Inaugural UNE Awards for Teaching Excellence


Yesterday I had the pleasure of recognising the contributions of six of our finest staff member at the inaugural UNE Awards for Teaching Excellence.

These awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of UNE staff in activities related to student learning.

The recipients of the 2014 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning are

  • Dr Sujana Adapa. For constructive alignment of interactive multimedia resources with assessment tasks; enhancing distance learners’ approaches to ongoing engagement, self-regulated learning and study experience in Marketing units.
  • Dr Fredy-Roberto Valenzuela. For helping distance education students understand and apply core marketing concepts through the development of resources that allow mental model building.
  • The Educational Development and Communications Team, UNE Business School. Team members are Ms Sue Whale, Ms Naomi McGrath and Mr Tim Cluley.  For innovative design and delivery of online teaching and learning courseware across all units in the UNE Business School to ensure a consistent, high-quality learning experience for all students.
  • Dr Leopold Bayerlein. For successfully motivating and inspiring accounting students through highly supportive teaching in an immersive virtual internship environment for blended and online learning.

Sue Whale, Naomi McGrath and Tim Cluley were also recipients of an Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning, and Leopold Bayerlein was recognised with an Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence.

All recipients of the awards have now been nominated for Australian Awards for University Teaching, offered by the Australian Government through the Office of Learning and Teaching.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and I wish them all the best in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Yesterday we also announced the recipients of the UNE Teaching Fellows program. The program is designed to encourage innovative teaching practices, models and approaches specifically designed to support quality learning experiences for students.

We hope that this program will encourage and support the next generation of educational leaders at UNE.

The 2014 recipients of the Teaching Fellowships are

  • Dr Gavin Clark, Lecturer in Clinical Phycology. Gavin’s fellowship activities will consist of developing and evaluating a methodology for teaching, practicing and assessing practical clinical therapeutic skills by distance.
  • Dr Sue Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Education. Sue’s project “3D Virtual Worlds at UNE” will provide staff the opportunity to undertake training and have resources developed for their use as a teaching and learning tool.
  • Associate Professor Jane Conway, Medical Education Coordinator & Deputy Director Medical Education Unit – JMP. Jane’s project is intended to use the development of the JMP – MD as a vehicle to showcase the utility of Equella as a curriculum mapping system rather than its usual use as a learning object repository.
  • Dr Elizabeth Hale, Senior Lecturer in English and Communication Studies. Elizabeth’s project will pilot an online teaching resource focusing on the works of Charles Dickens. It would convey the richness of different disciplinary approaches from the School (Literature, Media and Communications, Music and Theatre), and be linked to relevant units in the School, as a model, resource, and extension material.

Nominations for the 2015 UNE Teaching Awards will open at the end of the month and further details about the process will be sent to all staff in the coming weeks.

I again wish to congratulate all the recipients of the Teaching Awards and Fellowships and thank them for their hard work and contribution to student learning at UNE.




Professor Annabelle Duncan

Vice-Chancellor and CEO

University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351


Phone  +61 2 6773 2004

Facsimile +61 2 6773 3710


Teaching Flexibly Webinar Series

Authentic Online Learning: Week 7 – 15th of August

The webinar for this week is on authentic online learning and we will be joined by Dr Jan Herrington, Professor in Education at Murdoch University. Jan’s recent research focuses on authentic learning, mobile learning, and design-based research. She has published widely, including a co-edited book entitled Authentic Learning in Higher Education (with Anthony Herrington) and a co-authored book in 2010 (with Thomas C Reeves and Ron Oliver) A Guide to Authentic e-Learning, winner of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) Outstanding Book of the Year Award in 2010.

Jan was a Fulbright Scholar in 2002 at the University of Georgia, USA. She is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology.

If you are interested in finding out more about  encouraging students to take an active, integrated and inquiry-based approach to learning, please  join us for the online webinar at 11.00am, Friday 15th August. Click on the image below at that time.

No need to register and no software to download.

Attendance at two webinar sessions is a requirement if you need to complete the Teaching Flexibly @ UNE program for probation.

Last opportunity before mid-Trimester break. This one should not be missed.

You can always access previous recordings of past webinars.

Click here to join this session.

Innovation and Professional Development Unit, Learning Innovations Hub

Teaching Flexibly Webinar Series

Open Educational Resources: Week 6 – 8th of August

Open Educational Resources (OER) can be defined as “digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research”. (OECD, 2007, p.10) The webinar for this week will be an investigation into what they are, where you can find them, why OER are an important development in higher education and how to incorporate these resources into your unit.

A list of OER repositories has been put together to assist you in discovering resources that could be used in your units.

Please join us at 11.00am Friday the 8th of August by clicking on the image below at that time. Berenice Scott ( UNE copyright officer) will be on hand to join the discussion.


OECD (2007). Giving knowledge for free: The emergence of open educational resources, from

No need to register and no software to download.

Attendance at two webinar sessions is a requirement if you need to complete the Teaching Flexibly @ UNE program for probation.

You can view previous recordings at any time.

Read more.

Click here to join the webinar.


Blended Learning: 10 Trends


ITD-Info: Scheduled IT Maintenance, Saturday, 9th August 2014 (6am – 6pm)

ITD will be performing maintenance on University IT systems and services this  Saturday, 9th August 2014. The full-day maintenance will commence from 6am and will complete by 6pm.

For staff and on-campus students:

Staff should expect intermittent brief outages as systems are restarted following maintenance updates.

Network maintenance will cause some outages during the day across campus, including the college network.

For off-campus students: Moodle and Student email (Office 365) should NOT be affected.

No work is planned on the teaching systems or email. However, we recommend that you download any materials (readings / lecture recordings) you require on Saturday to your local system to make sure you have access in case of any unplanned outages.

This event is one of ITD’s scheduled maintenance windows, during which essential work is carried out to enhance and improve University systems.

The schedule of maintenance windows for 2014 is on the ITD website ( ).  Please check these dates before planning any events that may require I.T. services or support.

Please check the ITD Service Announcements web page regularly for information relating to ITD services interruptions and planned events.

Service Desk support will be available throughout the weekend – please contact (or 02 6773 5000, 1800 763040 toll free) if you are experiencing problems after the maintenance outage.

UNE Innovation in Teaching and Learning Seminar Series

UNE Innovation in Teaching and Learning Seminar Series

“Kill your powerpoints and teach like a pirate: Innovative teaching pedagogies”


Presented by

Professor James Arvanitakis

2012 Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year

Monday 18 November

11.15 am -12.15 pm

Lewis Lecture Theatre

followed by a light lunch and discussion.

Professor James Arvanitakis researches in the transdisciplinary areas of globalisation, citizenship, young people, security and the cultural commons – incorporating issues around hope, trust, safety and intellect. Having held various positions within human rights-based organisations including AID/WATCH and Oxfam Hong Kong, his research seeks to maintain a particular focus on issues of social justice. He has also worked with playwrights and artists to document stories of injustice such as the production of Maralinga which records the stories of nuclear veterans.

His research has also been recognised with the awarding of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant looking at the changing nature of citizenship and young people. In 2006, James also received the ARC Cultural Research Network CRN Award for a paper delivered at the 2006 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference in Canberra around the theme of UnAustralia: Border Protection between Australia and Un-Australia (or why I am an internally displaced person).

New academic staff may also wish to attend in order to fulfil one requirement of the Teaching Flexibly @ UNE program.

Numbers are limited so please register early.

RSVP: Kerryn Reeves x2339 by Friday 15 November 2013

Course-A-Ware No. 7

Dear Colleagues,

This week I will start with a message from Eddie:
A number of rumours and ripples have occurred since the last Course-A-ware circulations through my expressing matters in a manner that allowed various interpretatons, so hopefully this will now provide clarity. With regards to the my request that people redirect moodle queries to Garry Edmonds rather than their Ed Dev’s, I didn’t mean that all those that go to the ITD helpdesk should also come to Garry. The ITD Helpdesk (LMS Helpline, x3396) is and will continue to be the fully functional first point of call for technical and how-to issues involving Moodle, Grademark, Turnitin and Adobe Connect. The elements to go to Garry are those that are pedagogical questions outside of the unit review process, or where specific training is needed as we anticipate the school based Ed Dev’s being too busy to undertake these activities in addition to the unit reviews.

The next item is that the QUA review team has grown to include Jenni Ayres, Judy McDonald and Penny Purvis. Along with Ellen, they will quality check the QUA reviews received prior to forwarding through to the Educational Developers. This QUA review team is also responsible for reviewing re-drafted unit learning outcomes that are submitted as part of the QUA process. Ellen has continued to meet with Educational Designers and schools at their request to work through any AQF queries.

As you would be aware, two senior representatives from the AQF Council – Lyndal Groom (Executive Director) and Victor Korobacz (Director Policy) – have been on campus today . Three sessions were scheduled. One was specifically for General Staff, although many academics also attended this session. In fact, the Lewis Lecture theatre was almost full. The second session was provided for the Educational Designers/Developers and then the afternoon session was for staff involved in the approvals and processes. The opportunity for people to direct explicit questions around the AQF to Lyndal and Vic was particularly useful. There will be more information following on from these sessions sent out early next week. In the meantime we are concerned that one of Lyndal’s comments may be being taken out of context. Please note her statement that people can do more or less whatever they want provided they can make the academic case needs to be set within the context of the University’s policies and procedures and the AQF.

The final item is an update from Georgie:
The draft work flow of the Audit has now been developed (see attachment). Basically, there are three main work flows to the auditing process:

  • Resource Centre for Copyright and resource related legal issues
  • Courseware Quality Unit Manager for AQF issues
  • Associate Director Learning Environments for enhancements associated with all other standards (those other than above)

We are aiming to get all amended Unit Outcomes developed, and any Copyright and resource issues resolved within a two week period (from time of discussion with the Education Developer/Designer). Once these are completed, the audit activity report will be sent to the Resource centre and the Courseware Quality Managers for quality checking. At the time of submitting the action plan all other necessary enhancements related to the audit standards will be allocated by the Associate Director Learning Environments (Georgie) to the appropriate people within the LIH for further action. These enhancements will be dealt with on a priority basis, with global enhancements being given first priority, followed by school based and discipline based enhancements.

As there are many Units being audited, Educational Designers/Developers will be under a bit of pressure to get them through the audit process. So please note that once the two week period has lapsed, to keep the audit process on track, we may send out emails reminding some Unit Coordinators to submit revised Outcomes, copyright and resource related tasks.

Josie Fisher for the Courseware Enhancement Project

Casual and Sessional Teaching Staff: information session and workshop

The Innovations & Professional Development team at the Learning Innovations Hub will be holding an induction and information session for all casual and sessional academic staff in time for teaching in Trimester 3.

Venue: Psychology Seminar Room, SR2, (Building S6 – Map)

Time/date: Wednesday, 23rd October, 2013 from 9.30AM – 3.30PM.

Would you please circulate this information to any casual or sessional staff who may be interested in attending (and apologies for any cross-postings).

A draft program overview for the session:

Time Session
9.30-9.45 Introductions and the program overview
 Your teaching environment
9.45-10.30 Contacts and services

  • HR Contacts
  • ITD – Accounts,  Servicedesk
  • Library
  • School contacts
10.45-11.30 Learning systems

  • Moodle
  • Grademark
Engaged in teaching
11.30-12.00 Roundtable 1: Looking forward
12.00-12.30 Engaging with students
1.00-1.30 Delivering teaching
1.30-2.00 Assessment
2.00-2.30 Developing your teaching
2.30-3.00 Roundtable 2: Wrapping up

To register: Please contact Kerryn Reeves, ext. 2339 to reserve a place. (A maximum of 30 participants can be accommodated).

Researching the Future of Online Environments at the Learning Innovations Hub

In the current higher education environment it is essential to ensure you provide the best possible environment for individuals to succeed in achieving their goals with respect to educational, professional and personal advancement.
As a result, being a progressive university, UNE wishes to ensure that we maintain an active and productive research and development program across the full range of educational technologies.
We have embarked on a number of trials in the past few years, and we will continue to explore educational technology opportunities as they present themselves.
One of the most recent is the trial of what we believe to be the next generation of tools to assist individuals and Academic staff provide the best possible environment for success.
LIH is trailing LoudCloud, a Learning Management System, during the next four months. This trial is intended to ensure we are diligent in our research and development program and provide significant and serious input to the future of educational solutions, which match the expectations of our students.

For further information please contact Ms Georgie Avard Associate Director Learning Environments, LIH Contact: x3019email:

Introducing the Moodle Enhancement Reference Group (MERG)

In August of this year the Moodle Enhancement Reference Group (MERG) was formed to guide the further development of the online learning management system (Moodle) according to the needs of its users. MERG members will inter alia represent the views and needs of UNE stakeholders, prioritise Moodle enhancement activities, identify and prioritise a Moodle enhancement roadmap and, assist in the review and evaluation of implemented enhancements.
The PVCEII has contracted Androgogic, an experienced company in the design and support of Moodle environments, to assist MERG in the set up and implementation of a number of activities. The immediate activities being undertaken by MERG are the re-design of the Moodle User Interface and enhancements to the Navigation Structure in response to stakeholder feedback and a review of ‘better’ practices.
As part of this activity, an Innovation Workshop will be held on Monday September 30th to inform the UNE community about the progress we have made to date, how stakeholders have been engaged in this process and the outcomes that have guided the proposed enhancements to the graphic user interface (GUI) and Navigation structure. This innovation workshop, and others we propose to conduct, will assist UNE and Androgogic to collect additional stakeholder requirements, explore how these requirements can be met and assist in determining priorities for our mid-longer term Moodle roadmap.
All UNE staff are invited to make a contribution at the Innovations Workshop to be held after the Learning Innovations Launch, 30 September, 2-3:30pm in the Lewis Lecture Theatre. The workshop immediately follows the PVCEII Forum.

If you are unable to attend the session but would like to contribute to the discussion please contact Ms Georgie Avard, Associate Director Learning Environments. Email: ext: 3019

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