Centre for University Teaching OLT Teaching and Programme Awards Information Session 2015
Welcome & Introductions Anna SmithProject Officer, Teaching Awards and Grants Don HoustonSenior Lecturer in Higher Education Associate Professor Mary Heath Chair, College of Distinguished Educators OLT Innovation & Development Grant 2014: Smart casual 2: promoting excellence in sessional teaching in law OLT Seed Project 2013: Smart casual: towards excellence in sessional teaching in Law Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Students Learning 2006 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Australian University Teaching 2006 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2003
About the OLT… The Office for Learning and Teaching is part of the Department of Education and Training Formerly Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2006 – 2011) and Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching (2004 - 2005) Funding of $57.1 million over four years through the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme Promotes and supports change in higher education institutions for the enhancement of learning and teaching
OLT Awards Australian Awards for University Teaching: –Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning –Awards for Programmes that Enhance Learning –Awards for Teaching Excellence –Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year –Career Achievement Award
Programme Awards http://www.olt.gov.au/awards/program-awards “Recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education.”
Programme Awards A service or programme should: Demonstrate effectiveness through rigorous evaluation Set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions Be broader than one or two subjects or a limited service that involves only a few students
Programme Awards A service or programme can be: - provided at the institutional, faculty or school level - a programme of study across a year or number of years - directed at particular groups of students
Program Award Recipients 2014 Widening Participation Widening Tertiary Participation for Students from Pasifika Communities, Griffith University Postgraduate Education University of Queensland Business School MBA, The University of Queensland Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with Other Organisations Indigenous Cultures and Health, Curtin University Services Supporting Student Learning Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy, Griffith University The First-Year Experience First Year Advisor Network, Murdoch University Global citizenship and internationalisation School of Community Health Overseas Workplace-learning Program, Charles Sturt University Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching UNSW Medicine Program, The University of New South Wales Interprofessional Learning Modules: 'Learning Together to Work Together', The University of Newcastle
Programme Award Categories 1.Widening participation, encompassing approaches to learning and teaching, and/or student experience which enhance student access, widen participation, and support progression. 2.Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations, encompassing partnerships between universities, and universities and other organisations— such as schools, private higher education providers, registered training organisations, professional bodies, businesses and industries in collaborative approaches to learning and teaching. 3.Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching, encompassing approaches to learning and teaching that afford flexibility in time, place and/or mode of learning and innovations that encourage novel approaches to learning and teaching, innovations that align assessment with curriculum design, innovations that encourage or support multidisciplinary, research-based learning and teaching approaches, innovations that utilise the potential of new and/or emerging technologies.
Programme Award Categories 4.Postgraduate education, encompassing programs and other activities that focus on postgraduate students, postgraduate coursework learning and teaching, postgraduate research supervision and research higher degree candidature and postgraduate learning support. 5.Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education, encompassing services directly related to student learning such as services for specific groups of students, information access, course advising, language and learning support, counselling and disability support. Quality of learning engagement and other learning and teaching experiences within large student groups to sustain and retain students, student enhancement, whole personal development learning and the quality of the first-year student experience. 6.Global citizenship and internationalisation, including valuing and enhancing the international student experience, student exchange, international recruitment, transition programs for international students and internationalising the curriculum.
Programme Award Criteria Nominations are assessed on the evidence provided in response to four criteria: 1.Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose - Extent to which the programme has clear objectives and systematic approaches to coordination, implementation and evaluation 2.Influence on student learning and the student experience - Extent to which the programme targets identified needs and directly or indirectly, enhances student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience of higher education
Programme Award Criteria 3.Breadth of impact - Extent to which the programme has led to widespread benefits for students, staff, the institution, and/or other institutions, consistent with the purpose of the programme 4.Addressing equity and diversity - Extent to which the programme promotes and supports equity and inclusiveness by improving access, participation and outcomes for diverse student groups.
ASSESSMENT CRITERIAEVIDENCE EXAMPLES Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose Positive peer feedback Prizes/awards received List and description of materials Record of ongoing reflection/evaluation Comparisons pre vs post Influence on student learning and the student experience Testimonials Outcomes of student learning – grades, retention, progression, employment Student work examples Comparisons pre vs post Student evaluation of teaching data Breadth of impact Uptake by others Invitations to present at events Benchmarking Testimonials Participation in networks Addressing equity and diversity Testimonials Use of assessment results to identify need Teaching philosophy Course materials
Programme Awards: What are Assessors Looking For? evidence of the effectiveness of the programme in formal and informal evaluation the degree of creativity, imagination or innovation evidence of sustained effectiveness of the programme for no less than 3 years.
Programme Awards: How to Apply Up to 12 Awards with a prize value of $25,000 across the six categories. Written Statement – 10 pages: a)Synopsis - description of the programme and its teaching areas, the programme’s contribution to student learning and engagement, and the programme’s impact on students. The synopsis must be between 150–200 words and written in the third person. b)Overview of the programme and its context c)Statement addressing the assessment criteria and providing supporting evidence
Programme Awards: How to Apply +Statement of contribution (for team nominations) – 1 page +Two signed references – 1 page each. One referee must be the head of the nominee’s faculty, department, school or administrative unit. +Supporting materials – Nominees can choose to submit two of the following supporting materials, and these must be relevant to the written statement: - a three minute video - website (URL) - 10 pages of printed teaching material in PDF format +Good quality digital photograph
Teaching Awards http://www.olt.gov.au/awards/teaching-awards “ Celebrate and give recognition to the nation’s most outstanding and renowned university teachers who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education. ”
Teaching Awards Categories 1.Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing, etc.) 2.Early Career – open to staff with no more than five years’ experience teaching in higher education institutions. The five years can be non- sequential and must be counted on a semester basis. This includes all tutoring and part-time teaching. 3.Humanities and the Arts 4.Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
Teaching Awards Categories 5.Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education– up to two awards are open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff; nominees must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education 6.Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science) 7.Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education) 8.Priority Area for 2015: High impact intervention for progression, retention and attainment.
Teaching Awards Criteria Provide evidence of your evaluation, innovation, leadership and scholarship in: Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.
ASSESSMENT CRITERIAEVIDENCE EXAMPLES Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. Testimonials Outcomes of student learning Student work examples Comparisons pre vs post Student evaluation of teaching data Teaching philosophy Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field. Uptake by others & benchmarking Invitations to present at events Testimonials Participation in networks Prizes/awards received Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. Record of ongoing reflection/evaluation Teaching journal Positive peer feedback Use of assessment results to enact change Peer review Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience. Uptake by others Invitations to present at events Benchmarking Journal contributions
Teaching Awards: What are Assessors Looking For? extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evaluation extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references, and selected teaching materials submitted by the nominee
Teaching Awards: How to Apply Up to 16 Awards, each with a value of $25,000 across the eight categories. Written Statement – 8 pages: a)Synopsis – must cover the nominee’s teaching area or discipline, teaching experience, the particular focus of their teaching, teaching methods, and their research/teaching interests. The synopsis must be between 150–200 words and written in the third person. b)Overview of the nominees teaching and its context. c)Statement addressing the assessment criteria and providing supporting evidence. Student survey data from institutional teaching quality survey or feedback should be framed and presented as a broader source of evidence to support excellence of teaching.
Teaching Awards: How to Apply +Curriculum vitae – 3 pages (individual) or 3 + 1 per additional team member +Statement of contribution (for team nominations) – 1 page +Two signed references – 1 page each. One referee must be the head of the nominee’s faculty, department, school or administrative unit. +Supporting materials – Nominees can choose to submit two of the following supporting materials, and these must be relevant to the written statement: - a three minute video - website (URL) - 10 pages of printed teaching material in PDF format +Good quality digital photograph
10 Steps to Applying 1. OLT Awards Session25 February 2015 2. Flinders Nomination Form Due13 March 2015 3. Meeting with CUT LecturerMid-March onwards 4. OLT Awards Workshop17 March / 19 March 5. Draft Written Statement Due17 April 2015 6. FeedbackMid-April 2015 7. Written Statement Due11 May 2015 8. Review Panel18 May 2015 - 9. Final and Complete Application19 June 2015 10. OLT Due Date2 July 2015
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