Research Newsletter

Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development grant programs for 2016 now open

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) has announced the 2016 Innovation and Development grant program and the Strategic Priority Commissioned Grants.

If you are interested in applying for OLT grant funding you must complete a Notice of Intention to Apply and forward to the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) as soon as possible. CTL are able to offer support and advice to applicants. CTL also coordinates institutional endorsement of all OLT applications involving UON staff (including applications in which UON is a partner).

Application submission due date (to CTL) for both programs is 19 October 2015.

CTL will conduct an OLT grant preparation workshop on Thursday 17 September. For further information on OLT grant programs and the workshop, please contact CTL ( or x17263).

ELFSC staff interested in applying for OLT grants are also asked to advise Mahsood Shah or Helen Cameron of their intention. Mahsood and Helen are able to provide assistance in preparing OLT grants.

Research Symposium

ELFSC will be holding its inaugural Research Symposium on Monday 21st September between 9.30 am - 4 pm at the Purdue Room, Great Hall. This new initiative is part of the ELFSC Research Plan 2015 - 2016. The main aim of the symposium is to: enable ELFSC staff to present their research ideas or findings; provide an opportunity for staff to present their National Association of Enabling Educators Australia (NAEEA) conference presentations internally with peers; disseminate research findings with peers; and communicate the research we do individually or as team.

Staff are invited to present their research at this symposium. The symposium is open to all ELFSC teaching and professional staff who wish to either present or attend the symposium. Staff who are interested to present are requested to forward their abstract (300 words max) by Friday 4th September to Helen Cameron at Colleagues are welcome to submit their NAEEA abstract for the ELFSC symposium. Staff who are not attending the NAEEA conference are also welcome to submit an abstract and present at the ELFSC symposium. Abstracts must include the title of the presentation; presenters, and a brief abstract. Each presentation will be 20 minutes long with 5 minutes question time. Presenters will be requested to forward their powerpoint presentation one week before the symposium.

Please RSVP your attendance at the symposium to Helen by Friday 4th September, 2015. The full program of the symposium will be communicated after Friday 4th September.

Brown Bag Seminar Series

The next Brown Bag Seminar will be presented by Annette Morante and Cath Chinnery-Doyle. Cath and Annette (CTL) will unpack their new academic writing skills video and resource pack designed to be used during lecture/tutorial time. This resource has been designed to support the introduction and teaching of essay writing skills to Enabling students.

The Seminar will be held in Ourimbah on Wednesday 23 September 2015 from 12pm to 1pm in CS218 and repeated at Callaghan on Tuesday 13 October 2015 from 12pm to 1pm in MCLG56. Please note the change of date for the Callaghan seminar.

ELFSC Research Awards

The 2015 ELFSC Research Award recipients have been announced. The ELFSC Research awards were established in 2014 to acknowledge the outstanding contribution to research that is made by academic and professional staff within the Centre. The awards also provide incentive for staff to undertake research activity and strive for research excellence. The three categories of awards included: Research Excellence, Best Paper, and RHD.

The recipients of the 2015 award are as follows:

Research Excellence Award

Dr Joyleen Christensen

Best Paper Award

Dr Mirella Atherton

Dr Jaime Hunt

RHD Award

Rosalie Bunn

I wish to congratulate the recipients and I hope the funds awarded will be used to improve research outcomes. The recipients are kindly asked to contact Helen Cameron ext 18603 or for further details on how to access the funds.

Upcoming conferences

GAPS: Global Access to Postsecondary Education

Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, 5-8 October 2015

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)

RMIT Melbourne, 27-30 October 2015.

NAEEA: National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia

University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus. 25-26 November 2015

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