Transforming learning and teaching

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Have you been wondering what interesting new learning and teaching tools and methods your colleagues are using?

After a highly successful event last year, the Designing for Learning Showcase returns this year with the theme "Transforming Learning and Teaching", focusing on teaching with technology, creative assessment strategies, teaching online, and the student experience in online and face-to-face contexts.

The Showcase will be held on Thursday 4 December on Werrington South campus from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

This year, there will be two keynote speakers:

  • Professor Mike Keppell is Executive Director, Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland, and Director of the Digital Futures Collaborative Research Network. Professor Keppell has a long professional history in higher education in Australia, Canada and Hong Kong and has worked at five different universities. His research focuses on digital futures, learning spaces, blended learning, learning-oriented assessment, authentic learning, leadership and transformative learning using design-based research.
  • Jihad Dib is the Principal of Punchbowl Boys' High School in Sydney's south west. When appointed to the role of Principal at 33, Jihad was one of the youngest principals in NSW and his modern approach revolutionised the School. Jihad's leadership has led to a significant reduction in absenteeism, increased morale, surging enrolments and much-improved academic results at the School in the seven years he has been Principal. In addition, Jihad's philosophy of having his students actively engage with the wider community has established a wonderful sense of pride in the school among the Punchbowl community. 

You will also have the opportunity to watch full presentations or get involved in a "speed dating" presentation – the latter is a 15-minute presentation, demonstration or activity with around 20 people per table, encouraging audience participation. These interactive sessions give you the opportunity to ask questions and see what your colleagues are introducing to their students.

Each UWS School is presenting at the Showcase, with topics including engaging students in blended learning, peer review, e-portfolios, iPad-enabled exams, iBooks, iTunes U, virtual reality, learning analytics, student-generated learning resources, and UWS Online.

Other highlights include the opening address from the Vice-Chancellor, a student panel and an afternoon discussion with choc tops.

If you're interested in attending this learning and networking opportunity, be sure to register by Friday 31 October. 

For information on how to register your attendance, and to view the full program of presentations, visit the Designing for Learning Showcase webpage (opens in a new window)