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Facilitating sustainable, long-term enhancement of learning and teaching in WA universities.

WAND news

June 2017

The West Australian Network for Dissemination (WAND) is pleased to announce that funding for continuation of the network has been approved by the Department of Education and Training for a further eighteen months, to 31 December 2018.

During that time, WAND will continue to provide opportunities for the West Australian university community to collaborate and engage in events and workshops that support scholarship in learning and teaching; with emphasis on supporting teaching award nominees and providing dissemination opportunities for previous recipients of grants and fellowships.  In keeping with the Department of Education and Training requirements for the project period, WAND will also:

  1. Support the transition of the Australian Awards for University Teaching from the Department to Universities Australia (UA);
  2. Support UA in establishing and maintaining the National Digital Resource Library being transferred from the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT); and
  3. Facilitate the transition of the network into a self-standing and sustaining organisation that is collaboratively led, maintained and operated by the Western Australian member universities.

The WAND Committee looks forward to serving the higher education community in WA in the months ahead.

WAND Event on 21 June to be re-scheduled

WAND Small Grants Scheme Celebration and Dissemination Event:

Please note that, due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will not take place on 21 June as planned and will be re-scheduled.  If you have already registered for the event, you will be advised about the new date as soon as one has been confirmed. Apologies!

2016 WAND Sharing Day Poster Presentations

2016 WAND Sharing Day Poster Presentations

The following recipients of current or completed grants and fellowships presented their work in a poster or video presentation on WAND Sharing Day, hosted by Murdoch University on 10 November 2016:

 Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Funded Projects:

  1. Enhancing access, participation and progression in WIL (D. Peach , M. Campbell, K. Moore, T. Winchester-Seto, S. Ferns, J. Mackaway and L. Groundwater). Presented by Ms Sonia Ferns. Download
  2. Smart Casual Promoting Excellence in Sessional Teaching in Law (M. Heath, N. Skead, K. Galloway, A. Hewitt, M.Israel and A. Steel), presented by Dr Natalie Skead.   Download
  3. Student experiences of threshold capability development with Intensive Mode Teachingvideo presentation by Dr Sally Male.
  4. VetSet2Go: Building veterinary employability (L. King and M. Cake), presented by Assoc Prof Martin Cake. Download
  5. West Australian Network for Dissemination (WAND), presented by Ms Denyse MacNish and Ms Linda Lilly. Download
  6. WIL Industry Engagement, presented by Ms Sonia Ferns. Download

OLT Funded Fellowships:

  1. Graduate Employability 2.0, presented by Assoc Prof Ruth Bridgstock (2015 OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow). Download
  2. Making curriculum visible: Engaging students in learning outcomes and career relevance through a multi‚Äźdimensional, interactive map, presented by Assoc Prof Lisa Tee (2016 OLT National Teaching Fellow). Download
  3. Achieving economic sustainability for niche social profession courses in the Australian higher education sector - a nationwide collaborative strategy, presented by Assoc Prof Trudi Cooper (2016 OLT National Teaching Fellow). Download
  4. Teachers: Architects of the Learning Environment, presented by Dr Chris Creagh (2013 National Teaching Fellow). Download

West Australian Network for Dissemination (WAND) Small Grants Scheme Funded Projects:

  1. Creating a “generic language” shell to enable use of Prudentia™ curriculum mapping software across disciplines (C. Steketee, A. Robinson, L. Goldacre, H. Rogers and N. Arnold), presented by Dr Ainslie Robinson. Download
  2. Experiential Learning on the HTC Vive (A. Lynch, E. Champion, and M. Ovens), presented by Mr Michael Ovens. Part funded by UWA Centre for Education futures. Download
  3. Leading the Way: developing an advanced programme for leadership in learning and teaching scholarship, (M. Bryant, L. Cary and D. MacNish) presented by Dr Lisa Cary. Download
  4. Learning Through Gaming (L. Skinner & S. McKenna), presented by Mr. Lionel Skinner. Download
  5. VIDEO ESSAY Assignment of the Future, presented by Ms Tanja Visosevic & Ms Amanda Myers. Download

WAND Small Grants Scheme 2016

The West Australian Networks for Dissemination is please to announce a new network initiative: the WAND Small Grants Scheme 2016.

WAND is an inter-university network that aims to facilitate the enhancement of learning and teaching in WA universities. WAND encourages a supportive climate of collaboration and evidence based practice, grounded in scholarship.

WAND Small Grants are for small innovative projects in learning and teaching. To be selected, proposals must demonstrate how the project can be embedded at the host institution and be disseminated beyond the host institution. All career stages may apply and teams are encouraged. Cross-university collaborative projects are also encouraged.

Value: $6,000

Number: One per West Australian university

Due date: 31 August 2016

Project time: up to 9 months, with all reporting completed by 30 June 2017

For further information, including submission requirements, please refer to the WAND Small Grants Scheme 2016 Flyer and Conditions of Grant

2016 OLT Information and Dates Released

The OLT announced the release of the 2016 Information and Application instructions for the following programmes;

  • Innovation and Development Grants
  • Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects
  • Fellowships
  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Programmes that Enhance Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence

Programme information, closing dates and application instructions can be found on the OLT website.

OLT 2015 Programme Information and Instructions Available

The OLT announced the release of the 2015 Information and Application instructions for the following programmes;

• Innovation and Development Grants
• Seed Grants 
• Fellowships

Programme Information and Application instructions can be found on the OLT website.
As previously advised, the 2015 instructions are distinct from previous instructions in three main areas:
• Impact:  is a focus for the OLT. Applications will need to address project impact in a more explicit and systematic way.
• Reporting: has been streamlined and reduced with new formats that will support project impact.
• Priority areas: have been updated to reflect current and emerging priorities. As a result, some issues previously considered priority have now been removed, and new priorities have been identified and included.

Please note that enhancements to the future administration of OLT programmes relating to impact and reporting will also apply to existing OLT grant and fellowship holders. The OLT will be in touch with you and directly with grant holders and fellows over the coming month to provide details of timing and transition.

Understanding the enhancements
More detailed information on the 2015 instructions, impact and revised reporting arrangements is attached. The attachment contains links to relevant pages on the OLT website where information is also provided.

Changes to the Innovation and Development Grants Programme in 2015.

As you are aware, the Information and Application Instructions for OLT’s Programmes are reviewed annually.

Further information about the changes will be provided when the 2015 Innovation and Development Grants Programme Information and Application Instructions go on to the OLT website. They are planned to be released at the end of August. The due date for applications for round 1 2015 will be towards the end of November 2014.

Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects

Friday, 29 August 2014 -  Closing date for applications for Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects

OLT Fellowships Announced for 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced the successful recipients of OLT fellowships for 2014.  Further details are available at: http://www.olt.gov.au/fellowships

What does research tell us about the relationship between commonly used assessment practices and academic standards in higher education?

Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus, Perth.

Seminar/ Workshop at 8.201B Centre for Learning & Development Collaborative Space, Tuesday 26th November, 10 – 12midday

Professor Sue Bloxham (U Cumbria, UK): What does research tell us about the relationship between commonly used assessment practices and academic standards in higher education?

Do our policies and practices for assuring standards (e.g. criteria, rubrics, benchmark statements, moderation, external review) facilitate consistent and reliable grading of student work?  This seminar will present recent research on marking judgements and university teachers’ use of academic standards in higher education. It will draw on both empirical data and theoretical approaches to examine the extent to which there is a mismatch between the claims about quality assurance of higher education assessment and the everyday practice of academics making decisions about student achievement.  The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss aspects such as the conflict between

  • documented and tacit knowledge of standards,
  • norm referenced grading,
  • analytical grading
  • holistic judgement processes and
  • the existence of a broad or local consensus on standards.

The seminar will conclude by discussing alternative, better matched, approaches to safeguarding standards in the assessment of complex work drawing upon both UK and Australian examples.

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Professor Bloxham is Director of Education Research and Professor of Academic Practice at the University of Cumbria, UK.  In 2007, she was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship.  She has developed a particular interest in understanding and enhancing assessment in the higher education context.  Her interest has focused on how we manage our higher education assessment, particularly task design, guidance and feedback, to support the achievement of students from under-represented groups, and her work has inspired research into how tutors recognise quality in their marking.  Sue has taught in higher education for over twenty years, followed by ten years’ experience in educational development including responsibility for a large education development centre. She has published widely in the field, including the best-selling Developing Effective Assessment in Higher Education (Open University Press) with Pete Boyd in 2007. Her current ventures include a research project on the use of academic standards by academics funded by the UK Higher Education Academy and Quality Assurance Agency, contributing to the Assessment chapter of the new UK Quality Code for Higher Education, and involvement in the UK HEA Transforming Assessment Programme.

Free registration.  Please RSVP to Dr Ken Robinson, CLD k.robinson@ecu.edu.au