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Hello DEANZ member,
These webinars from ODLAA may be of interest to you! Normally we will place such notices in our bi-monthly newsletter, but from time to time events are advertised outside of our newsletter schedule.
With best regards,
The DEANZ Executive.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jo Osborne
Sent: Friday, 21 March 2014 6:31 p.m.
Subject: [Odlaa-memb] ODLAA Webinar – PD for ODL
ODLAA is delighted to be starting our 2014 Webinar Program with a presentation on some contemporary offerings in:
Professional Development for Practitioners in Open & Distance Learning
Tuesday 15th April, 1-2pm (Australian EST)
Interestingly, both programs you will be hearing about in this webinar have been introduced to Australia from overseas by Australian institutions looking to establish high quality, internationally recognised professional development opportunities for practitioners of online learning. Together they illustrate benefits of overcoming the ‘not invented here’ syndrome in cherry picking some of the best of ‘what’s out there’.
Both presenters would encourage you to visit the programs’ respective websites prior to the presentation so that webinar time can be used productively for discussion.
The webinar is offered free of charge and open to non-members, so please distribute this invitation to any colleagues who may be interested. If you wish to attend the webinar, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm Friday 11th April (Australian EST) at the latest (include ODLAA Webinar in the subject line). Details will be sent to you before the event about how to access and join in the webinar.
Gerry Kregor has been working in learning and teaching in higher education for the past 20 years in the UK, Australia and the South Pacific. He is currently Senior Educational Developer with the Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching at the University of Tasmania and UTAS’s representative to ACODE.
Gerry will be introducing Quality Matters – a US not-for profit organisation that was founded in 2003 to improve students’ experience of online and blended learning. The University of Tasmania has been the first Australian institutional member and since June 2013, 65 academic staff and 35 professional staff at UTAS have taken the core professional development course with Quality Matters. Their experience has been overwhelmingly positive and demand continues through word of mouth… YES, academic staff are asking to be allowed to do fully online professional development! The session will introduce the three aspects of Quality Matters; the rubric, professional development and peer review, and then go on to describe the benefits to educational developers, university teachers and university quality enhancement efforts.
- Further information about the Quality Matters program of offerings is available at http://www.qualitymatters.org
Janet Buchan is an Academic Developer and Senior Lecturer with the Teaching and Learning Development directorate at James Cook University, Townsville. Prior to joining JCU she had over ten years’ experience at Charles Sturt University working with educational design and technology. Janet is a member of the ascilite Executive where she works with Associate Professor Shirley Reushle as a primary contact for the CMALT Australasia scheme and participates in the ascilite Community Mentoring Program.
Janet will be discussing the CMALT Australasia professional accreditation scheme, which is offered in partnership with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) UK. It enables people whose work involves learning technology to have their experience and capabilities certified by peers, and to demonstrate that they are taking a committed approach to their professional development. The basis of the accreditation process is a portfolio which contains both evidence and reflection in relation to a number of key criteria. CMALT (Certified Membership of ALT) allows practitioners to gain recognition for personal and professional development, while encouraging them to reflect on the broader context which is shaped by social, cultural and political factors.
- Further information about CMALT Australasia may be found on the ascilite website http://www.ascilite.org.au/index.php?p=cmaltaustralasia
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
University of Tasmania
Tel: +61 3 6324 5006
Mail: University of Tasmania, Locked Bag 1341, LAUNCESTON TAS7250
Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia http://www.odlaa.org
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