Dear subscriber,

News from the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre

A robust WIL in science network is now well established nationally and our focus is to maintain this momentum into the future.

I would encourage you to:

• connect with the local WIL in Science networks

• contribute resources to the newly published WIL Guide for Science

• review and provide your feedback on the Stakeholder Contributions framework

Enjoy the newsletter, and I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.


Liz Johnson



1. WIL in Science: Newly published WIL Guide for Science What would you give up? For students WIL comes at a cost Stakeholder Contributions framework  The ACDS 2017 WIL in Science National Forum - Presentations

2. Coming up: Workshop: Designing WIL assessments through consultation, collaboration and cooperation 2018 ACDS Teaching & Learning Conference  ACSME 2018 save the date!

3. SaMnet: news and ideas from the SaMnet leadership network


WIL in Science:

Newly published WIL Guide for Science

The WIL Guide for Science: Good Practice section is a recently published resource with tools and guidelines for designing and delivering effective WIL in Science. The WIL Guide for Science is designed to help science faculty members implement WIL in science courses, by drawing upon lessons and expertise from other disciplines in which WIL is more common-place. The Successful WIL …

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What would you give up? For students WIL comes at a cost

What would you give up? For students WIL comes at a cost

  Fitting work-integrated learning around other commitments can be difficult for students. Students in our focus groups valued opportunities to gain experience and learn in the workplace, especially through placements or internships. However, they also emphasised things they would have to give up to accommodate those opportunities, such as paid work or other study.   It is now the norm …

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Stakeholder Contributions framework

Employers report that it can be hard to know how to connect with universities for WIL, and what their involvement with WIL might look like. We are working with Ai Group to create a set of resources to address this issue. These resources will be designed to be hosted on university websites, or for university staff to share with prospective …

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The ACDS 2017 WIL in Science National Forum - Presentations

The ACDS 2017 WIL in Science National Forum - Presentations

The ACDS 2017 WIL in Science National Forum was held at the ParkRoyal Hotel at Melbourne Airport on Friday 8th December 2017. This ACDS event ‘Building Successful WIL Partnerships in Science’ incorporated the perspectives of students, industry and faculty teams, with the aim of assisting Faculties to work towards a systematic embedding of WIL. More than 60 WIL practitioners from …

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Coming up...

Workshop: Designing WIL assessments through consultation, collaboration and cooperation

Presented by Sonia Ferns 21 February, 2:00 – 4:30pm Room 202, 10 College Walk, Clayton Campus, Monash University, Clayton Victoria. Learning experiences in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) context are highly variable, personalised and socially constructed, thereby challenging traditional assessment models which focus on knowledge acquisition as opposed to skill proficiency. Authentic assessment profiles build resilience, adaptability and agility, important attributes for …

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2018 ACDS Teaching & Learning Conference

Deans and Associate Deans Learning & Teaching, and other Faculty learning and teaching leaders will be invited to attend this year's ACDS Teaching & Learning Conference to be held at the University of Adelaide on Thursday 19 July and Friday 20 July 2018. The conference themes are: The changing face of teaching The changing role of teachers Preparing graduates for …

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ACSME 2018 save the date!

ACSME 2018 save the date!

This year ACSME will be held on Wednesday 26 September and Thursday 27 September 2018 at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. The Discipline day will be held on Friday 28 September 2018, also at Flinders University. Check the Conference Website for more information!      

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SaMnet News and Ideas

 This Month’s Question:

With the new year comes recognition of prior efforts and achievements, as well as new challenges and opportunities. We have 2 questions this time round for you to consider:

1. Did you or a colleague receive recognition of your teaching practices in 2017?

2. What is one opportunity that you could take to change your teaching practices in 2018?

 We would like to draw your attention to a recent post from Rick Reis on Teaching and Engagement Strategies in the book ‘Dynamic Lecturing – Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness’ by Christine Harrington and Todd Zakrajsek.

 This chapter focuses on setting expectations and behaviour management in your lectures and teaching periods at the beginning of teaching. As we plan our teaching for the year ahead, here are ways to start off your teaching year on a positive note for all involved parties.

Please let us know via as we would like to showcase your achievements and efforts in the next newsletter.

Congratulations to Tina Overton (Monash) and Erica Smith (UNE) for their recognition in the RACI 2017 Awards, with Tina receiving the Fenshem Medal and Erica the RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year.

Upcoming Events and Activities


Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, 2-5 July 2018

The 41st annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia will focus on the theme of [Re]Valuing Higher Education.

Early bird registrations close 31 May 2018; please click here to register.

STARS 2018

Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 8-11 July 2018

This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading-edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.

Early bird registrations are now open; click here to register.


Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, 9-13 July 2018

The combined conference encompasses physics education and multimedia in physics teaching and learning around the theme of ‘Research and Innovation in Physics education: two sides of the same coin’.

Abstract submissions close on March 2; please click here to submit an abstract.

ICCE 2018 – The International Conference on Chemistry Education

University of Sydney, Sydney, 10-14 July 2018

The biannual IUPAC conference, International Conference on Chemistry Education (ICCE18) is coming to Sydney next year. ICCE 2018 will be a forum where Australian and International chemistry educators can build connections between research and practice to provide richer student learning experiences.

Early bird registrations are now open; please click here for details.

ACDS 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference

University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 19-20 July 2018

This conference will focus on the themes of the changing face of teaching, the changing role of teachers, preparing graduates for an uncertain future and emerging models of curriculum design.
Save this date in your calendar and look for updates in future editions!

ICPE-SAIP-WITS 2018 – International Conference on Physics Education

Johannesburg, South Africa, 1-5 October 2018

The main theme of the conference is: "Physics Education for Development: a focus on context".

Abstract submissions are now open; please click here for details.

Australian Conference for Science and Mathematics Education 2018

Flinders University, Adelaide, 26-28 September 2017

The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) is for tertiary science and mathematics educators to share ideas and keep up to date.

Keep an eye out for more information closer to the event!


ACSME 2018 will be held at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia on 26-27 September, with the Discipline Day on 28 September in the same location. Keep your eye on this space for more information closer to this event!

The first edition of IJISME for 2018 is in progress; articles include assessing mathematics competency in primary school students, instructional designs in mathematics through movie and television series, as well as multidimensional perceptions of physics, with more to come. Please click the link to keep updated on the first edition of IJISME 2018.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Your Syllabus Doesn’t Have to Look Like a Contract

David Gooblar in Chronicle Vitae

Do students read your subject outline? Often, your first lecture will merely duplicate information in the outline, using up valuable course time. The author describes an alternate method of syllabus design, incorporating syllabus details with strong visual elements and highlighting evidence suggesting success in engaging students. How could you meld this with university requirements?

Assessments that Support Student Learning

Carl Weiman and Sarah Gilbert summarising Graham Gibbs and Claire Simpson from the journal ‘Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’

What features of assessment support student learning at university? Assessments, as opposed to exams, are identified as effective in student learning, with strategies including frequent and extended assignments (they need not be in the same one), connected to effective feedback for students. While we are likely familiar with these strategies, the challenge remains in making these good practice common practices across institutions.

How Students Can Shape the Design of Their Courses

Beckie Supiano in The Chronicle of Higher Education

How can students help to shape the courses they take? The author provides insight into examples from the University of Dayton in an oral communication subject, and Olin College through their engineering programs, taking on board ‘students as partners’ in course design and implementation. Would this appropriate for science subjects, including the ones you teach?


Is Ambition Always Bad?

Allison M. Vaillancourt in The Chronicle of Higher Education

How can you use your ambition to achieve your goals while remembering your current responsibilities and community? The author distinguishes between ethically oriented high achievers and the unscrupulously ambitious, and the kind of support that the latter fail to recognise in their attempts to reach the top. What can we do to ensure support and respect for all within the organisations we work with?


ISSOTL directories for journals and international conferences

For those looking for international higher education links, check out the ISSOTL directories for teaching and learning journals and conferences (hosted at Keenesaw State University).

National Innovation Case Studies Collection

The National Innovation Case Study Collection is now live. This publically available resource showcases over 100 examples of innovative practices in support of student and graduate success across the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network. SaMnet Scholar Jessica Vanderlelie, announced the public site here.

RACI – National Chemistry Quiz Evaluation Project

The RACI is looking for people with an interest in chemistry education for a project evaluating the national chemistry quiz. Contact information is included at the website.

Chronicle of Higher Education – Online Education Newsletter

The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) is now publishing a weekly newsletter about teaching and learning. The CHE is the leading ‘newspaper’ for the US higher education sector.  A number of their articles have been referred to in our newsletter. While some of you have already subscribed, we highly encourage those who haven’t to subscribe to this newsletter for tools and tips on teaching and learning.

For high-end research on teaching science, see the monthly ‘education’ section in the journal, Science (published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science). The section’s editor, Pamela Hines, visited Australia some years ago, discussing in a forum at UNSW her efforts at establishing this section and outlining the criteria for being published in this section.