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  • Adelaide Education Academy

    The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Warren Bebbington, has recently launched the Adelaide Education Academy, the University’s inaugural cohort of Education Specialists are expected to be in place by 1 January 2016.

    Academic Staff will become Members of the Academy when they have been approved as Education Specialists, having agreed to a workload of teaching and teaching related duties of 61-90%. The Academy will comprise Members, Fellows and Scholarly Teaching Fellows, who will meet quarterly for an exclusive program of events.

    Members and Fellows of the Academy will have the exclusive opportunity:

    • To bid for a $10,000  Learning and Teaching Advancement Grant from a $1m per annum Education Academy fund;
    • To access the Special Studies Program for Learning and Teaching related projects (changes to the SSP Procedure to allow this are now under consideration); and
    • To apply for promotion based on teaching and learning weightings (changes to the Academic Promotions procedure to allow this will be finalised ahead of the 2016 Academic Promotions round).

    Additionally, the University will draw on Academy Members to participate in a range of other activities.  For staff interested in being part of the inaugural cohort of Adelaide Education Specialists, expressions of interest are due to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) by Tuesday 8 December 2015.

    The Academy will become a symbol of the learning and teaching proposition that is the centrepiece of our Beacon strategic plan, and a showpiece for our commitment to excellence in teaching. I encourage you to review the information at the Adelaide Education Academy website.

  • Degrees Taught at Waite
  • Seminars

    Innovative Teaching @ Waite

    This learning and teaching forum holds seminars approximately every six weeks from February to December. Speakers are invited from within the School of Agriculture Food and Wine, other Faculties within the University of Adelaide and also from other institutions. Innovative Teaching @ Waite aims to provide academic staff an opportunity to present new and exciting teaching methods they are implementing in their courses in an informal and collegial atmosphere.

    Date Presenter Topic
    18th March John Willison Research skills for undergraduates
    13th April Beth Loveys and Karina Riggs Flipped workshop
    3rd June Ashleigh Ward OLT/grants/awards
    5th August Kerry Wilkinson Transitioning corses to online delivery
    8th August MyUni transform project team Transformation to Canvas and Echo360
    9th September Amanda Able Good Practice Guides for Agriculture
    4th November Olena Kravchuk Research methodology course development
    9th December Beth and Karina Wrap up of Learning and Teaching for 2016

    Please contact Karina Riggs and Beth Loveys for more information.

    Postgraduate Symposium

    The postgraduate symposium event is organised by the AgPOGS Committee and the School Postgraduate Committee. This annual symposium provides a forum for mid-candidature students to give an update on their research in preparation for the 2015 Annual Review of Progress. It also provides another opportunity for you to become familiar with the broad range of interesting problems our postgraduates are tackling.

  • Learning & Teaching Committees

    School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

    • Academic Board
    • Learning and Teaching Committee


    • University Learning Committee (ULC)
    • Program Approval and Entry Committee (PAEC)
    • Quality Enhancement Committee (QEC)
    • Internationalisation Strategy Committee (ISC)
  • Awards & Grants

    The Office of Learning and Teaching administers the learning and teaching grant scheme for universities on behalf of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Australian Government. Over recent years several of our staff have been successful in being awarded these grants.

    2015 Dr Beth Loveys and Dr Karina Riggs
    Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
    Leading cultural change in undergraduate teaching in agriculture, food and wine using innovative team-teaching approaches that engage students to become independent learners.
    Watch our video on YouTube and read acknowledgements on Facebook.
    2013 Assoc Prof Amanda Able and Assoc Prof Glenn McDonald
    A consensus approach to defining standards for learning outcomes and informing curricular design for agriculture.
    2009 Prof Diane Mather
    Plant Breeding by example.
    Dr Kerry Wilkinson and Dr Michelle Wirthensohn
    Development, implementation and evaluation of an online T&L toolbox for improved HDR pedagogy 

    Each year the University and the Faculty of Science present awards to teaching staff that have made outstanding contributions to teaching. Some of our Schools recent award winners are listed below:

    2014 Dr Beth Loveys- Executive Dean Award for Excellence in Teaching (Early Career)
    2013 Dr Kerry Wilkinson- Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning
    2012 Dr Kerry Wilkinson-Stephen Cole the Elder Award (Early Career)
    Assoc Prof Chris Ford-Executive Dean Award for Excellence in Teaching
    2010 Dr Kerry Wilkinson and Dr Michelle Withensohn- Excellence in Education award.

    Outstanding students in our School have been awarded scholarships to support them through their studies. For information on scholarships that are available and the application procedure please go to the scholarships webpage.

    2014 Emma Goode- Trevor Dillon Agronomic Roseworthy Study Scholarship
    Melissa McCallum- RIRDC Horizon Scholarship
    Heather Feetham- Crawford Fund student travel scholarship
  • Teaching Methodologies & Resources

    For information on Methodologies and Resources.

  • Education Publications
    Loveys BR, Kaiser, BN, McDonald, G, Kravchuk, O, Matthew Gilliham, M, Tyerman, SD, and Able AJ (2014) Scaffolding the Development of Research Potential in Second Year Plant Biology International Journal of Innovation in Science and Maths Education, 22(3):15-25.
    Picard, M, Wilkinson, K and Wirthensohn, M (2010) Perceptions and expectations of authorship: Towards development of an e-learning tool facilitating discussion and reflection between post graduate supervisors and candidates. ERGO 1(3):22-33.
    Wilkinson, K (2008) Should publication be a compulsory component of Australian HDR programs? Proceedings of the Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide. Pg. 139-144
    Cargill, M., O'Connor, P. and Matthews, R. (2014) Publication skills development in the sciences: Decision support for effective program design. Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 69, 101-114.
    Burgess, S. and Cargill, M. (2013) Using genre analysis and corpus linguistics to teach research article writing. In: Supporting research writing: Roles and challenges in multilingual settings (Matarese, V. ed) pp. 55-71. Cambridge UK: Woodhead Publishing.
    Cargill, M. & O’Connor, P. (2013). Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps, 2nd Ed. Oxford UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
    Cargill, M., & O'Connor, P. (2012). Identifying and addressing challenges to international publication success for EFL science researchers: Implementing an integrated training package in China. In R. Tang (Ed.), Academic Writing in a Second or Foreign Language: Issues and challenges facing ESL/EFL academic writers in higher education contexts. London: Continuum.
    Cargill, M., O'Connor, P., & Li, Y. (2012). Educating Chinese scientists to write for international journals: Addressing the divide between science and technology education and English language teaching English for Specific Purposes. 31, 60-69. doi: 10.1016/j.esp.2011.05.03
    Cargill, M., & O'Connor, P. (2010). Structuring interdisciplinary collaboration to develop research students’ skills for publishing research internationally: Lessons from implementation. In M. Davies, M. Devlin & M. Tight (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Higher Education: Perspectives and Practicalities. International Perspectives on Higher Education Research Volume 5 (pp. 279-292). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

    Margaret Cargill & Ronald Smernik (2015): Embedding publication skills in science research training: a writing group programme based on applied linguistics frameworks and facilitated by a scientist, Higher Education Research & Development, DOI:10.1080/07294360.2015.1087382

  • Learning & Teaching Projects
    Analysis of on-line assessment methodologies used by teaching staff in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at Adelaide University, (H-2012-045), Karina Riggs.
    Undergraduate Perceptions of team based learning and online discussion boards, (H-214-210), Hayley McGrice and Karina Riggs.
    The suitability of an independent research project as a means of assessment in a second year plant science course, (H-2012-034), Beth Loveys.
    Analysis of on-line assessment methodologies used by teaching staff in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at Adelaide University, (H-2012-045), Beth Loveys.
    Plant Breeding by Example
    Contextual examples linking theory with practice in plant breeding education
    Project leader: Prof Diane Mather
    Project manager: Dr Heather Bray
    Investigating the role of mentor-student relationships in the implementation of SGDE (H-2016-118) Beth Loveys. Funded by the Office of the Pro-vice Chancellor, Small Group Discovery Experience development grants ($40,000)
    MyUni Transform Roadshow Presentation at Waite 8th August 2016. To hear the presentation given by Jo England and Colleen Ortega regarding Canvas and Echo 360.

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  • Teaching & the Community
    Scientists in Schools
    Julie McClements
    SA Project Officer
    Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools
    CSIRO Education and Outreach
    T +61 8 8305 0636
    F  08 8303 8845
    Several of our staff has affiliations with the CSIRO Scientist in Schools Program. This allows scientists to be partnered with a primary or secondary schools and facilitate the teaching of science in the classroom.

    Staff involved in this outreach program include:
    Ying Zhu Ying joined the project in 2012, and has worked with Scotch College Primary School in a year 4 classroom with the class teacher Ms. Debra Williams
    Michelle Wirthensohn  Michelle began working with Yorketown Area School on Yorke Peninsula in 2015
    Beth Loveys Beth has been working with several R-4 classes at Hawthorndene Primary School since 2012 in partnership with two teachers, Beverley Bennet and Chris Wheatley.
    Better Judgement project
    Improving assessment procedures. Supported by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Dr Lisa Schmidt
    Academic Lead - Teaching and Learning
    Royal Adelaide Show - for more information contact Paul Gribin
  • Casual Teaching Register

    Higher Degree Research students wishing to show their interest in casual teaching within the School of Agriculture Food and Wine are invited to submit their details to be included on the school’s casual teaching register.

    Register for casual teaching
  • Communities of Practice

    Many staff in the School of Agriculture Food and Wine are active participants in the University’s Communities of Practice. These groups span multiple disciplines and are a good way to meet colleagues from different areas of the university and share ideas about learning and teaching.

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