Grants program (OLT)

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Grants programmes provide funding for academics and professional staff to investigate, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching. The Grants program includes innovation and development projects, seed projects, extension grants and strategic priority projects. Relevant information is located on the OLT website at These projects have a strong teaching and learning focus, are usually multi-institutional and are led by staff with a proven track record in successful L&T projects. As OLT is being dis-established in June 2016, there are no OLT grant rounds in the middle of 2016. Information about the new Learning and Teaching Institute will be broadcast during the first half of this year.

Australian Catholic University is a partner on the following two OLT funded projects for 2016:

Innovation and Development Grant

Preparing undergraduate nurses for the workforce in the context of patient safety through innovative simulation, Central Queensland University (lead institution) with Australian Catholic University, The University of Newcastle and University of Sunshine Coast (Project Partners) ($300,000).

Australian Catholic University provides simulation-based learning across the range of health disciplines with the faculty of Health Sciences. Mr Stephen Guinea (FHS) will bring his expertise in simulation practice to this innovative OLT project, which aims to inform undergraduate nursing students’ practice focusing on patient safety through an innovative approach to "simulation without walls". This project aims to enhance work readiness of graduates through innovative and flexible use of simulation-based learning, support academic staff to provide quality teaching practice, and strengthen relationships between universities and industry.

Seed Grant

Using online teaching threshold concepts in transformative professional learning curricula for novice online educators. Avondale College of Higher Education (lead institution), with Texas A&M Health Science Center, Australian Catholic University and Curtin University (Project Partners) ($40,000).

Associate Professor Catherine McLoughlin (FEA) will contribute her vast experience to this important project, which sets out to examine the threshold concepts about online teaching and then develop professional development curricula for novice educators.