Diary dates

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.

Working with Children

by Nicola Gunn

Date: Thursday 30 August - Saturday 29 September 2018
Venue: Located within Southbank Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

This complex, funny and subversive new work asks us to imagine a woman who works with children, but has a secret she’s incredibly ashamed of. Now, imagine a man who works with children, but says and does things in private he wouldn’t want to be made public. Fortunately, there are regulations in place to protect children from dark emotions and the vulnerability of reality.

Collaborating with Pol Heyvaert from internationally renowned Belgian company CAMPO, Nicola Gunn (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster, Green Screen) uses her distinctive humour and fierce social critique to explore the moral and ethical minefield of working with children, and other social taboos.

Publishing the Book of the Future

Date: Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Time: 10.30am - 12.30am
Venue: G01, Elisabeth Murdoch Building

Legacy publishing in the commercial world is under threat and the balance of power is shifting dramatically away from publishers and towards writers. This workshop looks at new ways of commercial publishing that will harness this cultural change and allow you to make your mark as a writer.

Presented by Mr Simon Clews, Director, Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

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.

Working with Media and Becoming an Expert

Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018
Time: 10.30am - 12.30am
Venue: G01, Elisabeth Murdoch Building

Becoming a “go to” person doesn’t just happen – you need a careful strategic plan to establish yourself as an expert in your field outside the Academy and to be called upon by the media when news breaks in your area of expertise. This workshop takes you from being no-one to becoming “someone.”

Presented by Mr Simon Clews, Director, Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Demystifying Graduate Research Selection within MGSE

An overview of policies and procedures for selecting and ranking applications.

Date: 11th September 2018
Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
Venue: Frank Tate Meeting Room
Presenter: Peter Woelert
Register to attend: mgse-research@unimelb.edu.au

Mathematics & Science Education Research Seminar

Why do students keep or drop mathematics in Year 11?
Presenter: Dr Ning Li

Date: Tuesday 18 September
Time: 12-1pm
Venue: Theatre Q227, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building,
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

It has been a national concern that in the last decades, participation in mathematics at intermediate and advanced levels continues to decline, and the gender gap in mathematics participation continues to widen. In a study aiming to understand the reasons for mathematics course enrolment choice, we derived an integrative motivation model as the theoretical base for an exploration of underlying factors that may affect the student’s choice. In this talk, I will report the rationale for identifying the related constructs in the model among a variety of alternative theories, and will use the derived model to write survey items for an instrument to measure factors predictive of mathematics enrolment choices.

PhD completion seminar – Tamara Borovica

Creative investigation of the embodiment of womanhood through dance: bodies, gender and becoming

Date: Tuesday 18 September 2018
Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Venue: L514-515, 100 Leicester Street
Supervisors: Professor Helen Cahill and Professor Johanna Wyn
Panel Chair: Dr Dianne Mulcahy

This thesis uses dance as a method to explore the intangible, sensory and affective dimensions of young women’s bodily becomings, through a feminist lens. In doing so, I develop a rhizomatic, diffractive and aesthetic exploration of the embodiment of womanhood that evolved through collaborative performance ethnography with a group of tertiary students interested in creative methods and feminist issues. Drawing on Braidotti (2011), I consider women’s bodies as complex assemblages that cut across natural and cultural domains and can be seen as flows of becoming. To explore this complex entanglement of the natural and cultural in young women’s becomings, a group of non-dancers danced together to produce and explore feelings, thoughts, ideas, sensations and/or creative artefacts about embodied womanhood.

This approach to exploring embodiment and gender grew out of my reading of materialist ontologies of difference and becoming (Spinozian, Deleuzo-Guattarian, Baradian and Braidottian). By choosing dance as method and poetic analysis as an aesthetic form of writing, I aimed to create space for exploring the relationality and messiness of embodiment (and gender) while recognizing sedimented and stuck states, as well as flows of becoming. The open-endedness of the inquiry mediated exploration of the body as a series of processes or events through which the body is affecting and being affected by other bodies. These processes are situated in socio-material and historical contexts, but never fully limited by them. To this end, I sought to explore embodiment as flows of becomings of which only one element is gendering. When the body is experienced as a series of processes, embodiment is simultaneously about gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, belonging, longing, ability, talents and choices, economy, ecology, and much more. In this research, I discuss the embodiment of womanhood as a series of multidirectional reversible processes of connecting to, and disconnecting from, different material and virtual bodies, the effects of which were sometimes complimentary and sometimes conflicting. I suggest that young womanhood is actively produced (and provoked) through events of becoming, in a range of ways, often simultaneously contradicting its own production. Gendering, as a molar process, informed and limited young women’s becomings in this research, as much as it kindled and provoked their further unpredictable becomings. In that sense, this thesis presents a creative, collaborative exploration of the messiness of embodiment (of gender, and of living).

Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Australian Childhoods

Date: Tuesday 18 September 2018
Time: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Venue: Frank Tate Room

How do rural children negotiate economic insecurity and difference in their everyday lives? In this talk I present Australia-based data from my new book Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Childhoods to show how children draw on class-based ideas of moral worth, anchored in localised, racialised and gendered understandings, to negotiate financial hardship and insecurity. From cultural values around ‘hard work’ and egalitarianism, to local identities such as ‘feral’, ‘rough’, ‘rich kids’ and ‘blockie kids’, this talk will outline the central role of morality in children’s everyday efforts to navigate the precarious circumstances of the present. Based on 18 months ethnographic research with diverse children, their parents and teachers in a rural Victorian town, this data takes us deep into children’s everyday struggles to manage insecurity and belonging within a polarised economic landscape and at a time of rapid and far-reaching change in rural communities and the world at large.

International learning environments research events

The ARC Linkage Project, Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) lead by A/Prof. Wesley Imms is organising two international research symposia - Transitions18 in Phoenix, Arizona on 8-9th October and Copenhagen 15-16th October.

Registrations are open for both events with full program details to be released soon. Learn more about the project on the ILETC website.

For any further information, please contact Joann Cattlin joann.cattlin@unimelb.edu.au

UoM: LGBTI+ Awareness Briefing

Date: Wednesday October 31
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm

The aim of the session is to provide participants with an overall understanding of why LGBTI+ workplace inclusion is important to an organisation as well as to provide a level of comfort around terminology, explore challenges often faced by LGBTI+ employees and provide awareness on the impact that a culture has on the lived experiences of its employees.

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression and orientation
  • Outline some of the unique challenges faced by LGBTI+ employees
  • Respond to some of the common views questioning the need for inclusion initiatives
  • Understand the role that individuals play in creating a more inclusive culture

Steps to enrol and signup

  1. Login to TrainMe: https://uomtrainme.elmotalent.com.au/
  2. At the top of the page, click on Learning
  3. You will see 2 tabs on the page, My Learning and Course Catalogue
  4. Click on Course Catalogue
  5. In the search field, type “LGBTI” and click the search button
  6. The search will return “LGBTI Awareness Employee Briefing”
  7. Click on Sessions, you will see 1 session available