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Learning and Teaching Forum
Towards 2025: Inspiring Learning

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Ian Jacobs (President and Vice-Chancellor), 
Professor Merlin Crossley (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education),  
Professor Geoffrey Crisp (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education), 
Sophie Johnston (President, Student Representative Council),  
Trudy Hasna Taftiana (Master Candidate of Engineering Science)

31 October 2016, 8:45am-3.30pm
Scientia Building

The focus of the October 2016 Learning and Teaching Forum, Towards 2025: Inspiring Learning, is the UNSW 2025 Strategy and the Scientia Educational Experience in particular. The keynotes will address aspects of the 2025 Strategy and provide insights into the student experience at UNSW.

The forum will also showcase the exciting array of teaching approaches being taken across UNSW faculties on various themes related to Inspiring Learning including assessment and feedback strategies, grand challenges and partnerships, teaching excellence, work integration, curriculum and program design, digital innovation, and equity/diversity and inclusion. 

27 UNSW academics, together with their students, will share their teaching practices via presentations, details are available via the 2016 Forum Program.  We encourage you to preview the Posters Gallery which will also be on display during the event.  

For more information and to register for the forum

Inspiring Learning artwork design: Ka Ying Karen Lam & VLADGRIN/iStock

Inspiring Learning Initiative:  A Digital Assessment System

As part of the 2025 Strategy towards Educational Excellence, the PVC Education Portfolio has received funding to create a digital assessment system.  In its initial stages, this project's key objectives are to develop a systematic approach to the optimal use of technology to support the assessment process from the design of assessment (including innovative technology-enhanced items for assessing students' knowledge and skills), the delivery of digital assessments and the analyses and reporting of student performance.  The Portfolio will have preliminary meetings with faculty representatives and looks forward to sharing progress with the UNSW community as the project develops.

Connections is a series of seminars facilitated by the PVC (Education) Portfolio to explore different aspects of learning and teaching. The seminars provide a forum to share ideas and get feedback on practice and research. 

New Opportunities in Assessment and Feedback for staff and students using UNSW Review

Presented by Associate Professor Gigi Foster, School of Economics and Mr. Danny Carroll, Business Digital Learning (UNSW Business School)
17 October, 1pm - 2pm
Room 1025, Level 10, Library

Empowering students to become the social change agents of tomorrow
Presented by Dr. Fanny Salignac, Centre for Social Impact (UNSW Business School)
25 October, 12pm - 1pm
Room 1025, Level 10, Librar

Writing Analytics to Improve Formative Feedback  - virtual seminar
Presented by Simon Buckingham Shum, Simon Knight, Andrew Gibson and Philippa Ryan (University of Technology Sydney).  Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching, Monash University, Australia
2 November, 6pm - 7pm
watch online

For more information and to register for any of these Connections Seminars

Learners as partners is a way of thinking that positions students as change agents who share responsibility for learning and teaching with university staff.  It extends beyond student engagement that fosters active learning; it shifts students from a position of learning from to learning with academics. This enables students to be partners in the creation of knowledge and development of teaching innovations. Staff and students interested in Learners as Partners at UNSW are invited to join regular meetings held by the PVC (Education) Portfolio.

UNSW Student Edward Bartolo (General Secretary, SRC) speaking at the National Students as Partners Roundtable 2016 at the University of Queensland on October 5

Workshop: Partnering with students in curriculum design

Facilitated by Rebecca LaBard (Science), Lauren Kark (Engineering), Selena Griffith (Engineering) 
13 October, 10am -11:30am
Room 1025, Level 10, Library

Further information and registration

Case Studies of Learners as Partners at UNSW initiatives

Have you been involved in a Learners as Partners initiative?  We'd love to know more,  please provide details here .


Join the Media team from the PVC (Education) Portfolio as they offer both experts and novices new insights into creating educational media resources that facilitate learning.  Available on Moodle.

360 Panoramic Pictures Workshop

14 October, 10am-11am
LITEroom, next to the IT Service Centre, Ground Floor, Library Annexe   


For more information and to register

The LITEroom Seminar Series

'The Situation Engine' - VR Gaming technology that is transforming student education

Presented by Russell Lowe, Built Environment
19 October, 2pm - 3pm

For more information and to register please email TheLITEroom@unsw.edu.au 

Other Media and Technology events at UNSW

UNSW AV/VR Developers Network Meeting

Visualisation Aesthetics presented by Dr John McGhee (Art & Design)
13 October, 11am, Michael Crouch Innovation Centre 

For more information and registration

UNFED Meeting

Hosted by Faculty of Science
27 October, 12:30pm - 2pm
Matthews 107

Please RSVP for light catering purposes and updates.

Join a UNSW MOOC today

Developed by UNSW academics and staff, these courses are open and available to anyone who is interested.

Disability and a Good Life: Thinking through Disability

Course Starts: 24 October, duration 6 weeks

It is often assumed that people with disabilities are not able to live good lives. In this course, we explore the diverse lives of people with disabilities. We investigate what blocks many disabled people from living a good life, and suggest that it is as much about external attitudes and factors as it is about living with an impairment.

Register  today


UNSW Australia had four successful applications for the 2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded by the Department of Education and Training. Congratulations to our colleagues!

Dr Rebecca LeBard: For engaging students in the practice of 'being a scientist' and taking a scholarly approach to helping students overcome obstacles in learning scientific inquiry

Dr Leila Morsy: For influencing, inspiring, and motivating university students to become transformative secondary school teachers through realistic, case based, simulation learning experiences in a caring, university classroom-based environment.

LionsHeart: For leadership and innovation that has transformed the teaching of economics, inspiring multidisciplinary first-year students via immersive experiential learning and empowering them to succeed.

Dr Nalini Pather: For embedding dialogue and reflection as integral to learning anatomy in a blended environment, that promotes inquiry-driven application of concepts to authentic life scenarios.

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