Learning for Life – 2016 and beyond

Published: Monday 12th December 2016

I am delighted to inform you that the University has committed to an additional $3 million in funding for Learning for Life, for a further three years beyond 2017 (2018-2020). This means that the good work done on projects thus far will continue to raise the standard and quality of learning and teaching capabilities for our staff and students. This is an acknowledgement of the work of the members of the Learning for Life team and, those of our academic and professional colleagues at ACU who have supported and led the strategy.

To that end, 2016 has been a pivotal year in the progress and implementation of Learning for Life. With the ongoing support and collaboration of the DVC (SLT) and Provost as well as Faculties, Information Technology, Marketing and External Relations (MER), among others, the Learning for Life team has achieved the following outcomes:

  • Launched an ACU Learning and Teaching website, offering staff a central location of Learning and Teaching resources to support their practice
  • Offered the Teaching Support Program to approximately 70 academic staff in both semesters 1 and 2, and will be offered again in 2017
  • Created a Lecture Capture pop-up class room at the North Sydney campus for staff to trial the new Lecture Capture Technology, Echo360 ALP
  • Currently implementing the university-wide Lecture Capture Recording software, Echo360 ALP
  • Developed the ACU Lecture Capture Policy (endorsed by Academic Board on 30 November 2016)
  • Supported over 50 academic staff in participating in Peer Observation and Review of Teaching (PORT) activities
  • Defined Blended Learning at ACU and created a new webpage containing resources to assist academics in understanding the three endorsed ACU study modes and LEO requirements
  • Further refined the Teaching Online program to provide a content-rich online course for ACU academics who want to learn more about teaching in online and blended units. Over 55 ACU staff are currently enrolled in Teaching Online Course modules
  • Operationalised the LEO Guidelines, available on the Learning and Teaching Website, to further assist staff in using the best resources to support their use of LEO
  • Developed a LEO Selector Tool to help academic staff to assess how their LEO Units are tracking against the LEO Guidelines
  • Developed a LANTITE-like Literacy and Numeracy test to support Faculty of Education and Arts students to prepare for their LANTITE test
  • Continued to roll out the e-health simulation across the ACU Campuses
  • Showcased some of the Learning for Life projects at the 2016 Learning and Teaching Conference, giving attendees the opportunity to meet the project facilitators and trial some of the new technologies developed through the projects
  • Conducted the ACU Learning for Life Campus Briefing Meetings across all campuses in Semesters 1 & 2, providing the opportunity to engage with staff on each campus and update them on the progress of Learning for Life, as well as showcase some of the 2016 initiatives
  • Established an Assessment Advisors Network in order to develop academic staff capability and capacity in assessment design and delivery
  • Initiated the following projects, that are well underway and are expected to be implemented in early 2017:
    - Work Integrated Learning at ACU – WIL@ACU
    -  Innovation in Teaching and Learning  - inTEL
    - Online Capacity Building – Developing units and courses at ACU)
    - Postgraduate Online Orientation
    - Learning and Teaching Enhancement  Dashboard

In 2017 and beyond, we will be working closely with the ACU community to achieve our shared goal of excellence in Learning and Teaching.

For more information on these projects and more, please visit the Learning for Life webpage.

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