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The new Deakin Teaching and Learning Centre is pleased to host the Deakin Teaching and Learning Conference showcasing innovation in teaching and learning at Deakin University. This conference provides Deakin members of staff with the opportunity to share their experiences with colleagues from all areas of the University. This sharing of knowledge and experience promotes open communication about teaching initiatives that contribute to the development of high quality, relevant and informed academic programs. This year's theme is:
All interested staff are invited to attend the 2011 Deakin Teaching and Learning Conference. The Conference will focus on the University's role in educating the professions and in providing quality programs with a suitable vocational orientation. The conference will be designed to appeal to a broad range of staff who contribute to supporting student learning. It will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the new learning management system being introduced to support DSO, and the initial ways it is being used to educate our students for professional practice.
Welcome to CReaTe
Professor John Catford, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
The new assessment agenda: equipping students for the continuing challenges of learning and assessment in higher education
Professor David Boud, Professor of Adult Education within Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney
Exploring inter-professional and inter-industry education: outcomes and future directions
Helen Larkin, Susan Ang, Danielle Hitch, Valerie Watchorn, Stephen Segrave, Merrin McCracken, Dale Holt and Hisham Elkadi
Deakin's curriculum review and transformation initiative (CReaTe) leadership panel discussion
Professor Christopher Gray and CReaTe work stream leaders
Previous conferences have explored: the student experience; student engagement; and flexible education. In this conference we want to locate all of these areas of interest within the realm of the University's rich and diverse approaches to the education of the professions, and the many and varied vocational aspects of its courses. The conference will provide opportunities to listen to keynote speakers and for Deakin staff to share their experiences and research/scholarship on the ways in which professionals-in-the-making and professionals-in-further-development are educated. It will represent and stimulate further thought and action on the various productive approaches that can be taken to enhance Deakin's future developments in educating the professions in relevant, responsive, innovative and flexible ways.
The program will feature a broad range of professional education initiatives in the areas of well established and emerging approaches to curriculum design, active pedagogies and new technology uses. Some of the key questions which might be addressed by conference contributions include:
Professor Boud has been involved in research and teaching development in adult, higher and professional education for over 30 years and has contributed extensively to the literature. Previously he held the positions of Dean of the University Graduate School, Head of the School of Adult and Language Education and Associate Dean (Research and Development) in the Faculty of Education. Prior to his appointment at UTS he was Professor and Foundation Director of the Professional Development Centre at the University of New South Wales.
During the past decade the goals and emphasis of student assessment in higher education have been questioned as never before. The certainties about what assessment is for and how it should operate are being challenged. A norm-referenced approach has been displaced by one based on standards, and the overwhelming dominance of grading and certification is being replaced by a view that gives at least as much emphasis to learning and how assessment should foster it. A new agenda is emerging that frames assessment not as looking back in terms of knowledge acquired, but as making a contribution to future learning and practice through the ways it shapes students’ study and fosters their own judgements. The session will outline this agenda and consider implications for how assessment is conducted in university courses. It will build on features of the Assessment 2020 statement designed to focus on needed areas for change in Australian university courses.
David Boud is Professor of Adult Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has written extensively on teaching, learning and assessment in higher and professional education. In the area of assessment he has been a pioneer in developing learning-centred approaches to assessment particularly on student self-assessment (Enhancing Learning through Self Assessment, Routledge 1995) and building assessment skills for long-term learning (Rethinking Assessment in Higher Education: Learning for the Longer Term, Routledge, 2007). He has recently completed a Senior Fellowship with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council on ‘Student assessment for learning in and beyond courses'.
For details see http://www.iml.uts.edu.au/assessment-futures/.
Deakin is embarking on an ambitious curriculum review and transformation initiative over the next three years called CReaTe. This session will introduce the initiative and the recently appointed work stream leaders. The underlying assumptions and ideas informed by earlier university workshops will be introduced, and a panel session will be facilitated for wider discussion.
Deakin staff members are invited to present in any one of six formats:
In the case of the research briefing presentations, proposals should be structured under the headings provided above.
All Abstracts and Proposals must be received by Dr Dale Holt, Institute of Teaching and Learning, no later than 5 pm Monday 5 September. They should include details of presenter(s), Division(s), Institute, Faculty, school and campus. Abstracts and Proposals should:
All Abstracts and Proposals will be considered by a small review group, led by Professor Colin Mason, ITL.
Up to 6 proposal prizes will be awarded at the Conference cocktail reception for submissions across any of the specified categories which are most relevant to the conference theme, and which outline well argued implications for practice, theory and/or policy for the University. The awards will be determined and winners notified at least one week before the conference. Each winner will receive a certificate accompanied by a book voucher. The final program will be completed by mid-September.
Event photographers will be working during the 2011 Teaching and Learning Conference to photograph presenters and delegates during conference sessions and social events. Photographs taken during the event may appear on the 2011 Teaching and Learning Conference web site or in future Deakin publications. A selection of photographs will also be displayed as a projected slideshow in the keynote venue prior to commencing proceedings on day two of the conference. Please advise photographers if you do not want to be included in a photograph.