Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia

About Us

The ALTC funded ACED, in collaboration with ACDICT, to formulate and implement a long-term plan to support quality teaching in the disciplines of ICT and Engineering.

The Discipline Support Strategy was built directly on the outcomes of two ALTC discipline-based scoping studies.  These studies identified areas of concern in how education is undertaken within the disciplines.

Engineering ICT
King R (2008), Addressing the Supply and Quality of Engineers for the New Century, ALTC discipline-based scoping project Koppi T, and Naghdy F (2009), Managing Educational Change in the ICT discipline at the tertiary education level, ALTC discipline-based scoping project
Common areas of concern:
  • student attraction and motivation, reducing attrition, continuing low enrolments of women, and the need for gender-inclusive curricula;
  • the need for greater engagement of the curriculum (including its design) with industry practitioners, more effective work integrated learning;
  • adoption of best-practice pedagogy based on student-centred active learning with real-world (authentic) examples;
  • adoption of high quality student assessment, linked to well-defined learning outcomes;
  • support of academic staff to improve their understanding and implementation of best-practice teaching in higher education.
greater sharing of staff and laboratory resources and best-practice experience between engineering schools. understanding and strengthening the 'teaching-research-industry-learning' nexus.


Activities to support the engineering and ICT academic communities contribute to outcomes in all areas listed in the ALTC Discipline Support Strategy Guidelines:

  1. Commitment by discipline leaders to drive learning and teaching change agendas
  2. Identification of issues and priorities for the disciplines and plans of action
  3. Embedding of outcomes of ALTC-funded projects
  4. National benchmarking arising from whole of discipline activities supported by councils of deans
  5. Increased capacity of discipline and other groups to share resources relating to ALTC-funded projects and activities.

As a continuation of the discipline focussed strategy, national discipline bodies have been further funded (and have provided supporting resources) to mobilise existing discipline networks, or establish new networks, to advocate for learning and teaching and to provide leadership and expertise in addressing national higher education priorities.

For the disciplines of Engineering and ICT, ARNEIA is one result.


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Associate Deans & Educational Leaders in Engineering

Program Leaders in Engineering



Associate Deans Learning & Teaching in ICT

Program Leaders in ICT

Postal Address

Australian Computer Society
P.O. Box Q534
Sydney 1230