Academic development and learning support
Looking to explore how you can bring a learning.futures approach to improve students' learning experience? Maybe you're looking for inspiration, ideas and advice. Below are some resources to help you do just that.
- LX.lab: A drop-in space for all academic staff to access learning and teaching support, up-skill with new technologies, seek advice and share ideas. The lab also hosts a number of events, workshops and communities of practice – with regular meet-ups for learning design, and faculty focused groups.
- The Teaching for Learning Futures (TLF) Program: Supports academics to develop the understanding, capability and confidence to teach subjects aligned with learning.futures —UTS's approach to blended learning. As well as encouraging innovative and active teaching, the program also builds connections between academics within and across disciplines.
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning: Offered by the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning (IML) through UTS: Education, this course encourages participants to reflect critically on their teaching in ways.
Learning analytics with the Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC): CIC’s analytics specialists advance learning.futures through the use of learning analytics. They work with faculty and academic literacy staff to invent, pilot and evaluate new ways of providing rapid formative feedback to learners, designed to nurture qualities such as critical thinking, deep reflection and growth mindsets — the higher order graduate attributes needed to thrive in a complex, data-saturated society. Resources to date include Academic Writing Analytics and Learning Power profiles. Contact the CIC team to see how you might benefit from learning analytics support.
- LX at UTS: Daily blog posts from and for the UTS learning and teaching community, helpful resources, learning and teaching inspiration, how-to guides and events. LX at UTS also hosts live chat support for academic staff who need help, fast! Don't forget to subscribe to the Futures Digest, for UTS learning and teaching news and events.
- LX Resources: A range of guides for using learning technologies at UTS, including Canvas.
- UTSOnline help: Access a combination of how-to resources, videos and links to further information for our learning management system (LMS), UTSOnline.
- Flipped learning: In the ‘flipped education’ model, rather than attending lectures, students access digital resources and undertake preliminary tasks prior to coming to classes where they engage in collaborative, mentored activities. Melissa Edwards explains the benefits of using video in the flipped classroom [opens in YouTube].
Open education resources (OER): The increasing development of open, digital libraries enables students to engage with extensive educational resources and tutorials in different fields, from anywhere, at anytime, and often in a rich media format. Such resources enable students to access diverse ideas, and test their understandings of key concepts.
MOOCs: Globally, there are a growing number of initiatives in digital education (such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or KhanAcademy) that enable students to access free online courses and to participate in interactive, peer-to-peer learning. MOOC environments include edX, Coursera and Udacity.
Teaching and learning strategies: Higher education teachers are embracing technologies and using online platforms to introduce different learning opportunities for their students.