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1 Funding opportunities for advancing scholarship in teaching and learning: all I know without knowing it all! Dale Holt, Institute of Teaching and Learning

2 Funding opportunities for advancing scholarship in teaching and learning: all I know without knowing it all! Dale Holt, Institute of Teaching and Learning

3 What are the sources of funding? Faculty small grants schemes Faculty small grants schemes Deakin Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant Scheme (STALGS): 2004 ongoing Deakin Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant Scheme (STALGS): 2004 ongoing Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Grants Scheme: 2005 ongoing Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Grants Scheme: 2005 ongoing Australian Research Council Grants Australian Research Council Grants

4 Why is this important? Deakin a national leader in teaching and learning by 2012 Becoming Australia’s premier university for scholarship and research that inform pedagogical practice and institutional management of flexible and mixed mode education as evidenced by the achievement of quantifiable national and international peer recognition for Deakin’s work in this field

5 Why might this be important for you? Develop capabilities Develop capabilities Develop capacities Develop capacities Develop career Develop career

6 Overview What’s happening at Deakin? What’s happening at Deakin? What’s scholarship in teaching and learning ? What’s scholarship in teaching and learning ? What do we mean by the research and teaching nexus ? What do we mean by the research and teaching nexus ? Scoping scholarly concerns within Deakin Scoping scholarly concerns within Deakin Scoping scholarly concerns nationally Scoping scholarly concerns nationally Presenting and publishing scholarship in teaching and learning Presenting and publishing scholarship in teaching and learning

7 Deakin Discussion Papers The Scholarship of Teaching: What does it mean for Deakin University? (May) Deakin University as a national leader in teaching and learning (June) Higher Education Research at Deakin University (July) Professor Marcia Devlin (PhD) Chair, Higher Education Research, Deakin University Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

8 Higher Education Research Group (HERG) led by Marcia 88 staff 88 staff Defining territory Defining territory Seminars Seminars Workshops Workshops Conference funding Conference funding Flexible education literature repository Flexible education literature repository

9 Higher education research topics & themes Teaching and learning Curriculum and course design The student experience Academic work Institutional management Quality Policy

10 Meaning of scholarship in teaching and learning in higher education ALTC descriptors ALTC descriptors Deakin’s revised Academic Promotions Policy 2008 Deakin’s revised Academic Promotions Policy 2008

11 ALTC/Carrick scholarship descriptors Showing advanced skills in evaluation & reflective practice Showing advanced skills in evaluation & reflective practice Participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning & teaching Participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning & teaching Coordination, management and leadership of courses & student learning Coordination, management and leadership of courses & student learning Conducting & publishing research related to teaching Conducting & publishing research related to teaching Demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession Demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession

12 Deakin’s view in new Promotions Policy 2008 The scholarship of teaching refers to endeavours to rigorously examine and consider various aspects of teaching, learning and the student experience using appropriate investigative methods and to participate in sharing, critiquing and acting on findings from such investigations.

13 Demonstration might include cont’d Discipline developments as related to teaching Discipline developments as related to teaching Developments & innovations in HE research and practice Developments & innovations in HE research and practice Research-led or research-informed teaching Research-led or research-informed teaching Teaching as enhancing course, School, Faculty, Aust. & internationally Teaching as enhancing course, School, Faculty, Aust. & internationally Active membership professional bodies Active membership professional bodies STALGS & ALTC grants STALGS & ALTC grants Research on own teaching practice Research on own teaching practice Applied research HE Applied research HE Publications on pedagogy HE Publications on pedagogy HE HE policy reports HE policy reports

14 Trigwell, Martin, Benjamin, Prosser (2000, p.159): Approaches to Scholarship in Teaching 1 The scholarship of teaching is about: Knowing the literature on teaching by collecting and reading that literature

15 Trigwell, Martin, Benjamin, Prosser (2000, p.159): Approaches to Scholarship in Teaching 2 Scholarship of teaching is about: Improving teaching by collecting and reading the literature on teaching

16 Trigwell, Martin, Benjamin, Prosser (2000, p.159): Approaches to Scholarship in Teaching 3 Scholarship of teaching is about: Improving student learning by investigating the learning of one’s own students and one’s own teaching

17 Trigwell, Martin, Benjamin, Prosser (2000, p.159): Approaches to Scholarship in Teaching 4 Scholarship of teaching is about: Improving one’s own students’ learning by knowing and relating the literature on teaching and learning to discipline-specific literature and knowledge

18 Trigwell, Martin, Benjamin, Prosser (2000, p.159): Approaches to Scholarship in Teaching 5 Scholarship of teaching is about: Improving student learning within the discipline generally, by collecting and communicating results of one’s own work on teaching and learning within the discipline

19 Teaching and Learning Plan – the nexus Implementing an effective teaching- research nexus to enrich the student experience through the direct involvement of researchers in both course development and delivery.

20 Research and teaching nexus: meaning of linkage? Trowler & Wareham (2007, p.5): Link? Link? Inform? Inform? Support? Support? Enhance? Enhance? Add value to? Add value to? Integrate? Integrate?

21 Research and teaching nexus: Trowler & Wareham (2007, pp.3-5) meanings of nexus Learners do research Learners do research Teachers do research Teachers do research Teachers and learners research together Teachers and learners research together Research embedded in curriculum (research influences the what and the how of curriculum design) Research embedded in curriculum (research influences the what and the how of curriculum design) Research culture influences teaching and learning Research culture influences teaching and learning The nexus, the university and its environment The nexus, the university and its environment Teaching and learning influences research Teaching and learning influences research

22 Conceptions of research, teaching and scholarship of teaching: Brew (2003) Different conceptions of research Different conceptions of research Different conceptions of scholarship Different conceptions of scholarship Different conceptions of knowledge Different conceptions of knowledge Different conceptions of teaching & learning Different conceptions of teaching & learning Different conceptions of research and teaching nexus Different conceptions of research and teaching nexus

23 The Academic's and Policy-Maker's Guides to the Teaching-research Nexus

24 Sources of funding in detail STALGS STALGS Faculty small grants Faculty small grants ALTC grants program ALTC grants program

25 Deakin STALGS topics/themes/developments ICT: e-simulations, eLive, iLecture, Turnitin, SAPA, DSO portfolio, blogging, podcasting, Second Life, online pedagogy, animation & gaming systems, exemplary uses, virtual organisations, mobile phones, social software ICT: e-simulations, eLive, iLecture, Turnitin, SAPA, DSO portfolio, blogging, podcasting, Second Life, online pedagogy, animation & gaming systems, exemplary uses, virtual organisations, mobile phones, social software Graduate attributes: assessment, portfolios Graduate attributes: assessment, portfolios Assessment: progressive, self- & peer Assessment: progressive, self- & peer Students: international, graduate outcomes, student evaluations, student services, course-wide development Students: international, graduate outcomes, student evaluations, student services, course-wide development Experiential learning: projects, case study, centre, online virtual exchange, diversity in placements Experiential learning: projects, case study, centre, online virtual exchange, diversity in placements Research/teaching nexus: internationalisation, research methods Research/teaching nexus: internationalisation, research methods Flexibility: new approaches Flexibility: new approaches Staff development: discipline-based new staff Staff development: discipline-based new staff

26 2008 review of STALGS guidelines Know Principles & Strategies in Teaching and Learning Plan : Support projects that explore alternative effective and efficient teaching models and pedagogies.

27 Faculty primer schemes 2008 FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW – 2008 SMALL GRANTS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW – 2008 SMALL GRANTS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING FACULTY OF ARTS AND EDUCATION SMALL GRANTS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING FACULTY OF ARTS AND EDUCATION SMALL GRANTS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

28 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (formerly Carrick) Mission PROMOTING AND ADVANCING LEARNING AND TEACHING IN AUSTRALIAN HIGHER EDUCATION

29 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (formerly Carrick) Values Inclusiveness: by assisting the development of networks and communities which support higher education staff who have a direct impact on the advancement of learning and teaching. Inclusiveness: by assisting the development of networks and communities which support higher education staff who have a direct impact on the advancement of learning and teaching. Long-term change: through a focus on systemic change. Long-term change: through a focus on systemic change. Diversity: by recognising and valuing institutional and discipline differences and similarities. Diversity: by recognising and valuing institutional and discipline differences and similarities. Collaboration: through the programs it funds and in its work practices. Collaboration: through the programs it funds and in its work practices. Excellence: through the recognition of quality in its programs and awards and its encouragement of higher education institution's recognition of quality teaching and learning. Excellence: through the recognition of quality in its programs and awards and its encouragement of higher education institution's recognition of quality teaching and learning.

30 The big national issues Achieving excellence? Achieving excellence? Sustaining excellence? Sustaining excellence? Changed environment? Changed environment? Changing environment? Changing environment? Time horizon 21 st century? Time horizon 21 st century? Leading and managing change? Leading and managing change? New curriculum? New pedagogies? New media/technologies? New assessment? New curriculum? New pedagogies? New media/technologies? New assessment?

31 ALTC Grants Program Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program Priority Projects Program: Priority Projects Program: $80,000 to $220,000; up to 2 years (Small projects should be completed in one year) Competitive Grants Program: Competitive Grants Program: $60,000 to $220,000; Up to 2 years

32 Deakin success as lead & partner to date ALTC grants Project Leader: Building academic staff capacity for using eSimulations in professional education for experience transfer, Competitive Grants (2008) Project Leader: Strategic Leadership for Institutional Teaching and Learning Centres: Developing a Model for the 21st Century, Leadership grants (2007) Project partner: Developing and sustaining pedagogical leadership in early childhood education and care professionals, Leadership grants (2008) Submission as Project Leader: Coalface subject co-ordinators – the missing link to building leadership capacities in the academic supply chain, Leadership grants (2008)

33 ALTC Grants Principles Compliance with the Carrick Institute mission, objectives and values Compliance with the Carrick Institute mission, objectives and values Transparency Transparency Value for Money Value for Money High Impact High Impact Future Looking Future Looking

34 ALTC projects 2007 Projects 2007 Projects 2007 Projects 2007 Projects 2006 Projects 2006 Projects 2006 Projects 2006 Projects 2005 Projects 2005 Projects 2005 Projects 2005 Projects 2008 funded to date up soon 2008 funded to date up soon

35 ALTC Learning Networks Pilot Projects, Investigation and Scoping Initiatives Pilot Projects, Investigation and Scoping Initiatives Common Curriculum Issues and Higher Education Enterprise Initiatives Common Curriculum Issues and Higher Education Enterprise Initiatives

36 ALTC Learning Networks Architecture, Design and Creative and Performing Arts; Architecture, Design and Creative and Performing Arts; Business, Management, Economics and Law; Business, Management, Economics and Law; Health, Medicine and Veterinary Science; Health, Medicine and Veterinary Science; Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology; and Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology; and Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Human Service Professions (including Education and Social Welfare) Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Human Service Professions (including Education and Social Welfare)

37 Business as an example…ABDC T&L Network Building professionally-relevant learning and industry engagement in the business curriculum Building and assessing the development of generic skills across the business curriculum Valuing quality teaching in business education T&L Network select project teams to develop funding applications for the future Carrick Institute funding round based on above

38 Working up a proposal What’s your special interest? What’s your special interest? What’s the basis for your special interest? What’s the basis for your special interest? Why do you think it’s of national significance? Why do you think it’s of national significance? Has same or similar project been funded by ALTC? Has same or similar project been funded by ALTC? Which grants category are you targeting, and why? Which grants category are you targeting, and why? Do you understand ALTC meaning of dissemination? Do you understand ALTC meaning of dissemination? Who could you collaborate with, and why? Who could you collaborate with, and why? What are the benefits for Deakin? What are the benefits for Deakin? Is the project doable? For you? Others? Do you really want to do it? Is the project doable? For you? Others? Do you really want to do it?

39 ALTC dissemination Identify potential users and stakeholders Describe strategies to engage with the users – focusing on the intended adoption Identify the range of project outcomes and potential users of the different outcomes etc Describe strategies for enabling each identified group of intended users to become aware of the relevant outcomes and ideas and – involved in making effective use of them Describe strategies for engaging with intended users and obtaining feedback during the project Outline evaluation strategies on the impact of project outcomes with the intended user communities during and following the project development

40 Competitive Grants Program Research and development focussing on issues of emerging and continuing importance Research and development focussing on issues of emerging and continuing importance Strategic approaches to learning and teaching that address the increasing diversity of the student body Strategic approaches to learning and teaching that address the increasing diversity of the student body Innovation in learning and teaching, including in relation to the role of new technologies Innovation in learning and teaching, including in relation to the role of new technologies

41 ALTC feedback There was inadequate preparation in terms of literature reviews, and situating applications in relation to current and past work Single institution applications without clear applicability to the sector and wider community Dissemination poorly understood and addressed Requirements for project management not considered IP issues not addressed Many budgets contained simple errors In a number of cases the budgets appeared unrealistically high Budgets need to be clearly related to activities and outcomes detailed in the application.

42 Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program Priority one, institutional leadership to enhance learning and teaching through leadership capacity-building at the institutional level o Funding range: $150,000 to $220,000 o Projects duration: up to 2.5 years Priority two, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary leadership to enhance learning and teaching through leadership capacity-building in discipline structures, communities of practice and cross-disciplinary networks o Funding range: $80, 000 to $220,000 o Project duration: up to 2 years Priority three, consolidating leadership by building on the outcomes of projects funded in earlier years under the Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program o Funding range: $80, 000 to $120,000 o Project duration: up to 1.5 years

43 ALTC feedback - leadership Lack of understanding of approaches to leadership and clear definition of leadership outcomes Lack of explicit focus on leadership Too much jargon Poor development of project thinking

44 Leadership for learning & teaching Leadership program report (2007) Leadership program report (2007) Leadership for learning & teaching occasional papers (2006) Leadership for learning & teaching occasional papers (2006) Leadership Colloquium (2006) Leadership Colloquium (2006) Leadership Forum (2007) Leadership Forum (2007) Completed Leadership Reports Completed Leadership Reports

45 Leadership areas funded to date INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP Positional/Structural leadership Leadership curriculum for Associate Deans and Course Coordinators Academic leadership capabilities Leadership in Indigenous higher education Developing leadership capabilities of Course Coordinators Leadership in curriculum and program Development Curriculum improvement leader model Leadership capability of academic coordinators Emerging leadership framework A strategic leadership model for the 21stCentury Rich media technologies Distributed leadership Learning and teaching communities Student feedback and leadership Leadership in online learning and teaching The faculty scholar model Leadership and assessment

46 Leadership areas funded to date DISCIPLINARY LEADERSHIP – NATIONAL NETWORKS Learning and teaching communities Australian law postgraduate network COMPASS™ Effective partnering in nurse education Cross-disciplinary mathematics and statistics Support Scientists teaching scientists Indigenous women and leadership Team management systems

47 Priority Projects Program Academic standards, assessment practices and reporting Academic standards, assessment practices and reporting Curriculum renewal (new 2008) Curriculum renewal (new 2008) Teaching and learning spaces Teaching and learning spaces Peer review Peer review

48 Areas to research: ANZSRC, Division 13 Education 1301 Education systems Higher Education – flexible education fit here Higher Education – flexible education fit here 1302 Curriculum and pedagogy 1303 Specialist Studies in Education Educational technology and computing

49 Where to present? If on educational technology, ASCILITE & Ed-Media If on educational technology, ASCILITE & Ed-Media If on open and distance education, ODLAA If on open and distance education, ODLAA If on tertiary teaching and learning, HERDSA If on tertiary teaching and learning, HERDSA If on the scholarship of teaching and learning, ISSOTL If on the scholarship of teaching and learning, ISSOTL If on games and simulations in education, ISAGA If on games and simulations in education, ISAGA Discipline-based conferences with educational focus Discipline-based conferences with educational focus

50 Where to publish? If on educational technology, AJET If on educational technology, AJET If on open and distance education, DE If on open and distance education, DE If on tertiary teaching & learning, HERD If on tertiary teaching & learning, HERD If on the scholarship of teaching and learning, IJSOTL If on the scholarship of teaching and learning, IJSOTL If disciplinary context, Discipline- based educational journals If disciplinary context, Discipline- based educational journals

51 High ranking educational technology journals – Stuart Palmer analysis: As an example, the following table lists journals relevant to the field of e-learning ranked in the top 30 % by their impact factor/score from a range of indexes, based on 2006 data: Interactive Learning Environments Educational Technology Research and Development Computers and Education Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Journal of Educational Computing Research British Journal of Educational Technology The Internet and Higher Education

52 ACRONYMS Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) Distance Education (DE) Distance Education (DE) Ed-Media World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. A conference of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Ed-Media World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. A conference of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (IJSOTL) International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (IJSOTL) International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA) International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA) Journal of Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Journal of Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

53 Useful references Angelo, T. (2007). Seven Promising Pathways, Seven Perilous Pitfalls to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Helping Aspiring Teachers-Scholars Succeed. Keynote address at Carrick Institute National Discipline-Based Development Forum on The Teaching/Research Nexus, Adelaide, August. Boyer, E.L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. Princeton, NJ: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Brew, A. (2003). Teaching and Research: New relationships and their implications for inquiry-based teaching and learning in higher education. Higher Education Research & Development, 22(1), Huber, M.T. (2004). Balancing acts : the scholarship of teaching and learning in academic careers. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education, Carnegie Foundation. McKenzie, J. (2007).Variation in patterns of teacher development and change: Connections with the development of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching. In Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship. Proceedings of the 30 th HERDSA Annual Conference [CD-ROM], July, Adelaide, Australia. Trigwell, K.. Martin, E., Benjamin, J. & Prosser, M. (2000). Scholarship of Teaching: a model. Higher Education Research & Development, 19(2), Trowler, P. & Wareham, T. (2007). Re-conceptualising the ‘teaching-research’ nexus. In Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship. Proceedings of the 30 th HERDSA Annual Conference [CD-ROM], July, Adelaide, Australia.


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