Diary dates

Teaching & Learning Seminar Series

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. Read more.

Free podcasting lecture

On Wednesday 1 May, the podcasting team in External Relations will present an 'Overview of Podcasting' - a 1.5-hour lecture on the magic of the audio medium. The lecture, which covers the basics of podcasting and how faculties can benefit from it, is free for all UoM staff. The following topics will be covered by our speaker, Dr Andi Horvath: Discover the 5 P's of podcasting, and why purpose drives everything, what makes a successful podcast, learning to listen, recording, interviewing and editing, publishing, distribution and marketing, resources available at the University, and the podcast audience and your 'avatar'. Wednesday 1 May, 3.45pm - 5.15pm, PAR-Arts West North Wing-553 (Discursive Space). To register, please contact:

podcasting-team@unimelb.edu.au Please note: Staff wishing to partake in the forthcoming podcast training course must attend this lecture.

The Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA)

Academic Skills are offering two additional Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA) sessions on 30/04/19, and 02/05/19. This assessment will provide you with tailored assistance to help you develop your language and communication skills and succeed at the University of Melbourne. Visit the Academic skills page for more information.

The Theodore Fink Education Endowment

The Theodore Fink Education Endowment has $8,000 available in 2019 to support a seminar concerned with historical or comparative studies of Australian education. Funds can be used to support speaker travel costs, fees and seminar running costs. Please note that the seminar must be held in Melbourne and be called “The Theodore Fink Memorial Seminar in Australian Education”. Interested academic or professional staff can contact Pian Zhang to obtain the application information sheet and application form. Application opens on Friday, 3rd May.

MGSE Ethics Studio

Topic:  Ethical guidelines on recruiting and retaining research participants.
Date: Friday 3 May
Time: 11am-midday
Location: L219/221, Level 2, 100 Leicester St
Presenters: Dianne Vella-Brodrick and Tim Mattingsbrooke

These studios are designed to help you understand the research ethics process at the University and MGSE so you can better address some of the common concerns associated with preparing an ethics application.  Each studio will focus on a specific theme, will provide education specific examples and will also allow time to discuss individual ethics submissions towards the end of the session.  The sessions are appropriate for both staff and student researchers so please come along and join in on these interactive discussions.

Photography Competition - Diversity in Disability

Professional and amateur photographers across Australia are invited to enter our Diversity in Disability photography competition for a chance to showcase original images that represent the full spectrum of diversity and share in a prize pool of up to $5,000 cash.

The Brief

We are looking for original, meaningful and high quality photographs that illustrate diverse representations of disability across a broad range of settings; for example, at home, on public transport, at work, shopping, socialising, studying, eating out, in your local neighbourhood, on holiday, with friends.

The images can feature individuals or groups, children, adults and young people with disability. We encourage submissions that represent the diversity of disability, including women and men, people of colour, mental health, chronic illness, psychosocial disability and invisible disabilities. We are also interested in images that represent disability inclusion in the broader community, accessible spaces and inclusive environments.

Works can be new or existing and must be suitable for publishing on our website, in our reports and event listings, and on our social media channels.

Please note that each entry must be supported by a statement explaining how the images fit the brief.

Submissions close Friday 3 May 2019.

Here's how to enter:

Review all terms and conditions, register for the competition and upload images at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/2k4x

Contact us

Please contact the Melbourne Disability Institute with any enquiries or for assistance with completing your submission.

Dean's Lecture Series
Well-being education that feels like a TREAT - rather than a treatment plan

Date: Tuesday 7 May
Time: 5.15pm (pre-lecture refreshments and registration), lecture 6pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q230

Inaugural Professorial lecture presented by Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick
Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, Centre for Positive Phychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Designing school-based well-being education so it feels like a treat, and not a treatment plan, can be challenging.  The alarming statistics on youth mental illness can make it very tempting to focus primarily on responding to mental illness and fixing what’s gone wrong.  However, if we introduced well-being education that was a TREAT to learn about - Tangible, Relevant, Evidence-based, Alluring and Transformational – young people will; (1) want to learn and practice well-being skills, (2) retain more information which they can apply throughout their life and, (3) will feel better supported, motivated and confident about managing and promoting their mental health.  Well-being education in schools needs to improve by dovetailing best practices in health, sport and well-being science as well as technology and education.  It should strive to equip, inspire and empower young people to be proactively involved in shaping their own well-being destiny.  Applying the TREAT framework can help with achieving these desired outcomes.

Save the date - University Mental Health Day

University Mental Health Day falls on Tuesday 7 May with the theme of 'Use Your Voice'. UoM staff are encouraged to think about how they can contribute and support the future of student mental health. Visit the University Mental Health page or contact Rebecca Meldrum (UoM Health Promotion Coordinator), or call 09 9035 30545

Woodward Medal in Science and Technology and the Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences

Woodward Medals are awarded annually to a member of staff for research published in the five years leading up to 31 December of the preceding year. A medal will be awarded for each category to a member of staff for research published electronically or in hard copy between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2018. The research must have made a significant contribution to knowledge in a field of science and technology or in a field of humanities and social sciences. Applications in 2019 must be supported by a nomination statement from a colleague. Awardees of each medal will also receive a cash award of $10,000.

Applications are submitted online via SmartyGrants here. Please contact mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au if you need further assistance.

Applications due Wednesday 8 May at 3pm

Collaboration, Research, and International Academic Exchange Opportunities

Presenter: Visiting researcher, Professor Lisiane Closs

Date: Thursday 9 May
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q219

Dr. Lisiane Closs is a professor in the Graduate School of Administration at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), located in Porto Alegre, Brazil, ranked #1 among the Brazilian federal universities. Dr. Closs will present an overview of the research collaboration with the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project and the research project on Learning Environments in Higher Education that she will be working on until January 2020 at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Additionally, she will present some of the opportunities offered by the Institutional Internationalization Project of UFRGS, an outbound and inbound research and mobility program aiming at qualification and international insertion of postgraduate activities and research.

Workshop - Writing as Business for Academic Staff

Date: Tuesday, 14 May
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Room G01, Elizabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville Campus

Writing is both art and craft – you need to be able to present your ideas dramatically and imaginatively, but you also need to be a successful small business person. Essentially, beautifully crafted words on the paper are all well and good, but if you can't sell them to someone, a client, then you're wasting your time.

This workshop showcases the nuts and bolts of the life of a commercial writer and looks at identifying publications to pitch your work to, how to pitch pieces for publication and how to maintain and develop professional relationships. Registration essential.

The Teacher's conference
Hawker Brownlow Thinking & Learning Conference

Date: Thursday 16 - 19 May
Venue: Caulfield Racecourse

Be inspired by the leading educational experts and speakers from around Australia and the world at the 16th Annual Thinking & Learning Conference.

Whether you are a classroom teacher, leader, principal or administrator, the Thinking & Learning Conference offers you a professional development opportunity like no other. Over four days, learn from the leading experts in workshop sessions or more extensive whole-day institutes across topics including:

  • STEM, STEAM and Future-Focused Learning
  • Creativity in the Classroom
  • Transforming Teaching and Culture
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Reading and Writing Power

The conference’s range of topics and sessions offer a flexible and comprehensive learning experience to suit your professional development needs.

Maths and Education Research Seminar
Challenging the assessment culture of mathematics through self-assessment: A case study from Finland

Presenter: Juuso Henrik Nieminen, University of Helsinki
Date: Tuesday 21 May
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Theatre Q227

‘Assessment cultures’ have often been advocated as beneficial for student learning; however, recent studies have noted that assessment cultures might actually even hinder learning. In mathematics, assessment is globally known to be highly based on examinations. In the Digital Self-Assessment (DISA) project, the norms of mathematics assessment are challenged through summative self-assessment. We developed a course model based on formative self- and peer-assessment. In the end of the model, the students decide their own grade. Our research shows that summative self-assessment promoted students’ quality and ownership of learning. These results are understood from the perspective of the institutional assessment culture of mathematics. How was summative self-assessment perceived as a practice, and how did that reflect the broader culture of mathematics assessment?

Workshop - Presenting to camera

Date: Monday 27 May
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm

This masterclass will guide you through the process of how you can effectively and engagingly present to camera.

Participants will learn how to present key messages to ensure they engage their audience’s attention and keep them involved throughout.

Advice and tips about what to wear, body language, facial expressions and how to use your voice effectively are some of the topics that will be covered. You will have the opportunity to practice presenting to camera and will receive feedback from the session host on your performance upon request.

National Education Summit

Date: Friday 31 May - 1 June
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Join principals, school leaders and educators from K-12 at the National Education Summit

Over 2 days in Brisbane enjoy concurrent Conferences and Interactive Seminars alongside an education focused Free Trade Expo. Earn professional development hours on all events you attend.

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference

Date:  Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 June
Venue: Glyn Davis Building

The Melbourne Centre for Study in Higher Education is hosting the 2019 Teaching & Learning Conference. This conference seeks to bring together academic and professional staff involved in teaching and learning from across the University to share scholarly approaches that contribute to a unique Melbourne experience.

The conference committee is pleased to announce the second keynote speaker, Professor Philippa Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), The University of Sydney. The topic of her presentation will be 'Shaping the Student Experience.'
Registration for the conference is now open. It is free for UoM staff and there are one- and two-day registration options.

AARE Education Theory and Philosophy SIG Symposium
The Body, Embodiment, and Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Date: Wednesday 12 June
Time: 8.45am - 5pm
Venue: 360 Collins Street, La Trobe University, City Campus, Level 20

Cost: $71.50-$77 (to cover catering)

Keynote: Prof Lawrence Shapiro (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Notions of the body and embodiment have become prominent across a number of established discipline areas, like philosophy, sociology and psychology. Likewise, emerging areas in related fields, such as embodied cognition, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and bio-politics, approach the body and embodiment in novel ways and offer the possibility for innovative contributions to education and educational research. The aim of this symposium is to explore conceptualisations of the body and embodiment in related fields with respect to contemporary approaches and insights. The symposium aims to address questions pertinent to the body and embodiment in education/research from a theoretical and philosophical perspective and to intersect with the diverse interests of education researchers and practitioners.


Dr Maurizio Toscano, MGSE, University of Melbourne,
Dr Steven Stolz, La Trobe University

2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 9am - 5pm

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) present a conference focusing on primary school mathematics education.

International Positive Psychology Association
6th World Congress on Positive Psychology

Date: 18-21 July 2019
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The International Positive Psychology Association and event partner, the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, warmly welcome you join the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology. The theme of our Congress is “Nexus”- meaning connection. The congress will build connections, collaborations and pathways that can help us work together to enhance human flourishing.

You will experience an exciting scientific meeting with innovative touches and a distinct ‘Aussie’ social program.

Our Invited Speakers, the top names in the field, come from 30+ countries allowing you to learn the latest in the field from across the globe.

Call for abstracts
Transition 19 - one journey, many pathways

Date: 2-4 October, 2019
Time: 9-5pm each day
Venue: Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne.

The call for abstracts for presentations is now open for this international symposium on learning environments. Transitions 19 begins with a proposition - research is showing innovative learning environments are not a magic cure, but evidence is mounting that they constitute a powerful tool that - if used well - improves student educational experiences. We invite academics, professionals, Masters and PhD students undertaking research to submit abstracts for 15-minute presentations.

Visit the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change website for more information.

Education Beyond Borders

  • EBBS Agents Workshop, Muscat, Oman, October 21 - 23, 2019

Information about past EBBS workshops: You can see pictures from our last workshop in October 2018 and comments from agents and educators.

The EBBS workshop in Sofia will be held in parallel with the International fair EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS - SOFIA (EBBS) which will be held in the National palace of culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 15 – 16, 2019.

You can see pictures from the educational fair in Sofia or read more about the event on our website.

Enjoy our discounts:
Book the EBBS workshop in 2019 (Sofia or Muscat) and take 50% off for all EBBS events in 2019.

The workshop Includes the following services:

  • 1-day Seminar with included presentation
  • 2 days One-to-one meetings (Full table)
  • Info package + a full profile page in the event catalogue
  • Accommodation and full board during the workshop for one representative

Call for papers
7th IOE-BNU International Conference
Innovation in Education and Pedagogy

Call for papers submission: Tuesday 7 May

Date: Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Beijing Normal University

IOE and BNU are excited to announce that the 7th IOE-BNU International Conference will be held in Beijing on November 22-23, 2019. The theme for this year's conference is "Innovation in Education and Pedagogy". IOE and BNU welcome submissions from all over the globe, and certainly is pleased to welcome works from INEI member institutions.

Visit the conference page for details about the conference theme and submission requirements.

Save the date - Narrm Oration 2019

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 6pm
Venue: TBC

In this United Nations declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, the University is delighted to announce that the 2019 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Larry Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian studies at Ka Haka Ula O Ke'elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai'i. Internationally renowned and often described as the 'grandfather' of Hawaiian language revitalisation in modern Hawaii, his work can be traced back to the conception of core foundational educational programs in the 1980s that launched the rebirth of the Hawaiian language. Associate Professor Kimura will speak of the significance of a people's own language and the importance of Indigenous language revitalisation globally, incorporating his own experience in reclaiming and renewing the life of the Hawaiian language.