Following a review of Academic and Administrative Service Units comprising the Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI), Centre for Innovation in Professional Learning (CIPL) and Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (CEIT) in December 2013, Vice-Chancellor’s Committee endorsed the disestablishment of these three units and the creation of a single service-oriented unit to support teaching and learning UQ.

Following an organisational change process in the first half of 2014, ITaLI (the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation) has been established to support the strategic goals of the University.

ITaLI is organised around two primary functional areas - Teaching Excellence and Innovation and Analytics - led by senior academic staff, and reporting to a Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). While these functional areas provide organisational guidance, the new positions emphasise the need to work across boundaries to deliver projects.

The operational structure of ITaLI is designed to respond to projects prioritised by a governance structure, including an Advisory Group comprised of Associate Deans Academic (ADAs), that connects school and faculty teaching and learning needs with institutional strategic priorities. This is especially important when considering that ITaLI will not have the capacity to provide ‘at elbow’ support for all academics in all areas, nor was this recommended in the external review report. Like all units in the University, the new unit must prioritise and find ways to leverage its impact in the faculties and schools.

A key feature of the ITaLI structure is the secondment of academic staff from all faculties to act as UQ T&L Fellows. The skills and knowledge of UQ teaching award winners will also be valued by ITALI as we seek to improve learning outcomes for students.

TEDI, CIPL and CEIT were disestablished as of 1 August and ITaLI became effective from 2 August.

The Advisory Group will meet shortly to determine the priorities of ITaLI. In the meantime, major activities surrounding student evaluations, teaching awards and Office of Learning and Teaching grant support, and the UQx project will continue. 

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