18 Feb 2017

Professional Learning Day: VCE Italian Teachers

This full-day professional learning program for current and prospective VCE Italian teachers, as well as other teachers of Italian interested in refreshing their approach to teaching and learning, will offer diverse perspectives and new considerations of aspects of contemporary Italian language and culture. Presenters will include staff of the Italian Studies program of The University of Melbourne as well as experienced teaching practitioners.

A key aspect of the day will be the creation of networks for ongoing collaborative work between teachers and the University to strengthen and build Italian Studies in Victoria.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance highlighting the relevant professional standards for use in relation to VIT procedures.

22 Feb 2017

Thinking about the future: Whether, when, why, how, who, what… and so what?

An organised, future-oriented mindset is probably the most effective way to find success in life, but psychology has focused much more on the past than the future. Professor Baumeister will report ideas and findings emerging from his recent research program on thinking about the future. Despite the common assumption that people see the future as bright, laboratory experiments have found that contemplating the future leads to caution and in some cases pessimism. He will also detail revelations from a large data set on people’s thoughts as they go about their daily lives, including what they reveal about why, when, and how people think about the future, as well as what personality types that think about it more, and correlations and consequences.

Professor Baumeister will argue that predicting the future is difficult - but perhaps that is not the main part of people’s thoughts about the future. Instead, he will explore a theory of pragmatic prospection that shifts the emphasis away from “What is going to happen?” to “What do I want to happen?” and “How can I bring that about?”

23 Feb 2017

Book launch: Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work

Celebrate the launch of Associate Professor Lindsay G. Oades latest book Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work.

Convened by bestselling author Ms Michelle McQuaid with brief commentaries on the book by Professor Roy Baumeister, Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland.

“This handbook fulfils the highest aspirations to which handbooks aspire.” Kim Cameron, Russell William Kelley Professor of Management and Organisations and Professor Higher Education, University of Michigan.

2 Mar 2017

Expert panel: VET in crisis

It is time that we recognise that a new model of vocational education is needed in Australia. The current social settlement between VET and society is not working and VET is in crisis.

This presentation will consider:

  • Why VET is in crisis – the connection between competencies and markets
  • The links between vocational education and the labour market in shaping (shaky) transitions
  • What a ‘policy rich’ vocational education policy would look like
  • Qualifications, capabilities and vocational streams
  • The institutional conditions that are needed to sustain a strong vocational education system – the role of TAFE as anchor institutions

Professor Leesa Wheelahan is the William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Leesa has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, student equity, recognition of prior learning, credit-transfer and student articulation between the sectors of post-compulsory education and training, cross-sectoral relations between the VET and higher education sectors, and the role of theoretical knowledge in curriculum.

A panel discussion will follow Professor Wheelahan’s presentation.

Panellists include:
Professor John Buchanan, The University of Sydney
Professor Leo Goedegebuure, LH Martin Institute
Professor Shelley Mallet, Brotherhood of St Laurence

The discussion will be facilitated by Maxine McKew.

9 Mar - 6 Apr 2017

Professional development course: Ancient History teachers

Featuring eminent scholars from the University of Melbourne this professional development course closely relates to VCE Units 1 to 4 of Ancient History.

Each week will focus on key areas of study including Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, exploring and developing historical skills, historical thinking and highlight a selection of appropriate primary source materials and historical interpretations

In the first session John Whitehouse, Lecturer in History/Humanities in the Melbourne Graduate School, will give a pedagogical overview of teaching ancient history.

18 Mar 2017

Professional Development Course: VCE French Teachers

This professional development program for VCE French Teachers is designed as a refresher course to further explore a topic related to French culture, specifically in relation to VCE Units 3 and 4. Eminent scholars from the Department of French will present key areas of study including literature, cinema, history, art history, and highlight a selection of appropriate primary source materials.

Professional Certificates of participation will be offered upon completion of the course and VIT applicable.

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