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mediaUcreate Workshops

mediaUcreate* is an online Moodle site designed to assist staff in developing educational media. The resources have been curated to allow both experts and novices to begin exploring the possibilities of including media in the learning experience. A series of face-to-face workshops are now being offered to supplement this online resource and give staff an opportunity to try out ideas in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Workshops will be held from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21), dates as follows:
  • Workshop 1 Screencasting | Monday, 25 January 
  • Workshop 2 Creative Commons | Wednesday, 27 January
  • Workshop 3 Audio | Monday, 1 February
  • Workshop 4 Mobile device to produce media | Wednesday, 3 February
  • Workshop 5 Producing media | Monday, 8 February
  • Workshop 6 Editing media | Wednesday, 10 February
  • Workshop 7 Interactive media | Monday, 15 February
  • Workshop 8 Assessment and dissemination | Wednesday, 17 February
Visit the website for more information and to register. 
self enrolment key, all lowercase: unsw

Connections Seminar Series

2014 L&T Innovation Grant Project Outcomes

Presented by Arvin Damodaran, POWCS, Faculty of Medicine; Ian Zucker, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Luke Hunter, School of Chemistry.

When: Thursday, 11 February | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Where: Library 208

UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants are awarded to Faculties, schools or individuals to implement:

  • small scale learning and teaching development initiatives, or
  • pilots/trials of planned, large scale educational changes

that align with 2014 – 2016 UNSW priority areas particularly those aimed at educational innovations to personalise students’ learning including the novel use of technology. In this seminar, three 2014 Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant recipients will present on the outcomes of their project, and the lessons learned.

Visit our website for more information and to register.

Evaluating your Teaching
Presented by Dr. Jens J. Jensen and Peter Nangle, The Learning and Teaching Unit

When: Thursday, 18 February | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21)

Educational evaluations typically centre on problems and their resolution. Such problem-based reviews commonly absorb substantial time and often fail to deliver effective educational solutions. They could however, be made to focus on strengths and the celebration of good practice. Come and see how this can be achieved by using a free interactive platform, Padlet.

Visit our website for more information and to register.

Outcomes of transforming a face-to-face course to full online
Presented by Carol Oliver, Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

When: Tuesday, 23 February | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library stage 2 (F21)

Astrobiology: Life in the Universe is a third-year elective course at UNSW. In 2015 the course was transformed from face-to-face delivery to fully online mode. Traditional lectures, tutorials, and the final exam were abandoned based on data across thousands of students from another UNSW course. These were replaced with short videos, e-books, forums, quizzes and three assignments in an Inquiry Based Learning setting. A personalised learning virtual lab experience developed for the course was retained. 

Visit our website for more information and to register.


The Foundations in University Learning and Teaching (FULT)
Registrations for semester 1, 2016 open.

The FULT program aims to help academics or professional staff who are involved in teaching increase their understanding and develop skills and confidence in their teaching practice by drawing from reflection, experience of peers, and educational literature. Registrations for Semester 1 are open until 15 February.

Visit our website for more information and to register.

Graduate Certificate in University Learning & Teaching 
Accepting semester 1, 2016 enrolments. Open to all staff who have completed FULT

This accredited program builds from FULT to extend scholarly teaching capability and deepen knowledge of the scholarship of learning and teaching of academics or professional staff who are teaching. It uses the blended approach and is offered in collaboration with the School of Education.

Please contact gcult@unsw.edu.au to express interest or visit our website.

Congratulations on Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Mr Simon McIntyre, School of Art and Design, for being awarded the very prestigious Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in the category Humanities and the Arts. The awards organised through the Office of Learning and Teaching were presented by the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training to 22 recipients across Australia who have significantly contributed to the quality of learning and teaching in higher education. Mr McIntyre’s teaching passion is to close the digital literacy gap for students and teachers. He has pioneered award winning online teaching practices, motivating hundreds of students to build their digital literacy and collaborative skills. He also led the design and implementation of a series of award winning UNSW professional development programs for online teaching practices. He designed the world’s first fully online Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design program and several successful globally disseminated projects, including the Learning to Teach Online professional development resource and the Massive Open Online Course.

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Awards

Australian 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. Detail of the submission process for each of these awards is outlined on the OLT website. Further detail about deadlines and nominations along with resources can also be found on the UNSW Teaching Gateway. For queries or proposal submissions, please email landtgrants@unsw.edu.au.
Citations for outstanding contributions to Student Learning are awarded to academic, general, and sessional staff and institutional associates who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area, over a sustained period of three years. If you are interested in applying, a draft submission is due to the LTU by 23 February 2016 with the OLT deadline 5 May, 2016.

Awards for teaching excellence  recognise teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education. The eight categories for Teaching Excellence are detailed on the OLT website. 

Awards for program excellence  recognise programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education. The programs and services that receive Program Awards must have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous evaluation and will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions.

For each of these teaching excellence awards, a draft submission is needed to the LTU by 18 April, 2016 and the OLT deadline is 7July, 2016.

Active Learning Spaces

Three flexible classrooms are available for Semester II, 2016 - designed and equipped for collaborative, flexible learning and teaching. There is an opportunity to use the new spaces with support from the LTU and be part of the future design and development of learning spaces at UNSW (working with the Learning Spaces Unit).

Sound interesting? Come along to the information session on Wednesday, 9th February, contact d.vukelic@unsw.edu.au for details.
Visit our website for more information. 

Faculty based educational development/support

Please complete this survey to help the Learning and Teaching Unit gather information about the educational development support currently in faculties and/or schools.  The aim is to better understand how such support across the university is distributed, to enable better sharing of expertise and knowledge, and to enable better networking between faculties, schools and the learning and teaching unit.

  • 5th International Academic Identities conference: 29 June – 1 July
    Theme: Academic life in the measured university: pleasures, paradoxes and politics. The submission deadline has been extended to Friday 22 January 2016. Visit the website
  • Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success (STARS) conference: 29 June-2 July, Perth
    Submissions close on 1 February 2016. Visit the website.
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society Australasia (HERDSA) conference: 4-7 July, Perth
    Theme: The shape of higher education. Submissions close on 5 February 2016. Visit the website.
  • Higher Education Close-Up 8 conference: 18-20 July, Lancaster UK
    Theme: Locating social justice in close-up research in higher education. Submissions close on 15 February 2016. Visit the website.
  • Higher Education Research and Development (HERD)
    The journal is inviting a call for papers for a Special Issue on the International Academic Identities conference theme. Extended 500 word abstracts are due on 28 February 2016. Visit the website for further information.
  • Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) conference: 20-22 April 2016, Adelaide
    Theme: Society, Economy and Communities: 21st century innovations in doctoral education. Although the deadline for abstracts has already closed, you can still get along to the conference to hear about the latest research in the policy and pedagogy space related to research education. Visit the website.
  • International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) conference: 22-25 November, Cape Town
    Theme: Ethics, care and quality in educational development. Submissions close 30 May 2016 (round 2). Visit the website.