How can ITaLI help?

ITaLI’s learning designers, eLearning specialists and higher education academics contribute to collaborative projects in a range of ways.

We:

  • Provide expert advice in curriculum design, assessment, pedagogy and blended learning to implement teaching and learning innovations.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices for building strong systems that support teaching and learning, such as project management, evaluation, and the use of technology.
  • Assist with disseminating evidence gleaned from the projects about what works in T&L at UQ, and encouraging uptake of innovations across the University. For example, faculty and ITaLI staff often work together to produce a case study at the end of each project.

Read about the collaborative projects ITaLI currently supports and supported in 20172016 and 2015.

What types of projects does ITaLI support?

ITaLI seeks to work with projects that have a range of important characteristics, including:

Focus on large-scale design

ITaLI supports projects that focus on curriculum, assessment or pedagogical design that will positively affect larger cohorts of UQ students at the program level or higher.

For the purposes of the collaborative projects, ‘larger cohorts’ are defined as programs that have over 100 students enrolled in each year of the program.

Projects that focus on an individual academic’s research or changes to a single course within a program are not suitable.

Here are some examples of suitable projects:

  • Changes to an academic program
  • Changes to a suite of academic programs within a faculty
  • Academic programs and/or activities that affect multiple faculties
  • Academic programs and/or activities that affect the UQ community as a whole.

Have the potential to create positive and substantial impact

Project impact is a key expectation for all collaborative projects. These projects are intended to bring about substantial change in learning and teaching for students and staff at UQ.

The project team must plan for positive and substantial impact for students, staff, UQ and/or the higher education sector, as appropriate to the scale and scope of the project.

To demonstrate the potential for impact, the project should:

  • Identify the plan for defining, measuring and evaluating impact
  • Outline a dissemination strategy, as one mechanism to achieve impact, which is multi-faceted and includes a range of dissemination activities and events.

Be strategically aligned and have buy-in from key stakeholders

Teaching and learning projects can only be successful if they are sustainable. An important way to encourage sustainability is through the development of ongoing relationships and engagement with key stakeholders, as well as alignment with UQ’s strategic direction.

ITaLI provides support to projects that:

  • have identified major stakeholders and explored ways to engage with them throughout the project
  • have demonstrated buy-in and commitment from UQ leadership at the Heads of School/Associate Dean (Academic) level or higher
  • clearly align their project to the UQ Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

Be led by a collaborative team

Collaboration across schools, faculties and divisions of UQ is critical to the success of teaching and learning projects. This collaboration starts with a project team that includes major stakeholders.

ITaLI supports projects that:

  • Propose a project leader and project members who represent the diverse range of skills and experiences required for teaching and learning projects, including key stakeholders such as students and industry. This team must include a representative from the relevant faculty and a dedicated project officer (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrate capability (skills and experience) and capacity (time) of the project leader and team to deliver on the proposed scale and scope of the project, as well as its planned impact.

 

Read about the collaborative projects ITaLI currently supports and supported in 20172016 and 2015.

Roles and responsibilities

The faculty’s role is to lead and implement collaborative projects to improve teaching and learning.

ITaLI’s role is to provide advice and guide faculties to improve teaching and learning through these projects.

Managing teaching and learning projects

Visit this page to access a range of resources, guidelines and ideas for managing, disseminating and evaluating teaching and learning projects.

Do you need guidance and support with a new teaching and learning project?