Diary dates

Graduate Research Supervisor Workshop

Date: Friday 20 July
Time: 10am - 12.30pm
Venue: 207 Bouverie St B103 (Theatre 1)

This workshop augments successful supervision of graduate researchers by providing updates and information on the key responsibilities of academic supervisors at the University of Melbourne including:

All supervisors of graduate researchers are required to complete training in order to become registered as a supervisor, and to complete a refresher of that training every five years to maintain their status as a registered supervisor, as stated in the University policy. For this purpose, attendance is recorded in Themis. Find out more

Arts Education Colloquium Series

Let the work speak first!

Presenter: Tiffaney Bishop
Date: Wednesday 25 July
Time: 5 - 6.30pm
Venue: studioFive, Level 5 Kwong Lee Dow Building

Young artists are generally viewed through the lenses of limited experience and expertise, positioning their work as emergent, intermediate, subordinate. Join artist and researcher Tiffaney Bishop in conversation around how the contemporary art collective she cofounded is delivering young artists unusual agency, power and status. Tiffaney will introduce you to her collaborative work with young people and how this contemporary group practice is liberating young artists from the constraints of their biographies, encouraging us to look at the work they make through an aesthetic lens rather than a biographical one.

The retirement of Professor Susan Wright

Date: Friday 27 July
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: studioFive 

This event will recognise the contribution of Professor Susan Wright, Chair of Arts Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Director of the Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education and her three decades of leading developments in the field of arts education. Susan’s international career in higher education spans 30 years since completing her PhD in 1987, where the impact of her practice and research has been felt globally through her leadership in the arts. The focus of Susan’s teaching, research and service has been on the learning of young children through artistic domains. She has been particularly interested in the embodied, cognitive and emotional processes of children which are mediated through symbolic representation using artistic tools.

We hope you can join us in studioFive as we celebrate Susan’s leadership in arts education.

PhD Completion Seminar
Exploring the relationship between collective intelligence, individual intelligence, and group performance

Date: Thursday 26 July
Time: 11.30am
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 6, Rooms 613-614

Supervisors: Professors John Hattie (MGSE), Robert Hester (School of Psychological Sciences), & John Munro (Australian Catholic University)
Advisory Committee: Dr Amy Gullickson (MGSE, Chair), Dr Terry Bowels (MGSE, Independent Adviser)

No other species come close to humans in their ability to pool their intellectual resources to deal with complexities and solve problems– a phenomenon we describe as ‘collective intelligence.’ Despite growing interest in the topic, there remain many unanswered questions, theoretical barriers, and empirical challenges to overcome before the notion of collective intelligence garners acceptance by the scientific mainstream. This seminar, led by Mr. Rowe as a part of his Ph.D. project, combines insights from the fields of psychometrics and social psychology to explore collective intelligence and related issues against the backdrop of three successive empirical studies.

PhD Completion Seminar - Co-Creation in Higher Education

Date: Tuesday July 31
Time: 3.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue: Room G01, Elisabeth Murdoch Building

Student: Mollie Dollinger
Supervisors: Richard James and Jason Lodge

As higher education continues to grow, diversify and respond to increasing accountability, the task of maintaining value in the higher education system becomes more challenging. To address this, researchers have begun exploring how students can shape their own student experiences through participatory design frameworks, such as co-creation. In this dissertation, the nature of student-staff co-creation in higher education will be explored through ten unique case studies across Australian universities. Findings

Workshop: Open access, data sharing and archiving qualitative research

Date:  Thursday 9 August
Time: 9am - 4.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Frank Tate Room, Level 9

The Social Transformations and Education Research Hub invites you to attend a one-day workshop that aims to promote critical dialogue surrounding open access, data sharing, archiving and re-use of qualitative research materials in the sociology of education.

It seeks to foster and strengthen critical engagement among the educational research community and facilitate a network of scholars who wish to pursue applied, outreach and scholarly work in this area. Panels will speak to the challenges and possibilities for data sharing in the education or broader social science and humanities research communities.

The workshop is being convened by Professor Julie McLeod from MGSE, together with the Australian Data Archive (ADA) and the University’s Social & Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP), with funding support from the AARE Sociology of Education SIG and the ARC.

Third Annual ACEL Early Childhood Conference 2018

Date: 9 - 10 August
Venue: Hilton Hotel Sydney

Early childhood leaders and educators will again gather in Sydney for the 3rd annual ACEL Early Childhood Conference in August 2018.

The conference will enable those involved in the early childhood sector, as well as those in the primary and secondary sectors, to discuss, explore, share and experience relevant and contemporary issues in this field.

Early childhood professionals will have the opportunity to hear keynote speakers who are specialists in teaching young children, supporting the development of the whole child considering any unique needs they may have, and preparing them for their transition to primary, secondary school and beyond.

The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to reflect, engage and network with colleagues and mentors on issues such as:

Applications now open – Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Whether the focus is Asia, new technology or social change, Westpac is offering funding for graduate study for talented individuals at Australia's leading universities. Scholars will be exceptional people, chosen for their potential to make a difference to Australia's future in one of three focus areas:

1. Technology and innovation
2. Strengthening Australia-Asia ties
3. Enabling positive social change

Valued at up to $120,000 over, typically, 2-3 years, scholarships will be awarded annually for research or coursework studies at graduate level. Applications close on 5 September 2018.

Please note that applicants for this scholarship must also have applied for Masters or PhD candidature in order to be considered.

Teaching and Learning Seminar Series

Date: Various dates in August - September
Time: 1pm-2pm
Venue: Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street

A series of seminars and discussion panels will be presented throughout semester 2 to showcase exemplars of evidence-based practice in teaching, learning, and assessment. Speakers from a range of disciplines across the University will discuss the approaches they are taking to engage students in large class lectures, blended, and fully online learning environments.

Fellowship Preparation Workshop for Women

Date: Tuesday 14 August
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Venue: 207 Bouverie St - B103 (Theatre 1)

This workshop is for women (all career stages and disciplines) who are applying for a Fellowship (such as DECRA, Future Fellowship, NHMRC Fellowship)

DEd Completion Seminar – A Framework of Factors for Learning Environment Evaluation

Date: Tuesday 14 August, 2018
Time: 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Room Q509

Student: Graeme Oliver
Supervisors: A/Prof Wesley Imms, Dr Benjamin Cleveland (ABP), A/Prof Kenn Fisher (ABP)
Advisory Chair: Prof David Clarke

Graeme Oliver’s research developed a framework of factors to facilitate the evaluation of innovative education practices in innovative learning environments. The interdisciplinary project combined the perspectives of educators and learning environment designers/architects. An expert elicitation methodology was used to identify the most significant factors for evaluating the relationships between the social and physical components of these environments, leading to two significant outcomes: 1) a framework of factors that represent the pragmatic orientation of educators and designers working on innovative learning environment projects, and 2) a questionnaire that guides identification of suitable approaches to the evaluation of innovative education practices in innovative learning environments.

Think Before you Link! - Discussion for Recruiting Partners for your ARC Linkage Project Proposal

MERI will be running a workshop to support applicants for the upcoming ARC Linkage Project intakes 2 and 3 (intake 2 due on 17 July 2018; and intake 3 due on 13 November 2018). A current successful Linkage Project Chief Investigator will share their knowledge of successful partner collaborations.

Applicants for the 2019 ARC Linkage Project scheme are recommended to attend this interactive workshop and places are limited. Please register here.