Past projects

In 2015, La Trobe University has awarded funding to encourage inventive, future-thinking practices that aim to enhance digital learning experiences for our students. These grants, ranging from $5,000–$30,000 each cover four categories: multi-campus teaching, digital assessment, online international learning and multi-campus technologies. We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the responses, and by the level of interest amongst our staff to innovate in their teaching.

2015 Innovation Grants success stories

In 2015 we awarded 26 Innovation Grants across four categories outlined below. Here you can learn more about some of these successful projects.

Science Assessment through a Student Produced e-Book

The project

Dr Christine Kettle worked on a subject design which move away from traditional lecture-driven content delivery through the development of a student-created e-book. Students worked in groups to write and peer review the chapters for the e-book, with the final version forming the text book to study for the subject's exam.

The project 'flipped the usual student learning experience, requiring the class to write their own e-book in place of using text books and lectures to access the subject content.'

Outcomes and implications

The project aimed to construct a subject design template which could be translated for delivery in subjects across disciplines and campuses, allowing students to participate in this learning experience from anywhere. Dr Kettle also hopes to explore 'ways to explore the process and explore new digital methods for collaboration and feedback' in the future.

See the full article online.

Promoting internationalisation and cross-cultural competency through online collaboration

The project

Drs Susan Keller, Susan Inglis, Nick Pawsey and Jennifer Laing have been testing a new approach to 'Promoting internationalisation and cross-cultural competency through online collaboration'. They aimed to provide opportunities for La Trobe students to engage in an academic cross-cultural experience through cloud-based technologies.

Outcomes and implications

Dr Keller and her team emphasised that 'this proof of concept provides a foundation for expanded international collaborations between La Trobe and other international students.'

'We highly recommend engaging in project work, even though it does take time, as it can be very rewarding and add to the student experience. It's important that we are always reviewing how we can help our students learn and be ready to work in a global setting, and projects like this do just that.'

Dr Keller and her team said that for them 'a positive surprise was how much fun it was to work with a team of different people and get to know more about cultural intelligence by working with Marcia.'

This project has implications for other La Trobe staff:

  • The team's learning design is a transferrable design, easily plugged into other subjects and disciplines, with just the specific case study (and relevant timing / deadlines) needing to be changed.
  • The transferable learning designs, case study and database of potential international partner universities will also be made available through the project LMS site.
  • Short 3-5 minute videos will also be created in coming weeks, which will prove helpful for colleagues who would like to try the approach.  These videos will include 'how-to' clips for the technology, tips and tricks, and lessons learned.

See the full Uni News article.

The projects

Below is the list of the recipients of the Digital Learning Strategy Innovation Grants and the 26 successful projects that have commenced in 2015.

Digital assessment

Recipient

Project Name

Peter Vitartas

Next Generation Rubrics

Phil Kafcaloudes

Upstart Media Network

Christine Kettle

Science Assessment through a Student Produced e-Book

Ronald Knevel

Learning through Reflection: An innovative education strategy for clinical competency assessment

Melody Carter

Quality and Innovation in E-Clinical Assessment

Rachel Davenport

Supporting Speech Pathology Students' Through Professional Online Learning

Carolyn Taylor

Development of a Web-based Tool to Assess Allied Health Students' Clinical Placement Performance

Katherine Pye

Professional Competency Portfolios

Multi-campus teaching

Recipient

Project Name

John Bevacqua

Designing Authentic Learning and Assessment in a Blended Learning Multi-campus Setting

Livia Gonzaga

Application of Blended Learning Techniques to Change Students' Perception of Taxation

Judy Louie

A Multi-campus Blended Peer Mentor Program

Carolyn O'Dywer

Building a TEP Learning Community

Fiona Salsbury

Connecting Digital Learning with Digital Fluency

Brad Hodge

Subject on a Bus

Sarah Barradell

Virtual Fieldwork for Healthcare Professionals

Shane Erickson

Online Interdisciplinary Problem Based Learning for Multi-campus

Sylvia Grommen

The 'Triple M' Learning Experience

Julian Pakay

Establishing an Environmental Metagenomic Database for Authentic Multi-disciplinary Undergraduate Research

Monica Peddle

Do 'Point of View Video Recording Glasses' Promote Engaging Learning Activities and Assessments to Develop Non-technical Skills?

Multi-campus technologies

Recipient

Project Name

Margaret Roberston

Doctoral Studies in the Cloud

Michael Kingsley

Scenario-driven Interactive e-Based Laboratories

Deborah Jackson

Maths Skills Multi-campus Digital Learning Enhancement

Online International Learning (OIL)

Recipient

Project Name

Angela Casey & Sonia Reisenhofer

Internationalisation at Home: Undergraduate nursing education using online peer learning around the world

Kaori Okana

Transnational Online Pal Project in Asian Languages: Collaborative intercultural learning

Susan Keller

Promoting Internationalisation and Cross-cultural Competency Through Online Collaboration

Nicola McNeil

Integrating Experiential Learning in the Teaching of Cross-cultural Communication and Negotiation – An international collaborative project

There are many ways in which staff can continue to engage with the Digital Learning Strategy and to enhance their own teaching and practice. Visit the DLS website to find out how.