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The latest news from the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoLT) includes information about grant success, awards, the Teaching & Learning Forum 2017, available funding and more.


All the news from the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching.
All the news from the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching.
Faculty Success with the new ATN Excellence in Learning and Teaching Grants

Congratulations to Ms Margo Brewer and team who have received one of four grants funded nationally under the ATN Excellence in Learning and Teaching collaborative grants scheme. The successful project is titled ‘Building graduate resilience for the disrupted future of the 21st century’ and is a collaboration with the University of South Australia and Queensland University of Technology.

The 18 month project, worth $163,067, aims to increase graduate resilience and employability for a globalised world through developing and piloting a resilience framework, and a fully resourced development program to build academics’ capacity to embed resilience into the curriculum at the crucial ‘tipping point’ when students are expected to transition from the classroom to fieldwork.

Project team members from Curtin include Miss Brooke Sanderson and Mr Alan Reubenson from the faculty, Mrs Sonia Ferns from Curtin Learning and Teaching, Associate Professor Susan Beltman from the School of Education and Dr Sharon Maresse from the Department of Medical Radiation Science. This is a highly competitive grant scheme following the closure of the Office for Learning and Teaching grant programme.

Successful Faculty Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards 2016

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Individual Teacher Award

Mrs Lesley Kuliukas, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.

Early Career Award

Mrs Claire Morrisby, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work.

Miss Brooke Thomson, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.

Sessional Teacher – First Year Program

Dr Rina Wong, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience

Brooke Sanderson, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Programs that Enhance Learning

Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations

Mrs Jaci Mason, Ms Michelle Young, Mrs Carole Donaldson, Professor Gavin Leslie, Mrs Debbie Walley

Bachelor of Health Science (Health Sciences) Paramedicine Major.

Teaching & Learning Forum 2017

The Faculty of Health Sciences was well represented at the 2017 forum, held in the Medical School building from the 2 to 3 February 2017. Twenty-one presentations involved faculty staff and/or students speaking on a range of topics. The high number of presentations likely reflects the faculty’s success with Curtin learning and teaching grants over recent years, as recipients are expected to present on the outcomes of their projects. You can access a full program including abstracts here. (Scroll to down to ‘Available on these platforms’ and click on the web icon. There is no need to download to your smartphone as the guidebook can be accessed via your computer).

The theme of the Forum was ‘Innovation: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning’ and the two keynote presentations were by Professor Teri Balser, Dean of Learning and Teaching for Science and Engineering at Curtin, and Professor Adam Bridgeman from the University of Sydney.

Professor Balser’s keynote, ‘Beyond the hype: innovation for the rest of us’ highlighted that we need to critically engage with what is meant by innovation. A highly engaging and interactive presentation, Professor Balser’s keynote demonstrated why she has received so many teaching accolades including being one of three finalists for the 2016 $250,000 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the largest teaching prize in the English-speaking world.

Professor Bridgeman’s keynote spoke to his work successfully implementing tailored learning experiences and support for large cohorts of undergraduate chemistry students using learning analytics. As the Director of Educational Innovation, Professor Bridgeman has reinvigorated learning for large first year cohorts and is a recognised leader in learning and teaching.

Learning and Teaching Journal and Conference Directory Resources

The teaching journals directory can be found here.

The teaching conferences directory can be found here.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities Announce Early Career Grants for Conferences

Grants are awarded to academic staff working at ACU member universities to enable participation in an academic conference in another Commonwealth country. Applications are open to early career academics who have not previously had the opportunity to travel outside their home region for work purposes. The grants aim to facilitate international mobility and career development by opening up opportunities for early career academics from ACU member universities. Since the scheme began in 2013, staff from 73 different member institutions have benefitted. In 2017, a minimum of 30 grants are on offer, with a maximum amount of GBP £2000 available for each recipient. Applications close on Sunday 2 April 2017. The ACU encourages eligible academic staff to apply. Further information, along with the application form, can be found on the ACU website.

Schollaboration—Monthly FHS’ Learning and Teaching Forum

The faculty plans to run two-hour sessions once a month, which will feature different speakers and workshops on learning and teaching, and career progression, for those with teaching responsibilities. More information coming soon.

HERDSA 2017 Conference: Curriculum Transformation, Sydney, 27 to 30 June 2017

All the conference details can be found here.

I-MELT International Conference for Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching, 11 to 13 December 2017

The International Conference for Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT) will bring together a broad array of colleagues interested in dynamic education that enables students to engage in fluid thinking, make this thinking visible and articulate their skills. Colleagues from South East Asia, the Pacific Nations, the Americas, Europe and Australasia will share research and practice around conceptual frameworks currently used in undergraduate, Masters, Higher Degree by Research and the schooling sector. The conceptual frameworks together are called Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT).

I-MELT will run from 11 to 13 December 2017 (not the week earlier as advertised previously) at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide. The call for short papers of 1500-2000 words will open 1 May 2017.

Details about the conference keynotes, themes, evaluation criteria, support for research on MELT, the flyer and conference cost and registration are available here.

Helen Flavell

Coordinator, Scholarship of Learning & Teaching

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor