Over 2 mornings on 2-3 September around 150 Charles Sturt and Study Group Australia staff Zoomed in for the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences (all BJBS) annual L&T Symposium. It was the second one in an online/virtual format but marked No.5 in total. The theme for this year’s symposium was Thriving in higher education’s new normal. Consistent with that theme, the opening session featured a diverse expert panel – Dr Nicole Sugden inspired us all, not only with the sheep- scale but also with her innovative strategies of how to engage students with challenging concepts, Associate Professor Kathryn Sutherland dialed in all the way from NZ and shared the 4Cs of Effective Classroom teaching, Professor Kim Cornish from Monash Uni presented findings from the THRIVE student surveys, and Dan Winson (from Zetifi) shared how the Pandemic is impacting the role of technology and education. All four played distinct but related roles in the conversation and stimulated huge interaction with the audience on how to thrive in the new normal. The session was kindly facilitated by Associate Professor Gene Hodgins.
You can access the recording of the opening session on the recordings playlist and any associated resources provided by the speakers on the keynote panel page L&T Symposium Hub. The questions that were unanswered in the session will be answered and uploaded via a padlet here (so keep an eye out for updates). Besides going and viewing sessions you did not get a chance to attend, it would also be greatly appreciated if you could please complete the evaluation form so we know what went well and what we could improve and/or do differently next year.
Showcases and Workshops
Subsequent elective sessions included the showcases of learning and teaching practice which were designed as a catalyst for structured and documented discussions between presenters and attendees on key challenges and solutions across 4 different themes: developing student skills, innovating in assessment, increasing student engagement and teaching techniques and technology. You can review the recordings via the L&T Symposium Hub recording tab or go direct to the dedicated YouTube Channel, which has all kindly been created by Lachlan Kalache.
The focus of the workshops was on providing attendees with specific skills and resources that could be readily applied to their scholarship and practice of teaching and learning. Seven were on offer including two on interacting with students (one in relation to supporting international and First Nation students), one on assessment innovation (workplace learning; when it really counts), two on SoTL (disseminating scholarly activity via non-traditional means, and how to teach students how to research), and two on tools to make life easier (Hacks to make L&T easier and building teacher and student resilience in thE post-COVID age). If you missed any of these and would like to listen to them again please go to the L&T Sympoisum hub recording tab or go direct to the dedicated YouTube Channel. Accompanying resources for respective workshops sessions are available here.
Student Panel and Thank You
The symposium was closed by Professor Judith Gulliver who facilitated the student panel. This panel comprised a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate, current and graduated, students from a diverse range of discipline areas. To listen to the session go direct to the dedicated YouTube Channel. The questions that were unanswered in the session but have been subsequently answered can be located in the padlet here.
Collaboration has been well and truly on display at this symposium with staff from every school in our Faculty, DLT, the Library and Study Group Australia partners working together to prepare and deliver workshops, showcases, and keynote panels. A big hearty thank you is offered to all involved and especially Dr Warwick Baines for everything he did to make the current and past symposiums a big success.