Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Lilly Conference Presentation 2014

Sharing learning and teaching experiences:  An Australian perspective on evidence based practice

Friday 21st Feb, 2:00 – 2:40pm, Palm Room, Lilly Conference, Newport, CA.


To download the Presentation Handout click here



Effectively disseminating the outcomes and experiences of funded learning and teaching projects is a challenge in any learning context. The development and dissemination of 11 Good Practice reports commissioned by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) and the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) between 2004 and 2011 illustrate this issue. The reports, written by topic experts collated funded learning and teaching projects, providing findings and recommendations back to the sector. Whilst offering great potential to influence practice through the evidence-based findings, dissemination issues highlighted the problematic nature of sharing learning experiences in a dispersed educational environment.

Active Learning Exercises

Active Learning Exercise 1.

Title: Building understanding of the Good Practice Reports and their relevance to practice.

Aim: Engage in a discussion about the GPRs based around the following 3 questions:
  1. Do you feel that the reports offer you valuable insights as an educator which could inform your practice (Yes/No/Why)?
  2. If so, how would you use these reports to improve or enhance your learning and teaching practice?
  3. Which topics/reports are of most interest to you?

Active Learning Exercise 2.

Title: Challenges and successes in the area of dissemination

Aim: Engage in a discussion about difficulties of dissemination and how they may be overcome or reduced.
Each group will be asked to: 

  • Key impediments to the effective sharing of learning and teaching outcomes and experiences. 
  • Approaches and strategies, such as the Network of Australasian Tertiary Associations, which might be used to improve the sharing of learning and teaching experiences and outcomes at a range of different levels.

Note: All papers will be collected and a summary of the results will be published here on the NATAonthenet Blog.

Relevant Resources:

Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) / Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Good Practice Reports available here <http://www.olt.gov.au/resource-library/good-practice-reports>  or as listed below.

Gannaway, D., Hinton, T., Berry, B. & Moore, K. (2011). A review of the dissemination strategies used by projects funded by the ALTC Grants Scheme. Sydney: Australian Learning and Teaching  Council. <http://www.olt.gov.au/system/files/resources/PP9-1591%20UQ%20Gannaway%20D-Cubed%20Final%20report%202011.pdf>.

Please be in touch if you have any questions, Natasha.Hard@usq.edu.au 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Digital Rural Futures Conference: Regional Futures, Agricultural Futures and Digital Futures.

Neil Martin writes:

The Digital Rural Futures Conference will take place from 25 – 27 June 2014 at USQ Toowoomba campus. The conference will explore three themes: Regional Futures, Agricultural Futures and Digital Futures.

Opportunities and Challenges

In the second decade of the 21st Century, regional Australia is facing both opportunities and challenges.
In agriculture, new markets are emerging both domestically and in the developing world, yet farmers have to deal with the damaging and uncertain effects of climate change and bio-security threats on yields.
In our regional towns wealth is being created thanks to the resources boom, yet history tells us that the good times cannot last forever and there is a need to seek new business opportunities. Visionary thinking, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, offers new ways to sustain and grow regional economies, but only through education and successful business and community leadership will it be possible.
Underpinning our changing future is technology. Smart digital technologies, coupled with ubiquitous connectivity that is embedded into our daily lives, can help regional Australians solve problems and open new worlds. However, we need find ways to take advantage of these opportunities and understand what works and what does not.



The conference aims to bring together researchers, representatives from regional business, industry and agriculture and community and educational practitioners to explore three themes: Regional Futures, Agricultural Futures and Digital Futures. There will be three keynote and three invited speakers plus parallel sessions for each of the themes.
The three keynotes:
  • Dr Wendy Craik AM, Commissioner of the Productivity Commission will give the Regional Futures keynote. Dr Craik is currently overseeing a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning in Australia.
  • Neil Gardyne  and his 13 year old son Mark will deliver the Agricultural Futures keynote. Neil runs a large farm in New Zealand and is highly innovative in his approach to farm management. Mark has designed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle  (sometimes referred to as a drone), which allows his father to keep surveillance on 10,000 stock units of sheep and cattle.
  • Professor John Traxler is the world’s first Professor of Mobile Learning and will give the Digital Futures keynote. Based at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK, Professor Traxler has done much work to help develop and evaluate mobile learning as well as better understand it in developing world contexts.
More information on the keynotes and invited speakers is available on the conference website.


Registering for the conference and submitting an abstract

The Toowoomba conference is the second Digital Rural Futures Conference. The first was held at the University of New England in Armidale and was attended by over 150 delegates. The conference is again sponsored by the Regional Universities Network (RUN).
Registrations are now open. Further details on how to register are available on the conference website. Abstracts can be submitted until 28 February 2014 and are peer reviewed. Again, visit the conference website for information on how to submit.
The program includes optional tours to either a smart farm, astronomical observatory or Toowoomba’s new regional airport. Visit the conference program page for more information.


A Digital Rural Future

Regional Australia is facing an exciting and challenging future. This conference offers real opportunity to bring together key experts and thinkers about regional Australia. Take a look at the conference website and be part of something special.

Image credit: P1790090 by Franklin Heijnen. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence.

(authored by Neil Martin and originally posted on the ADFI Blog. Copied here with permission)

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Understanding good practice – key lessons from the ALTC / OLT Good Practice Reports

The NATA webinar on the Technology-enhanced Learning and Teaching (TEL) Good Practice report as well as the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Good Practice Report was conducted on Tuesday the 10th of December. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here for those who are interested but were unable to attend on the day.

On behalf of the NATA team I would like to thank Professor Janice Orrell for making the time to present on her WIL Good Practice Report, Professor Mike Keppel for leading the webinar and discussing the TEL Good Practice Report, Kim Edgar from NetSpot for her work in putting the webinar together and managing the technical side of things and lastly to all those who participated.

Please watch this space on the NATA blog to view the GPR eResources as they are finalised and made available here shortly. If you have any further questions on the GPRs, WIL, TEL, NATA or the eResources please feel free to contact me Natasha.Hard@usq.edu.au

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Webinar TODAY on Work Integrated Learning and Technology-enhanced Learning and Teaching

REMINDER: At 12:00pm AEDT, NATA will launch the Good Practice Report eResources developed as part of its strategy to promote the ALTC / OLT Good Practice Reports. The one hour webinar to be hosted by Netspot aims to raise awareness of the Good Practice Reports (GPRs) and how they potentially offer value to the Australasian tertiary education sector

Presenters Professor Mike Keppell and Professor Janice Orrell will talk about Technology-enhanced Learning and Teaching as well as Work Integrated Learning.

To participate in the Blackboard Collaborate session please send an email to Natasha.Hard@usq.edu.au with the title NATA Webinar and the web link will be provided.

For more details click here

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

NATA acilite Symposium 2013

Ascilite 2013 Symposium Presentation


Understanding network leadership in Australasian Tertiary Associations:  

Communication a key element of success


Wed 4th Dec at 11:00am -11:40am


Presented by Mike Keppell, Gordon Suddaby, Helen Carter and Caroline Steel

Click here to view the complete ascilite conference program 

Symposium Overview

  •  About NATA
  • NATA Activities
  • Emerging Themes
  • Importance of Communication
  • ACODE Project Overview
  • ascilite Project Overview
  • Network Leadership
  • Key Resources

Symposium questions to engage to audience:

Network Engagement

1.What networks are you currently a member of?
2.With which do you feel most engaged with and why?
3.What do you see as the value of belonging to such a network?
Understanding Good Practice in Network Leadership
How do you understand network leadership? Are you or have you been a network leader? Are you a member of a network?
1.What do you see as the key functions or role of network leaders?
2.What do you see as the key challenges in effective network leadership?
3.What examples can you provide of good practice in network leadership?

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Webinar: Understanding good practice – key lessons from the ALTC / OLT Good Practice Reports

On the 10th of December 2013 at 12:00pm AEDT, NATA will launch the Good Practice Report eResources developed as part of its strategy to promote the ALTC / OLT Good Practice Reports. The one hour webinar to be hosted by Netspot aims to raise awareness of the Good Practice Reports (GPRs) and how they potentially offer value to the Australasian tertiary education sector. Moreover, the Launch will provide the occasion for the first presentation of several of the GPR eResources developed by the NATA in collaboration with the report authors.

By adopting the form of voice over slides, these eResources aim to convey key material in a more concise and engaging way than the traditional report format. Thus, in adopting this design it is hoped that some of the normal barriers to educators engaging with these reports may be removed or at least reduced.

The process of collaboration with report authors was considered critical in maintaining a strong authorly voice and ensuring that the key messages were captured and communicated. In maintaining this connection with the authors throughout this process, select authors involved in the development of two of the eResources will speak during the launch, expanding the discussion beyond the material covered in the eResource to look at the context, value of their report and work to the sector and how both the report and the eResource may best be used to improve practice.
What: NATA GPR Webinar titled “Understanding good practice – key lessons from the ALTC / OLT Good Practice Reports”
Where: Webinar (online) Link to be sent to registered participants
When: 10th December 2013, 12:00pm AEDT, 11:30am ACDT, 11:00am AEST, 9:00am AWST, 2:00pm NZDT
Key Speakers: Professor Mike Keppell & Professor Janice Orrell

Register your attendance today
To Register: Please send an email to Natasha Hard (Natasha.Hard@usq.edu.au) with the subject ‘NATA GPR Webinar’.
Links to the completed eResources will be placed on the NATA blog following the Webinar Launch. For more information about the Launch and NATA’s role in disseminating the ALTC / OLT Good Practice Reports, please visit the NATA Blog: http://nataonthenet.blogspot.mx/p/altc-good-practice-reports.html
The completed Good Practice Reports can be accessed on the OLT webpage: http://www.olt.gov.au/resource-library/good-practice-reports

Natasha Louise Hard
Project Manager & Research Assistant
Australian Digital Futures Institute - ADFI | University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba | Queensland | 4350 | Australia
Ph: +61 2 8006 6928 | Skype: natasha.hard | Webpage: www.nataonthenet.blogspot.com.au