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:
The WAND Committee looks forward to serving the higher education community in WA in the months ahead.
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
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:
OLT Funded Fellowships:
West Australian Network for Dissemination (WAND) Small Grants Scheme Funded Projects:
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.
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
The OLT announced the release of the 2016 Information and Application instructions for the following programmes;
Programme information, closing dates and application instructions can be found on the OLT website.
The OLT announced the release of the 2015 Information and Application instructions for the following programmes;
• Innovation and Development Grants
• Seed Grants
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.
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.
Friday, 29 August 2014 - Closing date for applications for Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects
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
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.
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 [email protected]