Your ALTF newsletter for December 2016
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Sally Kift, ALTF President

Dear Fellows,

Here we are again at the end of another tumultuous year in Australian Higher Education. I do hope that you are all looking forward very much to a happy conclusion to 2016 and a well-deserved break, no matter how long or short, over December-January.
ALTF Forum 2017
Hopefully you all have the 2017 ALTF Forum in your diaries now – Monday 26th June 2017.
I am very grateful to our excellent colleagues Jenny Edwards, Anne Gardner and Sally Varnham for agreeing to convene our Forum next year and thank them and UTS for providing the venue, which is confirmed as the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (otherwise known as the Gehry Building). The Forum Program will be announced in the new year.
Fellowship Pins
A number of Fellows have asked about how they should now arrange to receive their Fellowship pins, following the demise of the OLT. I am advised that Fellows were invited to receive pins at the various Citation Ceremonies held across the country this year. Should it be the case that either Fellows were not able to attend the ceremonies or were not aware of this possibility, please let Pip know at There may/ should be opportunities for the fabulous pins to be awarded mid-year at the HERDSA Conference in Sydney, the STARS Conference in Adelaide or at the 2017 ALTF Forum (as above). It also may be the case that Fellows might wish to have pins awarded at their own institutional L&T Conferences or events. By way of example, last week, I was fortunate enough to be speaking at UTAS’s Teaching Matters Conference and was able to award Dr Wendy Green her pin at that event, which I have to say was a great honour! Congratulations again Wendy.
New fellows
Please look out for and support our new Fellows at their events in 2017 – we will post these on the ALTF website Events page as details become available. Please do get in touch at should you have any events coming up that you would like to share with other Fellows and have promoted through their networks.
Congratulations to more high-achieving Fellows!
Special congratulations to our Fellows who were honoured with an Australian Award for University Teaching at the recent ceremony in Canberra on 1 December, at which many other Fellows were in attendance. We are very proud of Dawn Bennett, Trevor Cullen and Mark Brimble and I am sure you will join with me in congratulating them on this outstanding achievement.
I would also like to record the ALTF’s thanks to fellow Fellows Angela Carbone, Nicolette Lee and Marina Harvey who ran a Panel session and flew the flag for us at the recent held in conjunction with the TEQSA Conference in Melbourne in November. Their session was titled “The future of quality in higher education – what will it look like and how do we prepare for it?”
Seasons Greetings and Happy holidays from the ALTF
On behalf of the ALTF, it remains for me to say thank you again to every one of you for your support, friendship, collegiality and Fellowship over 2016. I hope 2017 brings you joy and happiness and, in the meantime, extend my very best wishes to you and your families for a lovely break and happy Christmas.

Best wishes to all
Sally Kift
President, ALTF



Australian Awards for University Teaching 2016

The Australian Awards for University Teaching for 2016 were held last fortnight in Canberra and many of our Fellows were there to celebrate, both as winners and colleagues. Mark Brimble, Dawn Bennett and Trevor Cullen all received 2016 Awards for Teaching Excellence. Congratulations! See our website post to view more photos.

ALT Fellows on HECQN Plenery Panel 

At the recent TEQSA conference, ALT Fellows Angela Carbone, Nicolette Lee and Marina Harvey ran a brief set of presentations during the HECQ forum part of the conference. The session, held at the Park Royal Melbourne, was hosted by Julie Hare on the topic of The future of quality in HE and how do we prepare for it.  The panel talked about quality challenges in the higher education setting; the importance of staff development and critical issues in sessional staffing. Attendees were from across the country and included Vice Chancellors, L&T senior leaders, quality assurance and academic staff. 


Managing your fellowship and Fellowships Program support

Information about managing your fellowship, including guidance for progress reporting, final reporting, grant acquitting, logo use, achieving impact and evaluation (IMPEL) is available on the Department’s website here.
The Fellowships Program team in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training can help you at any stage of your fellowship, including with questions you may have on managing, reporting and acquitting your fellowship. You can contact the Fellowships Program officers at or phone 02 62400625 (Just ask for Glen Toohey or Farzaana Thanweer; their Director Dr Paul Corcoran can also assist).

ALT fellowship pins

The impact that each Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow makes to improving our students’ learning and higher education experiences is greatly valued. Our Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship lapel pins are a symbol of this and formally presenting them gives us, our university colleagues and others opportunities to show their appreciation.    
The 2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ceremonies held across Australia in recent months provided opportunities to present Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship lapel pins to a number of our fellows.
For those that have not received a fellowship pin for their OLT National Senior Teaching Fellowship or OLT National Teaching Fellowship there will be opportunities to receive your pins at various events in 2017, such as at the ALTF 2017 Forum or a suitable event closer to you. 

ALTF Logo and PowerPoint template

Did you know the ALTF logo is available for you to download on our website? You can download the ALTF logo for use in presentations, websites, resources and other outputs here . We also have a ready made ALTF PowerPoint template available for download here. These documents and more are available on the fellows Resources page. We encourage fellows to use the ALTF logo to bring attention to the strength of our network of Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows, and also the significant body of work produced and in production.  

ALTF Twitter

Do you see yourself as one of ALTF's resident tweeters? We're still looking for fellows who would like to volunteer to be on our social media team for 2017. If you are interested or would like further information please get in touch with Pip at 


Associate Professor Jo Coldwell-Neilson


Deakin University 

2016 fellowship title: 
Unlocking the code to digital literacy

Our featured fellow for December is 2016 fellow Associate Professor Jo Coldwell-Neilson. Based in Victoria at Deakin University, Jo has been busy with her fellowship so far as she develops a working definition of digital literacy. Focus groups at Deakin University have been conducted to gain an understanding of what Deakin academics understand as digital literacy and what digital skills they expect students to bring into their learning at university. Focus groups will be conducted more widely within the higher education sector the first half of 2017 and a survey of university students across Australia will be conducted to gauge their perceptions of the digital skills they have and what they need at different stages of their university studies. 

For more information and to read Jo's fellowship abstract click 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 or to download the registration form see the post on our website here.

European First Year Experience Conference
June 28 - 30, 2017

The European First Year Experience Conference will run from 28th to 30th June 2017. This conference bring staff and students together from across the world to explore how we all engage with the first year experience. 

The 2017 conference title is ‘Learning Gained through Student-Staff partnerships’ and it will consider the benefits and challenges of Student and Staff Partnerships in creating an engaging first year experience.
 Full details can be found at and registration for the conference will open in February 2017. The closing date for conference proposals is 20th February 2017.

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.

If you are interested in being involved in this conference as an ALT Fellow, please contact Ron Oliver at

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.

Dawn Bennett is co-chairing the stream titled Embedding employability into curriculum transformation to create career ready graduates. Please be in touch with Dawn to contribute to this stream, and please think about working with other fellows to create panels, symposia and themed presentation sessions across the HERDSA conference. 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 at UTS in the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (Gehry Building). Program to be announced in the new year.
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