It might have been Day 5 of Celebrating Teaching, but there was still plenty to share, learn and celebrate.

Friday kicked off with a large crowd attending the [email protected]: Looking Forward Symposium at the Gold Coast Campus, with Professor Ruth Bridgstock (Deputy Director, Teaching & Curriculum Transformation, Learning Futures) opening the event, followed by Welcome to Country by Uncle John Graham.

Associate Professor Amani Bell giving the Keynote

The all day Symposium celebrated innovative practice supporting WIL, along with workshops around the shared challenges and opportunities going forward. In particular focus on the day were new pedagogical models to support learning and engagement in WIL, and methods to strengthen relationships with industry partners.

Professor Amani Bell (Western Sydney University) presented on ‘Reimagining work integrated learning’, providing sector-wide perspectives and sharing the latest developments in Innovative Research Universities (IRU) WIL initiatives. This was followed by a series presentations by Griffith staff sharing cutting edge instances of practice within the University.

The afternoon workshops allowed attendees to dig deeper, bringing participants together to share and discuss topics of interest from different practitioner perspectives, and collaboratively identifying opportunities to strengthen practice. Outcomes from this work will be fed into University strategy and policy development processes for WIL and graduate employability.


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At the same time on Nathan Campus, the theme of Active Learning continued…

3rd SEQ STEM Learning Development Symposium (Hosted by Griffith Sciences)

Another lively day in the Celebrating Teaching calendar of events, the 3rd SEQ STEM Learning Development Symposium offered STEM Educators to share practice, information, and network around the central theme of Active Learning. Hosted by Sara-Jane Gregory and Jenny Di Trapani (Griffith Sciences), the event also attracted presenters and participants from across other Universities such as CQU, UQ and QUT.

The event was opened by Professor Fran Sheldon , Dean (Learning & Teaching), Griffith Sciences.  This was followed up by Pecha Kucha style Introductions to and from participants, so all could get a good understanding of not only who other were, but what interests and shared information they hoped to collaborate or exchange ideas about with each other during the event.

The day included a large line up of short presentations with Q&A available afterwards, they included:

Stimulating curiosity and fostering inquiry in STEM Higher Education – Dr Julie Crough (GU)

The role of self-regulation and self-direction in enhancing active learning.  Case study of a challenging, postgraduate STEM-focussed unit – Iwona Czaplinski (QUT)

Using Active Learning in a Third Year Applied Mathematics Course – Dr Barbara Johnston (GU)

Using virtual, augmented and mixed-reality apps for active learning – Darryl Clare OAM (CQU)

Assessment design by students: Active Learning involving students as partners in learning and teaching – Dr Chris Love (GU)

Worked example videos as a valuable Blended Learning resource in Undergraduate STEM education – Dr Sarah Barns (QUT)

Kitchen Chemistry – Taking the cookbook out of the undergraduate science education – Dr Dana Burfeind & Dr Christine Devine (QUT)

Dr Therese Wilson facilitated an open Discussion to end this great lineup around what ideas practitioners might be going to investigate further or incorporate into their practice going forward.

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If you work in STEM, and would like more information about the SEQ Learning Development Symposiums, please contact Sarah-Jane Gregory and Jenny Di Trapani.





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