What is LTC Collaborate?
LTC Collaborate links LTC with the wider UOW community to form project-based teams focused on enhancing learning and teaching at UOW. Faculties and central units have the opportunity, annually, to apply for LTC expertise through a defined and transparent process. Priority will be given to projects meeting UOW’s strategic goals and which emphasise sustainable and scalable solutions.
Applications for 2019 LTC Collaborate are now closed.
Any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the skills and expertise within LTC?
LTC has a wide range of expertise that can assist you with your learning & teaching. See the full list below:
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Student Academic Literacies
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Data, Evaluation and Dissemination
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What are some examples of what can be done?
To illustrate how some of the LTC skills and expertise could be utilised on a project, we have put a few scenarios together:
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Teachers are typically spending the first two weeks of a teaching session on educating students on the mechanics of how to use instruments and tools
Design and develop a multimedia product that students can interact with and gain knowledge of the tools they need to use outside of the classroom
Students struggle with the concept of portion size
Design and develop a multimedia solution that students can use to manipulate and display various foods that visualise the size of the portions and also provides correct nutritional information for each
Students need access to anatomy labs to be able to learn anatomy ‘hands on’. There are too many students and not enough lab time
Design and develop a multimedia ‘dry anatomy lab’ that simulates the actual physical laboratory
Students need to master hundreds of medical terms in Latin
Design and develop ‘Anatomy ABC’ hang man type game that presents terms in levels of difficulty and in areas of anatomy.
All - subject design
Make subject content more interactive and engaging for students in the (Moodle) online space
Redesign and redevelop existing content to use the Moodle Book activity to produce interactive eBooks; include formative activities using quizzes, wikis, forums and add-in capabilities like H5P activities.
All – design of resource/template
Students are required to do a task they have never done before, are are unsure about the expected style or level of complexity of it within the specific context
Design and develop an annotated exemplar of the type of text students are expected to produce in order to have their understanding of disciplinary information assessed
All – design of resource/template
Assessment criteria for a task are in the marker’s mind, but not clear to learners…or, the usual marking guide is designed to help the teacher assign scores, but does not help learners understand how they might prepare for or improve their performance of a task in the future
Design and develop a simple but detailed descriptive rubric, that everyone (teachers, individual students and/or peers) can discuss in class, and can use to prepare and to evaluate performances of a specific task. The rubric can then be adapted for use with other tasks
To see some examples of resource development projects that have been completed during previous support rounds, please self-enrol in our LTC Resource Development Moodle Site.
Who can apply?
If you are a UOW academic or professional staff member and have an idea that aligns with the UOW Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and your Faculty/Divisional priorities, you can apply for LTC Collaborate support. There are a few things we ask you to consider prior to applying. These are:
- that you have a clear project owner (main applicant) who is responsible for progress, deployment and maintenance once the LTC Collaborate support has concluded.
- that your project fits with the aim of LTC Collaborate (ie. Learning and Teaching resources, application/tools that support the teaching process, research resources, application/tools that support the research process).
If your project is a University-wide resource, you will need to provide additional information when you apply, regarding deployment plans eg, website hosting, responsibility and cost of ongoing maintenance. The Manager, Educational Resource Development can point you in the right direction to retrieve this information (email@example.com).
* Please note that a submitted application does not guarantee that support will be allocated. The application is required to go through the approvals process and resource allocation prior to a final determination being made. To find out more about the process, please see 'How does the process work?'.
What projects are not eligible?
Programs or projects receiving funds from external sources such as contract and grants are NOT eligible for fee-free support in the same period.
Marketing and Promotional materials and/or websites are NOT eligible for fee-free support.
The Manager, Partnerships and Projects can provide you with an estimate of costs for these types of projects, if required.
Please note that any dispute over eligibility will be resolved by the Director, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum.
What do I get?
As a project owner, you will be allocated a project lead and project coordinator, and depending on the type of support you require, you may have a number of LTC staff involved in your project. You will be guided through the project lifecycle via regular correspondence and meetings.
Upon completion of your project, any resources developed will be available to you in the format you require.
Is it all fee-free?
All of the advice, design, development, coordination, correspondence and support is provided at no cost to the project owner or Faculty/Division. The only things you are required to have covered by your Faculty/Division are things like:
- Travel costs associated with project (typically any location shoots for video projects).
- Consumables such as; DVD's, colour printing, licensing, purchase of images and/or audio/music from commercial collections.
Payment for these things can be organised through your project coordinator.
Is there a deadline?
Each LTC Collaborate cycle has a final deadline of 31st of December. Each project has an individually negotiated delivery deadline, based on the requirements of the project owner and the development implications.
For example, if you require your project to be used in teaching during Spring Session that year, we will discuss what is possible in that timeframe and come up with a development plan that has agreed milestones to ensure delivery. If you have a project that may take more than 1 LTC Collaborate cycle to develop, we will discuss staging options and negotiate what is possible in the first cycle.
Do I have enough time to undertake this project?
All projects require a substantial time commitment from the project owner. You are the content expert and we need you to work closely with us to ensure that the resources we are developing are as required.
Depending on the size and type of the project, it could be anywhere from half an hour per week to 3 hours per week (on average) - attending meetings, creating content, developing storyboards, reviewing progress and providing feedback.
It is important that the project owner is engaged through the entire project lifecycle to ensure delivery to deadline.
How does the process work?
Please see the process flowchart below. It illustrates each stage of the application process from submission of your application to starting a project. If you have any other questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact LTC Partnerships & Projects.
Why do Faculties/Divisions need to approve these projects?
LTC Collaborate projects must be aligned with Faculty or Divisional priorities, which in turn are aligned with the UOW Strategic Plan 2016-2020. As these priorities are determined and approved within the Faculty/Division, LTC Collaborate applications should also be approved in the same way.
The Faculty/Division also needs to rank all LTC Collaborate requests that are submitted in order to assist in determining the allocation of resources and work flows.
What is scoping and why do I need to do it?
We request that approved projects be scoped prior to ranking by Faculties/Division in order to establish a firm understanding of the requirements.
'Scoping' consists of a meeting between a project lead, a project coordinator and the project owner and is to discuss the idea for development, options are explored and outcomes are documented.
The documented outcomes are extremely useful for faculty ranking and also for resource allocation.
When can I apply?
We generally make a public call for applications in September each year, for development during the following year. After going through the approvals process, most projects are ready to begin around February/March.
If you require support outside of this application timeframe, fill in and submit the consultation form and we will be in touch to see how we might be able to help you.
Want to discuss your idea prior to applying?
Discussing your idea with an LTC staff member prior to submitting your LTC Collaborate application is a great way to flesh-out your thinking. If you are interested in a pre-application consultation, please complete the consultation form and we can connect you the most appropriate LTC staff member/s.