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Students as Partners at UNSW
Symposium for staff and students
Thursday, 7 April, 9:15am-4pm
Tyree Room, Scientia Building, Kensington Campus

Research intensive universities aspire to graduate students as future leaders who thrive in the face of uncertainty; they are agile and able to generate new ideas and solutions to problems we can't yet imagine; true innovative thinkers. Yet within our degree programs, students rarely get opportunities to assume leadership of their own learning. Students as partners is a way of thinking that positions students as change agents who share responsibility for learning and teaching with university staff. It extends beyond student engagement that fosters active learning; it shifts students from a position of learning from to learning with academics. This enable students to be partners in the creation of knowledge and development of teaching innovations.

This symposium provides the opportunity for staff and students to engage with core ideas of Students as Partners and to consider how this relates to the 2025 Strategy and the Scientia Student Experience.   

For more information and to register, please visit our webpage.


Upcoming webinars

MediaUcreate: Intelligent Television, are we there yet?
Facilitated by Peter Kaufman, President and Executive Producer of Intelligent Television
When: Wednesday, 23 March | 10:00 - 11:00 am 
Where: Various locations around campus

This virtual seminar will be an open discussion around the issues of video production for higher education institutions, open access to video resources and how the student educational experience is changing in this age of video consumption.  Peter Kaufman, President and Executive Producer of 
Intelligent Television, previously held the appointment of Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.  He has served as an expert advisor on access issues to the Library of Congress’s Division of Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound and co-chair of the JISC Film & Sound Think Tank

How to Participate
The virtual seminar will be offered in a variety of ways to allow for flexible participation. Participants will be able to attend face to face, in locations across campus or by watching the live presentation at: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCM_M9qwv2k.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions through a facilitator at each location or by using the hashtag #mediaucreate via Twitter.

Learning and Teaching Unit:
Brian Landrigan - Room 1025, Level 10, Library Building
Lila Azouz - Rm SG12 Ground Floor Wallace Wurth Building
Armida Podre - Bronte Beach Syndicate Room, AGSM Building Ground Level
UNSW Global:
Nikki Hayes - Squarehouse S207

Transforming Assessment Online Seminar:  Meaningfully embedding program (degree) learning goals in coursework
Presented by Danny Carroll (Educational Designer, eLearning, UNSW Australia)
When: Wednesday, 6 April | 5:00pm AEST
Where: Online

The accreditation of degree programs by professional bodies and quality agencies requires evidence of student learning and assessment outcomes against program goals. This evidence is often hidden in disconnected educational processes and so is often complex and time consuming to compile. Further this leads to disorientation on the part of students who can struggle to make sense of the connections between learning activities, assessment and desirable learning outcomes.

The session explores the experience of the University of New South Wales business school, in seeking to satisfy the accreditation requirements of AACSB and EQUIS sought to trial the Review assessment tool. The trial of 'Review' started in four courses in 2011 and has since grown organically to being used in 160 courses per semester in three faculties. It was found that the use of Review improved learning, teaching and assessment administration and reporting outcomes. The tool visually embeds program goals in course based assessment for the practical reference of students and staff. This session will also describe why Review can be characterised as a 'future oriented' assessment system.

This session hosted by Prof Geoff Crisp (PVC Education UNSW) and Dr Mathew Hillier (OVPLT, Monash University).
Register for this webinar via

Upcoming Connections in Learning and Teaching Seminars:

Blended learning teaching toolkit
Presented by Dr. Nalini Pather, School of Medical Sciences

When: Wednesday, March 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21)

The changing nature of the academic role in science
Presented by Pauline Ross, Professor of Biology and Education Strategy, University of Sydney
When: Tuesday, 22 March | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21)

Peer evaluation community of practice
Launch Meeting facilitated by Assoc Professor Julian Cox, Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Engineering and Dr Graeme Bushell, Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Chemical Engineering
When: Thursday, 24 March | 10:00 - 11:00 am 
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21)

Stories from the flipped trenches
Community of Practice discussion around flipped classrooms
When: Thursday, 7 April  | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Where: Room 208,  Library (F21)

Cognition, emotion and reflection for learning in higher education
Presented by Dr. Marina Harvey (Macquarie University), A/Prof Chris Baumann (Macquarie University), and Dr. Vanessa Fredericks (Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW)
When: Tuesday, 12 April  | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21)

Standards based assessment
Presented by Professor Gary Velan, Faculty of Medicine
When:  Thursday, 14 April  | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21)

Exploring the potential of an innovative information system
Presented by Dr. Eilean Watson, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
When: Wednesday, 20 April  | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Where: Room 208 Library (F21)

For more information regarding any of these events and to register, please visit the Connections webage.

Interested in looking at the outcomes of transforming a face-to-face course to fully online?  
Dr. Carol Oliver's recent Connections Seminar (video recording and presentation slides) is available online.

Do you have a suggestion for a future Connections seminar? We are looking for staff to share their innovations and experiences in learning and teaching.Please contact
ltevents@unsw.edu.au  to make a suggestion or to discuss your idea.

TELT Support

TELT Book-a-Consultation

At any time during the year, you can
book a consultation with a TELT expert to help you with advanced questions or specific challenges.

Need help developing your Moodle Course? Find online resources and weblinks on the
Teaching Gateway

The Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) has funding of $50 million over four years to promote excellence in higher education learning and teaching. UNSW Learning and Teaching can support you in applying for an OLT teaching award or grant. Please see below for further information.

Awards for Teaching and Program Excellence

Awards for University Teaching are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning and comprise citations and teaching and program excellence awards. 

Awards for teaching excellence are awarded to recognise teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for excellence in teaching.  Recipients will have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.  2016 Applications: draft submission to the LTU is due by 18 April 2016.

Awards for program excellence
 are aimed at programs and services that demonstrate effectiveness through rigorous evaluation that will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions.
2016 Applications: draft submission to the LTU is due by 18 April 2016.

For further information, please visit
our website.


The Shape of Higher Education, HERDSA Annual Conference 2016: 4-7 July, Fremantle, Western Australia
The theme for the conference is The Shape of Higher Education. This theme provides an opportunity to not only report and reflect upon and to critique and challenge the current shape and direction of higher education but also to look to the future and engage your colleagues in creative possibilities. For more information and to register your interest.