Many have answered the call….

When you think back, what is the most memorable part of a conference or symposium you’ve attended? Studies say that conference and symposium participants learn more through informal “corridor” connections. We know that engagement is highest when authentic, two-way interactions are experienced, and everyone has an opportunity to contribute. This is what the Unsymposium2020 has to offer.

Discover what is possible….

This year’s Faculty Symposium is focusing on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). We asked you, what do you want to talk about? And many answered the call.

Read posts by Arif Khan and Michael Bewong as they tell us how their teaching practice is being informed by current and real world applications.

Hear from Eddie Oczkowski, Nick Davis, and Sudath Heiyanthuduwage as they explore the intersection between their research and teaching practice.

See how Margaret Redestowicz explores application of teaching and design to new areas and subjects.

Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Kylie Gumbleton and Kath Attree look at the student experience and future-proofing skills.

Read all the submissions so far here.

There is still time!

What do you want to talk about? Submissions for the Unsymposium2020 closes at the end of June. Engage, explore and be part of this learning!

To get the most out of this experience:

  • Learn about Unsymposium 2020
  • Visit previous posts from last year’s speakers (you may even want to chat with them)
  • Take time to reflect on where you are, right now, in your learning and teaching practice. What do you want to share? What do you want to find out?
  • Speak to an Unsymposium Coordinator about your idea for a post. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this article.
  • Draft your post on iTeach. Here’s some pointers.

Next steps

Once the blog posts are curated and connections established we will contact you and place you into naturally occurring groups of 4-5 speakers. These groups will then meet to prepare for the Unsymposium sessions in September.

Who to contact:

If you have any questions or you simply want to discuss your ideas for a possible blog post, please reach out to the Unsymposium Coordinators: Bec Acheson ( , Donna Mitchell ( , Charles Vandepeer ( or Kath Herbert ( .

Quick summary

By 30 June 2020: Develop a short, well written post on an engaging topic related to your teaching practice, reflecting on the SOTL. Submit it on iTeach. Remember, people will read your iTeach post before and after the Unsymposium, so we encourage you to add the important details or links to resources you use to make your strategy happen.

Early August: You’ll receive an invitation to meet with your group facilitator and fellow speakers to discuss the ‘big questions’ and how your presentation might help provoke discussion. You’ll be able to ask questions about how the live session will run, and what we’re trying to achieve.

One week before the symposium: Prepare one slide with a 5 minute (max) summary of the main ideas in your post, you’ll need to draw out the big ideas clearly and concisely. This slide needs to be provided to the Unsymposium Coordinators one week before the Symposium.