Celebrating Teaching 2018 will feature events exploring contemporary pedagogies, active and authentic learning, work integrated learning, educator self-care and Communities of Practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the Griffith Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship Scheme and the new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

On Monday 5 November at the Gold Coast campus, the achievements of Griffith’s remarkable educators will be acknowledged at the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Awards.

See below for a brief outline of the events on offer this year, and keep an eye on your inbox for more information about the sessions and speakers you’ll see at Celebrating Teaching in 2018.


Monday 22 October, 2018

Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy Communities of Practice Symposium

10.00 am – 1.00 pm
at Nathan campus

Communities of Practice (CoP) have long been recognised as an organic way of growing connections between educators, fostering professional learning, and enacting strategic change in higher education. This symposium which is sponsored by the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy is open to all staff.

It will explore the benefits and key success factors for effective CoPs with the aim of growing our institutional understanding of the CoP model and promoting engagement with a sustainable approach to CoPs at Griffith. The program will include a keynote presentation from Associate Professor Jacquie McDonald, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Fellow for the Fellowship “Community, domain, practice: facilitator’s catch-cry for revitalising learning and teaching through communities of practice”.

HEA Fellowship and Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy Celebration and Networking Lunch

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
at Nathan campus

HEA Fellows and Griffith’s Learning and Teaching Academy Fellows are invited to celebrate with their colleagues who have been conferred Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy this year over a networking lunch.

Certificates of recognition will be presented to 2018 HEA Fellows, following a short presentation from the Director of Griffith University’s Higher Education Academy Scheme, Professor Ruth Bridgstock. Ruth will provide an update on the future of HEA Fellowships at Griffith and the opportunities for GLTA Fellows to engage in mentoring colleagues and assessing fellowship applications.

HEA Recognising Teaching, Leading Learning. The Griffith HEA Fellowship Scheme

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
at Nathan campus

Are you committed to teaching, and to enhancing students’ learning experiences and outcomes? Do you support colleagues in their teaching? Are you seeking professional recognition for your efforts? If so, you may be interested in the Griffith HEA Fellowship Scheme.

HEA Fellowships are globally recognised and portable across universities, and are increasingly considered by universities as part of the appointment and promotion process. They are available to academic and professional staff.

Join us at this session to hear from colleagues who have been awarded fellowships. They will share their experiences and talk about the benefits of the Scheme. You will also hear how from 2019, Griffith is embedding fellowship in four of its professional learning programs, including the new Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching.

The session will include the opportunity to network with Griffith HEA Fellows, and will be catered.

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Innovative Teaching for Active Learning Symposium

9.00 am – 3.00 pm
at the Gold Coast campus

This symposium is an opportunity to celebrate university learning and teaching by exploring a variety of emerging and contemporary pedagogies that positively influence student learning and graduate outcomes. The symposium will include a key note address by Professor David Boud (Deakin University) and interactive seminars/workshops organised around sub-themes including learning and teaching approaches intentionally designed to be critically reflective, relationship-oriented, practice-informed, adaptive, simulation-based, problem-based, inquiry-based and more!

Come along to discover new ways to engage your students in active and authentic learning.

Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Educator Self-Care

9.15 am – 1.30 pm
at Nathan campus

As educators, we are committed to care and concern of our learners, but how do we strike a balance between self-care and other-care?

This morning is about YOU, the educator.

Join us for a morning of educator self-care—some of the science behind why this is important for us, and some practical strategies on how we might fill that cup.

Get the Good Oil on Blackboard Ultra and the Virtual Learning Environment

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
at Nathan campus

By T3 next year (2019) we will be well into our transition into a new learning management system Blackboard (Bb) Ultra, as part of a fuller Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Program of work. With this will come a range of affordances for teaching and support that has the potential to positively transform the way we use our learning and teaching systems at Griffith.

This session will provide an early look at Bb Ultra and highlight some of the new functionality that we will enjoy in the future. But the VLE is far more than Bb Ultra, so this session we will also look at what else we see being brought into the mix over the next 18 month or so to transform learning and teaching.

Thursday 25 October, 2018

Annual PebblePad Symposium: Active and Authentic Learning

9.00 am – 3.00 pm
at the Gold Coast campus

Join your colleagues as we explore the multitude of ways PebblePad can be used to engage students through active and authentic learning experiences.

Friday 26 October, 2018

[email protected]: Looking Forward

9.30 am – 4.00 pm
at the Gold Coast campus

[email protected]: Looking Forward brings academic and professional staff engaged in work-integrated learning across the university together for a series of provocative and future-focussed conversations. The symposium aims to celebrate innovative practice and discuss WIL challenges and opportunities at Griffith as we look forward into the possibilities of the digital campus, universal WIL, new pedagogic models, and methods to strengthen industry partner relationships. Associate Professor Amani Bell will provide sector-wide perspectives and share the latest developments with our IRU WIL initiatives.

During the symposium, participants will share instances of cutting edge practice across the university, and will have the opportunity to connect with others and discuss practice. In the afternoon sessions, Professors Ruth Bridgstock and Michael Sankey will facilitate developmental workshops that will bring practitioners together to discuss shared opportunities and possibilities for practice sharing and collaboration.

3rd SEQ STEM Learning Development Symposium

9.30 am – 3.00 pm
at Nathan campus

Do you want to network with colleagues, share your experiences and learn more about active learning strategies in STEM in higher education?

If the answer is yes then we would like to invite you join us for the 3rd SEQ STEM Learning Development Symposium of 2018. This will be a day of information sharing, discussions and networking around the theme “Active Learning in STEM”.

Monday 5 November, 2018

Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
at the Gold Coast campus

At the Awards presentation, the outstanding achievements of some of our remarkable teachers will be recognised. These include:

  • Griffith Citations and Awards for Excellence in Teaching recipients
  • Griffith Internationalisation Awards recipients
  • Griffith staff who have received National Program Awards
  • Griffith staff conferred Higher Education Academy Fellowships.
  • Invitations will be sent to all staff via email

How to register

Log in to the Staff portal > Key Services > My Staff Page > Training and Online Resources > Face2Face Training > Search by Course Number. Enter the Course Number related to the event.

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