Wollongong Academy for Tertiary Teaching & Learning Excellence

Pictured above (left to right): WATTLE Executive Committee - Dr Tracey Kuit, Dr Kathryn Harden-Thew, Associate Professor Sarah O’Shea (Chair). Committee members not pictured: Dr Belinda Gibbons, Dr Brad Stappenbelt, Dr Ann Rogerson and Dr Montse Ros


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Building networks of knowledge fostering national and international relationships with respect to teaching and learning.
  3. Increasing UOW’s national and international reputation with respect to teaching and learning.

We welcome you to join our community or contact the committee.

News & Congratulations

2018 Recipients Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Congratulations go out to the 2018 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.

National Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

WATTLE would like to congratulate all the UOW recipients in the 2017 Australian Government National Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. This is a wonderful achievement for all involved. Congratulations to Associate Professor Shady Cosgrove from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, the First Year Chemistry Team from the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health and the Recovery Camp Team from the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Social Sciences. More details about the citations and project team members.

Rethinking Assessment Workshops

Simon Bedford and Chris Rust Hot Topic workshops people

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:

Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford

Engaging students as partners as a new approach to Enhance Curriculum Practice

Kylie Mansfield

Lessons learnt from Curriculum mapping: following the transition from design to implementation and beyond

Ann Rogerson

It is not just about the method of assessment: The importance of the question asked and the instructions given to ensure integrity

Michelle Eady

Making good teachers together: Implementing authentic learning through the third space

Sharon Tindall-Ford

Educative mentoring within mentoring relationships: A case study of successful dyads

Bonnie Dean

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.

Contact Us 

Members are warmly invited to share ideas and feedback at any time. Contact us at academy-wattle@uow.edu.au