Overview from Director, LTC
Associate Professor Anthony Whitty
Welcome to our regular Learning and Teaching Matters communication designed to provide important just in time information to our staff.
Each year, through the ACU Teaching Citations and Awards program, the University recognises teaching staff who have significantly contributed to a positive student learning experience. This is a highly competitive process and I would like to both congratulate the 2020 recipients and acknowledge the unsuccessful applicants for all their efforts. We applaud the high standards set by our teaching staff in this most challenging year.
The LTC e-Learning team have provided updates about LEO resources and forthcoming LEO workshops/webinars in this edition. The session on marking and providing feedback may be of particular interest to sessional staff and those new to teaching. We will continue to detail professional development opportunities available to all staff as we work toward the end of semester, and in preparation for 2021.
Finally, work toward the opening of the Blacktown campus continues in earnest across the University. We will be providing updates on learning and teaching arrangements specific to this campus in future issues.
The following ACU staff are acknowledged for their commitment to excellence in teaching and their contribution to student learning. Applications were received from a diverse range of staff across three award categories.
ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
For the first time, there were three applicants and three awards in this category. The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching gives recognition to teachers renowned for their excellent teaching and their deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.
Successful applicants for 2020 Citations are:
Dr Helen Aucote, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences: for guiding and transitioning first year students using innovative teaching approaches that are grounded in theory and substantiated by strong evaluative practices.
Associate Professor Catherine Bell, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts: for visual arts curriculum that prioritises studio-led research and develops professional competencies that empowers students to actively contribute to the creative sector upon graduation.
Associate Professor Robyn Horner, Associate Professor Theology, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy: for excellence in the implementation of the enhancing Catholic School Identity Research for school leaders and teachers.
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward significant and sustained contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.
Successful applicants for 2020 Citations are:
Successful applicants for 2020 Citations (Early Career) are:
Download the Technology Selector Tool. It is an easy-to-use visual reference about various applications in LEO, how easy they are to configure, and how you may integrate them in your teaching practice.
Upcoming LEO workshops/webinars
Mark and provide feedback:
Learn more about how to mark and provide feedback to students in LEO Assignment and Turnitin Assignment. Each 1-hour session will be delivered from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) – NSW & Vic campuses) and 11:00am to 12:00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) – Brisbane campus) on the following dates:
Webinars will be delivered via Zoom meeting room https://acu.zoom.us/my/leopd
Registration is via Staff Connect https://staffconnect.acu.edu.au
Welcome to H5P in LEO!
Did you know you can create H5P content in your LEO unit? Are you curious about the differences between H5P.org (the free version) and H5P.com (the premium version available in LEO)?
Attend one of our 15-minute online H5P presentations at 12 pm (NSW/VIC) and 11.00am (QLD) on the dates below. No registration is required: https://acu.zoom.us/my/leopd
Choose one of the following Outlook calendar invites:
If you have trouble registering for any workshop/webinar, please contact LTC@acu.edu.au
Brisbane Teaching Staff
Please note that LEO is set to AEDT. This means that if you need an assignment deadline time in your LEO unit to be 12 pm (Brisbane time), you will need to amend it to 1 pm instead.
LEO Support operating hours are also on AEDT:
Monday to Friday, 8am - 10pm
Weekends and NSW Public Holidays, 9am - 5pm
The existing ACU LEO template has been updated to improve consistency in student navigation and experience in units, yet still allow for academic freedom in the way they are taught. An example unit, including resources to assist in shaping LEO units into the new template can be found in this self-enrolling LEO unit: https://leo.acu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=33949.
New and existing units will need to be created using the new template for Semester 1 2021. LTC will review the template with academics and students during 2021 to determine its success from a student user experience.
For assistance, please contact EDdesign.LTC@acu.edu.au.
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Associate Dean Learning Teaching and Governance, Faculty of Education and Arts
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Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
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Please contact the Learning and Teaching Centre for professional development, resources and advice for your learning and teaching needs at ACU.