Learning and Teaching Conference 2014

3rd and 4th July 2014


Federation University Australia proudly supported the Learning and Teaching Conference which was held at Ballarat Lodge at 613 Main Rd, Ballarat. The conference was open to staff studying the Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Teaching) (GCETT), Federation University Australia staff and all partner staff.

The theme of the conference was 'Collaborations'. The keynote speaker was Professor Susan Stoney, Head of the Centre for Learning and Development at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and RPFF/GCETT reviewer/evaluator. Susan's keynote explored various aspects of collaboration, from face-to-face to virtual. It discussed facilitative technologies and assessment and gave practical examples of what you can do now and into the future to help students work together more effectively. There was also the opportunity to attend interactive workshops and presentations.

A conference dinner was held on Thursday evening, 3 July at Albert Coates Complex at the University's Mt Helen Campus. The dinner guest speaker was The Honourable Nicholas Wakeling, Minister for Higher Education and Skills.


Keynote address

'Snapshots of teaching and learning'

  • Making a song and dance about it – Ms Belinda Drury | Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
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  • Collaborative learning of Intergenerational Programs (IGP) –Ms Tracy Airey and Ms Tanya Smart |Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
    • Due to music copyright we cannot publish this presentation

Workshop presentations

  • The use of DigiExplanations as an innovative, alternative assessment technique suited to the demonstration of complex practical skills for biomedical science students – Associate Professor Nina Fotinatos | Federation University Australia
  • Game development as a strategy for learning and assessment: A practical approach – Ms Fran Corcoran and Ms Jenny Jackson | Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
  • Learning in, with and through community: Developing collaborations for transformation – Dr Jenene Burke, Dr Sharon McDonough, Dr Anitra Goriss-Hunter, Dr Peter Sellings and Mr Chris Wines | Federation University Australia
  • Taking the plunge: Moving to a blended curriculum– Dr Christina Sadowski, Dr Rob Townsend and Mr John Supple | Federation University Australia
  • Too much information? Post lecture strategies– Dr Zeb Leonard | Federation University Australia
  • Seamless supported pathways: Myth or reality?– Dr Helen Weadon and Mr Adam Baker | Federation University Australia
  • Google + Moodle (Goodle) – Mr Andrew Davis | Wodonga Institute of TAFE
  • Discord to harmony: Addressing the challenges of mature age VET students in partner institutes as they 'adjust' to higher education – Dr Helen Weadon, Ms Nancy Lange and Mr Brian Martin | Federation University Australia
  • Collaborative teaching: Experiences in cross-campus and cross-disciplinary teaching – Dr Barbie Panther, Assoc. Professor Jenny Mosse, Dr Wendy Wright, Ms Jo-Ann Larkins, Dr Alison Green, Dr Andrew Greenhill, Ms Janee Hoch and Dr Phil Brook-Carter | Federation University Australia
  • Student engagement strategies in an online environment– Ms Erin McDowell | Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
  • Internationalising the curriculum – Dr Peter Townsend | Federation University Australia
  • Collaboration in tertiary education: Going further and higher together – Dr Liz Atkins and Dr Carolyn Johnstone | Federation University Australia
  • Effective teaching strategies for diverse students – Dr Ning Ruan | Federation University Australia
  • Using collaborative techniques to assist international students in studying Australian law! – Ms Sally-Anne Leigh and Mr Luis Quintero | Academies Australasia Polytechnic
  • Peer developmentCollaboration of staff in adopting and supporting the use of innovative online learning tools– Ms Tulsa Andrews and Mr Chris Brown | Federation University Australia
  • Collaborating in Mahara – Ms Christine Nicholas | Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Keynote session