Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, L&T Update

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools for Collaborative Learning: Lesson Plans, Team Composition, and Peer Assessment

From a technological perspective, collaborative learning is a challenging problem. Organising students into teams, facilitating their interactions or supporting their mutual assessment are just a few of the many complex tasks of a highly combinatorial nature that require the support of automatic tools. In this talk Professor Sierra will introduce and demonstrate a few tools developed at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute to support collaborative learning, both online and in the classroom.

He will introduce an editor and execution environment for lesson plans that allows teachers to create, share, and actually execute lesson plans useful for student interactions in an online learning setting. He will show some AI techniques helping in the selection of the best set of student teams that take into account their psychological and competence profiles. Finally, he will present a trust-based mechanism to assess students based on peer-assessments. Altogether, they are a starting point of a new platform for online learning that puts task-based collaborative learning as the centre of student development.

Time:  2.00pm – 3.30pm
 Wednesday 30 August
Building 1, Council Chamber (001.02.017)

Please register your attendance, due to venue seating restrictions:

Bio: Carles Sierra is a research professor and Vice Director at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute Spanish Research Council (IIIA-CSIC). He is also an adjunct professor at the Western Sydney University (WSU). He is a researcher in artificial intelligence with specific interests in agents, negotiation, and electronic institutions. He has participated in more than twenty research projects funded by the European Commission and the Spanish Government, and has published more than three hundred papers in specialised conferences and scientific journals. He has received several best paper awards in the area of agents and artificial intelligence. He is an EurAI fellow, and on the editorial board for a range of top AI journals, including Artificial Intelligence Journal‘ (top AI journal).  He is also the editor in chief of the top journal in the area of agents – Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (JAAMAS) . Carles is the Program Chair of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) to be held in Melbourne from 19-25 August 2017.

Professor Carles Sierra is visiting RMIT under an International Visiting Fellowship Scheme from the College of Business and his visit is hosted by Associate Professor Marta Poblet (GSBL).

Contract cheating and assessment design

The RMIT Learning and Teaching Academy, the University Library and the Academic Registrar’s Group (Student Governance Unit) invite you to participate in a special event on contract cheating and the implications for assessment design.

In addition to hearing from representatives from the university, participants will be able to listen to the work of Associate Professor Tracey Bretag. Tracey is the Director, Academic Integrity at the UniSA Business School. Her research focuses on higher education policy and practice, and academic integrity. She is the author of numerous publications. Participants will also be able to discuss their concerns on contract cheating with each other.

Venue:                   Conference rooms, Storey Hall
Date:                      Monday 21 August 2017
Time:                      3.30pm to 5.00pm
Registration:        As space is limited, please register on Eventbrite.

What happened at August EdIQ Committee?

The Committee considered an example of industry-led program design, the Certificate III in Individual Support which was developed in partnership with Sapphire Care.
A discussion regarding Inherent Requirements acknowledged the intention to provide students with information and support at the same time highlighting some issues regarding the framing of Inherent Requirements and lack of clarity regarding how Inherent Requirements fit within RMIT’s policy framework.  The Committee approved the “Employability Plan 2017-2020”.
Other topics discussed by the Committee included:
  • A report back from the three Colleges on course enhancement work in 2017; and
  • An examination of the implications of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Reform Package.

ATN Strategic Initiative Grants

In 2017 the Australian Technology Network (ATN) established a collaborative competitive grants scheme for Strategic Initiative Grants.
The 2018 funding round is about to open. Applications for the 2018 funding round must address the priority area: work-integrated learning and employability.

In order to participate, you will need to complete an RMIT expression of interest form (login required) by Monday 11 September.

More information about the ATN Grant Scheme is available here.

Any queries,

KPMG Acclaimed Educator Award

This message from Julianna Ryan in The Academy:

Nominations for the KPMG Acclaimed Educator Award open on 14 August. I’m writing to ask you to share the following information with your College networks to help encourage your first year students to take a few minutes to nominate their most inspiring teacher.

The KPMG Acclaimed Educator Award is an industry-sponsored initiative which gives students the opportunity to nominate the most inspiring teacher they encountered during their first semester at RMIT. Students whose nominee wins will go into the draw to attend the celebratory award luncheon with the Vice-Chancellor, to be held at KPMG in October. Nominations open 14 August and close on 25 September 2017.

A University-wide campaign targeting first year students will commence next week. Anything you can do to spread the word and encourage engagement would be very much appreciated.

Michelle Hoodbhoy leaving RMIT

Michelle Hoodbhoy has announced that after 27 years she is leaving RMIT to join Monash University as Director, Transnational Education and Channel Management, Global Engagement, in the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
A number of staff in the College have worked closely with Michelle over many years and in the different roles she has played. I know she will be missed by many. Michelle will leave RMIT at the end of the month.

New Complaints Resolution Policy

This update from Elena Dagis, Strategy Office:

As part of the Policy framework, a new Complaints resolution policy suite and online complaints process is now in effect.

The new Complaints resolution policy governs all complaints including student, staff and third parties and replaces the Student complaints policy and Staff complaints procedure and their related instructions.

The policy is supported by a new online complaints process where students and third parties can submit a complaint online via the RMIT Connect Service Management Platform (SMP). All complaints will be triaged and assigned to a “complaints handler” by the Student Governance team in the Academic Registrar’s Group (ARG) and recorded in SMP for case management.

The policy suite and online complaints portal are effective from Monday 31 July 2017.

2017 SES: Together We Improve RMIT  

The Student Experience Survey (SES) will be available to students from 31 July–28 August via a survey link sent to their email account.

The SES is a program-level survey that allows students to provide feedback on their learning experiences as well as the library, online resources, computers and support services.

Please encourage your students to fill out the survey by taking time to speak to students about the importance of the survey and how the survey results inform improvements.

You can find SES results by school for previous years here. They are also summarised on the QILT website.

Any questions, email

High Impact Teaching Strategies

The Education Department recently launched its High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) guide. The evidence presented accumulates around 10 teaching strategies that research tells us reliably increase student learning wherever they are applied. The Department is providing a hard copy of the HITS guide to every teacher in Victoria.

While designed for primary and secondary teaching, many of the strategies apply to tertiary settings. Check out the guide for more details.

Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 9.34.01 pm.pngScreen Shot 2017-07-27 at 9.34.11 pm.png


Blog at

Up ↑