Useful Links

HERDSA Website

HERDSA is a scholarly society for people committed to the advancement of higher and tertiary education. It promotes the development of higher education policy, practice and the study of teaching and learning. Visit the HERDSA website for further information.

HERDSA Annual Conference

The 2016 Annual Conference will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia. Themed 'The Shape of Higher Education', the 2016 event provides an opportunity to report and reflect upon, and to critique and challenge, the current shape and direction of higher education, and to consider creative possibilities for the future.

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)

In November 2011 the Australian Government announced the establishment of the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). The OLT promotes and supports change in higher education institutions for the enhancement of learning and teaching. Its responsibilities include:

  • Providing grants to academics and professional staff to explore, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching and to develop leadership capabilities
  • Commissioning work on issues of strategic significance to the higher education sector to inform policy development and practice in relation to learning and teaching
  • Managing a suite of awards to celebrate, recognise and value teaching excellence and programs that enhance student learning
  • Funding fellowships and secondments for leading educators to address significant national educational issues
  • Disseminating resources on innovations in learning and teaching
  • Supporting the development of effective mechanisms for the embedding of good practice in learning and teaching in Australian higher education
  • Encouraging collaboration and sharing of good practice for improved student learning outcomes and
  • Facilitating networking and professional development opportunities for academics and professional staff.

For further information, visit the OLT website.

JCU Teaching and Learning Academy

The JCU Teaching and Learning Academy is a joint initiative of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic (DVC-A) and the Teaching and Learning Development Unit. The Teaching and Learning Academy provides a space and place for ‘informed and respectful debate’ in relation to the changing culture for teaching and learning.

The establishment of the Academy is consistent with the Vice-Chancellor’s 2010 priority of ‘a scholarly community’, and with objective A2 (and its accompanying strategies) of the Academic Plan component of the University Plan 2011-2015, that is, to Promote Leadership for Teaching and Learning, specifically to Strengthen the role of the Teaching and Learning Academy to support recognition of staff development efforts related to teaching and learning. The JCU Teaching and Learning Academy has since been closed down.