The Academic Staff Association held a forum in September to discuss e-Learning. The presentation “TPaCK & MOOCs” is available here.
Contributions and Submissions
The role, possibilities and pitfalls of teaching with online tools
A Discussion Paper Based on the Academic Literature
This paper is a response to a call from the DVC Research for discussion on how UWA’s
research reputation may be improved. The paper shows why reputation is important and
reviews factors associated with high reputation. Four salient points emerge: (i) Research and
teaching are approached and conducted differently across disciplines. However, research drives
reputation across all areas. (ii) There are policy decisions UWA can make even with its
constrained funding that will positively affect its research outcomes and reputation. (iii) The
views of bibliometric experts indicate focusing directly on improving UWA’s ARWU ranking
derives from an “audit culture” mentality that systematically detracts from generation of high
impact research. (iv) The intensity with which UWA can push the policy levers to maximise
high impact research is constrained by its mission to excel as well in teaching and civic
The Vice Chancellor’s UWA Futures white paper provides leadership in three ways: (a) it rallies
the university to collectively address an imminent threat, (b) it spells out a process for
discussion with milestones, and (c) it offers specific proposals for consideration.
A welcome to the Academic Staff Association
UWA’s Centenary Year provides occasion to reflect on the past. Much was different “back in the day” as Emeritus Professor John Melville-Jones cheerfully reminded the assembled throng when the Association farewelled him in 2013. Among other whimsical recollections, John noted the Faculty of Arts had just one shared secretary when he joined UWA fifty-years ago. We may yet see that again on present trends but regrettably not so the day when a house on a 1,000 metre block on the south side of Nedlands could be purchased for a year’s professorial salary.