Monday, 24 September 2012

Keep up with SANTPEN at their new website

The OLT supported Promoting Excellence Network for South Australia and the Northern Territory (SANTPEN) now have a website at where you can access resources, contacts and other relevant information.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Call for Participation for THETA 2013

Reminder - The Call for Participation is open for THETA 2013, 7-10 April in Hobart.

Submissions in the form of a 500-1200 word abstract are due 22 October 2012. If your abstract is accepted you will have the option of submitting a full paper for peer review.  Submitting a full paper is not required.  Please read the guidelines carefully and then make your submission at:

Who should participate?

Anyone with an interest in promoting the intelligent use of information technology in higher education, including:
IT practitioners and managers
Librarians and knowledge managers
Teaching and learning technology practitioners and managers
Developers of information technologies and services for higher education
Teaching academics, academic developers and educational designers.

Theme and topics

The conference theme is The Edge of the World. Tell us about the new territory you are exploring at the edges of technology in higher education.

THETA 2013 will include a diverse number of presentations, from the traditional to the more unique, creating a dynamic program encouraging engagement and interaction. Submission types include:
Flipped sessions
Point/counterpoint debates
Lightning rounds
Communities of practice
The Lounge


For more information about the conference see the THETA website or for enquiries, please contact or phone Conference Logistics on +61 2 6281 6624.

Q-PEN Network Forum

The Queensland Promoting Excellence Network (Q-PEN) is holding their next network forum on Friday October 12, 2012.  This full day event will be hosted by the University of Queensland in Brisbane for Q-PEN members. 

For more information please contact:

Monday, 10 September 2012

Evaluation Meeting with Tom - Some key considerations

September 5, 2012.

Mike and I met with Tom to discuss key ideas, assumptions and suggestions about the project that Tom had shared with us. Some of the key points from this discussion can be seen below:
  • It is important to be cognisant of what ‘sustainability’ (long-term) means, looks like and whether it is favourable?
  • The refined process of evaluation involved a two-level model whereby level 1 related to the Key Objectives and level 2, a Whole-of-Project Evaluation. The level 1 evaluation would involve reflections or partner organisations in response to a set of questions to be refined at the October meeting as part of the evaluation discussions. 
  • It is important not to focus too heavily on evaluation and lose sight of the project’s activities and objectives

We are happy to note that Tom will be joining us at the upcoming October Meeting (16th & 17th).