2020 L&T Symposium program overview

You should have recently received a special edition of BJBS News focused solely on the 2020 L&T Symposium which will be delivered over 3 consecutive mornings, kicking off at 9 am on Wednesday 2 September. As we don’t need to work out transport, accommodation and logistics this year, registrations, as well as the symposium website including the full program, will open later this month. In the meantime here a brief overview of each session.

2 Sep 9.00 am -10:45 am Keynote and panel

Our theme for this year’s symposium is ‘the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in a digital world’. To help us wrestle that through systematically the following keynote speakers will each speak on their broad topics and then participate in a panel discussion:

  • Deb Clarke on the scholarship of learning and teaching
  • Tim Gentle on the practice of technology-enable learning and teaching
  • Carolyn Childs on education developing the skills required for the future

For more information on the above speakers click here

2 Sep 11.15 am – 1.00pm Unsymposium

The aim of the 2020 Unsymposium is to provide:

  • spaces for you to engage with each others’ learning and teaching practices
  • the opportunity to reflect and draw connections between common issues and questions

Submissions have now closed and the following 4 themes (from which you choose one) locked in:

  1. Capability and transferable skills (presenters: Kath Attree, Ruhina Karim, Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Margaret Redestowicz) What are some strategies to gauge students’ capabilities and existing knowledge? How can we facilitate connections between knowledge, experience and unfolding situations? Kath, Ruhina, Branka and Margaret take you through their journey designing learning experiences that build students’ capabilities and equip them with transferable skills. Read their posts here #Capabilities
  2. Effective partnering with industry (presenters: Michael Bewong, Sudath Heiyanthuduwage, M. Arif Khan, Jen Weller) How do you stay up to date with your industry? How can we make our students industry-ready? Are we current and engaged?  Hear how Michael, Sudath, Arif and Jen work closely with industry experts to stay current and engaged. Effectively partnering with industry to deliver learning experiences that equip our students with lifelong learning capabilities. Read their posts here #Industry
  3. Impact of research-informed teaching practice (presenters: Nick Davis, Mostafa Habbal, Eddie Oczkowski, Buvana Selvaraj) How can knowledge be responsibly applied to problems? How can it be helpful to individuals and communities? Is it possible to interpret discoveries and research findings in a way that finds a larger and more comprehensive understanding across discipline boundaries?  Join Nick, Mostafa, Eddie and Buvana as they share how their research informs and impacts on their teaching practice. Read their posts here #Researchinformed
  4. Facilitating purposeful peer interaction (presenters: Kate Angel, Kylie Gumbleton, Jo Parker) Does online discussion improve students’ understanding of reading materials? How does active learning in synchronous classes influence students’ comprehension of the concepts? What does role play an simulation contribute to student learning in a course?  These are just some areas Kate, Kylie and Jo will touch on to start the conversation on facilitating purposeful peer interaction. Read their posts here #Peerlearning

3 Sep 9.00am – 12:00pm Workshops

Our hands-on elective workshops have been an important and popular feature of previous symposiums. This year we’ll still be running workshops but instead of choosing 2 x 1 hour workshops you’ll choose from one of 5 workshop streams, all run in the morning timeslot on 3 September and all designed coherently to develop particular areas of teaching from different perspectives. The workshops are:

  • Effective partnering with industry
  • Facilitating purposeful peer interaction 
  • Thinking differently about assessment
  • Being a digital scholar
  • Rethinking learning resources

More details before registrations open.

4 Sep 9.00am – 10:45am Closing session

This session will feature a wrap up of what we’ve learned, what we want to do next and how the University and Faculty can assist. More details before registrations open.