LearnTeachNews - Ed. 7, 2010

30 June 2010

In this edition...

  • Opportunities to develop your teaching career
  • La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • LMS 2011 project update
  • Disciplines Setting Standards
  • Last chance to register for the Student Engagement Forum
  • Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Conference
  • CTLC Workshops
  • 2010 Conferences

Opportunities to develop your teaching career

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

If you are interested in ...

  • a teaching pathway to promotion
  • applying for teaching awards or citations
  • pedagogical research
  • understanding student learning

then enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning may be one way for you to achieve your professional goals and interests.

The Graduate Certificate is a program developed for university/tertiary-level teachers and academic support staff. The Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Centre would like to invite interested staff to enrol in this program.

The first compulsory subject: "Higher Learning by Design: Foundations of Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning in University and Tertiary Education" will be offered in Semester Two. It is a graduate subject designed for university/tertiary-level teachers and academic support staff. Participants evaluate the explanatory power and practical applications of current theories and relevant research – from psychology, cognitive science, education and other disciplines – on effective curriculum design, teaching, and learning practice in higher/tertiary education in order to better analyse, understand, and improve their own teaching effectiveness and their students' learning outcomes. This highly interactive, application-focused subject is offered as a series of workshops, during which participants experience, practice, and critique a wide variety of research-informed strategies for curriculum design, teaching, assessment and learning support.

This is the compulsory first subject in the three-subject Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Each subject is worth 20 Credit points.

The first workshop will be held on Friday, 23 July from 9am to 4pm. All other workshop will be held on Fridays, 9.30am - 12.30pm on: Aug 6; Aug 20; Sept 10; Sept 24; Oct 8; Oct 22; Nov 5.


To be eligible for this course, you must have:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Completed the 3-day workshop Effective Teaching at La Trobe or equivalent (next 3-day workshop is scheduled for July 19-21)
  • Support of relevant Head of School and Associate Dean (Academic) or equivalent managers
  • Permission of the course coordinator – Professor Tom Angelo

For more information and to express an interest in this course, please visit the CTLC website. Note: the closing dates of direct applications is July 14.

Making Your Teaching Case for Promotion

  • 22 July 2010 (10.00 am - 12.00 pm)
  • CTLC Studio (EDU2, L1, Melbourne campus)
  • This session will be webcast for those unable to attend in person
  • Register online for this workshop

This session is designed to support and assist academic staff preparing – and thinking about preparing – applications for promotion.

Specifically, it will focus on providing evidence to support excellence in Teaching and Supervision and related aspects of University and Professional and Community service, management and leadership. [Under the new (2009) Academic Promotions Policy, staff can apply on the basis of excellence in teaching.]

In this brief session, we'll consider and discuss guidelines, examples and resources in response to these three common questions:

  1. What might constitute meaningful, useful evidence?
  2. How can such evidence be collected, documented, organised and presented effectively?
  3. How much is enough?

Participants will also receive very practical advice – Do's and Don'ts – provided by the Promotions Committee itself.

La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

La Trobe University awards up to ten citations each year, to people who have made an outstanding contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility, over a sustained period.  The winners were presented with their citations on Monday 28 June.

The selection of winners of La Trobe University Citations are based on the extent to which nominees show evidence that their contribution has:

  1. influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience;
  2. been sustained over time; and
  3. gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the
    broader community.

About the 2010 citation winners

Professor Richard Broome, School of Historical and European Studies

For an understanding and sustained contribution to developing students' capacities for critical inquiry, cultural diversity and environmental sustainability through the research and teaching nexus.

Associate Professor Ishaq Bhatti, School of Economics and Finance

For the development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field of Islamic Banking and Finance and Business Statistics and Quantitative Methods Subjects.

First Year Biology Learning and Teaching Group (Group Leader: Ms Tania Blanksby) School of Molecular Sciences

For leadership of curriculum reform in biology through a broad-base, grass roots community of practice.

Chemistry Cornerstone Team (Team Leader: Dr David Wilson) School of Molecular Sciences

For sustained commitment to student learning through teaching excellence and development of learning resources for Chemistry.

LMS 2011 project update

Although precise dates are not yet available, the following plan is being developed for moving LMS subjects from Blackboard CE to Moodle. We are aiming to give staff access to a Moodle site by October. This site will already have on it all the LMS subjects that were actively taught in 2009 and 2010. Staff will be able to work with their LMS subjects directly within Moodle and will have the following options: 1) Review and update the transferred LMS subject or, 2) Start afresh with a new Moodle version of a subject or, 3) Copy selected parts of the transferred LMS subject to a new LMS subject on Moodle and work on the copy. Please be assured that there will be assistance, demonstrations and training available to help staff with these options from the time the transferred LMS subjects become available to the arrival of the new LMS in 2011 and thereafter.

At a date to be determined through consultation with a range of stakeholders, staff will be asked to confirm the LMS subjects they want transferred over to the new LMS for teaching in 2011. Staff will have access to their LMS subjects for Quality Assurance purposes prior to student access being granted. The dates and other details will be made available on the LMS project site as they become available.

Note: If you are aware of a LMS subject that was not taught in 2009 or 2010 but nonetheless needs to be included on the LMS in 2011, please send details to Eddie Naidu (e.naidu@latrobe.edu.au)

Disciplines Setting Standards

The latest issue of Disciplines Setting Standards , the official newsletter of the ALTC Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project, has been issued. If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, please contact Liz Pick at liz.pick@altc.edu.au or for further information about the project visit the ALTC website.

Last chance to register for the Student Engagement Forum

  • Monday 5 July
  • 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
  • Western Lecture Theatres, Melbourne campus
  • Program (PDF 331KB)

A reminder that this forum, hosted by La Trobe University and the Australian Council for Educational Research, will be held on this coming Monday. Over 100 academics and student engagement staff from other universities have registered.

The 2010 Student Engagement Forum focuses on how student engagement data can be used for improving students' learning. It looks broadly at how evidence from surveys can be used to enhance practice and quality improvement.

The forum includes keynote presentations by Associate Professor
Alexander McCormick (NSSE Director, Indiana University), workshops
and facilitated discussions, and an overview of headline AUSSE results
by Associate Professor Hamish Coates (AUSSE Director, Australian
Council for Educational Research).

A limited number of complimentary registrations (normally $110) are still available for this forum for La Trobe staff. If you wish to attend, please email your name, position, phone number and any dietary requirements to n.blair@latrobe.edu.au by Thursday 1 July.

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Conference

Just a reminder that our annual teaching and learning conference will be held on 9 and 10 December 2010 in the John Scott Meeting House. Expressions of interest in presenting at the colloquium will be called in September / October.

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.

  • 19-21 July 2010 (Melbourne)

Writing and Revising Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) for Courses and Subjects

  • Friday 30 July, 10 AM to 12 Noon
  • HUED 106, Melbourne campus
  • Workshop led by Professor Tom Angelo
  • Register online

This interactive, two-hour workshop is designed to help academic staff responsible for developing new – or revising existing – subjects and courses.

Writing meaningful, clear, and assessaible Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) is a key task in the Design for Learning curriculum process. By the end of this workshop – through analysing examples, guided practice, and focused discussion – by the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key elements of a well-crafted ILO;
  2. Explain the differences in quality and usefulness amongst "poor", "good" and "better" example ILOs;
  3. Revise and improve "poor" example ILOs;
  4. Explain the differences in scope between course and subject level ILOs; and
  5. Write new first-draft ILOs for their own subjects and/or courses, using a step-by-step framework. The CLTC will provide materials and morning tea.

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

The next meeting will be held on 10 August 2010, Melbourne campus EDU2 212 and via videoconference to Bendigo. For more information, please contact judith.lyons@latrobe.edu.au

Lecture Theatre AV Training

The CTLC will be running Lecture Theatre Audio-Visual, Videoconferencing and Lectopia training sessions in preparation for the start of Semester 2, 2010 from 12 to 23 July. Sessions are available at Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga and Mildura campuses. Further details at the CTLC website.

Training at La Trobe Courses

The following may be of particular interest to academic staff:

  • EndNote X2 – Getting Started
    EndNote X2 – Importing References
    (Note:  Anyone with version X3 can still benefit from this training as there is not much difference between versions X3 and X2.)
  • NVivo – Getting Started
    NVivo – Advanced
    (Note:  Both Getting Started and Advanced should be done but staff have the option of doing the Advanced part a month or two later when they are ready to query their data.)
  • Office 2007 – Introducing the Ribbon
  • PowerPoint 2007 - Update
    PowerPoint 2007 – Accessibility
  • Word 2007 – Update
    Word 2007 – Long Document and Thesis Formatting (Part 1)
    Word 2007 – Long Document and Thesis Formatting (Part 1)
  • Presentation and Public Speaking Skills

Full course descriptions are available at Training at La Trobe. Staff can register via StaffOnline.

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.