This OLT Fellowship Concludes: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - This is the final newsletter for 2016 and it signifies the end of the OLT Fellowship; this newsletter features two stories: one related to a student partnership affiliated with the Fellowship and also, a detailed description of the recent Forum which has been written by Dr Janine Delahunty.
Thank you all for following this OLT Fellowship journey, my work with first-in-family will continue under the auspices of an ARC Discovery Project commencing in 2017. For those of you who are interested in following this project, you will be provided with an opportunity to opt-in to further newsletter and updates down the track! I wish you all the best for the festive season - Sarah
FiF National Forum Speakers L to R:
A/Professor Sarah O'Shea, Dr 'Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki, Ms Kara King, Dr Cathy Stone, Dr Ann Luzeckyj, Professor Sharron King, A/Professor Ben McCann, Dr Janine Delahunty
What did others say? ------------------------
Really impressed by how much you managed to fit into the day, the high quality of the presentations, the excellent organisation and the collegial vibe.FiF Forum Participant
Cutting edge research. Diverse range of projects showcased …very inspiring!FiF Forum Participant
Got some new ideas but mostly felt energised to keep exploring how to support students in this cohort.FiF Forum Participant
I was impressed because it opened up a world of new thinking for me.FiF Forum Participant
The conversations with others were good value.FiF Forum Participant
What Else Has Been Happening?: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I was recently invited to participate in the National Roundtable on Students as Partners organised by Kelly Matthews - this was part of Kelly’s Fellowship work and was held at University of Queensland in September. The Students as Partners approach to curriculum development and university engagement is broadly defined by authentic collaboration between staff and students both within the classroom and outside. By developing effective partnerships with students the intent is to facilitate a sharing of expertise from all parties and mutually reciprocal learning.
Kelly’s roundtable exemplified the Students as Partners approach, featuring key speakers in the field (staff and students) and reflections from all about considerations in terms of enacting student as partners within various contexts — read more here
The Conversations on Engaging and Retaining First-in-Family learners in Higher Education on Friday 25th November at the University of Wollongong was the finale for this OLT Fellowship. And what a great day it was! We began planning the forum in earnest in March and drew on what we’d done the previous year for the first national FiF forum. The focus of this would be ‘Conversations’. Fostering these conversations included providing opportunities to showcase best practice in the form of Lightening Presentations – 15 minutes to strut their stuff. We also invited a number of well-known speakers – each with a different perspective on supporting, engaging and retaining FiF students. We wanted it to be a mix of research findings, best practice and take-home strategies to cater for a broad audience — read more here
L to R top: Ms Ellen Sabo, Mr Brian Martin, Ms Deanna McCall
L to R bottom: Ms Melissa Zaccagnini, Ms Sian O'Sullivan, Ms Rosie Westland, Ms Jennifer Eaton