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Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)

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  • Design
  • Education

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Courseware design and development program: Providing professional development and project experience 387 Courseware design and development program: Providing professional development and project experience David Hirst, Claire Brooks and Matthew Riddle Department of Teaching, Learning and Research Support University of Melbourne The Courseware Design and Development Program enables academics to participate in a program that integrates a major curriculum development project along with professional development. In its short history, the Courseware Design and Development Program has demonstrated itself to be a sustainable model. It is a model that fulfils a role of encouraging innovation in teaching and learning using technology. The integration of professional development and project development seems to appeal to otherwise busy academics as there are concrete goals and positive outcomes. Keywords: Professional development, courseware development, learn by doing Background In 1996, the Teaching and Learning (Multimedia and Educational Technologies) Committee (TALMET) was established at the University of Melbourne. Its major objective was to advise the university’s Academic Board on the most effective ways to expand the use of technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. From 1997 to 2002 nearly $10,000,000 of the university’s central funds were directed towards development and implementation of over 200 projects through the TALMET Committee. In 2002, the TALMET Committee’s funding of projects was severely curtailed, and multimedia funding was encouraged to become ‘normalised’ within faculties. This also raised the question: How could innovative and exemplary uses of technology in teaching still be encouraged when the previous mechanism for that encouragement (the TALMET grants) was being phased out? In answering this question, the Teaching, Learning and Research Support Department saw the opportunity to establish

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