Institute of Teaching and Learning

Professional Development for Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning special events

Each year the Institute works with staff from around the University as well as international guests to progress initiatives that contribute towards achieving the goals outlined in the Teaching and Learning Plan 2008–2012. These events provide an important avenue for academics and teaching and administrative staff to develop collegial relationships across disciplines, schools and faculties to enable a coordinated approach to teaching and learning at Deakin. All staff from the University are invited to attend these special events.

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2009 teaching and learning special events

In 2009 the teaching and learning special event series featured the following sessions:

International flexible education symposium

The purpose of this three day symposium held in November 2009 was to hear and gather information from recognised international leaders in this field on current teaching practices and approaches to the provision of flexible education to assist with defining the future scope, innovation for and development of flexible education here at Deakin. The program featured two international keynote speakers, Dr Terry Anderson, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada and Dr Malcolm Brown, Director Educause Learning Initiative.

Intercultural understanding and competencies events

In 2009 the Institute hosted three events aimed at exploring and increasing intercultural understanding and competencies. The events comprised a workshop, forum and a Deakin Week interactive performance.

'The learning stream: what works?' forum

In July 2009 students and staff from across Deakin's four faculties and several divisions and institutes were involved in a participative design forum with the aim of exploring and creating Intercultural Understanding and Competencies (IUC) learning resources that exemplify practices that enhance intercultural understanding within the higher education context. Learning resources were developed and have been distributed to build on elements of the framework.

Intercultural understanding and competencies Deakin Week event

An IUC and performing arts event was designed and performed in collaboration with Multicultural Arts Victoria, community members and faculties. Aimed at presenting ideas, performances and perspectives from a range of cultural backgrounds with a backdrop of IUC learning and teaching resources from The learning stream forum and professional development resources design processes, for example:

  • understanding how cultures differ and are similar
  • elements that work to enhance intercultural interactions
  • thoughtfulness about elements of their own and other's cultures that influence learning and professional work.

Intercultural understanding and competencies international workshop

The Intercultural understanding and competencies international workshop held during November 2009, showcased the work of Alverno College, Milwaukee, USA. Professor Jeana Abromeit led a three day professional development and curriculum design workshop. An intercultural understanding and interactions framework outcome statement was co-produced with Dr Jude Westrup that forms the basis of e-learning modules, e-portfolio templates and web resources.

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24th November 2010