Welcome to the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows website.

The ALTF is a network for the support of quality learning and teaching in Australian Higher Education. Established in 2011 and hosted at Curtin University, the ALTF represents 84 scholars from 29 institutions and diverse discipline communities. Each of the Fellows is a leading educator who has undertaken strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the higher education sector, participating in a national Fellowships Program that aims to advance learning and teaching. The resource is available here: More

We welcome your ideas and feedback at any time.

*The guides were produced in 2013 and were current at the date of publication.


*The guides were produced in 2013 and were current at the date of publication.



Professor Dawn Bennett (ALTF Convenor): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Olivia Efthimiou (ALTF Project Administrator):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Celebrating Leadership Excellence in the Sector

Seen below, Professor Leo Goedegebuure is congratulating our ALTF Fellow Professor Dawn Bennett - winner of the LH Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership. This Award recognises an individual tertiary leader whose inspirational and sustained leadership has designed and communicated activities and created a working environment leading to significant change in direction and outstanding results in terms of making lasting and positive improvements. The panel unanimously granted the 2014 Award to Dawn in recognition of “inspirational leadership” across all her interests and professional activities locally, nationally and internationally.


 Benchmarking Leadership and Advancement of Standards for Sessional Teaching (BLASST) Newsletter

The October 2014 edition of the BLASST newsletter is available here: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9e8293544e0b3714c9de44d15&id=fd8a8b18c4&e=d9401ab630


 What can IBM Watson do for student learning?

Deakin University VC, Jane den Hollander, in New York has announced the University’s partnership with IBM to use artificial intelligence (Watson) to provide student advice and answers 24/7/365. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PouxN8btS2A

More information is available at: http://ibmwatson.deakin.edu.au/?utm_source=du-homepage-slider&utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=IBMWatson


Round 1 Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development Grants now open

Deadlines for the submission of applications for the Office for Learning and Teaching’s Innovation and Development Grants Program have been released.

Round 1 Full proposals and Expressions of Interest - Applications should be received no later than 5pm (AEST/AEDT), Friday 28 November 2014.

Applicants must consult their Institutional Contact Officers before submitting applications.

Please visit the OLT website at the following link for further information: http://www.olt.gov.au/grants-and-projects/innovation-and-development


 Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) – Call for proposals

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) is calling for proposals for multi-disciplinary workshops. $9,000 is available to assist social sciences researchers to convene a two-day multidisciplinary research workshop on issues of national concern in the social sciences, or at the cutting edge of social sciences research. The workshop is to be held in 2015/16.

Deadline to apply is 17 October 2014 and details are here.


Call for submissions - Book chapters in "Communities of Practice - Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education"

Submissions are being sought for the forthcoming book Communities of Practice - Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education, edited by Fellow Associate Prof Jacquie McDonald and Prof Aileen Cater-Steel, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.  The target audience includes Higher Education staff, including leaders, management, academic and professional staff, researchers, Human Resources and policy makers.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 15, 2014, a 1-2 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the focus of the proposed chapter, chapter title and author/s’ contact information. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 24, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 1, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Final chapters are due by June 2015. The book is scheduled to be published in 2016 by Springer in the Higher Education Dynamics series.

For enquiries, further details and submissions please email Jacquie McDonald ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Aileen Cater-Steel ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


 Newsletter Launch - Benchmarking Leadership and Advancement of Standards for Sessional Teaching (BLASST)

We are very excited to announce the launch of Macquarie University’s fellowship newsletter Benchmarking Leadership and Advancement of Standards for Sessional Teaching (BLASST). See the inaugural August and second September editions below.



HAVING THE HARD CONVERSATIONS: Using deconstruction to work successfully with resistant, uncritical and racist responses to Indigenous health curriculum

See the public lecture and on-line seminar by Dennis McDermott here.

This is the first activity undertaken under Dennis’ fellowship with his colleague, Dave Sjober



Dear Colleagues,


WA Teaching and Learning Forum 2015
Teaching and Learning Uncapped
29-30th  January 2015
University of Western Australia, University Club


The 2015 WA Teaching and Learning Forum continues a 23 year tradition of bringing together educators from universities around Perth and beyond to discuss, share, and develop their ideas on issues confronting teaching and learning in the Higher Education sector.
In 2015, our theme is “Teaching and Learning Uncapped”, which can be applied at the practitioner, university and national level.
The call for papers is now open, and more information is available on the Forum website
You may wish to read some papers from some of the previous forums to get a feel for the standard required.
The first deadline is 24th October 2014 for submission of full papers.  Abstracts and workshop proposals are due 14th November 2014.  Please note we received sufficient papers and workshop proposals for a full program very early for  the 2014 Forum, so forward your papers sooner rather than later as no extensions will necessarily be granted.
The theme encourages contributions at all levels. We are keen to establish a dialogue at the forum about how national policies and initiatives are impacting, or might impact, on teaching and learning and on support and services – for our students,  teachers and staff, universities and our communities.
We encourage presenters to embody modern pedagogies by building in interactive and discussion activities where possible.
The conference is being hosted at University of Western Australia (University Club) on the 29th -30th  of January 2015. It is organised by a multi-university committee.
We look forward to meeting you at UWA and continuing the conversation ...
For further information please contact Rebecca Stuart-Coombe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Office of Learning and Teaching 2014 Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects

Applications are now open for the 2014 Strategic Priority Commissioned projects in the following areas:

  • Developing global perspectives
  • English language support
  • The twenty-first century student experience

These are larger strategic projects of national interest and we would anticipate proposals for funding of $220,000 and beyond. The OLT may award one or more grants to address a strategic topic and the project must be completed within eighteen months.

If you have any questions or intend on making a submission in 2014, then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as your name and project title will need to be included on an  ‘intention to submit’ form emailed to the OLT. This information is required to Dr Coral Pepper no later than COB Thursday 21 August 2014

Applications are required to the OLT by 5pm (AEST) Friday 29th August 2014.

More information and application instructions may be found on the OLT website at
If you have any further questions please email or telephone the OLT on (02) 6240 0625.   

Office for Learning and Teaching Conference 2014
Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
10-11 June, 2014
We hope you enjoyed the Office for Learning and Teaching Conference 2014 and found the presentations inspiring and interesting.
Where the presenter has given permission, footage of the plenary presentations are now available for viewing via the OLT Conference YouTube channel.

Professor Pip Pattison’s (DVC – Education, University of Sydney) welcome presentation is available here.

Presentation slides for the entire program are available via links on the conference website. Please note slides are only available if the presenter has given permission.



Sponsored by QUT Business School and the DVC (Learning & Teaching)

With an exodus of baby boomer academics on the horizon, the lack of preparedness of many early career academics to teach suggests the possibility of a teaching quality time-bomb—our future faculty may have minimal skills and experience in teaching, with few teaching mentors from whom to learn, and serious implications for their teaching self-efficacy.

Not all doctoral students want to pursue academic careers, but those that do are facing unprecedented pressures to generate research outcomes, and even to minimise their teaching experiences. Despite this pressure, large numbers of PhD students do teach during their studies, often without any support or teaching development. Little wonder that doctoral candidates have been described as the ‘most disempowered constituents in the academy’ (Prasad, 2013).



Sponsored by QUT, the event will bring together researchers and teachers with an interest in exploring the personal and institutional benefits of doctoral students having opportunities to develop skills for an academic career. This highly interactive symposium will share relevant research and practice, and build an agenda for future focus. Participation is invited by academic developers, doctoral educators and supervisors, doctoral candidates, and academics with learning and teaching leadership roles.


    • Professor Suzi Vaughan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), QUT
    • Dr Beth Beckmann, Australian National University
    • Associate Professor Abby Cathcart, QUT
    • Dr Daniel Edwards, Australian Council for Educational Research
    • Dr Dominique Greer, QUT
    • Professor Jillian Hamilton, QUT
    • Associate Professor Larry Neale, QUT
    • Associate Professor Lee Partridge, University of Western Australia
    • Professor Belinda Probert, La Trobe University

Date: Monday, 20 October 2014  
Time: 9.45 am – 4.00 pm  
Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, Garden's Point Campus, Brisbane  

Register to attend

There is no fee for this symposium, however RSVP is essential as there are limited places.


Associate Professor Abby Cathcart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download Symposium Program (pdf, 111kb)





Thinking of nominating for an
Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Fellowship?


This WAND workshop will bring together West Australian OLT Fellows, senior academics and prospective Fellows to help nominees:

·         Distinguish between Fellowship (campaign) and Grant (project) proposals

·         Identify key criteria for a successful Fellowship proposal

·         Identify ideas worthy of shaping into a Fellowship proposal

·         Network with current OLT Fellows

Facilitated by Professor Dawn Bennett, OLT Fellow and ALTF Convenor

Wednesday, 3rd September 2014, 1.45 pm – 4.00 pm

Centre for Aboriginal Studies Building 211, Room 221, Curtin University


Registration:  1.45pm – 2.00 pm: Afternoon tea will be available


Session 1:  2.00 pm – 2.55 pm:
An information sessionoutlining criteria for a successful Fellowship proposal; explaining how a Fellowship proposal differs from a grant proposal (a campaign rather than a project) and how to develop a Fellowship idea into a robust proposal. Six current OLT Fellows will be present with us including representatives from Curtin University Murdoch University and UWA.


Session 2:  3.00 pm – 3.50 pm:
An interactive session
, where participants in small groups:
a) Pitch their ideas for Fellowships, other group members signal level of support for each idea using green, yellow and red display card, with time allowed to provide group feedback on each idea
b) Take five minutes for reflection and re-framing their ideas, using feedback provided by the group
c) Pitch re-framed Fellowship ideas to the group

d) Report back to everyone about one Fellowship idea that the group felt was promising.


Workshop wrap-up: 3.50 pm – 4.00 pm

 RSVP: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 27th August 2014



June 2014 ALTF National Forum


Follow this link for photos and welcome address from the forum held on Thursday 12 June 2014. Professor Pip Pattison’s (DVC – Education, University of Sydney) welcome presentation is available here. Congratulations to our newly completed Fellow, Mitch Parsell!


2014 Grants and Fellowships announcement


It is our great pleasure to advise that the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has today announced the successful 2014 fellowships and round 1 grant recipients.


You can view the media release here.


Details of the successful recipients are available at:


A big congratulations and welcome to our new Fellows who are now part of our growing network!


HERDSA WA Branch invites you to a professional learning workshop being presented by Associate Professor Romy Lawson (PhD) - OLT National Teaching Fellow

Monday 23 June
9.00am – 12.00pm
Curtin University, Bentley Campus
Building 401, Room 155


For those of you not familiar with Curtin, please see link for campus map
Closest Visitor parking (ticketed) is B13 (lower level, off Dumas Drive)


Romy is the Director of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum at the University of Wollongong. Romy has been involved in teaching and learning in higher education for over 20 years in both the UK and Australia. She led the National OLT Strategic Priority Project - Hunters & Gatherers: Strategies for Curriculum Mapping and Data Collection for Assurance of Learning, and was a team member for ALTC projects: Embedding Professionally Relevant Learning in Business Education; and Facilitating staff and student engagement with graduate attributes in Business Faculties. She is delighted to have this opportunity as a National OLT Teaching Fellow to continue her work in assurance of learning, examining practice from the academics perspective.


Assurance of learning is a basic educational principle to determine how well performance matches learning expectations, in this way it is a process to measure quality. But how do we design our curriculum to support students in developing these learning expectations? This hands on workshop will provide participants the opportunity to explore the principles behind whole of course curriculum design for quality assurance; to discuss their own current practice, identifying areas for development in curriculum and assessment design.
Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their learning outcomes, course and assessment design to the workshop

Please register your attendance by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





December 2013 ALTF Forum


Follow this link for photos and presentations from the 5th and 6th of December 2013 ALTF forum.



5th Newsletter for the OLT NSTF Fellowship



Follow this link for the Newsletter for the OLT NSTF fellowship: Developing excellence in learning and teaching through a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS).



National Survey of capstone curriculum



 A national survey of capstone curriculum in the Australian higher education sector is now live. The survey is one of the research activities being carried out as part of the National Senior Teaching Fellowship Capstone Curriculum Across disciplines.


This study is intended to deepen our understanding of the range of capstone models in use in Australia, and the experiences of staff involved in their delivery. The findings will be used to develop resources that will support staff in capstone design and delivery, as well as in making recommendations for institutional and national policy that is inclusive of non-traditional and innovative approaches to the capstone experience.


For more information about the study, or to participate in the survey, follow this link.



ALTF OPEN FORUM, Brisbane, December 5, 2013 


Thursday, December 5, 2013.

8.30am to 5.00pm.


Queensland University of Technology


2 George Street, Brisbane

Room 514P Block


Profressionalizing the Academic Workforce: a free Open Forum for Higher Education hosted by the Australian Learning & Teaching Fellows.

A FREE Open Forum for Higher Education


This Open Forum is the second such event convened by the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows. The Forum will feature a Vice Chancellors’ Discussion and provocations on 'How many universities does Australia need?. The day will include working groups to progress key issues, time for informal discussion, and short presentations from Fellows active in this area of scholarship and research. The Open Forum will conclude with drinks and networking from 4.30 – 5.30pm. Lunch is provided.





Program: View



Registration: http://www.trybooking.com/DONA 



 WAND Sharing Day: Thursday November 14, 2013 

Sharing OLT learning and teaching Grant & Fellowship outcomes and ideas to engage and inspire




Thursday 14 November 2013


9.30am to 12.30pm

(morning tea will be provided)

The University of Notre Dame Australia

(Cnr Croke & Cliff Sts, Fremantle)

Parking: Public Parking

near The Roundhouse, Marine Terrace & Collie Street





What is this event and who is it for? 


A forum for all staff in Western Australian universities:



discover what's happening in OLT grants and fellowships in WA

disseminate the outcomes of current or completed grants or fellowships

network with colleagues interested in OLT grants or fellowships



Recipients of current or completed grants and fellowships are warmly invited and strongly encouraged to present their work. Projects in their first phase are welcome and the day provides an opportunity for early dissemination.



Grant and fellowship holders will provide a two-minute overview and answer questions on their grant or fellowship. The presentation will be supported by a poster or handouts.

To register your intention to present your work, contact Ainslie Robinson, (08) 6433 0928 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RSVP: By Friday 8 November to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.















Dear ALTC Teaching Fellows,

As part of my OLT-funded National Senior Teaching Fellowship entitled Developing Excellence in Learning and Teaching through a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme, I am investigating the current forms and levels of support offered to teaching staff in the Australian higher education sector. To this end, I have developed an online survey to obtain information from academics and others working in the sector regarding the forms of support available for teaching staff at their institution, as well as their opinion as to the extent and availability of that support.

I would very much appreciate it if you could take the time to complete the PATS Survey 2013. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Your assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated. For further information on the scheme, please visit the PATS website: www.monash.edu/pats.

Should you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me directly using the details provided below.

Kind regards,

A/Professor Angela Carbone (PhD)
Associate Director, OPVCLT 
2012 OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow 
Chair, Australasian Computing Education Conference 2013 
Chair, Monash Educational Excellence Research Group (MEERG)

Office Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Monash University | Rm C3.01, Level 3, Building C Caulfield Campus
PO Box 197 | 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East, VIC, 3145 

T: +61 3 9903 4481 | M: 0407 886 791 
W: http://opvclt.monash.edu.au/staff-profiles/angelac.html

If the link to the survey in the message above doesn't copy across for any reason, the direct URL is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QHN8GGN


New Tools & Resources: Chris Creagh

The OLT Fellowships program encourages excellence in learning and teaching in higher education by supporting individuals who have educational expertise and leadership skills. Chris Creagh is one such academic. As part of her Fellowship, Chris is developing open education resources such as short videos of “experts”, unpacking a formula, constructing a diagram and reading a textbook. Educators can then use these resources to model for their students and tutors the basic skills, activities and thought processes that experts employ as a matter of course. By the use of well-focused formative assessment, they can then encourage students to emulate what it is that the experts are doing when they work within the discourse of the discipline. This Work-It-Out (WIO) strategy is transferable to other areas besides physics.

New tools and resources from 2012 Fellow Chris Creagh.

Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email Chris and here to view her profile.

A Toolbox of Diagrams (Watch the video on YouTube)
Interrogating Formulas (Watch the video on YouTube)