Teaching Improvement and Equipment Scheme (TIES) Large Grants - 2008

At the start of 2007, the Faculty of Education and Social Work was awarded a total of $279,449.20 from the Office of the Acting Deputy Provost (Learning and Teaching) and Pro Vice-Chancellor to be split between five large TIES grant applications. Winning projects included:

Enhancing Humanities and Social Science (HASS) student experiences through blended-learning opportunities
This four-Faculty project aims to create an environment that is conducive to the development of blended-learning frameworks that will engage students. The intended learning objectives include:

  • Assisting staff members to move from a static, supplementary model of online unit of study delivery, to a blended model, where teaching and student interaction occurs in the online context as well as face-to-face.
  • Providing HASS faculties with a diversity of approaches to blended-learning and a variety of discipline-based eLearning model appropriate to blended Mode B units of study.

An educational video with annotation (EVA) collaboratory and teaching and learning management framework
This project is an extension of the former TIES 2006 project on the development of a web-based video teaching and learning system with synchronized and dynamic online collaborative annotation. The primary objective is to achieve an EVA Teaching and Learning Platform where the following can be performed effortlessly:

  • Management and administration of EBA users and groups for collaboration.
  • Authoring and management of the video content and the content delivery.
  • Management and administration of the scope, duration, structure and form of the annotation. There will design and building of various EVA general teaching and learning templates to cater for various pedagogical approaches. Free text search facility on the annotations will be incorporated.

A second objective is to design and build an EVA video content repository and collaboratory in order to manage and organise the annotations in metal-level for potential teaching and learning applications in educational action research and to encourage collaboration and sharing among online teaching and learning communities.

Development new models of leadership for learning and teaching at the University of Sydney: A case study of assessment
This project trials a method for implementing university policies on learning and teaching using university and faculty policy and practice on assessment as a case study. The focus of the trial will be on the leadership of learning and teaching, which the literature suggests is imperative to successful innovation in this area. The project will focus on the kinds of leadership needed to implement learning and teaching reforms/initiatives. It is anticipated that the project will be of 2-3 years duration.

Improving professional learning and teaching through the development of a quality assurance process, which aligns curriculum objectives, outcomes and assessment with professional standards and graduate attributes
This project aims to improve university-based professional learning and teaching in five professional degree programmes across four faculties – Education and Social Work, the Conservatorium of Music, Business and Economics, and Pharmacy. The project has three primary aims:

  • To evaluate the current alignment of curriculum objectives, outcomes and assessment with professional standards and graduate attributes.
  • To develop a quality assurance process to ensure regular curriculum review.
  • To develop exemplar learning and teaching strategies to improve alignment, plus learning and teaching.

Enhancing primary science education for the development of science literacy.
This project is designed as a cross-faculty (Science and Education and Social Work) and cross-disciplinary program to provide authentic experiences to support and develop students’ science literacy. By focusing on and enhancing an underdeveloped but critical aspect of science education – science literacy – as well as providing the resources and support for the effective integration of smart boards into learning and teaching this project is both innovative and timely.