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The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching has lots of news including information about available grants, recently awarded funding, conference successes and upcoming conferences.
Upcoming Learning & Teaching Funding
The following learning and teaching grants schemes have been created to support academics in the scholarship of learning and teaching.
2017 ATN Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
The Australian Technology Network (ATN) has established a collaborative grants scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. This scheme will provide the ATN with a competitive edge in learning and teaching excellence. It will build the ATN’s national reputation as a leader in learning and teaching by investing in the development and support of their staff through this grants scheme.
The grants programme administered by the ATN comprises an innovation and development grant. Guidelines will be available soon with application submissions due in September 2016.
2017 Curtin Grant Schemes
Curtin has two grants: a seed and teaching excellence grant. These Curtin grants are:
- Teaching Academic Scholarship Seed (TASS) grant which provides the opportunity for staff in Teaching Academic appointments to build their profile in SoLT.
- Teaching Excellence Development Fund (TEDF) for all academic staff who are involved in teaching at Curtin (Teaching Academics, Teaching and Research Academics).
Guidelines will be available soon with application submissions due early October 2016.
2016 WAND Small Grants Scheme
The West Australian Networks for Dissemination (WAND) is pleased to announce a new network initiative: the WAND Small Grants Scheme. This scheme will be available for applicants from WA universities and is for small innovative projects in learning and teaching. To be selected, proposals must demonstrate how the project can be embedded at the host institution, and be disseminated beyond your institution. All career stages may apply and teams are encouraged. Cross-university collaborative projects are also encouraged.
Guidelines will be available soon with application submissions due 31 August 2016.
For more information visit the WAND website.
For support with preparing applications for any of these grant programs contact Dr Helen Flavell, Coordinator, Scholarship of L&T.
Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards
The Faculty of Health Sciences’ teaching awards are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 21 October 2016. More information about the awards can be found here. The University awards for teaching excellence are also open and will close on 5pm Wednesday 28 September 2016. More information about the University awards can be found here.
Contact Dr Helen Flavell, Coordinator, Scholarship of L&T, for information on the faculty awards and advice relating to applying for either faculty or University excellence in teaching awards.
HERDSA Conference 2016 and 2017
The HERDSA Conference, 2016, ‘The shape of Higher Education’ was held in Fremantle. Several staff from the faculty presented the outcomes from internally funded SoLT and Office for Learning and Teaching projects. Congratulations to Annalise O’Callaghan, Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Claire Morrisby, Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, and Dr Helen Flavell, Coordinator, Scholarship of L&T, for Best Poster, as voted by conference delegates. Next year’s HERDSA will be held in Sydney from 27 June to 30 June. It will focus on ‘Curriculum transformation’ with a strong emphasis on students as co-creators.
STARS Conference Perth, 29 June-2 July 2016
UniSTARS began as first year experience but has developed into a community of practice around retention and transition more broadly. STARS is an acronym for Students, Transition, Achievement, Retention and Success.
The 2016 conference focused on evaluating evidence-based interventions and tackled some curly questions such as ‘What constitutes student success?’ with a focus on equity groups of students. There were interesting papers on students as change agents, using learning analytics for feedback, student perceptions of interventions, and ways to build transition considerations into curriculum review. A particular highlight was the multi-disciplinary and diverse student panel addressing their experiences and expectations of university.
Some conference papers are captured by the online journal Student Success.
ACEN research grant win for faculty
Congratulations to Margo Brewer, Director Practice & Interprofessional Education, and Dr Helen Flavell, Coordinator, Scholarship of L&T, for winning a national Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) research grant for their project ‘Do student-led interprofessional WIL placements enhance graduate attributes?’ The project will investigate the impact of student-led interprofessional WIL placements on key graduate attributes including communication, role clarification, teamwork, conflict resolution and reflective practice. There are only three grants funded nationally, and this year ACEN received a total of 41 submissions. The faculty- led research project includes industry partners, Challis Community School, Brookman Primary School and Juniper Aged Care.