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 

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