Our Fellowship Mission

Inquiry-oriented learning promises to enhance student engagement and graduate capabilities.

ALTC National Teaching and Learning Fellowship: Strategy 2011 – 2012

This fellowship was aimed at showing how IOL can live up to the promise of enhanced student engagement and graduate capabilities and how we can support these activities to their full potential. Our strategic plan focussed the fellowship activities in four strategic areas and were implemented and monitored through a robust planning and review program throughout 2012.

Our role

We acted to:

  • Stimulate the national conversation in the higher education curriculum to focus on student centred learning.
  • Champion the use of IOL in Australia by working with academics, educational developers and policy makers.
  • Disseminate good local, national and international practice of IOL and provide practice-informed advice to those developing IOL experiences.
  • Support embedding IOL in the curriculum in response to the needs of key stakeholders.
  • Examine the student experience and incorporate the student perspective into the delivery of IOL activities.
  • Establish, sustain and expand connections across national science networks to improve science education.

Our Mission

To mainstream science IOL activities that enhance student learning and engage, challenge and inspire students.

Our Goals

  • Stimulate the national higher education teaching and learning conversation to focus on student centred learning, enhancing the recognition and value of IOL in science and related disciplines.

  • Transform practice towards IOL by working with, and providing resources to, a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Provide a focus on and examination of, the student experience to ensure IOL activities are responsive to the student perspective and expectation, maximising student potential.

  • Advance science education into the future.

Our Strategies

Stimulate the national higher education conversation to focus on student-centred learning.

Important initiatives are taking form in higher education in Australia which will affect, for decades to come, how student learning is supported, assessed and assured. We have an opportunity to shape and refocus the national conversation on the direction higher education is heading and ensure the student interests are at the core of that debate. For more information, please see http://www.teqsa.gov.au/about-teqsa More specifically, (IOL) activities are student centred allowing for a positive learning experience in which students can expand their knowledge and skills.   The fellowship sought to contribute to the national conversation about higher education teaching and learning

How we will achieve this: Major Projects
Articulating the need for change and a way to change
  • Collate and provide information to the scientific community, industry, government etc through website and newsletter
  • Articulate what IOL is, its benefits and examples of good national and international practice
  • Provide information on current research and trends
Providing independent research that creates opinion
  • Provide evidence on effect of AFFA initiatives Document student and demonstrator experience in several Universities
Promoting local and national change
  • Conduct 10 hands-on institution-based IOL workshops in Australia and internationally for academics, educational developer/designers, demonstrators/tutors and technical staff. Supplying the feedback of workshops to participants and more broadly (i.e. need to show how providing the feedback promotes local and national change)
  • Establish regular network meetings initially with AFFA participants with a view to expand. Include IOL champions, leaders and developers. Aim to share and support practice as well as set parameters for national policy direction

Transform practice

The fellowship offers a unique opportunity to work with partner academics and Universities to change practice towards IOL approaches. Directly the fellowship can deliver real and immediate change on the ground and provide the tools necessary for a sustained curriculum change. The fellowship seeks to transform educational practice

How we will achieve this: Major Projects
Developing and trialling IOL activities
  • The fellowship will support 10 participants in developing, implementing and examining IOL activities in 8 universities
Providing and developing resources that facilitate the introduction of IOL
  • Explore and disseminate the factors needed to effectively facilitate IOL activities
  • Create a tool/framework to assist in developing inquiry-oriented activities. These tools would recognise the student experience and provide best practice
  • Approach a small number of universities to use the tool and document its use and effect
  • Document how technology can best create and serve this environment

Deliver for students

Science education often overlooks the perspective of the student experience. In providing a focus on and examination of the student experience, learning activities can be developed that recognise the student’s needs and expectations and maximise student potential. The fellowship seeks to incorporate the student perspective

How we will achieve this: Major Projects
Conducting research into the student experience
  • A documented analysis across a number of Universities to understand and articulate the student experience of IOL
Providing support to Universities in assessing the experience of students
  • Deliver resources that recognise and maximise the student experience and work with several universities to implement a change in practice based on these resources

Advance science education into the future

In focussing attention on IOL, creating and supporting new partnerships and providing fresh perspectives the fellowship can bring together the people, the ideas and the activities that will shape education in science into the future. The fellowship seeks to provide for the future

How we will achieve this: Major Projects
Adapting a framework to facilitate a change in practice
  • Building on existing information with fellowship evidence create a model framework for implementing IOL
Providing an environment for ongoing change
  • Conference to be held to connect key stakeholders around IOL and discuss IOL into the future
Investigate and report on factors affecting student-demonstrator interactions
  • Initiate research supported national and internationally on student-demonstrator interactions and how the factors that affect this interaction contribute to learning and engagement. The findings are intended to contribute to a targeted professional development for demonstrators
Working with national networks to promote teaching and learning and IOL across Australia
  • Promote and support the work of networks of science educators. Connect these networks to groups with similar agendas nationally and internationally