About the Office for Learning and Teaching
On 16 November 2011, Senator the Hon Chris Evans announced the establishment of the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). The OLT has funding of $50 million over four years through the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Program. 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.
The OLT was established following a review conducted by Alison Johns of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Ms Johns’ report is available at:
Feedback on the report is welcome and will be considered in the refinement of programs for 2013. Please email learningandteaching [at] deewr [dot] gov [dot] au.
The Office for Learning and Teaching is part of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.