Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, L&T Update

Deakin announces new VC

Screen Shot 2018-09-24 at 6.27.57 am.pngProfessor Iain Martin will become Deakin’s seventh Vice-Chancellor and President when he succeeds Professor Jane den Hollander in May 2019.

Professor Martin is currently Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to his move to the UK, Prof Martin was DVC Academic at the UNSW and before that he was at the University of Auckland where he held a range of roles including Head of Surgery, Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and DVC Strategic Engagement leading external and international engagement.

This leaves women in the VC roles at three of the nine Victorian universities: Monash, Swinburne and Fed U.


ATN L&T Grants 2019

With few dedicated channels for L&T funding now available the ATN grants always create a flurry of activity. The 2019 ATN Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has just  been announced.

The total pool of funding in 2019 is $250,000. Applications can be made for funding up to $250,000.

Priority areas in 2019 are:

  1. Enhancing Employability in the Micro-Credential Era
  2. Interdisciplinary WIL (includes cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary WIL)
  3. Authentic Assessment


Full-time, part-time and sessional academic and professional staff who are actively involved in learning and teaching related activities are eligible to apply for the commissioned grants.

Lead applicants will be required to provide a statement from their Head of School/Department regarding their ‘capacity to successfully undertake the project’.Applicants must be employees of an ATN institution (Curtin, QUT, RMIT, UniSA, and UTS). Other education bodies, associations, industry or entities can be a partner. Students may also be included on project teams.

Register an expression of interest

To discuss a potential application, please contact

If you intend to submit an application, you will first need to complete the Expression of Interest process by 9am Monday 8 October, 2018.


All applications require DVCE endorsement, regardless as to whether the application is one in which RMIT is the lead or RMIT is the partner institution.

Applicants must prepare the appropriate lead/partner letter of support in readiness for the DVCE’s sigature as per the ATN guidelines (p20).


All completed applications and accompanying letters of support must be submitted to by 9am Monday 22 October, 2018.

Documents and links

Expression of interest – 2019 ATN Grants Scheme

ATN Grants Scheme For Excellence in Learning and Teaching – 2019 Guidelines

ATN Grants Scheme For Excellence in Learning and Teaching – 2019 Application Pack


SHEER Centre News #16

The latest newsletter from the Science Health and Engineering Research Centre is available below.

SHEER Centre News – Issue 16 Sept 2018

Interested to find out more about the Centre and its work? James Harland will present a review of the SHEER Centre, philosophy, goals and activities at the forthcoming Transformations in Tertiary Education: RMIT Learning & Teaching Conference 2018 on 16-17 October. Other SHEER members and associates will be talking about their current work.

Student Equity 2030 Discussion Paper

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) is seeking contributions to a strategic long-term vision for student equity in Australian higher education.

Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 4.25.17 am.pngResponses are invited to the Student Equity 2030 Discussion Paper, which aims to outline the key concepts, challenges and contradictions associated with achieving student equity in higher education, and point out possible options for resolving these. We would like to invite a broad range of stakeholders including government policy makers, researchers, community organisation representatives and professional HE staff to a roundtable conversation to explore the key questions posed in the Discussion Paper in a collaborative and constructive conversational form.

RMIT is hosing the Melbourne roundtable on Monday, 15 October from 10am-12pm. Morning tea will be provided on arrival.

If you are interested in attending the roundtable, please contact to register.

If you are unable to attend, you can submit your written feedback on the Discussion Paper here.

Feedback from written submissions and the roundtables will inform a final report, A Vision for Student Equity 2030, which will be launched at World Access to Higher Education Day in Perth on 28 November 2018.

Please feel free to distribute this through your networks, and support the conversation through the #StudentEquity2030 hashtag. More information is available on the NCSEHE website.

Digital Innovation and Futures for Higher Education

RMIT Studios and RMIT Online are hosting Professor Mike Sharples at RMIT for 2 weeks. He kicks off his visit with the Innovation Showcase and will be meeting with various groups across the University holding workshops and masterclasses. The following event will conclude his visit with us on Tuesday 2 October.

Mike is Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning.

Digital Innovation and Futures for Higher Education

Higher education is changing. The influences include the rising costs of higher education, global demand for universities, new careers, new platforms for online learning, innovative pedagogies such as massive-scale social learning, new strategies for blended and hybrid learning, and new businesses in online programme management. Technologies such as predictive analytics disrupt the contract between lecturer and student. Some universities are using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as test-beds for accredited programmes that blend free and paid-for modules, offered worldwide, with students studying either on campus or online. In this presentation I will describe a progression through blended learning, MOOCs, micro-credentials, online programme management, toward unbundled higher education. There are many possible futures for higher education. A fragmented competitive market for educational services is one vision. Another is for global educational partnerships based on mutual recognition. A third is for open online education through shared educational resources and peer learning. The reality is likely to be some combination of these, along with persisting campus universities for those who can afford them.

Mike’s presentation will be followed by a p
anel discussion 

A Panel discussion will look at what RMIT and other Universities are doing in the Digital Innovation space and what that means for Higher Education in the future. The panellists are:

  • A/Professor Marcus O’Donnell, Director, Digital Learning, Deakin Learning Futures, Deakin University
  • Professor Ian Solomonides  Vice President – Learning and Teaching, Victoria University
  • Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Learning and Teaching,  University of Melbourne
  • Professor Belinda Tynan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, RMIT University
  • Joyce Seitzinger, Learning Design Director, RMIT Online, RMIT Univeristy
  • Professor Grace Lynch – Moderator

Please register your attendance here 


And a reminder that our Innovation Showcase: Shaping the future of Learning is coming up next week – Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September. If you haven’t yet registered to attend you still can – see the links below for more information.

Monday 24 September (this event is sold out due to popular demand but you can still join the wait list)

Tuesday 25 September


Stephen Joyce to lead VE Industry 4.0 Project

Screen Shot 2018-09-14 at 5.28.31 am.pngOEDVE has appointed Stephen Joyce as Senior Manager for Digital Enterprise. Stephen is currently the Manager, Research and Enterprise in the School of Media & Communication.

Stephen will lead the Industry 4.0 project, which has connections into  the three colleges and will run over the next two years, establishing an RMIT based 4.0 industry focused website and the development of innovative learning content and resources supporting the uptake of smart technologies.

Educational Developer Caucus 2019 Conference

The Educational Developer Caucus (EDC) 2019 Conference: Positive Resilience and the Future of ED is now calling for proposals. The conference is going online in 2019, and will run daily from 12 to 3pm EST between February 19th and 22nd. There will be two types of presentations: concurrent sessions and the EDC Showcase.

Participants are invited to think about how ed developers think, interact, enact, and engage with their practice. More information about the EDC 2019 Conference theme, format, and the complete call for proposals can be found on the EDC Conference website:

The deadline to submit a proposal for a concurrent session is Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, and the deadline to submit a proposal for an EDC Showcase is Friday, November 30th, 2018.

If you have any questions, contact Celia Popovic

RMIT Innovations Showcase – 24 and 25 September 2018

If you’re involved in RMIT learning and teaching, don’t miss RMIT’s Innovations Showcase on 24 and 25 September in the Media Portal, City Campus.

Learn about key innovations that are shaping the future of learning including virtual reality, educational games, online programme management systems and new pedagogies.

The event will feature demonstrations and presentations from RMIT staff, and a keynote from Professor Mike Sharples from the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK.

Check out the event program and register using the links below.

Day 1 – Monday, 24 September 2018 (afternoon workshop)
“Now Playing” Interactive Workshop – including mixed reality tools and practical demonstrations

Day 2 – Tuesday, 25 September 2018 
Full day event with keynote speaker Professor Mike Sharples

Register for each day via the above links.

This event is being hosted by RMIT Studios and RMIT Online.

Thanks to Andrea Davies, Communications Manager, Education (Learning and Teaching)

RMIT employability – good news

In positive news, the QS graduate employability rankings released yesterday show strong results for RMIT, placing us 8th amongst Australian universities. We have moved up 12 places in the global ranking (from 97 to 85) from 2018. Recognition of the strong work done across our programs and partnerships.

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The metrics used to calculate the rankings include:

  • employer reputation (30%)
  • alumni outcomes – high achievers lists (25%)
  • partnerships with global employers (25%)
  • employers recruiting on campus (10%)
  • graduate employment rate 12 months after graduation (10%)

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