Sub Dean L&T May update

Thanks so much for your efforts over the past month to make the transition to online teaching, keep up the good work and don’t forget that all the help you need is available in one place. Head to the Transitioning On-Campus to Online Delivery site for advice on teaching online in real-time, using Zoom effectively, the latest PVC updates, online options for your assessment tasks, and much more.

Get your students ready for online exams

Speaking of assessment, a reminder that appropriately developed and quality assured exams (invigilated and non-invigilated) must be uploaded to the Exam Request Portal by 6 May 2020. DLT and DSA will then ensure all exams are set up in the appropriate system consistent with the requirements on the exam request.  As per the latest PVC update, the exam timetable was released to students on 29 April and an email notification was sent to all students if they have a scheduled exam on the timetable.  Further details, FAQs and preparation information is available for students via the current students learning resources page. This page will continue to be updated as further information is available. Consult your Head of School about additional exam preparation support you can provide your students.

And get yourself ready for 202060

Hard to believe but we’re just nine weeks away from the start of 202060 so now is the time to start consulting your colleagues and reviewing action items from QUASAR to plan your 202060 assessment. To help you plan and deliver an effective subject check out the 202060 subject delivery guide, which superceded the Faculty’s subject delivery guidelines. Academic skills and the Library are also available to assist – those of a certain vintage will appreciate the ‘Errors ain’t errors’ heading!

L&T Symposium online in 2020, Bathurst in 2021

The L&T Symposium planning team made the decision recently to move the 2020 L&T Symposium online. So no need to travel but keep the dates (3-4 September) blocked off in your calendar because we’re working hard to deliver an engaging event around the theme of ‘Scholarship and the practice of teaching and learning in a digital world’. Program and access details to follow in the near future but in the meantime please strongly consider making a submission to Unsymposium 2020. If you need convincing check out what two of last year’s presenters had to say about the experience. Looking past September 2020 Charles Sturt X, the university’s learning and teaching conference, is on 18-20 November and we will be back in Bathurst for the 2021 BJBS L&T Symposium on 2-3 September.

Academic integrity update

In the past week, you should have received an email advising you of an ELMO module on academic integrity. Please help the fight for academic integrity by completing it, as requested, in the next month. Students will be completing their own academic integrity modules via specially established i2 sites. I’m on the steering committee for this project, so if have any feedback please send it through to me.

So many acronyms, so little time…

If you’ve reached this far in my update, well done. I thought I’d quickly run through a few of the university-wide projects that I am representing the Faculty on. Some have been going a while, some just kicking off. If you’ve got feedback on any of them, please send it to me.

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management) replacement: designed to enhance our interactions with students, alumni and partners. There are just 7 weeks until this goes live, more information on how academics can use it is coming soon. In the meantime here’s a project update.
  • IVT and virtual classroom convergence: with the fast-tracked roll out of Zoom, this project got arse about but will replace both our Pexip conferencing/meeting software and our Adobe Connect meeting rooms with Zoom.
  • EASTIR (Electronic Assignment Submission, Tracking, Integrity and Return): this project will implement a revised electronic assessment submission system to enhance efficiency and integrity.
  • CDAP (Curriculum Design Accreditation and Publication): will implement new products that enhance our ability to initiate, design, accredit, build, publish and improve curriculum.