Call for expressions of interest: Connectedness Learning mentoring and submissions for edited book

I warmly invite written EOIs from people in higher education who wish to explore Connectedness Learning and the Networked Approach in greater depth in their learning and teaching contexts. Following on from my National Senior Teaching Fellowship Graduate Employability 2.0, I am looking for 6-7 teams to mentor in working with the GE2.0 toolkit in different ways during 2017. Each team will have the opportunity to share their work in progress at a GE2.0 roundtable in Adelaide in late 2017 / early 2018, and will contribute a case study chapter to an edited book with a high level educational publisher.

Who should apply?

Educators and educational leaders who want to explore connected and networked approaches to learning and teaching, the development of learners’ professional connectedness capabilities (online and/or face-to-face), and / or strengthen the connectedness of their educational programs and organisational areas. Teams can be from any area or multiple areas of a higher education institution, or multiple institutions. Teams can be from Australian or international higher education institutions.

Focus topics may include one or more of:

work integrated learning, alumni engagement, students as partners, connected and networked learning, learning through social media, informal learning, industry and community partnerships, student networking, online professional identity development, co-curricular awards, teaching stakeholder engagement, transdisciplinary teaching, research-teaching nexus, teacher professional connectedness, intra- and cross-institutional collaboration, social capital.

Criteria for selection:

  • a clear link between the proposed area of exploration and elements of the Connectedness Learning model / networked approach to Graduate Employability
  • a demonstrated commitment to engaging in the project, championing the connectedness learning approach in the institution, attending the roundtable to share work in progress, and delivering a chapter for the edited book
  • a commitment on the part of the institution / organisational area/s involved to support the project and the team

What does it involve?

Successful teams will:

  • adapt, trial and test the GE2.0 model and toolkit for their contexts over a period of approximately 6 months (May-November 2017), with Ruth’s mentoring input (if required)
  • become champions for connectedness learning in their institutions – they will promote their work and the connectedness learning approach
  • attend a 1.5 day roundtable in late 2017/ early 2018 to share their in-progress findings with one another, and to work on their chapters (travel and accommodation costs will be subsidised up to $1,000 per team)
  • submit a chapter for the edited book in mid 2018.

What does the EOI involve?

Submissions are due on April 28th 2017 by email to

Submissions should include:

  • an abstract of 250-300 words that outlines your educational context/s, what the team intends to explore, the potential contribution of the project to theory and practice in higher education learning and teaching
  • details of your team and their contributions to the project
  • brief written responses to the criteria for selection above

More information on GE2.0, connectedness learning, and the networked approach is available at

see particularly:

the Connectedness Learning Model and toolkit

Connectedness Learning fact-sheets

Connectedness Learning discussion paper and chapter