USQ's Carrick Summit was held on Monday 26 February 2007. Director at the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Denise Chalmers, facilitated two workshops:
In addition, she presented a lunchtime lecture entitled, ‘Carrick opportunities - grants, fellowships, discipline-based initiatives and awards'.
USQ colleagues, who attended the Summit in significant numbers, benefited from the breadth and depth of Denise's experience in higher education. Ms Chalmers has specific responsibility for Awards, Fellowships and International Links. She has worked in higher education for 20 years. In her previous position as Director of the Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI), at the University of Queensland, she was responsible for supporting the enhancement of teaching and learning and professional development including implementing flexible learning strategies and resources across the University
Ms Chalmers has led two national Australian University Teaching Committee (AUTC) projects, ‘Teaching large classes' and ‘Training, managing and supporting sessional teachers'. She was a member of two teams on national AUTC projects, the ‘Teaching of psychology' and ‘Strategies for effective dissemination of projects'. She has researched and published on teaching and learning at university, has been invited speaker at conferences and consulted widely both nationally and internationally.
Ms Chalmers exhorted USQ staff to build evidence for their teaching portfolios from their first day of employment as an academic. She noted that Carrick awards and grants are highly competitive and that a track-record in contributions to the development of teaching and learning in higher education is essential to successful applications. In regard to grants, she noted the advantages of working with colleagues at a national level to ensure sector-wide leverage in the enhancement of tertiary teaching. Most importantly, when developing applications, stick closely to guidelines. Top of the list in successful applications for awards and grants is a focus on student learning outcomes.
Overview of The Carrick Institute's programs (PDF* 341)
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