Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Social Media Toolkit - Supporting communication through social media

NATA would like to announce that the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) has completed the online Social Media Toolkit, the main output from their NATA partner project. The toolkit is freely accessible ( and offers  a great range of resources aimed to support the capability development of network members in the use and affordances of social media. It also aims to improve connectivity and networking between Directors of Academic Development as well as with wider higher education stakeholders.

Image captured from the CADAD Social Media Toolkit website

The Social Media Toolkit consists of a range of pages that target certain topics. These include social networking, presentation sharing, video and photo sharing, research sharing, bookmarking, curation tools and podcasts. These pages detail some of the main tools or applications available for each of these functions, explore the different pros and cons of each as well as relating them back to the role of the educator and academic. Other information provided touches upon the importance of security when using social media as well as self-care and managing information overload.

The toolkit provides a valuable resource for those working in educations who are interested in developing their understanding and use of a range of social media related tools. We encourage you to access the website and share the link with colleagues.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

HERDSA Guide, 'Leading Academic Networks' now published

We are happy to announce that HERDSA has now published the guide on 'Leading Academic Networks'. This guide supported by the NATA, developed by HERDSA and authored by Shelda Debowski, is a valuable resource for those with an active role or potential interest in taking up a leadership role within Academic Associations. More information about the guide can be found here and to order a copy of the guide visit the HERDSA website

Shelda Debowski also developed a concise document on leading academic networks which focuses on three phases of the network leadership cycle; 1. Getting started as a network leader, 2. Leading your academic network, 3. Concluding your leadership role. This document is freely available here online


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 <>  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. <>.

Please be in touch if you have any questions,