Your ALTF newsletter for November 2016
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Sally Kift, ALTF President

Dear Colleagues,

Another month has flown by and we are seriously close to the business end of the academic year now. All the best as semesters enter that frantic final period of marking and student consultations.

Congratulations to Fellows Old and New.

Congratulations again to all of the new 2016 Fellows who recently attended their Fellowship Orientation. It is sad to contemplate that these colleagues will be our last Fellows appointed until #OLTphoenix, which surely must emerge again in such an internationally competitive higher education environment. In the meantime, I know a number of universities are developing their own grants and fellowship programs, which is most encouraging to see.

Congratulations also to new and recently completed Fellows who received their pins at various Citations Ceremonies – photos can be seen here.

Final congratulations to fellows Professor Mark Brimble, Dr Claire Palermo and Associate Professor Ruth Bridgestock, who received 2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Inaugural IFNTF World Summit

The International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF) will hold its first World Summit in Birmingham, UK over February 16-18, 2017.  The theme of the Summit is “Defining Teaching Excellence within the Disciplines.”  An international panel of educators from Canada, U.S., U.K., New Zealand, and Australia will address this important theme as part of the IFNTF’s key projects agenda. The Summit will include panel discussions and papers and break out focused task groups. A call for 25-minute papers on the theme of “Defining Teaching Excellence within the Disciplines” will be issued shortly. 

ALTF Forum on 26th June 2017 – Save the Date

Please put the date in your diaries for the next ALTF Forum to be held in Sydney on 26th June 2017. Thank you to those Sydney Fellows who have already volunteered to help with the convening of the event, likely to be held at UTS, but additional help is always warmly welcomed.  Please email for more info and/or for the purposes of volunteering.

Best wishes to all
Sally Kift
President, ALTF



Australian Awards for University Teaching 2016

Congratulations to ALT Fellows Professor Mark Brimble, Dr Claire Palermo and Dr Ruth Bridgestock for being awarded 2016 citations for outstanding contributions to student learning.

More than 100 of the nation’s university academics and professional staff have been recognised over the past two months for outstanding contributions to student learning. Current Fellows also received their pins at the various State Citations ceremonies.

For more information and photos of the events see our post here

AHRECS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Ethics Manual

In 2014 the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) commissioned Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services (AHRECS) to undertake work to help OLT grant-holders and fellows avoid unnecessary difficulties and delays during research ethics review. The AHRECS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Ethics Manual consists of six booklets that include academic references, recommended reading and prompts for ethical reflections. The booklets are practically focused and incorporate examples of problems and suggested strategies. 

For more information and to access the booklets click here


John Willison

Dr John Willison



The University of Adelaide

2016 fellowship title: 
Putting student research mindsets to work for a coherent higher education

2014 fellowship Title: 
Realising research modes of learning for Masters by coursework using state-based clusters

Upcoming Fellowship events: 

Please join John in one of the state-based Workshops he is running over the next few months.
MELT workshop on Models for Engaged Learning and Teaching
Queensland: 25 November
University of Queensland

South Australia: 30 November
University of Adelaide

Victoria: 1 December
Monash University

New South Wales: 2 December
University of New South Wales
You may consider passing on this information to colleagues who may be interested.
Events are also being planned in Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

You can view John's ALTF Profile here or contact John here.


The National Forum on first-in-family learners
November 24th - 25th, 2016

For those of you interested in educational equity, you might like to attend (or publicise) the upcoming National Forum on Engaging and Retaining First-in-Family HE Learners (Link
This free Forum is being organised by A/Prof Sarah O’Shea as part of her 2015 Fellowship and will showcase research and best practice in the field. If you want to follow updates on this fellowship, visit her blog (link to and sign up for a newsletter. Resources for supporting the FiF cohort are available here (link to


AARE Conference 2016
November 27th - December 01, 2016

The annual Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference is fast approaching and will this year be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The AARE conference brings together researchers from across the world, as well as Australia, who work in diverse educational fields. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Transforming Education Research’. AARE look forward to many vibrant discussions during the conference about the importance of educational research and its ability to effect positive change both in Australia and internationally.

You can find more info at the AARE Conference webpage here.

WAND Teaching and Learning forum 2017
February 02 - 03, 2017

The Teaching and Learning Forum (TLF) is an annual conference, held in Perth, Western Australia. This event provides an inclusive space for people to explore and disseminate their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). This year the event will be held at Curtin University on the 2nd and 3rd of February. Submission of papers for abstracts and workshops due 14th November.

For more information see the event page on our website here.

IFNTF world summit
February 16 - 18, 2017

The International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF) will hold its first World Summit in February 2017 in Birmingham, UK. The theme of the Summit is “Defining Teaching Excellence within the Disciplines.”  An international panel of educators from Canada, U.S., U.K., New Zealand, and Australia will address this important theme as part of our key projects agenda.

For more information see the event page on our website here.

STARS conference 
July 02 - 05, 2017

The 2017 STARS conference will be held in Adelaide between the 2nd and 5th of July 2017. This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences. Submission Deadline is 30 January 2017.

For more information see the event page on our website here.

HERDSA Annual conference
June 27 - 30, 2017

The 2017 HERDSA Annual Conference will be held on the 27-30 June 2017 at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC) in Sydney. This year the theme is ‘Curriculum Transformation’. The 2017 conference is convened by ALT Fellow Romy Lawson and registration is now open. Register here.

For more information see the event page on our website here.

2017 ALTF Forum
June 26, 2017

Planning is in progress for a 2017 ALTF forum to align with the 2017 HERDSA conference in Sydney. The forum will be held on Monday the 26thof June prior to the HERDSA conference so please save the date in your diaries.


Teaching in Higher Education 

Associate Professor Angela Carbone recently gave a keynote at the Evidence-based Teaching conference 2016 in Melbourne. The keynote, title “Teaching in higher education – there isn’t enough evidence to tell us what works and why” has been published in The Conversation. You can access the article here


Survey on Teaching Excellence in Higher Education (UK and Australia)

Researchers in the UK are on the hunt for academics in Australia who will help them investigate view of teaching excellence for a study titled ‘Perspectives on Teaching Excellence in Higher Education’. If you would like to help out the survey is here. If you have any questions or comments contact Tanya Hathaway or Namrata Rao

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