Resource Library

The Resource Library contains a collection of higher education learning and teaching materials flowing from projects funded by the Commonwealth of Australia including those from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

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7 resources found.

Good practice guide for handling complaints and appeals in Australian universities

Jim Jackson, Helen Fleming, Patty Kamvounias, Sally Varnham
Southern Cross University
Southern Cross University
Sydney, UTS
Good Practice Guide Download Document (1.18 MB)

Zen and the art of transdisciplinary postgraduate studies: Ideas for good practice

Cynthia Mitchell
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney
Ideas for Good Practice Download Document (643.88 KB)


This document is one of the outcomes resulting from a project focused on developing high quality outcomes and quality evaluation processes in transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary research for use by students and supervisors. Experienced supervisors and students participated in workshop discussions on transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary research. Research literature on effective supervision was also examined. 

The project identified seven criteria to evaluate quality transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary research outcomes. This resource presents practical ideas to support quality research supervision. The intended reader is the research supervisor aiming to guide student research development. Students could also work from the ideas directly. 

Ideas for Practice presents 48 ideas or tools aligned into seven sections: Building Supervision Relationships; Positioning Yourself; Deepening Reflection; Engaging with Literature; Increasing External/Critical Engagement; Clarifying Research Question/ Research Focus; Distilling & Communicating Your Claims; and Structuring a Coherent Argument. The discussion relates each of the ideas to the quality criteria for transciplinary/interdisciplinary research study. 

Every idea is presented on a single page with very simple statements addressing the same key points: What's the big idea; Why is this such a good idea; Which criteria does this address; When might this be useful; What would it take to make this work; What resources might help. The ideas range from very specific, eg, Elevator Pitches (p. 49) to more general, eg, Write as a Student-Supervisor Team (p. 5). However, general ideas provide specific guidance on implementation. As Cynthia Mitchell notes, the document can be read from cover to cover or dipped into for ideas on specific issues. 

This resource can constitute a standalone professional development resource for supervisors to work through with their students. While suitable for experienced supervisors, it is likely to be of particular value to new supervisors looking for advice to assist their students.  

A very useful summary of activities to enhance student completion of quality research work in a timely manner is provided. While some aspects are specifically tied to transciplinary/interdisciplinary research studies, the ideas have generic applicability. The author also asks for feedback on the usefulness of the ideas and additional suggestions for resources or modifications.

Strategic leadership for institutional teaching and learning centres: developing a model for the 21st century

Dale Holt
Deakin University
Deakin University
Macquarie, Monash, RMIT, UNE, UoN
Final Report Download Document (1.33 MB)
A Guide to Support Australian University Teaching and Learning Centres Download Document (1.64 MB)

Building academic staff capacity for using eSimulations in professional education for experience transfer

Jacob Cybulski, Dale Holt, Stephen Segrave, David O'Brien, Judy Munro, Brian Corbitt, Ross Smith, Martin Dick, Ian Searle, Hossein Zadeh, Pradipta Sarkar, Mike Keppell, Deb Murdoch, Ben Bradley
Deakin University
Deakin University

E-simulations are capable of immersing learners in ‘authentic’ e-learning environments, providing innovative and valid teaching and assessment that is seamlessly interwoven in the process of skill acquisition and experience transfer. The Resource Guide contributes to the development of the capacities required by educational institutions to design, develop, implement, evaluate and research the impacts of e-Simulations. The project website provides additional supporting documents and useful links.

Final Report Download Document (7.68 MB)
Resource Guide Download Document (9.05 MB)

Finding Common Ground: enhancing interaction between domestic and international students

Sophie Arkoudis, Xin Yu, Chi Baik, Shanton Chang, Ian Lang, Kim Watty, Helen Borland, Amande Pearce, Josephine Lang
The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne

The Final Report presents an investigation of how peer interaction can be designed and used, within the teaching and learning environment, to engage domestic and international students.  A key outcome was the development of a six-dimensional conceptual frameworkwhich underpins the resources produced for the project.  Potential obstacles to student interaction, from both teaching and learning perspectives, are identified.  A DVD, Finding Common Ground, a student flyer, and background paper are available from the project website.

This guide describes the dimensions of the Interaction for Learning Framework: planning interaction, creating environments for interaction, supporting interaction, engaging with subject knowledge, developing reflexive processes, and fostering communities of learners. The background paper, Finding common ground: Challenges and opportunities for enhancing interaction between domestic and international students, is included in the Guide.

Final Report Download Document (1.71 MB)
Finding Common Ground Guide for Academics Download Document (1.52 MB)

Supporting student peer assessment and review in large groupwork projects

Richard Raban, Andrew Litchfield, Keith Willey, Antoine Hermans, Steve Murray, David Davis, Heinz Dreher, Neil Harris, Katherine Wenham
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney

The project’s purpose is to further the educational design and dissemination of an online tool to support and facilitate self-and-peer assessment of individual contributions in large group work projects. The online tool supports group work processes through facilitating self-and-peer assessment by providing quantitative and qualitative feedback, evaluation, reflection and review opportunities.

CUT, Griffith, QUT
Final Report Download Document (684.2 KB)
TeCTRa Installation Guide v3.00.029 Download Document (389.46 KB)
TeCTRa Manual v3.00.029 Download Document (13.93 MB)
TeCTRa Architecture v3.00.029 Download Document (2.32 MB)
TeCTRa Ajax Interface Common Document for v3.00.029 Download Document (260.29 KB)
TeCTRa Ajax Interface Admin Document for v3.00.029 Download Document (405.29 KB)
TeCTRa Ajax Interface Member Document for v3.00.029 Download Document (383.61 KB)
TeCTRa Ajax Interface System Administration Document for v3.00.029 Download Document (285.15 KB)
TeCTRa Useability Survey Download Document (161.8 KB)

Good practice for safeguarding student learning engagement in higher education institutions

Karen Nelson, Tracy Creagh
Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology
Auckland University of Technology (NZ), Charles Sturt University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, RMIT University, University of New England, University of South Australia
Final Report Download Document (764.54 KB)
Good Practice Guide Download Document (3.04 MB)