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Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, L&T Update

Program review update

This update on the Program Review process from Zosh Pawlaczek, Director, Program Quality & Development.
5-Year Review
  • 15 programs are within the Review Process, of these 4 programs have recently commenced the Self-Review phase, 6 have completed the Self Review and another 5 programs have commenced the Panel Review stage.
  • The Colleges are working on schedules for 2018 (DSC has finalised theirs).
  • Preparations are underway to release the 2018 5-Year Review Schedule in November.
  • Consultation has been undertaken with Colleges and Campuses regarding current practices and approaches for Professionally Accredited Programs.
VE Program Review 
  • An updated Scope for the VE Program Review process has been circulated to College and Centre representatives for review and comment.
  • Stakeholder consultation on the Self Review Guide is scheduled for the 18th and 19th October.
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Upcoming L&T seminars

These upcoming events at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

The brain and mind on campus: Translating the science of learning for higher education 

When: 12 – 1 pm, Wednesday 25 October

The last decade has seen enormous advances in understanding how learning occurs in the brain and mind. Despite this progress, little of this research has filtered through to higher education practice. It is difficult to translate the growing understanding of learning in the brain to complex physical and virtual classroom environments. The distance from neuron to classroom has been described as ‘a bridge too far’. In this seminar, the cutting-edge research on the science of learning will be discussed.

Read more or register

 

In conversation: Back to the Future of Learning Technologies

When: 3.30 – 5.30 pm, Friday 1 December

There is almost constant talk of technology. But are we seeing the repackaging of old wine in new bottles or is there genuine “disruption” and “transformation” happening in higher education?

In this interactive event, Professor Gregor Kennedy will host a conversation with two leaders in learning technology innovation: Professor Grainne Conole and Associate Professor Matt Riddle. Both will draw on long histories in learning technology research and development to reflect on the current state of the field and where it might be headed.

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What happened at October EdIQ Committee?

The October meeting of Education Innovation and Quality Committee featured a Strategic Conversation on Group Work led by Alan Padgham.  As part of this discussion, members reaffirmed the value of group work while recognising opportunities to improve students understanding and experience of group work. 
 
Other topics discussed by the Committee included:
  • An update for Academic Board on RMIT’s approach to Inherent Requirements;
  • A proposal to review RMIT’s approach to cognate exemptions;
  • The results of the August wave of the Net Promoter Score (Students); and
  • Activities to support the implementation of recommendations arising from the Respect. Now. Always. survey.

New CFO to join RMIT

Screen Shot 2017-10-06 at 10.54.04 pmKate Koch will join RMIT as CFO on 23 October. Kate joins us from Tesco in the UK where she was responsible for all aspects of finance including external reporting, planning, procurement and insurance.  She is an experienced leader who has held numerous senior positions across three continents, including at Pearson Education, Penguin Group, Qantas, and the Financial Times Group.

Sharron Jackson, who has been leading the Finance team since December, will continue in her role as Director, Financial Planning & Analysis.

Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity

This report, by Tracey Bretag, has just been released, by TEQSA. GoodPracticeNote-ContractCheating

The report collates a series of good practice examples drawn from Australian universities. These range from university initiatives through to advice, like that below about assessment design.

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Shaping the Future of the Learning and Teaching Workforce

This symposium is an opportunity to engage with the ideas and directions that will define our future learning and teaching workforce at RMIT University. Provocation for the symposium will be provided by Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott from the Western Sydney University who will provide insights from his research on the future requirements of teaching and learning leaders as part of the Learning and Teachers Leaders Survey (Scott, Coates & Anderson, 2008) and in addition to the insights gained from research undertaken in the VE sector by Coates et al. (2010). The symposium will also provide some preliminary feedback to staff on the results from the 2017 RMIT learning and teaching leadership survey. There will be a response to the provocation by a representative panel of RMIT University staff, followed by the opportunity for broader staff contributions to the discussion.

Date: Wednesday, 15 November

Time: 9.30-11.30am

Venue: Lecture Theatre 16.01.001, Building 16, Level 1, City campus

RSVP online.

 

Policy update

Due to be published in January 2018:
  • Assessment policy suite
  • Admissions Policy suite
As part of the launch of all the academic policies and to support smooth implementation, ARG will host a series of workshops in November.  More details to follow when available.

From blended learning to unbundled student learning experiences. Utopia or Dystopia?

This symposium, organised by the Academy, examines teaching and learning futures and particularly the evolution of online and blended learning approaches. Provocation for this symposium will be provided by Professor Barney Dalgarno from Charles Sturt University. He will examine the unbundling of the university learning experience, taking existing notions of blended learning to a whole new level. In particular, a future scenario will be explored in which an unbundled degree product driven by a deregulation political agenda and enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies could have a major impact on student learning experiences and academic career paths. This future scenario is illustrated by the You Tube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTY3wPj9NU4&feature=youtu.be and the printed supplement at https://barneydalgarno.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/unbundled-higher-education-supplement.pdf . More broadly, symposium participants will also be encouraged to consider blended and polysynchronous learning designs as a step towards these aspirational futures.

Date: Tuesday, 24 October
Time: 1.30–3.30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Level 5, Storey Hall, City campus
Registration: Please register on Eventbrite

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