Deakin 2015 Teaching and Learning conference

The annual Learning and Teaching Conference took place on the Burwood Campus on 19th November 2015.

The conference theme was Learning Brilliance and included papers on topics such as; active and activated learning, Work Integrate Learning and professional practice and assessing tricky Graduate Learning Outcomes.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, opened the conference with an address that complimented all teaching staff for ensuring Deakin remained in the number one position for student satisfaction for the fifth year running. Keynote speaker Professor David Boud, Director of the Deakin Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning Environments (CRADLE), encouraged all educators to think carefully about their assessment practices.

Highlights of the day included:

  • the ‘Lightning Pitch’ session where staff were asked to present their teaching ideas in a fun, fast paced atmosphere. The presentations were limited to two minutes and three slides. Most managed to keep their presentations within the allocation – although we had to hold our breaths a few times! Phil Dawson made sure things ran smoothly!
  • the Tech space, where the Teach Assist team introduced cutting edge teaching techniques, including the very popular Virtual Reality headsets.
  • Shannon Sahlqvist presented on a memorable video feedback model involving 1600 students and over 30 markers. The feedback given is personalised and supportive.
  • Fiona McKay presented on the simulation she developed to teach negotiation skills to Health students. The students were challenged by this activity but found it very stimulating. Fiona reflected that she would teach this again and explained what changes she would make.
  • Julia Savage presented on leading a teaching team to be inclusive of sessional staff. Julia suggested that discussion groups and a teaching plan for sessional staff assist the team to align their classes with assessment tasks and share ideas and issues, allowing for sharing of students’ experiences.

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Education, Beverley Oliver wrapped up the conference, which included a special presentation to the winner of the inaugural Deakin Hallmark award for Teamwork Excellence in Environmental Management and Sustainability – Michelle Worsley. Congratulations Michelle.