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Enhancing teaching excellence at ATN universities

Students studyingThe Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) has created a new grants scheme which will provide funding for initiatives to improve the teaching and learning experience across the ATN national network.

The scheme will allow our best teachers at the forefront of their fields to collaborate, share knowledge, practices and resources to deliver world-class teaching and learning, and provide an exceptional student experience across all five ATN universities.

ATN universities will be committing $500,000 per year to fund projects in the scheme.

“With the abolition of the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) in the recent Federal Budget, it is critical we continue to strive to deliver the best learning and teaching experience, which is not only crucial to the success of the higher education sector, but also underpins our ability to become an innovative nation,” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.

“The investment ATN universities are making is significant, and sends a strong statement that we are serious about maintaining a high quality education through the delivery of an exceptional university experience for our students.

“When students have access to the best teachers, resources and facilities, they achieve stronger employment and satisfaction outcomes, have the skills required to make an impact in their community, and make a difference to Australia’s social and economic wellbeing,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

Analysis of the OLT Project partnerships undertaken by UTS academic Dr Adam Morgan has demonstrated that one of the significant OLT outcomes has been collaboration and the sharing of practices across the sector. 

“We want to ensure the benefits of these projects will be felt across more than one institution, which is why applications under the scheme must involve partnerships of more than one ATN university,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

Through this new scheme, we are taking a leadership role that aims to foster a culture of collaboration, achieve systemic impact across our universities, and contribute to bettering practices across the whole sector.

The projects will be focused around key themes including: Employability skills for the 21st Century; Assessment and promotion of student learning; Designing learning for the future; and Learning analytics.

“A world-class higher education system is built on the foundation of good teaching and learning practices. As a consortium, the ATN is committed to enhancing teaching excellence and innovation in our institutions in order to develop a highly skilled, adaptable, and professional workforce.

“ATN universities are ranked in the world’s top 25 universities under 50 years old. Our reputation as a global leaders of a new generation of universities is evident amongst the higher education sector, educating 20% of Australia’s graduates and 22% of Australia’s international students,” Ms Hindmarsh says.

More information on the ATN Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching can be found on the Learning and Teaching Grants website.