OUA Professional Development Modules: Foundations in Learning, Teaching and Assessment

A message from  Iain Dickson,
Quality Enhancement Coordinator, Open Universities Australia

Open Universities Australia is delighted to announce the arrival of our new academic professional development modules.

The modules are now available on our Higher Education Learning Management system (HELMS), and we would like to invite academics from your institution to take part in the initial pilot of these modules. The modules are designed to provide practitioners in higher education and vocational education with a foundation in sound learning, teaching and assessment practices for the online learning environment.

The first pilot module is Foundations in Learning, Teaching and Assessment and is scheduled to run from the 5th November till the 17th December 2014.  It is a six-week module suitable for practitioners interested in an  introduction to learning, teaching and assessment practices as applied to online learning.

Please submit your expression of interest for this or any of the other modules by completing the online registration form http://bit.ly/1w9GpxK

Please see the FILTA flyer for more information or contact:

Mandi Axmann, Learning Designer and Academic Professional Development

Tel. +61 (3) 8628 5024      Mob. +61 409 239 376

mandi.axmann@open.edu.au  (Mon – Thurs)

We look forward to your participation in these new professional development modules.




Let’s do lunch…and talk about workload

An informal get together for academics is being planned to better understand the “pain points” in teaching workload and how to ease them. 

  • Sherman Young, the PVC Learning, Teaching & Diversity, will be the facilitator and will ask open-ended questions around workload
  • Participants will be from across Departments with the focus on academic staff
  • Conversation will be Chatham House Rule ie notated anonymously
  • 1-1.5 hours, informal
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Venue to be advised dependent on numbers


We are looking for:

  •  A better understanding of the pain points of academic workload
  • Suggestions from colleagues about how those pain points might be relieved
  •  A broader engagement with strategic directions and goals
  •  Further input into strategic thinking

If you are interested in participating, please email Mitch Parsell now at mitch.parsell@mq.edu.au


FOHS Teaching Fellowship Applications closing Fri 7 Nov

A reminder that the closing date for FOHS Teaching Fellowship Program applications is 5 pm FRIDAY 7 November. book chapter word frequency (2)         FoHS is offering three competitive Teaching Fellowships and one commissioned Fellowship  in 2015  to promote the Faculty’s strategic vision in learning and teaching, with up to two fellowships in each of Session One and Session Two (depending on the scope of the projects).

  • The Projects should be designed to address goals that are achievable within a timeframe of 12 months, with the bulk of the development work to be achieved in a specified 6-month period.
  • Fellows will receive $10,000 in teaching support which will typically go towards freeing the Fellow from face to face teaching and/or marking during the key 6-month development period.

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 7 November 2014. 

>>>Applicants are recommended to consult with their Head of Department, with Mitch Parsell, AD Learning and Teaching and with Fiona Nicolson, Educational Developer from LTC<<<


Between 10-14 Nov 2014 , a Committee of FLTC representatives chaired by Fiona Nicolson (LTC) will meet to evaluate the applications and make recommendations to the Executive Dean.


The successful projects will then become part of the LTC’s Faculty Partnership Program and will be allocated a team of LTC staff to work with the Teaching Fellow for 4-5 months during the development period.


Contact Mitch Parsell at mitch.parsell@mq.edu.au  for an information sheet and nomination form.


Improved S2 exams/results process

This semester, the Faculty will pilot a substantially simplified exams/results process. The aim is to reduce academic staff workload while maintaining quality.

The most obvious changes for unit convenors will be:

1. Simplification of the Convenor Report to two questions on moderation; and,

2. Electronic sign-off on results.

The Faculty is now fully responsible for the sign off of results so the onus is on all departments to ensure a robust process with accurate results.

See the new Convenor Report Template S2, 2014  along with a Convenor Report Example.

The key university dates are:

  • Monday November 17: Results entry into AMIS opens
  • Thursday December 11: Faculty updating privileges revoked at 3pm

The Faculty Examinations Meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 December from 11.30 – 2.30pm in X5B292. A light lunch will be provided.

Department Examinations meetings will be held as follows:


  • Honours Grading meeting on Monday 24 November at 9.30am
  • PG meeting – Monday 8 December at 12 pm
  • UG meeting (L&T) – Tuesday 9 December at 11am
  • Dept meeting – Wednesday 10 December at 9am – all the results are collated and ratified.


  • Tuesday 9 December 1.00 pm


  • Tuesday 9 December  12.00 pm


  • Tuesday 9 December 9.30-11.30 am


  • Monday 8 December 3 pm


  • Tuesday 9 December


  • Tuesday 9 December

If you have any questions, please email Mitch Parsell at mitch.parsell@mq.edu.au

Getting social in your classroom….11 November Seminar

Professor Catharine Lumby and Dr Nicole Anderson will share their key findings and recommendations following their research into integrating social media into learning and teaching practice at Macquarie at a seminar on Tuesday 11 November.

“As part of our research, we invited all full time, part time and casual academics to take part in a survey,” said Professor Lumby. “One of the key questions asked was if there were any concerns about how students use social media in class or in relation to learning and teaching, from which we received some very insightful data.Professor Lumby says social media presents many opportunities and some challenges.

“It was exciting to learn from students and academics across our university about how social media can be used to enhance learning and teaching, and to get a better understanding of what support lecturers need to use it well,” she adds.

“Given the centrality of social media in the lives of many of our students, this is a timely project. This seminar will provide an excellent opportunity to explore the opportunities and challenges arising,” said Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Professor Sherman Young.

Seminar details
When: Tuesday 11 November
Where: Theatre 1, Y3A
Time: 4 to 5pm

RSVP: Laura Williams (laura.williams@mq.edu.au).