Events

Past Events

2017 Events

The state of play in digital enabled learning in Higher Education

Wednesday 27 September 2017: 11:30am–12:30pm
Building 67, Room 343

Join Professor Barney Dalgarno, Director of Learning Online at Charles Sturt University (CSU) for a discussion on the state of play in digital enabled learning in higher education (HE).

Professor Dalgarno will draw upon his research across the Australian HE sector to discuss the present opportunities and challenges in digital enabled learning in HE. This will be followed by a round table discussion reflecting on experiences across our institutions and the sector, whilst exploring emerging research opportunities.

This event is ideal for learning and teaching leadership staff as well as, technology and learning researchers or innovators.

Symposium on Group/Team Work Assessments

Friday 29 September 2017: 9:00am–2:00pm
Building 24, Room 203

You are invited to attend a symposium on Group/Team Work Assessments. This symposium will focus on ideas about organising effective team work/group work assessments and other learning activities that involve groups of students working together.

Staff from different faculties and schools of UOW will share their experiences about organising and assessing group work effectively.

There will also be a student panel, where students will share their own experiences about working on group work assessments and learning activities.

This symposium will be informative for anyone who currently uses or wishes to implement group work/team work based learning activities and assessments in their classes.

Program for “Symposium on Group/Team Work Assessments” (PDF)

Slides and video of “Symposium on Group/Team Work Assessments” (Dropbox folder)

Networking: Heating up with WATTLE

20 July 2017, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Ground Floor (G01), Science Teaching Facility (Building 43)

This is a chance to network with other passionate educators whilst hearing from our WATTLE Hot Topic Leaders, with opportunities to become involved. Members are encouraged to bring a friend to introduce to the WATTLE network.

Hot Topic Groups:

  • Technology that Enhances Learning – Dr Sue Downie
  • Innovative Teaching Pedagogies – Dr Theresa Larkin
  • Transforming Assessments in Higher Education – Dr Pranit Anand
  • Employability Skill Development – Dr Venkat Yanamandram
  • Students as Partners – Dr Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford and Ms Natalie Cutler

Workshop: Shifting the focus from skills to ‘graduateness’

7 July 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm

“There is no difference between academic skills and employment skills,” (Jackson, 2011, p1). In this workshop Lorna Froud and Chris Rust examine the relationship between graduate attributes and employability and discuss how approaches to learning can improve both students’ employability and their academic achievement. They will argue that there is often a false dichotomy in the minds of academics between employability, and the so-called “skills agenda”, and the teaching of academic disciplines. And even in professional courses, the view of employability can be very blinkered, limited to getting a job and working in the specific profession e.g. law, nursing, architecture. It is their argument that an explicit focus on the graduate attribute “personal literacy” - literally the ability to “read oneself”, to be critically self-aware- can unite the academic and employability agendas and reveal them as one, joint enterprise. In addition, that both the development of employability and the learning of academic disciplines can be significantly improved through the development of students” critical self-awareness and personal literacy. Having made this case, they will then go on to consider examples of how this might be achieved in practice.

Lorna Froud was Head of Careers at Oxford Brookes University, UK, during which time she also served on the Board of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisors). More recently she was Director of Employability at the University of Reading, UK. She is now an independent consultant.

Chris Rust is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Oxford Brookes where he worked for over 25 years. He was Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, and Deputy Director of the Human Resource Directorate from 2001-2011. Between 2005-10 he was also Deputy Director for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University). For his last three years, he was Associate Dean (Academic Policy).

Presentation from “Shifting the focus from skills to ‘graduateness’” (PDF - 138 KB)

Workshop: Rethinking Assessment - An Academic Program Director’s Guide

6 July 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm

This interactive workshop hosted by Professor Chris Rust is intended for any course or subject leader, or Head of School/Department, who seriously wants to improve assessment practice and align it with current UOW (TAPS) and HESF policy. Supported by current research, the workshop will argue the need to reduce but improve summative assessment, in particular regarding the assessment of course learning outcomes and integrated learning, while increasing opportunities for formative assessment, the development of the students’ assessment literacy, and effective engagement with feedback. We will also consider how assessment standards can be shared with the course team, students and for external referencing purposes. Above all, this workshop will provide practical examples of how this can all be achieved in the real world of Higher Education.

About Professor Chris Rust

Professor of Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK, Chris has been Associate Dean (Academic Policy). Previously, for ten years, he was Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD), and Deputy Director of the Human Resource Directorate. Between 2005 - 2010 he was also a Deputy Director for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University).
He has researched and published on a range of issues including:

  • the experiences of new teachers in HE
  • the positive effects of supplemental instruction
  • ways of diversifying assessment
  • improving student performance through engagement in the marking process
  • the effectiveness of workshops as a method of staff development

Most recently he has increasingly focused on researching and writing about assessment, including: improving student learning through active engagement with assessment feedback, and the significance of both explicit articulation and socialisation processes in improving students” understanding of assessment requirements and assessment feedback.

He is also interested in the design, development and use of social learning space in universities, as well as the development of research-based learning in the undergraduate curriculum, including its potential effect on university organisation.

Presentation from "Rethinking Assessment - An Academic Program Director’s Guide" (PDF - 79 KB)

Launch: Fostering Asynchronous Online Discussion in Higher Education

15 June 2017, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

WATTLE is pleased to host the launch of the FOLD website which has been developed through an OLT Seed project led by WATTLE members A/Prof Irina Verenikina, A/Prof Pauline Jones and Dr Janine Delahunty.

The FOLD website will be officially launched by Dr Cathy Stone (NCSEHE Equity Fellow) and will include a seminar presentation on the website, followed by refreshments. This guide has been designed for university lecturers to facilitate online discussion. Fostering deeper levels of collaboration and communication can often be challenging in blended mode of delivery. This resource provides useful strategies for task design, effective communication, pertinent scaffolding support and clear expectations for meaningful student participation.

Dr Irina Verenikina is an Associate Professor at the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Russian Academy of Education. Irina’s research interests relate to the sociocultural contexts of effective use of digital technologies in education.

Dr Pauline Jones: Associate Professor, Language in Education in the School of Education. Pauline has a long history of working with teachers at all levels of education in national and international contexts through language-based projects aimed at addressing educational disadvantage.

Dr Janine Delahunty has had a sustained interest in the impact of asynchronous discussions on learning and sociality in higher education. Janine’s interests include how the learning experience can be enhanced – particularly for online students, first-in-family and those from diverse and/or less advantaged backgrounds.

Presentation for FOLD Launch (PDF - 909 KB)

Seminar: Improving Participation, Success and Retention in Online Higher Education

15 June 2017, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Online learning has become a well-recognised part of the broader landscape of higher education. It is also proving to have a critical place in widening access and equity within this landscape. Increasing numbers of students from backgrounds historically under-represented at university are taking the opportunity to begin undergraduate study online, including through open-entry and alternative-entry pathways. However, retention in online undergraduate programs has been shown to be at least 20% lower than in face-to-face programs (Greenland & Moore, 2014; Moody, 2004), with an Australian Government Department of Education and Training report (2014) finding that only 44.4% of fully external (online) students, compared with a rate of 76.6% for face-to-face students, completed their undergraduate degrees over an 8-year period.

The presentation will provide an overview of a national project report released at the end of March 2017, which delivers findings from an investigation into the effectiveness of practices, supports and retention strategies in online learning at Australian universities and at the Open University UK. Dr Cathy Stone will discuss the background to this project, its findings and outcomes and there will be opportunities for audience discussion and feedback.

Dr Cathy Stone received a NCSEHE Equity Fellowship to investigate strategies used within online learning at Australian universities and the Open University UK to improve student success and retention in online higher education. Dr Stone”s background in Social Work includes her role in the School of Humanities and Social Science, as well as counselling and professional roles. Her varied experience has provided detailed insight into the education experience for mature aged students and other diverse student groups.

Opportunity through online learning - Wollongong Seminar 2017 (PDF - 434 KB)

Video of “Improving Participation, Success and Retention in Online Higher Education” (UOW login required)

Live Streaming Webcast Invite: How to Interpret a Turnitin Similarity Report

16 March 2017, 12pm – 1pm

Hosted by Dr Ann Rogerson

Webinar and face-to-face Q&A with UOW expert

WATTLE invites you to join us in person to watch a live webcast "How to interpret a Turnitin Similarity Report”, hosted by Dr Ann Rogerson.

Ann is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, and has made valuable contributions to the development of academic integrity strategies and resources at UOW. Last year she was a winner of one of Turnitin’s Global Innovation Awards.

She has been invited by Turnitin to present a webinar on the topic of interpreting similarity reports, which will be of great interest to teaching staff who use Turnitin, particularly subject coordinators and Academic Integrity Officers (AIOs) in each School.

The webcast will run live for 30 minutes, with 10 minutes question time for online participants. Anne will join us immediately after the live streaming session for a face-to-face Q&A about the UOW context.

Interested UOW staff are invited to join us for a live streaming of this webcast over what we are calling a ‘brown bag’ session in a teaching room in Building 19 - bring your own lunch and be prepared to chat! We’ll stream the webinar on an overhead projector although you are also encouraged to bring your own devices to go online if you wish to make comments or notes.

Workshop: Students As Partners

15 March 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Christel Brost, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Malmö, Sweden, with Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford Christopher Khatouki, Lisa Belfiore and others

Hands-on "students as partners” workshop with visiting scholar Christel Brost. Participants will be invited to discuss their students as partners" project plans and ideas, raise issues and gain advice from an expert "students as partners" academics. All welcome.

Symposium: Students As Partners

9 March 2017, 2:30pm – 4:15pm

Christel Brost, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Malmö, Sweden, with Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford Christopher Khatouki, Lisa Belfiore and others

Visiting scholar Christel Brost, will explore the value and educational significance of the transfer that takes place when we engage students as partners in subject and course design, drawing on several years' experience engaging students to work with academic staff on curriculum.  A panel of UOW academics and students will then speak to their successful "students as partners" projects at UOW.

Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT Workshop)

13 February 2017, 10am – 4pm

Dr John Willison, University of Adelaide (2016 OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow)

  • Would you like graduates of your programs to have developed deep understandings of subject matter and a research or problem solving mindset?
  • Do you want to foreground critical thinking and use technology to support its development, not have technology drive the agenda?
  • How can you help students to connect together the skills associated with problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and researching in ways that enable these skills to mutually reinforce across multiple semesters of a degree?

This workshop will help you address these questions and produce a draft MELT that suits your context. The idea of MELT comes from academics, tutors and librarians who have collaborated and adapted the six facets of Research Skill Development (RSD) framework to suit a range of contexts and in ways we didn’t expect. Multiple uses of the MELT with context-appropriate terminology provides various opportunities for these facets to become student thinking routines that develop researching, critical thinking and problem solving mindsets by graduation. This workshop provides you with collaborative time to learn about others’ models and adapt these so that you can MELT and mould your course or learning context.

MELT Workshop Flyer And Program

WATTLE Forum: Hot Topics In Learning And Teaching

14 February 2017, 9am – 3pm

UOW colleagues are warmly invited to join the first WATTLE Forum for 2017! This is an opportunity for the teaching and learning community to come together to discuss, share and explore new ideas and in the following hot topic areas:

  • Technology that enhances learning
  • Innovative teaching pedagogies
  • Innovative assessment practices
  • Employability skill development
  • Students as Partners

The Forum format will include a series of 6 minute presentations showcasing innovations from UOW leaders in the Hot Topic areas, followed by break-out discussion groups for collaboration and sharing. We will also hear from UOW colleagues who have been nationally recognised for outstanding programs and practices at UOW - sharing their experiences, knowledge and good practices in teaching and learning.

The topic areas have been selected based on current sector trends and feedback from the WATTLE member survey conducted in 2016.

2016 Events

Workshop - Graduate Employability 2.0: Applying and adapting the connectedness learning educators toolkit for my context

25 October 2016

Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock is an Australian National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0. The fellowship supports students, teachers and universities to build and use effective professional connections and partnerships for innovation, career development, and learning. In this workshop, Ruth joined UOW to share research and tools for strengthening connections and partnerships with industry and community.

The Graduate Employability 2.0 website.

View the Workshop - Graduate Employability 2.0 (UOW members only)

Quick Connections With WATTLE

20 October 2016

An opportunity for Members and guests to meet with colleagues and share ideas about teaching practice and research.

2015 Events

Celebrating Member Success: OLT National Fellows Showcase & Book Launch

25 November 2015

Dr Sarah O’Shea, National Teaching Fellow (University of Wollongong)
Engaging Families to Engage Students

Professor Garry Hoban, National Senior Teaching Fellow (University of Wollongong)
Digital Media in Science Education: learning, explaining and communicating content.

Guest Seminar: On the Way to Becoming a SOTL Scholar

2 November 2015

Dr Peter Draper (University of Hull, UK)

Exploring paths to becoming a SoTL scholar.

WATTLE Think Tank: Employability

12 October 2015

Professor Dawn Bennett (Curtin University), Martin Smith & Professor Patrick Crookes (University of Wollongong)

 

Research Showcase: ECTE350 iSee Pitch (Technology Enhanced Learning: Linking Campuses and Industry)

28 September 2015

Sasha Nikolic (School of Electrical, Computer & Telecom Engineering, University of Wollongong)

Research Showcase: BRiTE (Building Resilience in Teacher Education)
Dr Noelene Weatherby-Fell (School of Education, University of Wollongong)

Guest Seminar: Engaging Students as Partners and as Change Agents

4 August 2015

Emeritus Professor Mick Healey, Higher Education Consultant and Researcher (University of Gloucestershire, UK)
An interactive session exploring four ways in which students may be engaged as partners.

Guest Seminar: Lifelong Learner Progression - Whole Person, Whole Journey

24 July 2015

Philip Dent, Chief Executive of The Progression Trust, UK

A framework for discussion and development of practice that will translate research from multiple disciplines into approaches that support the progression of all students - embedding the concept in outreach, access, transition and success activities across the university.

Guest Seminar: Educational Leadership

20 May 2015

Dr Dilly Fung, Director, UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning & Teaching (University College London, UK)

Leading education vision, strategic action and the scholarship of teaching and learning

WATTLE Think Tank: Assessment & Feedback

30 April 2015

Facilitator A/Prof Margaret Wallace

Research Showcase: Using a Bilingual Peer assisted Learning (B-PAL) model to assist the teaching of Chinese accounting students in Australian higher Education

1 April 2015

Ms Jin Cui (Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong)

Chinese Academic Business Learning & Education (CABLE) provides Chinese Business students with academic support through informal, peer-led bilingual instruction, as well as social support by building community engagement.

WATTLE Think Tank: What does and what should count as a SoTL output?

23 February 2015

Professor Patrick Crookes, Director WATTLE (University of Wollongong)

A forum to consider important topics related to Teaching Excellence and Scholarship in Teaching & Learning

International Perspectives on 21st Century Learning an Teaching Practices in Higher Education: Where are we and where are we going?

18 February 2015

Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost Education and Student Affairs (University College London, UK), Professor Eeva Leinonen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (University of Wollongong), Professor Peter Bol, Vice-Provost for Learning Advances (Harvard University, Boston, USA)

Member Session: Abstract Writing Workshop - 2015 ISSoTL Conference

22 January 2015

Professor Patrick Crookes, Director WATTLE (University of Wollongong) and Professor Patricia Reynolds (Kings College London, UK)

Members sharing 'the art of abstract writing' in a collaborative, collegial environment.

2014 Events

Employability Master Class: Scholarship and Practice

4 December 2014

Following the 34th annual conference of NAGCAS.

Professor Tristram Hooley (University of Derby, UK), Tony Botelho (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Eluned Jones (University of Birmingham, UK)

Guest Seminar: What Technologies Genuinely Enhance Student Learning?

4 November 2014

Dr Janet Strivens (Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Liverpool, UK)

Guest Seminar: Say Goodbye to Pleasantville - Digital Literacy and America’s new Educational Standards

21 October 2014

Dr Dennis Jablonski (Southern Oregon University, USA)

Measure for Measure: Marking, Standards and Assessment Symposium

17 October 2014

Emeritus professor David Boud (University Technology Sydney), Emeritus Professor Chris Rust (Oxford Brookes University, UK), Professor Simon Pyke (University of Adelaide)

Guest Seminar: Graduate Capabilities

9 October 2014

Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, Vice-Chancellor (University of Wollongong)

“Capabilities enable students to be career ready, as well as demonstrating the technical skills needed for specific jobs. Universities, through Faculties and support from careers services, have developed sophisticated approaches to helping students evidence graduate capabilities.”

Member Discussion: What will a successful WATTLE do for you personally?

23 September 2014

Professor Patrick Crookes, Director WATTLE (University of Wollongong)

Last reviewed: 19 October, 2017