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The Teaching Excellence Development Fund (TEDF) supported academic staff to develop innovative projects and capacity building initiatives that foster excellence and scholarship in learning and teaching from 2014 – 2016.

From 2017 the Curtin Grants Scheme will replace the TEDF.

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The 2016 round of the Teaching Excellence Development Fund (TEDF) commenced in January 2016, with 24 projects awarded funding across five Faculties including projects from the following key focus areas:

  • Academic integrity and good practice in assessment
  • Developing cross-disciplinary curriculum content and approaches
  • Developing personalised learning approaches
  • Embedding employability skills for the future into the curriculum
  • Improving student retention
  • Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for indigenous people

Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Project Lead Dept/School
Instilling lifelong learning skills for Indigenous students using game based financial literacy program. Rachna Aggarwal Enabling Program

Curtin Business School

Project Lead Dept/School
Building Better Assessment Practice in Company Law for Business to Resolve Academic Integrity Issues for Large Enrolment. Prafula Pearce Curtin Law School

Health Sciences

Project Lead Dept/School
FRESH: Fieldwork Resilience Enhancement in Students in Health Sciences. Brooke Sanderson Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor
The implementation of authentic interprofessional clinical reasoning learning activities. Tanis Kelly Physiotherapy and Exercise and Public Health
Supporting Nutrition Student Engagement in Health Sciences – Developing Numeracy to Promote Success. Karin Clark Public Health
Using peer review and co-teaching to build sessional teachers capacity and engagement. Julianne Crowley School of Biomedical Sciences
Ready, set, go. Simulation and its link to employability skills in acute mental health nursing. Shirley McGough School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Undergraduate occupational therapy student’s employability: Evaluating the development of their professional identity. Ben Milbourn School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Embedding Lived Experience Education in the Health Science Curricula. Robyn Martin School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Turning up to the flipped classroom prepared: a student-led perspective on what intrinsic and extrinsic motivations are required. Annalise O’Callaghan School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Development of clinical simulation scenarios for Health Sciences students to develop culturally respectful communications skills with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Penny Moss School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science / Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Student and teaching staff perceptions of ‘big data’: Informing the development and implementation of learning analytics at Curtin University. Lynne Roberts School of Psychology and Speech Pathology
Developing a consensus on academic misconduct: A framework to assist with the interpretation of Turnitin Reports. Mara Blosfelds School of Psychology and Speech Pathology

Humanities

Project Lead Dept/School
Embedding and evidencing excellence in employability development: Digital portfolios as catalysts for emerging professional identity.  Dawn Bennett Humanities Research and Graduate Studies
Alternative Approaches to Engaging with video content. Mike Kent MCCA/ Internet Studies
Enhancing the online “studio” environment with new technologies in the delivery of architectural design education. Joo Hwa Bay School of Built Environment/ Department of Architecture
Developing personalised learning approaches to architecture. Boon Lay Ong School of Built Environment/ Department of Architecture
Cross faculty collaboration to strengthen STEM Education through Makerspace. Rachel Sheffield School of Education
Developing Personalised Learning Pedagogies to Improve Student Engagement and Communication via a Curtin-based Immersive Virtual Learning Environment. Tony Rickards School of Education / Science and Mathematics Education Centre

Science and Engineering

Project Lead Dept/School
Assessing intended and perceived learning objectives in science laboratory classes:  How well do they align? Mauro Mocerino Department of Chemistry
Using Simulated Learning Environments (SLE) and mentorship to develop leadership in final year students. Jan McKay Department of Medical Radiation Science
Science and Engineering Innovation Teaching Fellows. Teri Balser Office of the Dean Teaching and Learning
Transforming the Database Systems Unit through Computer-Based Assessment. Johannes Herrmann School of Electrical & Computer Engineering / Dept of Computing
Developing global perspectives: School of Science One World Project. Reva Ramiah School of Science

 

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The 2015 round of the Teaching Excellence Development Fund (TEDF) commenced in May 2015, with 29 projects awarded funding across four faculties including projects from the following priority areas:

  • Developing challenging and practical assessment practices
  • Supporting innovative, effective and sustainable teaching approaches
  • Developing student interaction and engagement within the course
  • External Review of Standards
  • Developing initiatives for first year experience and strategies for retention
  • Developing effective and sustainable Assurance of Learning practices
  • Improving approaches to moderation
     

Curtin Business School

Project Lead Dept/School
Development of a typology of undergraduate marketing program assessments that are fit for national benchmarking purposes. This project will develop a typology of undergraduate marketing program assessments that are fit for national benchmarking purposes. Russell Kingshott CBS Teaching & Learning
Exploring the application of POGIL to financial accounting education. This project intends to develop an innovative approach of teaching and learning in a postgraduate financial accounting unit that explores the application of POGIL to financial accounting education. Leah Meng Accounting
The development of HRM-2008. This project will see the development of an exemplar unit, including template and processes (HRM 2008), suitable for delivery internally, online, and blended/flipped classroom modes, in multi locations and for multi course delivery. Sam Cholayil Sudharman Management
Building Professional Excellence in Australian Legal Writing. This project seeks to clarify expectations and to build traits of professional responsibility in legal writing by enhancing and scaffolding the curricula of four key first year Bachelor of Laws units. Narrelle Morris Curtin Law School

Health Sciences

Project Lead Dept/School
Building peer review of teaching into co-teaching practice. This project will review the peer Review training and evaluation process at Curtin and design a way that it can be incorporated into a co-teaching framework so that co- teachers gain the benefits of peer review from the peers who know their work the best, their co-tutors. Julianne Crowley Biomedical Sciences
External benchmarking of the syllabus and assessment in first year human biology, Human Structure and Function. The aim of this project is to seek external feedback on the level and scope of the syllabus and assessment in Human Structure and Function (HSF) that will inform future development of the existing HSF unit and/or one or more first year human biology units within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Ajanthy Arulpragasam Biomedical Sciences
Engaging students through, and in, the flipped classroom: are we there yet? This project aims to identify good practice standards that support first year student engagement in flipped learning. Annalise O'Callaghan Occupational Therapy & Social Work
Utilising SPARKPLUS for the assessment of interprofessional capabilities of 2nd and 3rd year Health Science students. The aim of this project is to use SPARKPLUS, an online self and peer assessment program developed by the University of Technology, Sydney and University of Sydney, to facilitate students in the second and third year of their courses, in the School of Public Health, to self-assess the development of their interprofessional capabilities as well their own and peer contribution to a group assessment. Katherine Bathgate Public Health
Lights, camera, reflect! Using audio-visual reflections to enhance students' reflective capability. The primary aim of this project is to evaluate the benefits of audio-visual reflections over written reflections as a method of assessing and enhancing reflective capability in nursing students. Anna Fagence Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine
Excellence in WIL: creating a sustainable model for clinical assessment. This project will support excellence in assessment and moderation to ensure quality, consistency and equity for undergraduate and Graduate Entry Masters' nursing students during their clinical practicum. Sharon MacLean Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine
Promoting Quality Assurance by Benchmarking Online Units. The aims of the project are to complete an external review of four units, using the ACODE benchmarking tool, and using these results to inform current and future practice. Alison Kelly Occupational Therapy & Social Work
Developing authentic clinical reasoning learning activities. This study aims to develop two learning packages, targeted at two levels of clinical reasoning, using Udutu Authoring Tool software that will allow students to practice clinical reasoning skills, and also provide students with timely formative feedback regarding their clinical reasoning skills. Anne Furness Physiotherapy & Exercise Science
External Peer Review of Online Learning using OLT sponsored Standards of Online Learning. The project will use the SOE standards and the associated Re-constructivist Online Community of Inquiry (ROCE) model to guide the design of the online version of two units currently offered in the School of Public Health. An international external reviewer with expertise in online learning and public health learning standards will then assess the units and the institutional context against the standards. Christopher Fisher Public Health
Enhancing the first year Health Sciences experience through inter-professional practice. The project aims to develop and carry out an interprofessional simulation based learning activity, for students enrolled in first year of the physiotherapy and nursing curricula, that firstly, helps first year students to understand their own professional identity while gaining an understanding of other professional roles on the health care team, secondly, provides students with an opportunity to practice team work, and lastly, provides a model for future inter-professional learning activities to be included throughout physiotherapy, nursing and other health care curricula. Dianne Dennis Physiotherapy & Exercise Science
External Review of Faculty of Health Capstone Units. The aim of the proposed project is to evaluate current capstones within the Faculty and use the evaluation results to inform further development of existing capstones and the development of new capstone units. Lynne Roberts Psychology & Speech Pathology
Mapping Assurance of Learning against accreditation parameters in selected accredited Health Science courses, using the 'Harmonise' framework, and developing an associated framework for use with non-accredited courses. Georgina Fyfe HS Teaching & Learning

Humanities

Project Lead Dept/School
In My Classroom – a teaching journey through a variety of experiences. The primary aim from this project is to create, embed and evaluate the 'In My Classroom' environment to be used by pre-service teachers (PST's) to gain exposure to the processes involved in the classroom. Audrey Cooke Education
Building on an Aboriginal cultural engagement initiative to enact Curtin's Reconciliation Action Plan. This project will build on the success of Curtin's engagement and our existing work in the Humanities to enable development of Indigenous engagement across other areas of the university and to strengthen scholarship and community capacity. Dawn Bennett Research and Graduate Studies
Cloud and mobile technology in teaching Year 1 architectural studio. The aim of this project is to utilise new studio teaching strategies to not only improve current teaching practices, but enhance the student experience and the adoption of creative practices. Boon lay Ong Built Environment
'Reviewing Moderation Practices in the Masters Architectural Thesis unit'. The aims of this project are to to revise moderation practices of thesis projects, to ensure high quality and to consolidate and improve the models that could be implemented to other thesis units in the School of the Built Environment. Annette Condello Built Environment

Science and Engineering

Project Lead Dept/School
Benchmarking first year biology: interpreting Biology Threshold Learning Outcomes. This project will identify six to eight universities nationwide (at least one each from Go8, ATN, RUN, IRU) that offer first year biology units to participate in a benchmarking exercise. An important outcome of this project is the development of a Community of Practice for first year tertiary biology educators through Australia. Chris Rawson Environment & Agriculture
Transforming mathematics assessment: a multi-tiered approach of extending, diversifying and innovating. This project will signal the beginning of an overhaul of the assessment practice in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and will operate on three different levels to achieve this effectively. The project will involve capacity building, working with colleagues who have varying levels of engagement with scholarship and/or best practice in assessment (whether already engaged, ready to engage, or not yet ready to engage), and providing exemplars at each of these levels to give all staff a concrete example of a positive change they could make in their unit. Heather Lonsdale Mathematics & Statistics
The development of methods and practice to moderate, invigilate and benchmark the effectiveness of remotely available assessment items. This project aims to develop a system of invigilating remote assessment undertaken on the new Netlab system and benchmark the results against a similar course delivered in a distance learning mode with a partner organisation, Open University (UK) (OU-UK) Iain Murray Electrical Engineering & Computing
Improving student transition and retention in the Engineering Foundation Year through review of curriculum and assessments. One of the primary aims of this project is to provide Professional Development for unit coordinators using a framework of "Constructive Alignment". Cesar Ortega-Sanchez Engineering Support Services
Enhancing Mentorship and Leadership Skills for Fourth Year Medical Imaging Science Undergraduate Students. This project will develop a mentorship training program for a group of 4th year volunteers, liaising with the START Mentoring team, to ensure 4th years have the appropriate skills to assist first year students. Jan McKay Medical Radiation Sciences
Transforming the Engineering Laboratory Experience through Remote Access Anytime Anywhere. The main goal of this project is to transform the laboratory classes for a number of communications units offered in the courses of Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering Science such that students receive a more personalised, flexible and interactive learning experience. Yue Rong Electrical Engineering & Computing
Quantitative Skills in Science: Crafting diagnostic tools and targeted workshops to improve students' first year experiences and outcomes. The aims of this project are to improve students' first year experience, quantitative skills, outcomes in Science and retention of students to Curtin. A diagnostic self-assessment will be adapted from the GetSet project, which was developed by five Australian universities to better equip commencing engineering students with appropriate skills in mathematics, chemistry and physics. Brenda Rohl Science
Science education for tomorrow: Designing curriculum for external review and benchmarking. The aims of this project are to undertake benchmarking of proposed curricula, assessment and pedagogy concurrently with this review by engaging external experts, industry representatives and students to ensure we are designing for international best practice in the discipline. Daniel Southam Science: Chemistry
Advancing simulated learning in medical radiation science: Supporting student mastery of professional capacities. Our goal is to devise an evidence-based, discipline-wide framework for simulated learning that supports students' development from novice to mastery while using our resources judiciously. Our project aims to draw upon contemporary evidence to develop DMRS framework for simulated learning, and develop pilot evaluation instrument to assess the effectiveness of simulated learning activities in supporting students to meet. Sharon Maresse Medical Radiation Sciences

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The Teaching Excellence Development Fund officially commenced in July 2014, with 32 projects across all faculties including projects/activities from the following priority areas:

  • the development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning;
  • the improvement of assessment practices
  • the development of teaching with a global reach;
  • improved student outcomes and retention
  • the advancement and scholarship of teaching and learning
  • The development of processes of peer review of teaching
  • The development of English language proficiency

Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Strategic links Project Lead Dept/School
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe improvement of assessment practices Development of learning resources for CAS Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course. This project will enhance the student learning experience through the development of a set of digital story-telling resources and activities. Rachna Aggarwal CAS
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Rebuild the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) website to promote CAS as a leader in education, social change, self-determination and self-management for Indigenous Australians, with a rich repository of Indigenous culture, history and resources. Marion Kickett CAS

Curtin Business School

Strategic links Project Lead Dept/School
The development of English language proficiencyImproved student outcomes and retention
Enhance English Language Proficiency in core personal finance units of the BCom program. Elson Goh Economics & Finance; Finance & Banking
The development of teaching with a global reachThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Creation of a series of video teaching materials, with advice from specialists, to assist students understand small business growth. Paull Weber Management
The development of English language proficiency Revise and enhance the existing online version of SUCCESS (Online English Academic Literacy program) to enable Curtin's OUA and off-shore student’s greater access. Chris Symons CBS - Teaching & Learning; Communication Skill Centre
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Engage students through the use of an interactive Webinar. GoToWebinar is a synchronous learning tool that will enable support for OUA, online and face to face students in real-time. Tanya Finnie Management
The development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learningThe improvement of assessment practices
Improved student outcomes and retention
Bring together Curtin and Not-for-Profit (NFP) representatives to plan, co-design and evaluate a process for systematically reviewing course curriculum and its units, to identify and develop work integrated learning opportunities that NFP’s can host.  John Venable Information Systems
The development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Create a range of digital educational resources including video and online materials and interactive learning objects to enhance the School of Marketing Flagship program. Nigel De Bussy Marketing

Health Sciences

Strategic links Project Lead Dept/School
The development of English language proficiencyThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning
Improved student outcomes and retention
Development of an audio database of Biomedical science key terms, appropriate for health science students using BlackBoard and other e-learning systems. John Taplin Nursing & Midwifery
The development of English language proficiency Provide postgraduate students with a personalised academic English language development experience that will enhance their capacity to engage with learning materials, staff and other students. The project will also incorporate a Peer-review of Teaching strategy.  Justine Leavy Public Health; Health Promotion & Sexology
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Design and implement efficient, effective pre-, intra- and post moderation practices across a very large Health Science unit, and incorporate a Peer Review of Teaching program as Professional learning. Katherine Bathgate Public Health; Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Technology
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe improvement of assessment practices Develop simulation scenarios and activities in Movement Science 252/552, Musculoskeletal Science 252/552/352/652 to facilitate authentic student learning experiences. David Sainsbury Physiotherapy & Exercise Science
The improvement of assessment practicesImproved student outcomes and retention Implement and evaluate SparkPlus (an online tool that assists peer evaluation of teamwork) across a range of units, from large Inter-Professional First year units through to smaller units at more advanced course levels. Georgina Fyfe Health Sciences Faculty Office; Health Sciences - Teaching & Learning -Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, Exercise Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing & Midwifery & Paramedicine
The improvement of assessment practicesImproved student outcomes and retention Develop an approach for the longitudinal formative assessment of progress in psychology.  Natalie Gasson Psychology & Speech Pathology
The improvement of assessment practicesImproved student outcomes and retention Develop a technological team approach to online delivery, marking and moderation in the School of Psychology and Speech Therapy. Natalie Gasson Psychology &Speech Pathology
The development of teaching with a global reachThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Develop an innovative, interactive and personalised virtual classroom exploring distributed learning in the GMT+8 time zone. Sharyn Burns Public Health; Health Promotion & Sexology

Humanities

Strategic links Project Lead Dept/School
The improvement of assessment practicesImproved student outcomes and retention
The development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning
Build the capacity of teaching staff working in an online context in assessment, moderation and professional learning in online environments. Jennifer Howell Education
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Use the TPACK framework for the implementation of collegial peer review and feedback of unit learning designs in both online and F2F modes). Eva Dobozy Education
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning Adapt the current simSchool virtual learning environment to suit the Australian teacher education (in-service and pre-service) context. Eva Dobozy Education
The development of English language proficiencyThe improvement of assessment practices Develop and disseminate an electronic or e-Handbook appropriate to university personnel responsible for systematic evaluation of student’s capacity to function effectively in an academic writing environment and to assist them in providing informed focussed feedback on language use. Paul Mercieca Education
The development of processes of peer review of teachingImproved student outcomes and retention Establish community practice using peer review processes in order to improve the quality of online teaching & learning. Val Morey Education
The development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learningImproved student outcomes and retention Create an interactive learning environment through the use of Apple Mac airplay mirroring and student iOS devices, for the local planning and development assessment units of the urban and regional planning degree. Andrew Trosic Built Environment; Urban & Regional Planning

Miri - Malaysia

Strategic links Project Lead Dept/School
The development of English language proficiency Raise awareness of Academic Integrity and English Language Development by focussing on enhancing student skills in paraphrasing and referencing of information. Beena Giridharan MIRI - Office of Teaching and Learning

Science and Engineering

Strategic links Project Lead Dept/School
The development of teaching with a global reachImproved student outcomes and retention Transform and redevelop a large number of common units for the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology so that they may be delivered in a distributed, synchronous and collaborative manner to students irrespective of their locations. Iain Murray Electrical Eng. & Computing; Electrical Engineering & Computing
The development of teaching with a global reachThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning This project will share measured digital data and develop the necessary two way audio-video communication over the Internet so that lab classes can be offered remotely at all three campuses. Sumedha Rajakaruna Electrical Eng. & Computing; Electrical Engineering & Computing
The development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learningImproved student outcomes and retention A distributed multi-user game will be developed to assist students for better understanding of the basics of data networking. King Sun Chan Electrical Eng. & Computing; Electrical Engineering & Computing
Improved student outcomes and retentionThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning
The primary activity of this project is to adapt an instructional strategy used in K - 12 classrooms with appropriate and contextualised learning objects to scaffold and develop productive discourse between students. Daniel Southam Science; Chemistry
The improvement of assessment practicesThe development of English language proficiency
Improved student outcomes and retention
Enhance student engagement and outcomes in the Bachelor of Civil and Construction Engineering by improving teaching and assessment practices in research honours units Natalie Lloyd Civil & Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering
The development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learningThe improvement of assessment practices
Improved student outcomes and retention
Develop industry relevant data collection and analysis skills using high-end multimedia technology and novel in-situ assessment approaches that facilitate diverse learning styles. Christopher Rawson Science; Environment & Agriculture
Improved student outcomes and retention Develop independent learning strategies by empowering students with the confidence to revisit core concepts in Chemistry in a manner they can better understand, providing a foundation to build on as they progress through tertiary studies. Vicky Barnett Science; Chemistry
The development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learningThe advancement and scholarship of teaching and learning Enhance the ability of Teaching Focused Mathematics staff by developing engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning through a program of professional learning. Jane Gibberd Science
The development of English language proficiencyImproved student outcomes and retention Collaboration with faculty English Language Proficiency experts to develop English language skills across a number of core Science units contributing to improved student outcomes and retention. Jane Gibberd Science
The advancement and scholarship of teaching and learningThe development of engaging, interactive and personalised approaches to learning
The improvement of assessment practices
Develop a Community of Practice for S&E teaching focussed staff facilitating their professional development and to build capacity for leadership in teaching and learning. Jane Gibberd Science