Teaching@Sydney

Welcome to Teaching@Sydney. Stay informed about teaching and learning news and events with this monthly bulletin produced by the Education Portfolio.

Subscribe to our RSS feed    

A New Professional Learning Framework For University Teaching

The University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan commits the University to a distinctive and outstanding learning experience. This outcome will be achieved through two key strategies: a transformation of undergraduate education and a transformation of the student learning experience. The new curriculum framework, and the graduate qualities and educational approaches embedded within it, require new styles and methods of teaching. The strategy seeks also to build on this by developing our capacity for more interactive and collaborative learning designs.

Equipping teaching staff to bring about these changes will mean new professional development opportunities to modify teaching approaches. A new professional learning framework is proposed, flipping and personalising professional development to ensure that each educator is provided with opportunities to continually and actively improve their practice, and include wider and more innovative uses of learning technologies. Possible ways to provide recognition and rewards for pursuing professional development are still being discussed, including mapping to the AP&D process, articulation with formal courses such as the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) and alignment with external national and internal frameworks.

During semester 2, the framework will be developed and trialled through new online resources and workshops. If you have any comments on the framework that is linked above, please contact Adam Bridgeman.

 

 [close]

The University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan commits the University to a distinctive and outstanding learning experience. This outcome will be achieved through two key strategie...[more]

EdTech News: Lecture recording and a change to how student names appear in the LMS

There are some small changes to lecture recording and the LMS for semester 2. 

First, if there are two screens in your lecture theatre, you can now record both of them when you are making your lecture recording. If you wish to record both screens log into the lecture booking system, select your booking, select Delivery Settings and if dual recording is available you’ll be able to select this option.

Second, any class held in a room that has its type listed as ‘seminar' or ‘lecture' will now be recorded by default. Information on room type is listed in the timetabling system.

In LMS news, from the beginning of next semester, students' names displayed in the LMS will be the names they provided as ‘preferred’ in their enrolment data. So if they have provided a preferred first name that is not the same as their ‘official' enrolled name, it will be the preferred name that is seen in the LMS; their ‘official’ name will not appear. For assessments, student ID can be used to identify students.

 [close]

There are some small changes to lecture recording and the LMS for semester 2.  First, if there are two screens in your lecture theatre, you can now record both of them w...[more]

VR headset

Seminar and Hands-On Workshop: Blending Virtual and Physical Reality to Engage the Next Generation of Students

On the 4th July, please join us to hear about and experience virtual reality (VR) technology and discuss its possibilities for teaching.

This event is presented jointly by Educational Innovation, ICT and the Library. A seminar will run from 12-1 pm in the Exhibition Space in the SciTech Library (booking required) followed by a drop-in, hands-on workshop in the Library's exciting new ThinkSpace directly above (no booking required). All are welcome - please pass on to interested colleagues including undergraduate and research students.

The capability of virtual reality (VR) technology has accelerated recently with the cost of devices falling to enable most phones to be adapted for a few dollars. VR helps immerse students in experiences too expensive, too inaccessible or simply too dangerous than would normally be possible. For more information, watch the recent TED talk.

Seminar date: 4 July 2016, 12-1 pm
Venue: Exhibition Space, SciTech Library (next to the entrance to the library)

Workshop date: 4 July 2016, 1-2.30 pm
Venue: ThinkSpace, Level 2 JFR plaza (mezzanine area above the SciTech Library)

For more information and to register for the seminar: click here

 [close]

On the 4th July, please join us to hear about and experience virtual reality (VR) technology and discuss its possibilities for teaching. This event is presented jointly...[more]

edTech talks

#edTech talks - Flipping and Personalising Learning

Join us on 22nd July for the next #edtech talks with Mark McEntee and Melanie Keep from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Mark will talk about 'Flipping the classroom: a flippin’ engaging experience' and why the improvements in student engagement learning and experience have been worth the time investment for educational designers and academics.

Melanie will talk about 'Learning analytics / Personalised learning: provide personalised learning and reduce your inbox: using learning analytics to promote online discussions' and will cover quick-to-implement strategies for engaging students with online discussion forums and providing personalised support.

Date:  22 July 2016, 12.00 – 1.00 pm

Venue: Rooms 249/250, Educational Innovation, Level 2 South, Fisher Library F04

For more information and to register  click here

 [close]

Join us on 22nd July for the next #edtech talks with Mark McEntee and Melanie Keep from the Faculty of Health Sciences. Mark will talk about 'Flipping the classroom:...[more]

Three Minute Thesis

It’s 3MT time again! The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an annual competition for postgraduate research students. Students make a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in an engaging way in three minutes, using one slide.

Supervisors are encouraged to bring this to the attention of their students. 3MT is a great way for students to practise explaining their research to people who are not familiar with their field – skills that will serve them well when applying for funding or engaging media attention. Plus, it’s always lots of fun. And there are prizes – cash and the chance to travel to Brisbane for the Australasian final. Detailed information can be found here.

The University-wide final will be held at Camperdown on Saturday 27th August 2016. The national final will be held on Friday 30th September at the University of Queensland. More information on the 3MT competition more generally can be found on the Three Minute Thesis website.

 

 [close]

It’s 3MT time again! The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an annual competition for postgraduate research students. Students make a compelling presentation on their thesis topic...[more]

Introducing the 2016 Student Ambassadors for Cultural Competence

This project builds on the success of the 2014 and 2015 Sydney Teaching Colloquium ambassadors and involves five student ambassadors, supported by a student mentor, and working in collaboration with five unit coordinators to improve student learning about cultural competence in five units of study:

  • PHTY3086 Physiotherapy in multisystem problems (Faculty of Health Sciences)
  • ENGG2852 Project based organisational behaviour (Faculty of Engineering and IT)
  • EDUP2009 Intercultural understanding in HSIE K-6 (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • GEOS1003 Introduction to Geology (Faculty of Science)
  • HSTY3902 History beyond the classroom (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

The 2014 Ambassadors were co-authors of an article published in early 2016 in the International Journal for Academic Development’s Special Issue on Engaging students as partners. Through the process, they learned about academic publication and peer review. The 2015 Ambassadors will follow suit and are currently preparing their own journal article for publication. A highlight in 2015 was the presentation by the Student Ambassadors about cultural competence. In the STC feedback, it was considered to be the session that most changed university teachers’ thinking about cultural competence. 

In this year's project, we are aiming to extend the Student Ambassador initiative beyond the Teaching Colloquium to better support the university’s program of curriculum renewal in the area of cultural competence.

The project is linked with an OLT ‘Transforming Practice Programme’, which provides support to 11 Australian universities working with students as partners.

 [close]

This project builds on the success of the 2014 and 2015 Sydney Teaching Colloquium ambassadors and involves five student ambassadors, supported by a student mentor, and workin...[more]

Service-Learning Project with Disability Studies

Positive Approaches to Disability Through Service-Learning is a Round 2 Educational Innovation Grant funded project led by Dr Michelle Bonati and implemented through a partnership between the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Centre for Disability Studies Inclusive Education Program (IEP). It gave Bachelor of Education students the option of completing their EDUF3031 fieldwork experience by developing a service-learning project in small groups in collaboration with students in the IEP.

The IEP provides adults with an intellectual disability an opportunity to participate in The University of Sydney by auditing courses. Service-learning is a transformative pedagogy in which students engage in service activities that are linked to their learning outcomes through reflection, which has been implemented in teacher preparation programs to develop pre-service teachers' knowledge of disability and improve attitudes toward inclusion.

Each group of students developed a service-learning project that addressed learning outcomes; for example, a student from the IEP participating in EDEC 1001 Early Childhood Settings and Communities collaborated with her group to create a resource book for teaching arts and crafts to preschool children using photo-supported directions. Another group created a website on healthy lifestyles for children. A student from the IEP who was auditing EDHP1001 Physical Education demonstrated one of the lessons at a local YMCA. Nine participating groups from Semester 1 created reflection videos to share at a celebration event demonstrating their new knowledge related to their respective courses.


Michelle Bonati, Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Friederike Gadow, Research Fellow, PhD Candidate, Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney Medical School 

 [close]

Positive Approaches to Disability Through Service-Learning is a Round 2 Educational Innovation Grant funded project led by Dr Michelle Bonati and implemented through a partnership...[more]

Office for Learning and Teaching Resources

Although the  Office for Learning and Teaching will cease to exist after 30 June 2016, there are many excellent resources which have been produced as a result of projects funded by the OLT. These are still available on the OLT website and will continue to be added to as current projects and those recently funded are completed. 

The most recent group featured on the website includes that led by Helen Mitchell of the University of Sydney:

Among other reports just released which can be found on the website are :

  • Facilitating Human Research Ethics Review for Student Research
  • A Framework for Building Teacher Capacity and Student Engagement in STEM within School
  • Improving Educational Opportunities for Aboriginal Education Workers through Technology
  • and the 2015 report on academic integrity

Among the FAQs on the website about the closure of the OLT is the following question and answer about the resources:

Q. What will happen to the resource library on the OLT website?

A. The department is working to curate and secure a suitable accessible repository for the resource library. Until the new repository is established the resource library will be accessible through the OLT website link.

 [close]

Although the  Office for Learning and Teaching will cease to exist after 30 June 2016, there are many excellent resources which have been produced as a result of projects fund...[more]

InSPiRE 2016

The University is pleased to be part of InSPiRE 2016 (July 4th-6th inclusive), this year hosted by UTS.  The inaugural 5-day InSPiRE 2014 event  was a great success and we expect InSPIRE 2016 to be even better!

The event represents a collaboration of five universities:  USYD, UNSW, UMQ, WSU, and UTS to deliver an innovative and highly participative 3-day researcher development programme for our PhD students, focusing on "Making Agility and Resourcefulness part of your Research Career". Attendees from the University of Sydney are subsided by the DVC-Education portfolio, bringing the registration fee down to $130.00. For more information visit.

 [close]

The University is pleased to be part of InSPiRE 2016 (July 4th-6th inclusive), this year hosted by UTS.  The inaugural 5-day InSPiRE 2014 event  was a great success and w...[more]

Change 5 minutes of the class

Small changes in teaching: making connections

In a series of articles in The Chronicle from his book "Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning", James M. Lang presents simple and practical ideas ideally suited to try out in lectures. In the third article, three quick suggestions for helping students develop deeper connections with course material are given:

  1. Give over 10 minutes at the end of a lecture once or twice a week for students to think about and then write down connections between the course and everyday life. Prompts might include; why the material matters to them or society or how it manifests itself in their lives or in TV shows, films or books. Students could also be asked to write about the connections they see between different topics in the course.
  2. If there isn't time in class for (1), students could be asked to contribute a connection via the course's discussion forum or using social media. The character limit on Twitter forces students to be succinct and think about how to put their thoughts in one or two short sentences.
  3.  Use the 'minute thesis' activity: write down a column of course topics and a column of course themes or outcomes and ask students to discuss and then write down how one of theme connects to two topics. This activity is well suited to the last week of a course as it helps students think about all of the material that has been covered and how it is all related to the course outcomes.
[close]

In a series of articles in The Chronicle from his book "Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning", James M. Lang presents simple and p...[more]

SEDA - staff and educational development association

53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About

The pick this month from Graham Gibb's blog is Idea 33 - that 'motivating students is not magic'. The end of a long semester seems a good moment to reflect on ways to increase student engagement. Is there a magic wand that some educators naturally possess or are there strategies that everyone can employ?

Graham Gibbs is one of the UK's most well known advocates of improving university learning and teaching. With his colleagues (Habeshaw & Habeshaw), he was responsible for the very popular '53 Interesting Ideas' books series that have supported countless teachers (new and experienced) navigate their way through tricky classroom and curriculum dilemmas. Gibbs's new blog 53 Powerful Ideas all Teachers Should Know About offers a research summary of key issues.[close]

The pick this month from Graham Gibb's blog is Idea 33 - that 'motivating students is not magic'. The end of a long semester seems a good moment to reflect on ways...[more]

show all


Current Events & Registration

register Sign up for Teaching@Sydney details 2016
register 3 Minute Thesis Registration 2016 details 3 August
register Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 19 August
register WORKSHOP: Working in partnership with students to enhance higher education details 10 October
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 24 - 25 November

closed #edtech talks: Mark McEntee and Melanie Keep details 22 July
closed Workshop: Threshold Concepts in Biochemistry - Addressing University Students’ Learning Difficulties details 20 July
closed Masterclass: Using discussion boards to enhance student learning details 20 July
closed Workshop: Applying the Teaching Practice Inventory at Australian Institutions details 20 July
closed Seminar and Hands-On Workshop: Blending Virtual and Physical Reality to Engage the Next Generation of Students details 4 July

July 16
June 16
May 16
April 16
March 16
February 16
December 15
November 15
October 15
September 15
August 15