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PVC Education Portfolio Needs Analysis Report

The PVC (Education) Portfolio commenced in 2016 with the mission to deliver a set of integrated services to the UNSW community aimed at supporting the implementation of the 2025 Strategy.  Through a series of focus groups, interviews and an online survey with key stakeholders, a review was undertaken of all the services currently provided by the PVCE Portfolio to determine whether they were aligned with UNSW strategic priorities, fit for purpose and structured and delivered in a fully integrated way.

Results from this review have been released and an
overview is available for the greater UNSW community. 

The PVC (Education) Portfolio needs analysis identified priorities across the university.  Some of these include:
  • A partnership model of engagement with faculties and divisions
  • A requirement for support with blended and online course, program design and delivery service
  • Academic staff development opportunities: both centrally and locally supported
  • Improving student feedback through the CATEI system
  • Access to priority teaching spaces
  • The need for concise templates, toolkits, and on-demand educational resources
  • Improving the student experience: better alignment of course content and assessment tasks, better technology in learning spaces, improving community in large classes, and offering work integrated learning activities and paid internships
The PVCE Portfolio has outlined a number of recommendations that will assist in meeting these identified priorities through an integrated service model approach.  We will initiate a series of changes over the coming months to implement these recommendations and begin work on establishing the partnership model with faculties.

We look forward to engaging with the campus community in order to enhance the teaching and learning at UNSW and meet the goals of the 2025 Strategy.


Professor Geoffrey Crisp
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)




Upcoming Forum 'Towards 2025: Inspiring Learning'
Save the date: Monday 31 October 2016; 8.45 - 3pm
Venue:  Scientia, Leighton Hall
Keynote speakers:  Ian Jacobs (VC), Merlin Crossley DVC(E), Geoff Crisp PVC(E)

As part of the October 2016 Forum "Towards 2025:  Inspiring Learning" you are invited to submit an abstract for a poster or presentation for the 2016 forum.   We would like to see a 'snapshot' of the way in which you inspire learning, practice inspired teaching or improve the student educational experience through a number of foci that align with the 2025 UNSW Strategy.

Further details about the criteria for selection, templates and dates for submission are available on the Teaching Gateway.   

Upcoming Connections Seminars

A guide to writing effective abstracts
Presented by Dr Jens J. Hansen, (Academic Developer, PVC Education Portfolio) 
When: Wednesday, 15 June  | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
 Room 1025, Level 10, Library 

An academic abstract is a miniature work of art. When well prepared, an abstract conveys an overview of the whole as well as a critical delineation of key elements to be found within what follows.   In this workshop, you will not only learn about the criteria for an effective abstract, but will also practice developing and critiquing your own.

The reality of virtual interaction: using online simulation for the development and assessment of communication skills
Presented by Dr Silas Taylor (Convener of clinical skills for the UNSW Medicine Program)
When: Thursday, 23 June  | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
 Room 1025, Level 10, Library 

UNSW Medicine has addressed a persistent problem: of students needing to develop communication skills via patient interactions, with good feedback, and for assessment. Dr Silas Taylor has led the development of an online simulated platform for patient interaction and assessment - a novel, innovative means for students to interact with patients AND get useful feedback from the patient AND be assessed.  This approach may be relevant to disciplines such as Social Work, Optometry, Psychology, Law, Engineering, Architecture and Built Environment, who want to prepare students for a significant ‘client liaison’ element in their future work. The online simulated interaction and assessment platform has the potential to be customized for use in different contexts, and allows such learning and assessment activities to be incorporated into relevant programs/courses without major curricular changes.

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

Upcoming Network Meetings

Students as Partners at UNSW
When: Thursday, 9 June, 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library 

UNFED hosted by Arts and Social Sciences
When: Tuesday, 28 June , 12:00-1:30pm
Where: Room 1025, Level 10, Library 


Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching

Enrolments open for Semester 2, 2016 June 14 and close June 27.  Please register your interest now, and the CG(ULT) Program Administrator will be in contact regarding your enrolment.


Congratulations to our colleagues from the PVC (Education) Portfolio Dr Lorenzo Vigentini and Dr Negin Mirriahi, who have been awarded with the category 1 research grant within the OLT scheme for their study Scaling the provision of personalised learning support actions for large student cohorts.  

Blended Learning Resources

Blended Learning - wondering how?  See UNSW examples at: https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/blended-learning-examples-unsw 

New UNSW MOOC Launching: Maths for Humans: Linear and Quadratic Relations
Course Starts
: 27 June, duration 4 weeks

What is the connection between slices of a cone and the trajectory of a football? Between the geometry of the great pyramid and the tax bracket that you might be in? Between studying the protein content of bugs and comparing internet speeds? In this course we explore a range of interesting and practical real-world relationships hinging on the interplay between the linear and the quadratic.

For more information and to register