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Ask me about SoLT, May 2016

Office for Learning and Teaching Closure

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) will cease to operate on Thursday 30 June 2016. Current grants and fellowships, including round two 2016 grants, will be funded and supported to completion in 2018. There are no plans to replace the OLT, and funding from the program is being redirected to Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency  (TEQSA). More information can be found here.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching program, which provides national recognition of excellence and innovation in learning and teaching, will continue.

The recent OLT Conference, held in Melbourne, was quite a sombre event due to the anticipated closure. Key themes included an agile academic workforce (changing nature of academic work as a result of global disruption), student engagement and students as co-creators for learning and teaching, increasing participation by students who require high levels of pastoral care and transition support, creativity and entrepreneurial capability key for future employment, personalised learning and learning analytics, and new methods of measuring student engagement/satisfaction. Webcasts from the conference are available online.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Lisa Tee

As recently announced in the VC Note to Staff, Associate Professor Lisa Tee has been awarded an OLT National Teaching Fellowship. Professor Tee’s fellowship will involve disseminating a unique curriculum visualisation tool to engage students in their learning, and support them to become active participants in the negotiation of their study choices.

Festival of Learning Wednesday 4 May – Friday 6 May 2016

Four presentations at the Festival of Learning were delivered by faculty staff. This year there were no parallel sessions. Anecdotal feedback from faculty staff was that workload and competing priorities limited their ability to attend. You are encouraged to provide feedback on the festival.

2015 Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Innovation Award Winners

At the closing ceremony of the festival, Ms Michelle Quail, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, the Physiotherapy Gerontology Team, led by Ms Anne Furness and Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli, and the Physiotherapy National Simulation Project, led by Professor Tony Wright, received their Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards from Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor. Congratulations on these successes.

2015 Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Innovation Award Winners
2015 Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Innovation Award Winners with Michael Berndt, Pro Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor.

Faculty and University Excellence and Innovation Teaching Awards

If you are interested in finding out about the awards for teaching, a workshop has been planned to assist staff to nominate for faculty and university awards. The workshop will be held at 2.00pm on Friday 10 May 2016, which is study week, in the faculty boardroom. An invitation has been sent to all faculty staff. For more information contact Dr Helen Flavell at:

Faculty Success in the Second Round of 2016 TASS Grants

Of the 18 Teaching Academic Scholarship Seed (TASS) grants submitted in the last round, two out of a possible five were awarded to the Faculty of Health Sciences. Congratulations to Dr Magdy Elnashar from Biomedical Sciences and Mrs Claire Morrisby from Occupational Therapy and Social Work. In addition, faculty staff, Dr Marika Guggisberg and Dr Melissa Davis, are team members on a successful cross-faculty TASS application led by Mr Jonathan Bullen from Curtin Learning and Teaching. Congratulations to all involved on their achievements.

Indigenous Australian Cultural Capability Community of Practice

On Wednesday 8 June 2016, from 12.00pm-3.30pm, the faculty is hosting a session for staff interested in developing the cultural capability of students. This session will focus on Indigenous Australian cultural capability with presentations from Mr Jonathan Bullen, Indigenous Learning Designer, CLT, on his PhD research into transformative learning for Indigenous culture and history. There will also be a presentation on the Health Workforce Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum Framework by Ms Kate Taylor, which was a Curtin-led national project that has been completed. The workshop will be designed to facilitate the vertical integration of Indigenous Australian content, and to support collaborative educational research projects. Staff from the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) will be invited to attend to support further collaboration between the faculty and CAS staff. For more information contact Dr Helen Flavell at:

Upcoming STARS and HERDSA Conferences

Perth is hosting both the Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success (STARS) Conference and the Higher Education research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference. The STARS conference will run from 29 June – 2 July 2016 and the HERDSA conference will run from 4 July – 7 July 2016.

HERDSA Pre-conference Workshops

HERDSA will be running several pre-conference workshops including sessions on reflective practice, assurance of learning, career development, SoLT publishing, conducting a SoLT literature review, design thinking and local/global learning.

Funding Opportunity for WIL Projects

The World Council and Assembly on Cooperative Education (WACE), an organisation committed to advancing cooperative work-integrated education, has $15,000 research grants for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) projects. Eligible studies may sample from a variety of disciplines, but the study findings must address one of the key WACE themes. The results should have educational implications for cooperative work-integrated education programs across geographic regions and/or more than one institution. Preference will be given to proposals involving two or more institutions. Applications close Sunday 31 July 2016.