Webinar: Re-imagining the digital campus

Digitally-savvy students are now seeking smart campuses to continue their education anytime and from anywhere.  It is, therefore, up to higher education institutions to keep up with student and stakeholder expectations, as well as blaze the trail for digital transformation. 

Hear from a panel of higher education experts from QUT, RMIT & Edith Cowan University.

Time: 11:00-11:45 am, Thursday, 20 August 2020

Click here for more information and registration.

Subject Week videos

Subject Week commenced on 7 July with this excellent presentation on ‘Creating and maintaining teacher presence in online learning’ by Amy Larsen and Stuart James (Physiology, Anatomy & Microbiology), chaired by Nauman Saeed (LTLT). The session is full of ideas about how to ensure students stay connected with you, their teachers, but also with each other, to form an online learning community.

Videos from Subject Week, which focussed this semester on engaging students online, have been made available by LTLT on this intranet page.

Online assessment webinars

Debbi Weaver (LTLT) has brought our attention to two forthcoming Transforming Assessment webinars:

5pm (Melbourne time) Wed 29 April 2020: Detecting and addressing contract cheating in online assessment

The rapid pivot to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic is seeing a significant shift in the mix of assessment modalities. This shift is seeing greater use of non-invigilated assessment; with this there is the potential for an increase in contract cheating activity. This session will explore research conducted into the practical steps that can be taken in up-skilling academic staff in detecting and addressing contract cheating in unsupervised assessment tasks. Further info + register (free) http://taw.fi/29apr2020

5pm (Melbourne time) Thurs 30 April 2020: Authentic online oral assessment – an examination replacement

Concerns about academic integrity and student engagement have been tightened with the rapid COVID-19 induced shift to online teaching and the need to use alternate assessments to that of traditional exams. This session explores an approach to interactive online oral assessment can be used to create engaging, authentic assessment experiences for students. Interactive orals are especially useful in the current COVID-19 context because they can be conducted online and offer a viable alternative to exams. The session will explore examples from the Griffith Business School at Griffith University and data collected from students on academic integrity. The use of evidence-based assessment design has seen benefits in enhanced student engagement, employability and academic integrity in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Further info + register (free) http://taw.fi/30apr2020

Microsoft Teams training – last chance!

The final staff training sessions offered by Information Services are today:

Wednesday 8 April

If you missed the training, learning resources including some great introductory videos are available on the IS Knowledge Base for MS Teams.

Information Services is also making Teams available for students in subjects for which the coordinator requests it. Please let C.Bridge@latrobe.edu.au know if you are interested.

Writing an ethics application for SoTL research: A practical guide

On Thursday 3 October the College of SHE, in collaboration with the La Trobe Research Office, ran a PD session “Writing an ethics application for SoTL research: A practical guide“.

Rebecca Clark, Human Ethics Advisor from the Research Office delivered an information session and then we opened the floor for questions and gave attendees the opportunity to start/continue filling out their own ethics application form.  As well as Rebecca, we also had Amy Larsen (member of the SHE Human Research Ethics Sub-Committee) and Chris Bridge (Senior Adviser (Teaching and Learning) to the APVC Coursework) to assist in answering questions.

A recording of the workshop can be found above, together with a number of resources:

  • Slides from the workshop
  • National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Ethical Considerations in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Activities
  • A link to Cloudstor, which Rebecca mentioned as a possible safe place to save research data.
  • A link to future workshops and seminars offered by the RED (Research Education and Development) team.

Subject Week: 9 – 11 July

Subject Week photo

Following the success of our first Subject Week in February of this year, the College of SHE in conjunction with LTLT is offering another series of workshops of interest to SHE teaching staff in the mid-year break. We are pleased to be running the majority of workshops from our Bendigo campus, with Zoom available to all other locations. There are a few workshops that are best run face-to-face and these are noted on the program.

Please register via this Eventbrite link.

For the full program of workshops, please see the Subject Week Program.


Course Coordinator Workshop 3 June

College of SHE Course Coordinators met on Monday 3 June and heard updates from several guest speakers including Professor Paula Baron on the new LTLT structure, Gloris Willoughby on the Course Management Project, Dominic Eyre on the Course Advisory Committee policy and Janene Richings on the Course Change project.  We also revisited the agreed action items from the first Course Coordinator workshop in July 2018, and checked on progress made, other issues and future plans. Click on the video below to hear from Paula, or the links below that for the other contributions.

Gloris Willoughby, Transformation Manager for the Course Management System

Dom Eyre, Senior Manager, Planning and Governance

Janene Richings, Senior Advisor, Course Design and Development

Laurie Ransom, Senior Manager, College Education

Checkpoint with Dell Horey, Academic Coordinator Coursework