natalie Kellerman or Jason Brown.