Innovative Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Supporting the transition to new ways of teaching, learning and assessment at WSU

Staff across the University have responded with some highly creative, engaging and effective teaching and curriculum innovations during the rapid move to online teaching. As we continue our recovery work and plan for the year ahead it is important that the successes of staff are celebrated and they continue to be supported as they innovate in what for many, is a new teaching context. It is also important that we share the great examples of innovations to support everybody who is working hard to develop new teaching resources that allow our students to continue learning.

In the coming months, as well as ongoing support from Learning Futures, we would like to encourage and reward the innovation of our teaching staff via four new funded initiatives.

Click on the links below to find out more about each initiative and to submit your nomination/application.

Initiatives 1, 2 and 3 close 5pm Friday 30 October. Initiative 4 has now closed.

Initiative 1: Recognising and learning from high-quality online teaching

Online Teaching Activity is a content engagement activity such as a workshop or tutorial, or interactive activity. It should be something that engages students as active learners; (for example group work, problem solving, or an authentic experience.)

This initiative aims to identify examples of high-quality online teaching activities that promote engagement and effective student learning.

- We would like to collect, share and reward outstanding examples of online teaching from the recent Autumn session and the current Spring session (or sessions within this timeframe).

- Top 10 nominations from 2020 will receive a COVID Teaching Commendation – $1000.00 each. Funds available can be used for marking release and/or research and staff development support, but must be expended before 15 June 2021.

- Staff nominations can be submitted via the nomination form here(opens in a new window)

- Staff are welcome to contact the Learning Futures team at learningfutures@westernsydney.edu.au (opens in a new window) for support or to discuss their ideas.

- Students can nominate a teacher via the Alpha App, which is accessible via www.wsuemployability.com (opens in a new window)

- Students can also nominate a teacher via this form (opens in a new window) if they don't have the Alpha App

The deadline for nominations is 5 pm Friday 30 October 2020

Initiative 2: Supporting the creation of alternative assessments

Alternative Assessments are replacements to invigilated examinations that are authentic assessments for the attainment of Learning Outcomes.

This initiative aims to encourage staff to develop sustainable high-quality alternative assessment strategies to be implemented in either a Spring 2020 or Autumn 2021 unit (or other teaching periods spanning this timeframe) in place of invigilated examinations.

- Alternative assessments may include a range of authentic tasks including projects, essays, reports, case studies, critical reviews, reflective journals, oral presentations, viva-voce, and multi-media productions.

- The top 20 alternative assessment case studies will receive $500.00 each. The best three innovative solutions identified by AAWP will be awarded a COVID T&L Commendation – $1000.00 each. Funds available can be used for marking release and/or research and staff development support but must be expended before 15 June 2021.

- To apply, staff should submit a 500-word summary of an effective alternative assessment strategy which will be implemented in a summative unit assessment task showing how it has been sourced from external benchmarking conversations, scholarly research or other publication review.

- Staff can submit their summaries via this form here(opens in a new window)

- The submission deadline is 5pm Friday 30 October 2020

Initiative 3: Exploring the potential of Hyflex curriculum delivery

HyFlex at WSU is where a content engagement activity [workshop, tutorial, problem class etc] is designed to allow it to be delivered in a face to face modality – as well as synchronous and asynchronous online delivery with an equivalent student experience across modalities.

This initiative aims to encourage staff to identify and consider potential suitable applications of HyFlex curriculum design.

- Best 10 videos will receive a HyFlex Teaching Commendation – $2000.00 each. Funds available can be used for marking release and/or research and staff development support but must be expended before 15 June 2021.

- Teaching teams should submit a 5-minute video outlining their HyFlex curriculum delivery ideas showing how it creates an engaging learning experience for all students regardless of location and mode of delivery. Staff can choose to use their phone/ laptop or the WOS studios to record their video. The curriculum delivery ideas outlined will be considered, not the quality of the video production.

- Teaching Teams can submit their summaries via this form here(opens in a new window)

- The submission deadline is 5pm Friday 30 October 2020

Initiative 4. Exploring the potential of technologies to support HyFlex

The initiative aims to encourage staff to identify and consider potential suitable applications of technologies to support HyFlex and Alternative Assessment. The three technology solutions piloted as part of this initiative are Labster, My Knowledge Map, and Better Examinations.

- Staff are welcome to contact the Learning Futures Team (opens in a new window) for support or to discuss their ideas.

- The deadline for applications has now closed.