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ALTA Forum 2016 University of Technology Sydney 31 March-1 April 2016

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ALTA Forum, University of Canberra, 9–10 April 2015

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ALTA Plan 2014/15

The focus is on work integrated learning and benchmarking learning outcomes


ALTA Forum held 8–9 May 2014 at UTS

Agenda, presentations, attendees, evaluation and outcomes


Two ALTA Good Practice Reports Commissioned for 2013–2014:

Aligned with the ACDICT Action Plan re ICT Skills, two Good Practice Reports have been commissioned from members of the ACDICT ICT community

Commissioned Good Practice Reports are for up to $15,000 each and are to be completed by 1 May 2014.

There was one round of an Expression of Interest to be submitted by end October 2013 on this form which includes the guidelines


The two Commissioned Good Practice Reports for 2013–2014 are:


Project Leader: Jo Coldwell-Neilson (Deakin) with Jenine Beekhuyzen (Griffith) for the topic concerned with recruitment and retention of female ICT students

Exploring the contexts of ICT degrees with high female participation

Interim Report: Females in ICT degrees

Final Reort: Encouraging female enrolments in ICT degrees


Project Leader: Judy Sheard (Monash) with Michael Morgan (Monash) and Matthew Butler (Monash) concerned with the experiences of first year students in ICT courses

Experiences of first year students in ICT courses: good teaching practices

Final Report: ICT student first year experiences



ALTA Grants Awarded for 2013–2014 in 2 categories:

Learning and Teaching Grants (3)

Project Leader: Margaret Hamilton (RMIT), with Daryl D’Souza, James Harland, Raymond Lister, Alireza Ahadi, Donna Teague (3 institutions)

A database for storing and retrieving classified and benchmarked exam questions for ICT courses

Final Report: Database of benchmarked ICT exam questions


Project Leader: Trina Myers (JCU), with Jarrod Trevathan, Anna Blackman , Heather Gray, Ickjai Lee (2 institutions)

Cultivating ICT student's interpersonal soft skills in online teaching environments using traditional active learning techniques

Final Report: Cultivating ICT soft skils


Project Leader: Brian von Konsky (Curtin), with Charlynn Miller, Asheley Jones (3 institutions)

Assessing the work readiness skills of ICT graduates

Final Report: Assessing the work readiness skills of ICT graduates

Publication: von Konsky, B.R., Miller, C., and Jones, A. (2016) The Skills Framework for the Information Age: Engaging Stakeholders in ICT Curriculum Design. Journal of Information Systems Education. Winter 2016. 27(1):37-50.
A copy of the paper is here.


Engagement Grant (1)


Project Leader: Frances Rosamond (CDU), with Vladimir Estivill-Castro, Peter Shaw (2 institutions)

Activities using Both-Ways thinking to communicate foundations and frontiers of ICT to Indigenous children

Final Report: ICT for Indigenous Children


ALTA Forum held 4–5 April 2013 at VU

Details on the Events page


Doctoral Consortium on ICT Education being supported by ACDICT on Tuesday January 29 prior to ACE 2013 at the University of South Australia.

New ALTA Executive

Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia: ARNEIA

ARNEIA is a new website to provide a service to support educators and enhance learning and teaching in Engineering and ICT by providing convenient access to:

  • A directory of contacts with discipline-based learning and teaching champions
  • Resources created by academics
  • Academic projects that are in progress or have been completed
  • Funding opportunities from various organisations
  • News of recent significant developments
  • A calendar of learning and teaching events


ALTA Grants for 2013–2014: Applications Closed

Grants are available in two categories:
  Learning and Teaching, three grants – up to $15,000 each
  Engagement, three grants – up to $10,000 each

Details of the ALTA Grant Scheme for 2013–14 outline the priorities and process. As given in the table below, Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought in the first instance and are to be submitted on the relevant forms (either PDF or Word):

EOI L&T 2013–14 (pdf)

EOI L&T 2013–14 (Word)


EOI Engagement 2013–14 (pdf)

EOI Engagement 2013–14 (Word)

by the due dates indicated in the table below.


Selected EOIs will be asked to submit full proposals on

L&T Full Proposal Form 2013–14 (pdf)

L&T Full Proposal Form 2013–14 (Word)


Engagement Full Proposal Form 2013–14 (pdf)

Engagement Full Proposal Form 2013–2014 (Word)


Enquiries may be directed to Tony Koppi:




L&T and Engagement Grants

8 October 2012

EOI call

4 February 2013

EOI deadline

18 February 2013

EOI result – selected projects to submit full proposal

18 March 2013

Final proposal submission

5 April 2013

Funding announced at ALTA Forum (Forum 4–5 April, VU)

29 April 2013

Funding commences

31 May 2014

Project completion

25 June 2014

Report to ACDICT



ALTA Grants awarded for 2012–2013 in two categories:

Learning and Teaching Grants

Project Leader: Anne Venables, VU, with Ballarat, ACS and Ericsson

Shaping the future ICT Professionals: where novice meets expert
Venables final report May 2013

Project Leader: Cally Guerin, Adelaide, with UniSA and Flinders

Motivating students to engage in postgraduate research degrees in ICT
Progress report June 2013

Project Leader: Nick Falkner, Adelaide, with QUT, Newcastle, UniSA, Swinburne, and Murdoch

E-learning: integrating technology to maximise student learning and minimise additional teacher workload
Progress report June 2013


Engagement Grants for activities that will contribute to increased participation in ICT programs

Project Leader: Catherine Lang, Swinburne, with Deakin

Debunking the myths; providing a compelling ICT experience through outreach activity and intentional role-modeling
Lang final report May 2013

Project Leader: Peter Vamplew, Ballarat, with UTAS

Encouraging interest in ICT study in school students through computer games design and development

Project reports should include the following points and are due in June 2013

  • Outcomes achieved or expected
  • How outcomes have been or will be disseminated
  • How identified benefits will be sustained 
  • What the money has been spent on, or will be spent


Four ALTA Fellows appointed for a 2-year period

Chris Pilgrim, Swinburne

Elena Sitnikova, UniSA

Nick Falkner, Adelaide

Simon, Newcastle

The Fellows met in Sydney at the ACS, Thursday 22 December 2011 to start planning their Fellowship, and held a consultation workshop at the Learning and Teaching Forum at QUT, 12-13 April, 2012.


The 2012 Learning and Teaching Forum was held at QUT, 12–13 April.


ALTA Mission and Objectives

ALTA Events

ALTA Grants


ALTA Executive, Mission and Objectives

The ACDICT Learning and Teaching Academy (ALTA) is managed through a Working Group of the Council (and is called the ALTA Executive) and subject to the Mission and Objectives of the Council. A member of the ACDICT Executive has responsibility for ALTA (and is known as the ALTA President).

ALTA’s Mission, Objectives and Activities are consistent with those of the Council, and specifically concern learning and teaching in the ICT disciplines.

Participation in ALTA activities and initiatives is open to anyone working in learning and teaching in ICT at an ACDICT member university.

ALTA Executive 2012 and 2013

Iwona Miliszewska, (ALTA President), Victoria University

Tony Koppi, Executive Officer, ACDICT

Angela Carbone, Monash University (OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow)

Nick Falkner, University of Adelaide (ALTA Fellow)

Chris Pilgrim, Swinburne University (ALTA Fellow)

Simon, University of Newcastle (ALTA Fellow)

Elena Sitnikova, University of South Australia (ALTA Fellow)



ALTA Executive from 2014


The ALTA Executive shall comprise the ALTA President who is an ACDICT Executive Member with the education portfolio ( Iwona Misiszewska), and the ACDICT Executive Officer (Tony Koppi).


The ALTA Executive may also include, at the ALTA President’s discretion, up to four invited ALTA Executive Members from the ACDICT member institutions for a term of up to 2 years (renewable, if required). The invited Executive Members should:

  • hold influential positions amongst the ICT community
  • be able to provide national and international perspectives and advice to the ALTA President
  • represent a range of ICT disciplines and universities
  • be able to disseminate ALTA activities

The ALTA President may also invite a member from outside the ICT community, if required.


The ALTA Executive will meet annually at the ALTA Forum, and one more time, if required. ACDICT will bear travel costs of the ALTA Executive Members to the meetings.




To contribute to improvement in the perception of and the actual quality of learning and teaching across the ICT disciplines


Through networking, collaboration and cooperation:

  • Promote effective approaches to ICT education 
  • Support the culture of good learning and teaching across ICT disciplines
  • Provide a focal point for the dissemination of information regarding ICT education
  • Facilitate multi-institutional evidence-based ICT education initiatives
  • Formulate collective responses to changes in the education environment
  • Enable benchmarking to address the demands of external agencies.

Working Party to establish ALTA in 2010

Under the leadership of Professor Janet Verbyla, the Working Party met in Sydney on 23 November, 2010 to establish the Mission, Objectives and Activities of the ALTA. The Working Party consisted of:

Janet Verbyla, University of Southern Queensland

Tony Koppi, Executive Officer, ACDICT

Darius Pfitzner, Charles Darwin University

Angela Carbone, Monash University

Chris Pilgrim, Swinburne University

Greg Whymark, Central Queensland University

Katrina Falkner, University of Adelaide

Jocelyn Armarego, Project Manager, Discipline Support Strategy


ALTA Events

Learning and Teaching Forum, QUT, 12–13 April, 2012

Accommodation close to QUT

Learning and Teaching Forum, Adelaide, May2-3 2011

This forum was judged as being very successful.


ALTA Grants

Funding opportunities 2012-13    This is closed - grants were awarded as shown above

The grant scheme includes 2 types:

    Learning and Teaching

   Engagement Grants concerned with activities that will contribute to increased participation in ICT programs

The funding guidelines are now available for 2012-13


Funding opportunity 2011-12  This is closed - grants were awarded as shown below

The current Working Party is the interim Executive of ALTA. This ALTA Executive will manage the proposed Activities, including funding guidelines provided by the Council for ALTA projects and activities, and the assessment of project applications and the provision of final recommendations for funding to the ACDICT Executive.


Previously awarded grants and reports

Three projects have been funded by ACDICT for 2011–2012:

Project Leader: Malcolm Corney, QUT with UTS and UWA

"Novice Programmers in the First Three Semesters: Gaining a Better Understanding of the Problem"

Report June 2012

Project Leader: Judy Sheard, Monash, with Newcastle, RMIT and UTS

"Investigating the nature and design of computer programming examinations"

Report June 2012

Project Leader: John Venable, Curtin, with Edith Cowan

"Comparative evaluation of marking and feedback support systems"

Report June 2012