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Prepare for 2017!  Moodle Orientation Workshops

Are you a course instructor or tutor who will have a teaching role in Moodle this year?  If you need an introduction or refresher in using Moodle, be sure to attend one of the upcoming Moodle orientation workshops:
  • Thursday 23rd  February 2-4pm; Goodsell LG29
  • Tuesday 28th February 11-1pm; Goodsell LG29
The introductory sessions are aimed at those who have little or no experience with Moodle and will include a tour of its interface, communications options and uploading files.

For more information and to register see: https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/telt-workshops
It has been an exciting start to the new year for the PVCE portfolio. One of the key deliverables towards the UNSW 2025 Strategy and the Inspired Learning Initiative is the Digital Uplift program, where we expect to transform over 660 courses into high-quality online and blended courses that meet the needs of students, industry and the wider community into the future.   

The Digital Uplift program has commenced with the nomination of the first 49 courses to be redesigned across five University Faculties.   Courses from the Faculties of Medicine, Science, Engineering, Built Environment and Law will be reformatted to incorporate greater use of media and technology, and active and student-led learning spaces.   To support the program, 13 educational developers have been appointed with post-graduate qualifications in a range of disciplines, along with a new academic development team, all whom will work across multi-disciplinary course design teams.

Digital Uplift of courses will be based on the Scientia Education Experience, which aims to empower students to realise their potential through a personalised and flexible educational experience.
Connections is a series of seminars facilitated by the PVC (Education) Portfolio to explore different aspects of learning and teaching.  The seminars provide a forum to share ideas and get feedback on practice and research.

More information and registration for the following seminars
can be found here.

Academic Advising:  A critical element in student success
Presenters:  Leonie Ligertwood and Fiona Reid, Student Life and Learning
Monday, 20 February, 1-2pm

Addressing the diverse English language needs of multilingual university students
Presenter: Dr Mira Kim, School of Humanities and Languages, Arts and Social Sciences
Wednesday, 22 February, 12-1pm

Improving participation, success and retention in online higher education
Presenter: Dr Cathy Stone, Equity Fellow, the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and The University of Newcastle
Thursday, 9 March, 12-1pm

Assessing Growth in Disciplinary Knowledge
Presenter:  Professor Phil Jones, Office of the PVC (E)
Wednesday, 22 March, 1-2pm

Beginning to Teach

Registration for the Semester 1 2017 Beginning to Teach program is now open.   This program is designed to develop the teaching capability of UNSW Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Higher Degree Research candidates (HDRs) with little to no experience of teaching.
More information about the program and a link to register can be found here.

Foundations of Learning & Teaching (FULT)

The Foundations in University Learning and Teaching (FULT) program is a modularised program of professional learning experiences aimed at developing the foundational knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to teach in higher education in an active and scholarly way.   FULT is at capacity for Semester 1, 2017, however for more details of the program or to register your interest for Semester 2, see the FULT information page on the Teaching Gateway.


Free Video Welcome Message!
A personalised video introduction is a great way to enhance social presence in a blended or online learning environment.  The media team within the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) Portfolio would like to help you produce a video welcome message. This service is free and could include scripting, storyboarding, filming and editing. There is a great variety of examples that you can view in the Media Collection of  the mediaUcreate Moodle course (self enrolment key - all lowercase: unsw ).  Here is an example from ARTS1480 Semester 1 2017.

We can film in your office, outside or in a studio setting.

If you would like us to create a video introduction for your course please contact Brian Landrigan or Carlos Dominguez 


Join a UNSW MOOC today

Developed by UNSW academics and staff, these courses are open and available to anyone who is interested.

Working with Academic Integrity

Starting the conversation with students about working with academic integrity in your discipline is often hard. It involves terms such as integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning, all considered basic concepts that successful students in any field of study need to understand. The challenge is that each community of practice has their own norms and expectations. Our interactive, six self-pace lessons Moodle module, ‘Working with Academic Integrity’, attempts to help you with starting this conversation within a course context. It can be embedded within a course and help ‘prepare’ students for a written assignment or used to ‘repair’ after the first assessment.

It has many applications. It’s been successful used in a flipped classroom Q&A context, as a resource attached to assessments, as a forum topic, as a compulsory activity and the list goes on. It is an adaptable tool that will inform and start the conversation of what is valued in your discipline and signal the importance of good academic practice to your students.

If you would like to have a look at the module the link  is http://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au/course/view.php?id=17924 and the Staff key is Staff437 . If you would like to embed the module in your course please contact Gwyn Jones and she will send you instructions and answer any of your questions.            
2016: Another successful year for MOOCs at UNSW!
In 2016, UNSW ran 14 MOOCs from Art & Design, Built Environment, Arts & Social Sciences, Science, Medicine, Engineering, Business and UNSW Canberra. Ten of these were brand new offerings for 2016. Our 2016 courses in FutureLearn attracted over 36,000 learners. We currently have over 24,000 active learners in our Coursera on-demand offerings.

Congratulations to all the UNSW staff who were involved in the successful development and delivery of these courses, and a special thanks to the following people:     

MOOC educational developers in 2016
Emma Betts (UNSW Canberra)
Sonal Bhalla (PVCE)
Mel Chavez (PVCE)
Dr. Lincoln Gomes (PVCE)
Laura Griffin House (PVCE)
Catherine Ryan (PVCE)
Deborah Scheele (UNSW Canberra)
Maria Schroder (UNSW Canberra)
Kristin Turnbull (PVCE)
John Vulic (PVCE)

MOOC educators in 2016
Dr. Ollie Brown (Art & Design)
Dr. Simon McIntyre (Art & Design)
Dr. George Khut (Art & Design)
Dr. Jeffrey Koh (Art & Design)
Assoc. Prof. Emma Robertson (Art & Design)
Assoc. Prof. Leanne Dowse (Arts & Social Sciences)
Prof. Kelley Johnson (Arts & Social Sciences)
Assoc. Prof. Matthew Kearnes (Arts & Social Sciences)
Dr. Eben Kirksey (Arts & Social Sciences)
Prof. Judy Motion (Arts & Social Sciences)
Emeritus Prof. Stephen Muecke (Arts & Social Sciences)
Dr. Paul Munro (Arts & Social Sciences)
Dr. Susanne Pratt (Arts & Social Sciences)
Adjunct Prof. Deborah Bird Rose (Arts & Social Sciences)
Dr. Louisa Smith (Arts & Social Sciences)
Dr. Karen Soldatic (Arts & Social Sciences)
MOOC educators in 2016 continued..
Assoc. Prof. Thom van Dooren (Arts & Social Sciences)
Courtenay Atwell (Business)
Dr. Martin Bliemel (Business)
Prof. Jenny Buchan (Business)
Dr. Leela Cejnar (Business)
Shaun Katz (Business)
Dr Allya Koesoema (Business)
Assoc. Prof. Linda Corkery (Built Environment)
Assoc. Prof. Oya Demirbilek (Built Environment)
Assoc. Prof. (Practice) Elizabeth Farrelly (Built Environment)
Dr. Paola Favaro (Built Environment)
Dr. Miles Park (Built Environment)
Prof. Susan Thompson (Built Environment)
Bruce Edward Watson (Built Environment)
Dr. Deane-Peter Baker (UNSW Canberra)
Dr. John Connor (UNSW Canberra)
Ian Faulconbridge (UNSW Canberra)
Assoc. Prof. Mike Ryan (UNSW Canberra)
Dr. Jos Boys (DVCE)
Dr. Negin Mirriahi (DVCE)
Assoc. Prof. Robin Ford, retired (Engineering)
Prof. Gangadhara Prusty (Engineering)
Dr. Orin Chisholm (Medicine)
Dr. Caroline Ford (Medicine)
Dr. Sheri Nixdorf (Medicine)
Rachel Williams (Medicine)
Dr. Elizabeth Angstmann (Science)
Sebastian Fricke (Science)
Dr. Daniel Mansfield (Science)
Assoc. Prof. Norman Wildberger (Science)
Prof. Joe Wolfe (Science)
UNSW team wins Gold at Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia
UNSW & Lionsheart Studios won the Gold Medal in the Social Sciences category at the 'Reimagine Education' Education Awards (December 2016), a worldwide event organised by Wharton School in Philadelphia recognising 'innovative education pedagogies enhancing learning and employability.'  

Their project ‘UniPlay: A Platform to Reinvent Higher Education’  received the award because of the way in which it allows instructors in higher education institutions to create innovative, gamified pedagogical approaches to their subject.

Congratulations to Dr Isabella Dobrescu, Alberto Motta and the team at LionsHeart for this amazing award. 

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence
Congratulations also to the recent winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Australian Awards for University Teaching - Award Program now open
The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), formerly known as the OLT Awards, has released their Award program for 2017.

The PVC Education Portfolio can support you in applying for an AAUT teaching award or grant.  If you’d like assistance contact Continuing Professional Developer, Kristin Turnbull.

Submission dates for 2017
The first draft submission to PVC (E) is due by 27th February 2017.
Please submit your final application PVC (E) by 24th April (AAUT deadline 10th May 2017).
Both draft and final submissions are to be sent to landtgrants@unsw.edu.au .

For further information including details of citations and how to nominate see the AAUT website.

Upcoming Event - Transforming Assessment Webinar
Hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University of New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching, Monash University, Australia.
When: Wednesday, 1 March | 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm 
Where: http://transformingassessment.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=107

Presenter: Sally Brown, Independent consultant and Emerita Professor, Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Starting out with assessment can be terrifying. People often ask themselves questions like: How do I know how good this work is? There are such diverse responses how do I know which ones are the highest quality? How do I know if my marks match up to those of my fellow assessors? How much damage will I do to a student if I get their mark wrong? How much feedback should I give to students? What kinds of tone should I adopt? Is it more important to concentrate on telling the student about the things they have done wrong, or to give them advice on how to improve on the next assignment, or both? How am I going to cope with the workload? How do I set about designing a decent assignment for my module? How will I know if it is too easy or too hard? What kind of assessment methods should I use? Should I just stick to exams and MCQs or maybe try something a bit different? How risky would that be and what will happen to me if I stuff things up?

These are the kinds of questions we will address in this webinar, for those new to assessing in higher education, which will concentrate on matters including: Matching marks to criteria; Assuring standards; Ensuring inter-assessor and intra-assessor reliability; Effective Assessment design; and Giving effective feedback.

The session won't provide cast-iron solutions to all these questions but will provide support and practical advice to those new in role as HE assessors.

Further information, times and register:
Contact the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) 
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