Are you interested in learning more about creating an inclusive learning culture for your students and engaging diverse learners? Would you like to find new ways to implement active, authentic and collaborative learning strategies in your teaching practice, and gain practical insights from educational neuroscience? Do you want to see how you can embed employability in your teaching, or approach a learning activity from a different perspective through a design thinking approach? 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will definitely be interested in registering to see some (or all!) of the following speakers and sessions at Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2019. You will be inspired and energised by their contemporary perspectives and the discussions that will be sparked with fellow educators. 

Spaces are filling up fast for these sessions, so register today… we look forward to seeing you there! 

Associate Professor Amani Bell

Innovative Research Universities’ Vice-Chancellors’ Fellow 

We’re excited to welcome back Associate Professor Amani Bell, who is the Innovative Research Universities’ Vice-Chancellors’ Fellow. Amani will be the special guest panellist at the Creating Inclusive Learning Cultures: Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Learning and Teaching event on Monday 21st October.  

This important event (which will also be livestreamed online) will enable you to learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion in learning and teaching, and feature perspectives from a panel of esteemed Griffith colleagues who will be joining Amani.

Professor Allison Waters 

School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University

Allison Waters is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Acting Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus. She provides workshops and seminars on the treatment of emotional disorders and maintains a small private practice. Allison will be our guest facilitator at the Educator Well-being event on Monday 21st October, which we are very much looking forward to!

Educators who attended last year’s Educator Self-care event found the session incredibly valuable and worthwhile. If you are interested in educator mental health and discovering strategies to enhance your well-being, this event is for you.


Professor Debra Henly 

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor 

Professor Debra Henly (Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor) will give the opening address, Learning & Teaching at Griffith: What does the future hold?, at the Teaching Using Engaging and Empowering Pedagogies event on Tuesday 22nd October. All staff are warmly invited to attend this morning session.  

If you can’t make it for the whole Teaching Using Engaging and Empowering Pedagogies day but are interested in attending Professor Henly’s address, just pick the Opening Address and Keynote Presentation session during the registration process and you will be registered to attend both Professor Henly’s opening presentation and the keynote session with Dr Jared Cooney Horvath. 

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath 

Educational Neuroscientist, University of Melbourne

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath is an Educational Neuroscientist at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne and the keynote presenter at Teaching Using Engaging and Empowering Pedagogies on Tuesday 22nd October. We’re super excited for Jared’s session, which will be a little different to a usual keynote address. 

Jared’s keynote is entitled The Lecture Ain’t Dead: How to Ensure Engagement & Learning During Lectures and will use knowledge gained from the science of learning to demonstrate simple active learning strategies that can be used in a large class lecture. Jared is an energetic and engaging presenter and we seriously can’t wait for this session! 


Professor Ruth Bridgstock

Deputy Director (Teaching & Curriculum Transformation) 

Professor Ruth Bridgstock will open the Embedding Employability into Teaching with Ease and Impact event on Friday 25th October with an introduction to Griffith’s strategic employability in curriculum approach. If you have an interest in employability, this event is for you!  

As the head of HEA [email protected], Ruth will also acknowledge Griffith’s new HEA Fellows and our growing HEA community at the HEA [email protected] Celebration on Wednesday 23rd October, just prior to the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Awards.  

Professor Michael Sankey

Deputy Director (Learning Transformation)

Professor Michael Sankey will be presenting at the Inclusivity in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) event on Thursday 24th October, with a focus on the Learner-Enabling Design and Digitally-Enabled Learning principles from Griffith’s Course Design Standards.

This important event will be a great professional learning opportunity for all educators interested learning more about how to use the technology enhanced learning tools that form part of Griffith’s Virtual Learning Environment in ways that are both accessible and engaging for diverse learners.

Educators from across Griffith University

One of the best things about Celebrating Learning and Teaching at Griffith is the opportunities it brings for us all to hear and learn from our colleagues. This year, educators from a wide range of disciplines and learning and teaching contexts will be sharing their expertise and experiences with you.

Start your Monday morning on the the 21st of October with some inspiration by joining colleagues at the Creating Inclusive Learning Cultures: Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Learning and Teaching Q&A panel session. At this event, the diverse panel, which will include Associate Professor Michelle Whitford, Dean (Learning & Student Outcomes) and Professor Rebecca Ford Dean (Research), will discuss the multi-faceted nature of diversity, equity and inclusion in learning and teaching. This is sure to be a stimulating and thought-provoking session.

At the Embedding Employability into Teaching with Ease and Impact event on Friday 25th October, educators from each of Griffith’s Academic Groups will share how they have been embedding employability into the curriculum and how they have used the new Employability Uplift Toolkit. If you have heard about the Toolkit and are keen to see how it could work for you, then you should consider coming along to this event.

We’re super excited about the open classes as part of the Teaching Using Engaging and Empowering Pedagogies event on Tuesday 22nd October. Educators from each of the Groups will be facilitating teaching sessions, giving you a first hand experience of what it’s like to be a student in one of their classes, as they demonstrate how they use active, authentic and collaborative learning strategies in their teaching. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this!

See the full program of events on the Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2019 website.