LTQ Creative Connections An update from the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Quality) Welcome to the first edition of LTQ Creative Connections LTQ Creative Connections highlights in brief some of the great work, news and events happening within LT&Q and across USQ. We hope you enjoy our first edition and we look forward to ongoing updates. If you would like to include something in our LTQ Creative Connections please do not hesitate to be in touch. In my role as the PVC (Learning, Teaching and Quality) I have been working towards defining the direction of the LTQ portfolio generally as well as the specific activities for which it is responsible. This includes several key initiatives. These are: revision of the Learning and Teaching Policy development of both an academic and staff support journey implementation of LITE teams; developing and innovating our digital core of learning systems and processes rolling out Moodle 2.2 and a new virtual classroom Inside this issue supporting our students through a variety of complementary support mechanisms and drawing on University initiatives like DART; redesigning our learning materials with an online and interactive focus in a core mode offering. We hope that you find something useful in this edition and look forward to your feedback. Why not have a go at the self-audit of your studydesk—see page 6.There is much more to tell—look out for future issues! Belinda New Learning Centre open for learning The new Learning Centre in the USQ Toowoomba campus opened its doors on the 20th February in time for the new semester. Previously located on the third floor of R Block within the Library area it is now located on the first level next to the USQ Bookshop in the Hub area. 2012 Learning & Teaching Snapshots 2 COAT (Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching) 2 Visiting Scholars 2 ePortfolio—creative content for music students 3 LITE teams (Learning Innovation Teaching Enhancement) 3 A new beginning in distributed content hosting 3 USQ Teaching Academy relaunch Have your say— revising USQ’s learning and teaching policy 4 Meet-Up 4 Academic Profile 5 Moodle 2 5 Good practice principles 6 Australian Qualifications Framework 8 The Learning Centre provides help to USQ students to develop academic literacy and maths skills for success at university. It offers support to all USQ students, no matter where they are, in several ways: by face-to-face consultation and workshops on-campus at Toowoomba, Springfield or Fraser Coast, or externally through online workshops, phone or email consultations. The Learning Centre provides a comfortable environment for students to ask questions to Learning and Teaching Support lecturers to assist them with their studies. The Centre is open Monday—Friday and by appointment by visiting the website: www.usq.edu.au/learningcentre or by telephone +61 7 4631 2751 May 2012 Issue 1. The new Toowoomba campusLearning Centre offering quiet learning space Fast Fact The Learning Centre had over 500 contacts from students over three campuses so far this semester. 4 Fast Fact Learning Systems Support has attended over 1300 separate enquiries this year.