DeakinHE Fellowship

DeakinHE Fellowship

DeakinHE Fellowship


JULY, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations
Team Collaboration

HEA Fellowships enable educators at all career-stages to reflect on their learning and teaching and consolidate their professional development, achieve recognition and become part of a global community of more than 140,000 fellows. These Fellowships are an international recognition of a commitment by individuals and institutions to prioritising teaching and learning in higher education.

There are four categories of Fellowship indicative of different experience and roles found within a higher education context: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship.

HEA Fellowship is aligned with the 2011 Professional Standards Framework (PSF) that incorporates five areas of activity, six aspects of core knowledge and four professional values. This framework has been mapped to Deakin’s Principles for Premium Learning and Teaching, to teaching team, unit chair and program leader roles and to Deakin’s academic promotion criteria for teaching.

Advance HE cites some of the benefits of fellowship:

  • Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career
  • Provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly recognised by international institutions
  • Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
  • Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion
  • For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA)
  • Provides institutional assurance that Fellowships are an important indicator that your institution is fully aligned with Professional Standards Framework (PSF) practice and a badge of assured quality throughout your institution.

Fellowship programs can be embedded within an institution (as Deakin is) or alternatively, individuals can apply for Fellowship directly through Advance HE My Academy. In either case, while the funding and costs involved differ, individuals will still be acknowledged as HEA Fellows.

HEA Fellowship is not exclusive or competitive. The program is designed to be inclusive of professional and academic staff. The scheme is focused on reflective practice and demonstration of professional experience in teaching and learning.

Beckmann (2016) outlines some of the history of HEA Fellowship coming to Australia: ‘In 2014, an Australian university tried a new strategy, introducing an international scheme with the potential to recognise all staff who can demonstrate appropriate professional experience and effective engagement in university teaching and support of learners. Within 30 months, more than 400 academic and professional staff—from that university and from other Australasian institutions that sought involvement—had made successful applications for recognition under this scheme’. (p. 13)

Myatt & Williams (2018) found university educators took up Fellowship for a variety of reason:

  • Staff wanted to learn and be reflective
  • Recognition for learning & teaching was a motivator
  • Staff hoped to gain professional learning
  • Skills, networks and mentoring were sought
  • The scheme changed the way staff thought about their practice, increased their confidence and provided evidence for career advancement.

The DeakinHE Fellowship program for 2020

The DeakinHE Fellowship program is an accredited and internationally recognised professional recognition and professional development program that supports Deakin staff with teaching and learning experience.

Participation costs are covered by Deakin University. To be eligible you must be a Deakin staff member and have been teaching, or supporting teaching, in Higher Education for a minimum of two years.

The fellowship involves attendance at two writing workshops and writing a reflective narrative about your teaching experience.

The DeakinHE Fellowship Round 1 information sessions will be held on Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 10am or Wednesday 29 July 2020 at 11am.  See the information brochure here.

Register for one of the information sessions in July – no need to commit at this stage, come along to understand the process, benefits and timeline and which category will best suit you.

We look forward to seeing you there!



  • Beckmann, E. A. (2016). Teaching excellence: Recognising the many as well as the few. Paper presented at the Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education. Refereed papers from the 39th HERDSA Annual International Conference. Fremantle, Australia.
  • Myatt, P., and Williams, J. (2018). HEA Fellowships: here’s why they matter. Centre for Learning Futures, Griffith University, Australia.
  • Turner, N., Oliver, M. McKenna, C., Hughes, J., Smith, H., Deepwell, F. & Shrives, L. (2013) “Measuring the Impact of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning (UKPSF)”, Higher Education Academy Funded Project, retrieved from
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Guide for online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placements and Projects

Guide for online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placements and Projects

Guide for Online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placements and Projects
JULY, 2020

Digital Teaching & Learning 

An interim guide to assist WIL practitioners who are newly offering placements and major projects online instead of face-to-face has recently been released for comments. The guide has been produced by a cross institutional research team who are currently investigating virtual Work Integrated Learning for a project funded by ACEN. This guide was developed by Freiderika Kaider, Harsh Suri and Wayne Read from Deakin, together with Leoni Russell from RMIT and Annette Marlow from the University of Tasmania. A version specific to Deakin has also been developed.

The guide covers pedagogical practice as well as technological considerations. A final guide will be released once the team has collected and analysed their data, anticipated by the end of the year. Feedback and input would be most welcome via email to


To read more about WIL click here.

To access more Teaching and Learning Resources click here.     

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Microsoft Teams Integration is Coming

Microsoft Teams Integration is Coming

Microsoft Teams Integration is Coming
JUNE, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations
Team Collaboration

Microsoft Teams is an industry-based software that can facilitate collaboration in teaching and learning. From chat, discussion, team meetings, artefact generation, and project management, it provides an opportunity for students to collaborated in one space whilst the facilitator can oversee the project and provide insights where required. 

We are working on an integration solution but unfortunately it won’t be ready before the commencement of T2. So, what does this mean? Creating a Team is still a manual process; however, we can retrospectively setup your Team to maintain membership with your CloudDeakin site while we are waiting for the integration.  If you currently have a Team set up and would like this to be synced to your unit enrolment, then follow the following steps: 


What is the Microsoft Teams integration? 

 The integration will create a single MS Teams site for a single CloudDeakin site. Enrolments in the CloudDeakin site will be synchronised with the MS Teams site. Stay tuned for updates as to when this will be available. 


What is on the horizon for the MS Teams integration? 

We are currently gathering use cases to understand the integration needs of teaching and learning staff. This will inform our proposal for the next phases in consultation with CloudDeakin who are also working on an MS Teams integration solution. Stay tuned for updates and if you would like to share your use case to inform this work, please contact


1. I have created a Team already, can it be linked to CloudDeakin retrospectively?
Yes, you can. Follow the steps above to link your existing Team to synchronise student enrolment data with CloudDeakin.


2. Does the integration create the channels automatically?
No. The MS Teams integration will create a new Team, you will need to manually set up the additional channels. 


3. What is the naming convention of the Team that is created by the integration?
This will reflect the naming convention in CloudDeakin.


4. If students enrol in STAR, will these groups automatically be set up in Teams?
No. The integration enables one Team to be created per unit. If you want groups in different channels, then you will need to manually create private channels within the Team.


5. How do I set up private channels within a Team? 
This resource outlines how to do this.  


6. Will there be a Microsoft Teams tab appear in CloudDeakin? 
No. The MS Teams integration will be added to CloudDeakin using the ‘External Learning Tools’ function. The link will appear under the ‘Content’ section in CloudDeakin, much like adding a Deakin Video link within CloudDeakin You can use the link that will be created and manually post an announcement or add it as a Tab in your unit site.


7. I have already made a Team for communicating with my existing students and allocated them manually. Is there a way that IT can keep my team updated as students graduate and leave, and new students arrive? I.e. the team always has all students currently enrolled in the course.
The integration will keep Teams membership in synchronisation with a single CloudDeakin site. If enrolments span across multiple CloudDeakin unit sites then these Teams will need to be maintained manually. 


8. Is there any option to automate group enrolments to channels in the future? 
This is only the first phase of the integration and we are gathering the use cases and consulting with CloudDeakin to determine what the next phase of integration can look like. 


What support is currently available? 

  • Regular workshops for the use of Microsoft Teams in Teaching and Learning are published on the ‘What’s On’ page. The next workshop is Thursday 2nd July These will be facilitated in Microsoft Teams where you will actively experience the different functionality; to do this you will be invited to a Team the day prior to the session.  
  • If you would like to discuss your particular use case and how you may be able to benefit from Microsoft Teams, please contact

What use cases are available for your review?

  • Watch Associate Professor Bardo Fraunholz, Jesse McMeikan, and Dr Elicia Lanham share their experiences of using Microsoft Teams, the benefits to them and their students, and advice for any staff considering the use of Microsoft Teams in their teaching and learning: 
    Meet the People Teaching with Microsoft Teams  
  • Associate Professor Bardo Fraunholz applied Microsoft Teams to his Project Management unit while it was still being tested. He shares experience of using Microsoft Teams, the benefits and the challenges in the following: 
    Teaching with Microsoft Teams 


Already using Microsoft Teams? 

We are gathering information from Unit Chairs and teaching staff that are currently using Microsoft Teams in their teaching and learning so we can showcase the different use cases. If you would like to share your experience, please email 

For more information about using Microsoft Teams click here.

For more information and updates about teaching online please refer to the Transitioning Teaching Online homepage here.

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DLE Quarterly Workshop

DLE Quarterly Workshop

DLE Quarterly Workshop


JUNE, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations
Team Collaboration

The DLE program of work around our evolving digital learning environment was presented to almost 60 staff members from across the University on June 16th.

Presentations on the CloudDeakin Upgrade, and our pilot projects with Collaboration, Portfolio and Self and Peer Assessment tools were delivered to an engaged audience.


Venn Diagram of DLE3


Staff who attended were given the opportunity to ask questions via Mentimeter, and the questions received were a good indication of how people were keen to know more about these digital learning environments projects, which play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing digital learning experiences for Deakin’s staff and students.

If you didn’t have the chance to attend, you can access the presentations and recording here.

Our next workshop will be held on November 24th. 


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Giving students their choice of formats: Blackboard Ally and Kaltura Reach

Giving students their choice of formats: Blackboard Ally and Kaltura Reach

Giving students their choice of formats: Blackboard Ally and Kaltura Reach
JUNE, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

From the beginning of Trimester 2, two exciting tools will be integrated into D2L and DeakinAir that will significantly, automatically, increase the accessibility of a large portion of learning resources. These are Kaltura Reach and Blackboard Ally.

Kaltura Reach

Kaltura Reach automatically adds machine-generated captions and transcripts to video on DeakinAir. The captions have 75%-85% accuracy and are usually created within 30 minutes. New videos in DeakinAir will automatically be captioned. Captions and transcripts can also be requested for existing video.

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally will be integrated into the new D2L. It allows students to access alternative formats or translations of resources in the unit site with the click of a button next to each resource. Formats include audio, HTML, Word, tagged PDF, ePub, Beeline Reader or electronic braille. Students can also translate documents into 50 languages.



Blackboard Ally is also an important digital accessibility education tool for teachers and designers. It automatically checks resources in unit sites against WCAG2.1 standards and produces an accessibility score for each file. Teachers/designers can then follow customized, step-by-step guidance to fix any accessibility issues identified. Overall accessibility of whole unit sites is scored, and issues are listed issues in order of severity. The CloudDeakin Support Team can also provide faculty, school and course-level reports to enable support staff to target professional development and support effectively.


Comments from students trialling Ally 

  • ‘I work as a cab driver and given that I spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat I feel that I’m losing on time for my studies. I believe the audio format will be of great help as I will be able to multitask.’
  • ‘I’ll use Ally’s BeeLine reader to read documents in multiple colours so I can keep my mind engaged while reading large documents.’
  • ‘With Ally I can convert documents so I can easily ready them on mobile.’
  • ‘As I’m constantly on the quest of saving money, I do not use cellular data to save a few dollars every month. The PDF version will help me view the study content while travelling.’
  • ‘Personally, I love scribbling notes on my iPad rather than using pen and paper. If I can download my course content in PDF format, it will allow me to make and save my notes on my iPad and that’ll be great.’


Register below for a demonstration of Blackboard Ally and Kaltura Reach:


Additional Resources


  • For more information and updates please refer to the Transitioning Teaching Online homepage here and for workshops and events please refer to the What’s On page for DTeach.
  • To access the guide for Blackboard Ally please click here and to access the guide of Kaltura Reach please click here.
  • Accessibility for every learner at Vision Australia
    D2L are hosting a free webinar with Vision Australia guests, Dan Casey, Capability Development Manager and Laura Hendrey, Learning and Development Coordinator to learn more about the importance of accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision and how Brightspace and other technologies improve that experience.
    Date: June 23rd, 2020
    Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM AEST
    Duration: 1 hour
    Presenters: Dan Casey (Capability Development Manager for Vision Australia), Laura Hendrey (Learning and Development Coordinator for Vision Australia) and Anthony Leal (Customer Success Manager for D2L)
    Click here to register.
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