DeakinHE Fellowships celebrate a year of accreditation

DeakinHE Fellowships celebrate a year of accreditation

DeakinHE Fellowships celebrate a year of accreditation

27

MAY, 2021

DeakinHE Fellowships
Recognition and awards

DeakinHE Fellowship provides those involved in learning and teaching at Deakin with formal recognition of practice, impact and leadership. The DeakinHE Fellowship program provides teaching teams across the University with opportunities to apply for various categories of fellowship as they move through their teaching journey. This program is integrated into the new Deakin Teaching Capability Framework, that recognises a range of both academic and professional roles that contribute to teaching and learning at Deakin.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor recently hosted an afternoon tea to celebrate the successful completion of Deakin’s first year of accreditation by Advance HEA. Professor Martin congratulated newest group of 54 DeakinHE Fellowship recipients, and acknowledged the 117 Deakin staff who have been recognised as DeakinHE Fellows to date.

New Associate Fellow Dr Emma Hayes was invited to talk about her experience in the program, read the full speech to find out how Dr Hayes used the opportunity to reflect on her own teaching practice.

Thanks also went to Professor Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education and Professor Helen Partridge, Pro Vice_Chancellor Teaching and Learning for supporting the accredited program, and to Associate Professor Barbie Panther and her team for managing the program pathways.

The Vice Chancellor also acknowledged the mentors and assessors from the fellowship community who supported these individuals throughout the program, and made a particular mention to sessional staff who made up a third of successful applicants.

The program for Fellows and Senior Fellows 2021 has now commenced, if you are an aspiring Associate Fellow, please register to participate in the program commencing in July.

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Dr Emma Hayes receives 2021 DeakinHE Fellowship

Dr Emma Hayes receives 2021 DeakinHE Fellowship

Dr Emma Hayes receives 2021 DeakinHE Fellowship

27

MAY, 2021

Recognition and awards
DeakinHE Fellowships

DeakinHE Fellowship provides those involved in learning and teaching at Deakin with formal recognition of practice, impact and leadership. This program is integrated into the new Deakin Teaching Capability Framework, that recognises a range of both academic and professional roles that contribute to teaching and learning at Deakin.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor recently hosted an afternoon tea to congratulate the newest group of 54 DeakinHE Fellowship recipients. Dr Emma Hayes was invited to talk about her experience in the program as a new Associate Fellow, and her speech is shared here in full.

‘I took part in the DeakinHE Fellowship program to further develop my teaching skills after working as a sessional at Deakin for seven years. I thought applying for Associate Fellowship would be a valuable opportunity to critically reflect on my teaching practices, and to gain new skills in communicating content to students. I thought it would also be a good opportunity to reflect during a challenging teaching year.

‘My experience of teaching a large number of level one students during COVID-19 highlighted that tutors can never rest on their existing knowledge and experiences, but need to continue to learn and adapt to changing circumstances. Through completing the Associate Fellowship I hoped to gain insight into designing learning activities that had the ability to cement students’ foundational knowledge, rather than quickly extending key concepts.

‘Reading and responding to the Professional Standards Framework (Areas of activity, core knowledge, professional values) and detailing my teaching and learning activities allowed me to take a step back from being in a classroom (or on Cloud) and think about how I design learning activities and teach.

‘I felt very supported throughout the program, and the opportunity to speak to Dr Julia Savage as I prepared my draft application was extremely valuable. My consultation with Dr Savage enabled me to reflect on how my participation in Faculty-based professional development programs formed part of my overall learning experience as a tutor. I had previously thought of these as separate learning experiences, but speaking with Dr Savage helped me see how these programs contributed to the “narrative” of my teaching experience.

‘The feedback and support that I received from my mentor, Assoc. Prof. Barbie Panther, was extremely valuable in helping me to establish a language with which to discuss my teaching methods. For example, Assoc. Prof. Panther helped me realise that learning activities I had designed for a Children’s Literature unit to assist students in understanding visual narration were actually employing Vygotsky’s scaffolding model. Assoc. Prof. Panther’s feedback really helped me see the teaching practices and qualities that I value as a tutor.

‘The support that I received from my Referee, Dr Paul Venzo, was invaluable throughout my application process, and I was humbled by the kind words Dr Venzo shared in support of my application.

‘I had applied for Fellowship to gain skills in teaching. Not only did I gain further skills in designing learning activities and teaching, but I left feeling more confident in those I had. Taking part in the Associate Fellowship program enabled me to see my skills.

I found taking part in the Fellowship program to be particularly valuable as a sessional tutor, because it enabled me to feel part of the Deakin teaching community.’

If you are an aspiring Associate Fellow, please register to participate in the program commencing in July.

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Announcing our new DeakinHE Fellows

Announcing our new DeakinHE Fellows

24

NOVEMBER, 2020

Teaching & Learning
HEA Fellowships
DeakinHe Fellows

We’re excited to announce the first round of fellows conferred by the DeakinHE Fellowship program. This first round of four senior fellows and one fellow is only the beginning, with 130 staff seeking fellowships in 2020.

DeakinHE Fellowship is an HEA accredited program that provides learning and teaching professionals the opportunity for formal recognition of practice, impact and leadership.

We spoke to two of the new Deakin HEA Senior Fellows about why they applied and what they got from the experience.

Headshot of Chrstine Contessotto

Dr Christine Contessotto, SFHEA

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Business and Law

I value teaching and try to create a safe, authentic and innovative learning space for students. I felt a successful application would provide an opportunity to gain recognition for my teaching and learning leadership and practices both within Deakin and externally. Deakin’s provision of ongoing mentoring, workshops and support throughout the process also encouraged me to apply.

I found the reflection of my practice across the Professional Standards Framework to be extremely valuable. Often, I am so busy ‘doing’ that I don’t stop to reflect. The application forced me to identify the important triggers which have led to my current teaching philosophy and practices, and to provide evidence of my achievements.

I found the reflection of my teaching career to be affirming. As part of the experience I benefitted from engagement with the recent education literature and from taking the time to consider further enhancements to my teaching. In addition, I met other academics in Deakin with a strong interest in teaching and learning and gained insights from our interactions. The experience has enhanced my skills as a professional educator.

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Associate Professor Meghan Kelly, SFHEA

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Arts and Education

I applied for the fellowship because I was appointed to the role of Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning and it seemed insane and somewhat contradictory that I was asking others to consider applying for their Fellowship when I had not applied myself. I decided to prioritize the application, which I was convinced would be a long and daunting process. Instead I found it offered me an opportunity to be reflective, to learn to narrate my contribution to teaching practices and to connect with others to have discussions about what they were doing in their teaching.

The experience has given me a better understanding of how to define my role in teaching and provided me with an opportunity to reflect on why I focused on teaching and learning in my academic career.

The feedback from the program mentor was excellent and helped me to prepare an application that was thorough, and the comments from the referees were humbling and helped me appreciate the work I do and the impact it has on others. Writing this submission was rewarding and I now have documented evidence I can use for promotions and applications for other roles.

Learn more about DeakinHE Fellowships

Expressions of interest for the next round of DeakinHE Fellowships will open in February 2021. To learn more about the Fellowship program, categories and timeline, visit the DeakinHE Fellowship webpage and register to receive an invitation to the information sessions for 2021.

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Newly accredited programme offers staff recognition for their great teaching and learning at Deakin University

Newly accredited programme offers staff recognition for their great teaching and learning at Deakin University

Newly accredited programmes offer more reward and recognition for great teaching and learning at Deakin University

21

JULY, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

 

Advance HE accreditation allows Deakin University to award Fellowship on its own successful applicants.

Deakin University has achieved Advance HE accreditation for two of its staff development programmes in Teaching and Learning, meaning that it will now be able to confer Fellowship on successful participants of those programmes.

The two programmes are the DeakinHE Reflective Practice Pathway and the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) (GradCertHELT). Three hundred staff have already expressed interest to be part of the Reflective Practice Pathway this year.

The accreditation process follows the hard work of the team in the Deakin Learning Futures team, including Associate Professor and Director, Teaching Capability, Barbie Panther, Course Director, Dr Julia Savage, and Project Coordinator, Jen Aughterson, to align the programmes with the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), the internationally recognised benchmark of teaching excellence. The PSF is fundamental to Fellowship.

Deakin University, which is a member of Advance HE, already has 67 Fellows, and the participation in the Fellowship has accelerated significantly in the last four years from seven Fellows to today’s number. The new accreditation, which is valid until 31 August 2021 and extended on review until 31 January 2024, means even more opportunities for engagement by a growing number of Fellows at Deakin in Advance HE’s global communities of practice.

Professor Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Deakin University, said, “We are delighted to have had both of these staff development programmes accredited. Deakin University has a long-standing commitment to premium teaching and learning and the student experience as demonstrated by our leading performance in the Australian Student Experience Survey. The University strives to continue this record of excellence, notably in response to the current disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fellowship means that we can better reward and recognise the fantastic and innovative work of our staff to achieve great outcomes for our students.”

Ian Hall, Advance HE Head of International Membership, said, “Many congratulations to the team at Deakin University. We are delighted to be working with them and it’s great to see the hard work the team has invested in accreditation in reaching this successful outcome. I am confident that embedding the PSF in the development programmes will be an important part of realising the goals the University has set itself for building on its fantastic reputation for teaching and learning.”

Ranked in the world top 1%, Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974. The University teaches over 60,000 students each year in five campuses, including its online Cloud Campus, and other learning centres across outer metropolitan Melbourne. Over the past 40 years, it has earned a rich reputation for its online provision as well as its face-to-face teaching offer.

Find out more about Advance HE accreditation and Fellowship.

 

 

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DVCE Events – Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning

DVCE Events – Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning

Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning
26
SEP, 2019
Teaching & Learning
DVCE Event Recap
DeakinHEA
Over 40 of Deakin’s HEA Fellows enjoyed afternoon tea with Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor, and Professor Liz Johnson, DVC Education on 12 September.

The Vice-Chancellor spoke about the importance of having an academic community and he recognised the Fellows for being leaders of excellence in teaching and learning. The event was a great chance for networking and sharing ideas.

For more photos click here.

Right: HEA Fellows gather at Deakin Downtown
Useful Resources

Photos from the HEA meeting are available here.

 

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Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Professor Liz Johnson

Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Professor Liz Johnson

Deakin HEA Fellows 
Profile Series 03 | Liz Johnson
01
JUL, 2019
HEA Fellowship
Teaching & Learning
Recognition
By Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Education and recipient of Deakin University’s second HEA Principal Fellowship.
Why did you apply for the HEA fellowship?

I applied for a fellowship to get to grips with the fellowship system and to better understand the UK Professional Standards Framework. It is often easier to engage with a conceptual framework through a real-world example. Using yourself as your own guinea pig certainly brings the dimensions of the UK-PSF to life – and, of course, international benchmarks are a useful barometer for our achievement. It was good to see the close match between the UK-PSF and our own priorities for teaching excellence.

“You will probably find the application challenging but it is useful – not just for the recognition as a HEA fellow but because you will have more language and evidence at your fingertips…”
What have you got out of the experience?

Reflection is both challenging and rewarding. Reviewing my own teaching journey in depth made me think hard about the core of my learning and teaching philosophy – what is really most important to me as a teacher and why. Writing the fellowship application also brought to life what the UK-PSF values mean in practice as I described evidence of application. It is a privilege to read applications from others and find the many diverse and clever ways colleagues apply the elements of the framework.

What advice would you give others contemplating joining the program?

Don’t put it off! You will probably find the application challenging but it is useful – not just for the recognition as a HEA fellow but because you will have more language and evidence at your fingertips to talk about your work in other channels. I can see a real community of practice building around the HEA Fellowship Scheme which embraces everyone that contributes to student learning and that is a good group to belong to.

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