Pictured above (left to right): WATTLE Executive Committee - Dr Tracey Kuit, Dr Kathryn Harden-Thew, Associate Professor Sarah O'Shea (Chair), Dr Simon Bedford. Committee members not pictured: Dr Ruth Walker and Dr Brad Stappenbelt
WATTLE members are passionate about Teaching and Learning, click on the videos to hear about the benefits of being involved:
Enhancing the student learning experience and developing opportunities for staff in teaching and learning at the University of Wollongong.
The Wollongong Academy for Tertiary Teaching & Learning Excellence (WATTLE) is a leadership community dedicated to providing space for teaching and learning recognition, development, passion and dialogue.
The WATTLE Academy was established in May 2014 and currently has a membership of over 200 Senior Fellows, Fellows and Associate Fellows committed to enhancing the learning experience of all our students.
Every member of staff, whether they are part of the teaching, research or professional areas of the university, employed as casual, part-time or continuing are welcome to become members of this Academy. WATTLE aims to create a community of practice where a diversity of expertise can be recognised and utilised to further teaching and learning at UOW and beyond.
Our Academy focuses on promoting the following areas:
- Building a higher education-focused community of expertise, scholarship and research to lead discussion, collaboration and innovation in University teaching and learning, within and outside of the University of Wollongong.
- Building networks of knowledge fostering national and international relationships with respect to teaching and learning.
- Increasing UOW’s national and international reputation with respect to teaching and learning.
- 27 September 2017: The state of play in digital enabled learning in Higher Education
- 29 September 2017: Symposium on Group/Team Work Assessments
News & Congratulations
Rethinking Assessment Workshops
WATTLE recently hosted two workshops on consecutive days addressing re-thinking assessment from a whole of course and academic program directors perspective, and then looking at how course learning outcomes and employability could be better developed and evidenced by our graduates. Chris Rust from Oxford Brookes university, and Lorna Froud Director of Employability at the University of Reading, tag teamed the sessions which were attended by more than 70 UOW staff in total. The workshops were an opportunity for all staff across the university to listen, debate, and receive practical examples of how all this can be achieved in the real world of Higher Education. The discussions did not stop at the end of the workshops, as both rolled into their own Hot Topic Group facilitated think tanks on Transforming Assessments or Employability Skill development.
The end of the workshop sessions gave an opportunity to thank both facilitators, but especially Chris Rust who has been an avid supporter of UOW and WATTLE for some time now – he helped UOW create the assessment and feedback principles that frame the new Teaching and Assessment Policy Suite (TAPS). He is always willing to give his expert opinion on all sorts of assessment matters, and so for his long term support of WATTLE and UOW we were able to present him with a honorary fellowship of WATTLE. It’s good to have Chris part of the expanding and diverse community that is WATTLE.
Matching Conference Funding
WATTLE is delighted to announce the following members who were successful in obtaining matching conference funding to assist in the presentation of their research or SoTL at key teaching and learning events within Australia. Please join us in congratulating the following applicants:
Engaging students as partners as a new approach to Enhance Curriculum Practice
Lessons learnt from Curriculum mapping: following the transition from design to implementation and beyond
It is not just about the method of assessment: The importance of the question asked and the instructions given to ensure integrity
Making good teachers together: Implementing authentic learning through the third space
Educative mentoring within mentoring relationships: A case study of successful dyads
Review and moderation of teaching portfolios
Each of the successful applicants will be presenting their paper for WATTLE audiences over the next months. WATTLE hope to call for a second round of competitive conference support applications at the end of the year as we continue to support our colleagues in the pursuit of teaching and learning excellence.
2017 Recipients Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning
Congratulations go out to the 2017 recipients of the Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) Awards. Thank you for your continued contribution to teaching excellence at UOW.
2016 National Award for Programs that Enhance Learning
UOW continues to be recognised nationally for quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.
On 1 December 2016, the Research and Critical Analysis (RCA) Program team (SMAH) received a 2016 National Award for Programs that Enhance Learning for Innovation and Flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching.
2016 National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
On 16 September 2016, WATTLE members Roy Brown and Dr Belinda Gibbons received 2016 National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Dr Gibbons pictured second from left. Mr Brown was congratulated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at a WATTLE networking event in October.
Members are warmly invited to share ideas and feedback at any time. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org