Journalism and biology teaching networks receive $1.5 million funding boost

15 July 2011

Two teaching bodies at the University of Sydney have been funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) to strengthen learning and teaching networks over the next two years.

The Journalism, Media and Communication Network (JoMeC) from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Vision and Innovation in Biology Education ( from the Faculty of Science have been recognised in the $1.5 million funding round.

Commenting on the journalism network Associate Professor Anne Dunn, Pro Dean Academic in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences said, "Journalism, Media and Communication courses attract some of the brightest students worldwide but in Australia we have never really benchmarked how and what we teach, what objectives we share and what we want our students to know.

"For the first time in this country this grant will enable the development of discipline standards in teaching and learning in these fields of study. It will also establish a network of scholars to advocate for learning and teaching and an online hub housing resources, debate and a database of discipline programs and their characteristics," said Associate Professor Dunne, who is also President of the Journalism Education Association of Australia.

Dr Carol Nicoll, Chief Executive of the ALTC, said, "This funding...will enable national discipline bodies to mobilise existing connections, and establish new links, to advocate for learning and teaching and to provide leadership and expertise in addressing Australian higher education priorities."

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Sydney Professor Derrick Armstrong, said, "Leadership of these networks is another example of Sydney's outstanding national contribution to enhancing university teaching and learning."

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