A new ALTC project that will focus on building leadership capacity in communities of practice (CoP) is calling for participants to become involved in an ongoing stakeholder network.
Project manager Fiona Margetts, from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) explained that leaders in learning and teaching as well as facilitators and co-facilitators of CoPs nationwide, from both the academic and professional communities, can greatly benefit from becoming involved in the project.
The Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) has developed two new modules for teaching and training students in tertiary education, in an attempt to provide students with the opportunity to develop an informed understanding of sustainability issues.
The two resources, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) teaching module and the Indigenous Concepts of Country and Sustainability (ICCS) project, were both funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the Skills for the Carbon Challenge initiative. Both resources will be published for use on the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Sustainability website.
For the first time a new website has brought together information about sustainability courses and teaching resources offered by higher education institutions across Australia into one easily accessible place.
The national Learning and Teaching Sustainability site includes a searchable database of higher education programs and courses for students, as well as comprehensive resources and practical tools to assist educators to teach sustainability.
Dr Carol Nicoll, CEO of the ALTC, said this is the first time that work has been undertaken in this area to give a complete picture of what is happening at universities around the country.
The Australian Learning and Teaching Council has committed to running three of its four flagship grants programs, plus the national higher education teaching awards, and citations in 2011.
CEO Dr Carol Nicoll said the decisions about ALTC’s programs for 2011 were made by the ALTC Board at their 8 March meeting.
“The ALTC Board carefully considered all the possible consequences of operating each program this year. They also assessed options for varying the closing dates to make programs viable in 2011,” said Dr Nicoll.
The Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council met on 8 March to discuss the ramifications of the decision by the Australian Government to discontinue its funding.
In a letter dated 4 March 2011, the Board was directed by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, to wind up the company’s operations by the end of 2011.