We think this year’s Celebrating Teaching program offers up some incredibly interesting, innovative and contemporary events. If you’re thinking about coming along to some of the events but haven’t registered yet, here’s 7 reasons why we think this is one year of Celebrating Teaching you won’t want to miss.

1. Be part of the future of work integrated learning (WIL) at Griffith

[email protected]: Looking Forward will feature workshops facilitated by Professor Ruth Bridgstock and Professor Michael Sankey from Learning Futures. Professor Ruth Bridgstock notes that “outcomes from the workshops will be fed into university strategy and policy development processes for WIL and graduate employability”. If you’re interested in the direction WIL will take at Griffith over the coming years, you’ll want to come along to this event. This is an exciting and future focussed time for the WIL space at our university.

When: Friday 26 October, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Where: Science, Engineering and Architecture (G39) 1.17 @ Gold Coast campus
This event includes morning tea and lunch

2. Get a sneak peek of the new Blackboard Ultra and what will be coming as part of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be a huge boost to technology enhanced learning at Griffith and will offer exciting opportunities to enhance the student and staff experience. Come along to this short afternoon session to find out more about what the VLE is all about and the Blackboard enhancements that are coming soon.

When: Wednesday 24 October, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Where: Location to be announced @ Nathan campus

3. Take some time out for yourself

Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed and overworked? You’re not alone! The Educator Self-Care Symposium will bring together the expertise of psychologists Associate Professor Stan Steindl and Dr Hayley Quinn who will explore the importance of self-care and some practical ways you can care for and cultivate compassion for yourself and others in the workplace. Take some time out for yourself and come along to this morning session — you deserve it.

When: Wednesday 24 October, 9.15 am – 1.30 pm
Where: Campus Heart (N76) 1.02/1.03 @ Nathan campus
This event includes morning tea and lunch

4. Get to know what your students think about PebblePad

This year’s PebblePad Symposium sees the student voice come on board. Students will be taking part in an interactive Q&A session, and you can also ask your academic colleagues for the nitty gritty on how they have designed learning activities and assessment using PebblePad. There will be also concurrent sessions with presentations from each of the groups, including some very interesting sounding video presentations that we can’t wait to see.

When: Thursday 25 October, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Where: Griffith Business School (G42) 2.17 @ Gold Coast campus
This event includes morning tea and lunch

5. Find out more about HEA [email protected] in 2019 and the pathway to Fellowship that might be the best fit for you

HEA Fellowships offer professional recognition for your commitment to teaching and supporting colleagues in their teaching and are increasingly considered by universities as part of the appointment and promotion process. At this afternoon session, you’ll hear about the benefits of the scheme from colleagues who have already attained Fellowship and can speak to the coordinators of the four accredited professional learning programs which will offer a pathway to fellowship at Griffith from next year. If you have any questions about HEA Fellowships or just want to find out more about them, come along to this event. Come a little bit earlier to arrive in time for the HEA Fellowship and Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy Celebration and Networking Lunch, on just before this session.

When: Monday 22 October, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Where: Campus Heart (N76), 1.02/1.03, Nathan campus
This event includes catering

6. Be part of your community

Are you interested in the development of learning and teaching Communities of Practice at Griffith? The Communities of Practice Symposium, sponsored by the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy, is open to all staff and a must-see session for anyone interested in what’s happening with CoPs at our university. You’ll hear updates from the GLTA Group Chapter Chairs and see a showcase of existing successful communities of practice from each academic Group, including time for questions. Come along to find out more about what’s happening in your learning and teaching community and stay for the HEA Fellowship and Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy Celebration and Networking Lunch straight after.

When: Monday 22 October, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Where: Central Theatres (N18), Theatre 1 @ Nathan campus
This event includes morning tea

7. Explore new ways to design feedback and assessment, and enhance your students’ motivation

If you’re interested in redesigning feedback or want to explore the concepts of gamification in higher education, then register now for the Innovative Teaching for Active Learning Symposium. The symposium will feature engaging presentations and interactive workshops by Professor David Boud and Professor Kevin Bell, and practice sharing sessions from your Griffith colleagues. Get in quick as there’s only a few spots left for this event.

When: Tuesday 23 October, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Where: Student Guild Function Centre (G07), The Link @ Gold Coast campus
This event includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea