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.

Results may be sorted filtered by keywords.

6 resources found for ‘arts’.

By degrees: Benchmarking archaeology degrees in Australian universities

Associate Professor Wendy Beck, Ms Catherine Clarke

The purpose of the project is to formulate a list of achievement standards for Australian Honours graduates in Archaeology. By project end, a nationally agreed public document, developed collaboratively by all Australian university providers of Archaeology, will be produced and disseminated. The project methodology should be transferable to other disciplines.

Resource Download Document (915.61 KB)


The purpose of the resource is to articulate standards of Honours degrees in archaeology at Australian universities. These benchmarks were developed by a working group of teaching academics involved in archaeology.

Driven by apparent shortcomings in archaeological training identified by employers and students, this resource would be of most use to Honours coordinators and undergraduate coordinators generally. Although it is not explicitly intended, the resource is geared primarily for those who wish to pursue a career as a consultant archaeologist (or a cultural resource manager) after four years of undergraduate training.

The most useful section of the resource is the 'Benchmarking Statements', a series of 34 dot points divided into three categories: subject knowledge and understanding; archaeology-specific skills; generic skills. These are the skills that Honours graduates would be expected to have prior to beginning a vocation in archaeology.

The rest of the resource contains fairly generic statements about archaeology, its importance, teaching and learning environments in Australian universities, and career paths.

Zen and the art of transdisciplinary postgraduate studies: Workshop Resources

Cynthia Mitchell
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney
Workshop Resources Download Document (434.24 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. 

The project resulted in several outcomes that can be used together or independently including: a summary report; identification of quality criteria; a toolbox of ideas for practice. This resource provides workshop materials that can be used by supervisors or supervisor trainers (at any level) to develop improved understanding and practices in transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary research supervision. A companion resource provides a PowerPoint presentation that can be used with the workshop material. 

This resource includes a number of Word files containing worksheets that can be printed for use. The files include: a Presenter’s outline, including timing and a running sheet, and expected learning outcomes; Discussion Guides/Worksheets for participants; and a Feedback and Evaluation Form. 

The workshop requires participants to have undertaken an hour of preparation with the two key outcome documents from the project, the quality criteria document and the ideas for good practice document. These documents therefore also need to be provided to participants prior to a workshop. The workshop template provides guidance on the questions and discussion points that engage participants with the outcomes documents as student supervision. It provides guidance for reflection, group discussions, and effective sharing of ideas. 

These materials are very usable and draw on the substantial outcomes of the project. The workshop facilitator needs to be effective at managing the workshop but does not need greater expertise than the other participants. It could be run as a joint professional development session. 

The workshop takes 3 hours. This is not an overlong time for supervision training. However, a considerable period at the start revisits the issues of transdisciplinary/ interdisciplinary research and participants spend 20 minutes working individually reflecting on the quality criteria developed in the project. If participants do make themselves familiar with the materials, they could complete the initial individual reflection (20 minutes) prior to the workshop, allowing more focus on shared discussion.

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.

Sustainable and Evidence-based Learning and Teaching Approaches to the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum

Dr Jacquelyn Cranney
The University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales
Final Report Download Document (1.09 MB)
Executive Summary Download Document (66.6 KB)
ALTC Exchange - Psychology Undergraduate Resources Download Document (1010.43 KB)
ALTC Exchange and the APEN Forum Download Document (656.69 KB)

Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Resources for Geography and History

Iain Hay
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited

Resources to support the development and use of academic learning and teaching standards for the geography and history disciplines. These resources were developed during the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project.

LTAS Resources for Geography and History Download Document (101.33 KB)

Assessing and improving spatial ability for design-based disciplines utilising online systems

Ken Sutton, Rebecca Allen
The University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle

An online psychometric test of spatial ability (the 3D Ability test) was developed specifically for design-based disciplines. A series of online interactive 3D learning tasks designed to improve spatial skills are also provided. The learning tasks include remediation options for poor performers and purpose-designed gender neutral activities to address the gender bias in spatial performance. The test and 3D learning tasks are available on the project website.

Final Report Download Document (1.11 MB)
Identified Spatial Tests Download Document (1.47 MB)
Challenges and Lessons Download Document (553.96 KB)
Success Factors Download Document (528.5 KB)