Council Strategic Directions
ACODE Constitution - (PDF Format , 81kb) Revised in November 2010.
ACODE will promote, facilitate and support the attainment of excellence in teaching and learning in Australasian higher education through the enhancement of policies and practices for learning and teaching enabled by technology.
ACODE actively seeks to influence Australasian universities’ policies and practices in learning and teaching enabled by technology at institutional, national and international levels through:
- disseminating and sharing knowledge and expertise;
- supporting professional development;
- building leadership capability;
- providing networking opportunities;
- investigating, developing and evaluating new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning; and
- advising and influencing key higher education bodies in the promotion of best practice.
ACODE is underpinned by the following principles:
- The promotion of excellence in learning and teaching in higher education.
- The maintenance of a clear focus on enhancing the student learning experience.
- The fostering of leadership and research-informed policy and practice in learning and teaching enabled by technology.
- The encouragement, support and dissemination of innovative approaches to learning and teaching enabled by technology.
- Supporting and encouraging collaboration and partnership and the development of communities of practice in learning and teaching enabled by technology.
- Being responsive to the diverse needs of member institutions and the tertiary education sector.
ACODE operates in an environment characterised by:
- Constant change in the roles and expectations of universities and their staff.
- A shortage of qualified staff with specialist expertise in supporting learning and teaching enabled by technology.
- An intensification of staff workloads.
- An ageing staff and student demographic.
- The diverse and evolving characteristics, needs and expectations of learners.
- Continuous change in technology and its impact on teaching and learning.
- An emphasis on quality assurance, accountability and curriculum standardization.
- Constraints on funding and resources.
- Increased competition, globalization and internationalization of tertiary education.
- Develop and foster individual leadership and management capability within member institutions.
- Provide leadership through policy and professional development initiatives reflective of teaching and learning changes enabled by technology.
- Identify and share successful processes and frameworks for evaluating new and recurrent educational technologies.
- Facilitate sharing of methods for bringing the student experience into the centre of our planning, deployment and evaluation of educational technologies.
- Provide and support effective professional development activities.
- Undertake the ongoing review and improvement of the effectiveness of its communications mechanisms.
- Further develop and enhance relationships with key bodies and agencies.
- Conduct and support a program of research and development relevant to open, distance and e-learning.
- Gather and disseminate evidence regarding the Australasian and international environment that impacts upon our members.
- Affirm and demonstrate its value to its membership.