At the end of 2015, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Sydney eLearning merged to form a new Educational Innovation (EI) team located in the DVC (Education) Portfolio. By bringing together this expertise, we hope to work more closely and consistently with faculties to support the University's ambitions outlined in the 2016–20 Strategic Plan and particularly its vision of a distinctive Sydney education. The EI team offer focused and strategic support to faculties and personalised professional learning opportunities for those involved in teaching.
The transformation of the learning experience described in the strategic plan will require innovation, creativity and collaboration in our teaching approaches, blending the best aspects of face-to-face interactivity with engaging and mobile online resources. Increased access to information on student learning and engagement through learning analytics will give us the evidence to provide personalised learning and support to students even in the largest classes. The transformation will also need flexible physical and virtual learning environments built to facilitate these new learning designs and promote collaborative inquiry.
Through the educational innovation grants and the many other activities reported in #edtech talks, Teaching@Sydney and elsewhere, it is clear that this work is already happening. In the coming semesters, the EI team will be working more deeply in faculties, providing professional learning and educational design expertise on long-term projects. This work will seek to facilitate innovation in learning design, help to embed the use of learning analytics and effective educational technology and refresh professional development opportunities so that they reflect faculty needs and changes in technology.
If you would like to know more about our work or how we can assist you in developing your teaching, please contact me or join the conversation on the Educational Innovation Yammer group, consistently the most active and vibrant group on Yammer .