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.

Designing and learning with technology

Teaching staff in MGSE may be interested in participating in some upcoming professional development events run by Learning Environments and the MCSHE, focusing on the use of learning technologies in teaching:

Padletry: Designing collaborative activities for engaged learning
Thursday 16 May 1.30pm – 3pm

Designing a peer review assessment task
Monday 27 May 12.15pm – 1.45pm

For more information and to book, visit the Designing for learning technology page.

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.

The Living Pavilion

Dates: Wednesday 1 May -  Friday 17 May

The Living Pavilion (1 May - 17 May 2019) is a transdisciplinary project connecting Indigenous knowledge, ecological science, sustainable design and participatory arts.

The New Student Precinct has partnered with The Living Pavilion to temporarily transform the landscape at the site of the future home of the Melbourne University's Institute for Indigenous Development, Murrup Barak, with plantings, artworks, performances, talks and gathering spaces that celebrate the natural environment.

The Living Pavilion is located in the 1888 Gardens of the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus (Gate 8 University of Melbourne Grattan Street, near Bouverie Street Intersection).

Find our more on the Living Pavilion student page.

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?

MGSE Learning Interventions Forum #2
Perceptions of special education teachers, and the usefulness of speech language pathology (SLP) reports in practice.

Date: Wednesday  22 May
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Venue: 100 Leicester St, Level 6, L613

This is a presentation relating to a study which investigated the perceptions of special education teachers regarding the usefulness of speech language pathology (SLP) reports in relation to their practice and how they support students with learning difficulties and disabilities in the classroom.  To enable students with LD to achieve their full educational potential, speech pathologists are often involved in undertaking assessments and writing recommendations. A review of the literature has found there is limited research relating to speech-language reports or how teachers assessed the effectiveness and utility of assessment speech language pathology (SLP) reports. This would appear to be a major gap in our knowledge. Therefore, this study investigated perceptions held by teachers regarding the value of the reports and explored the way the reports are used. The research sought suggestions from the teachers regarding existing processes, potential improvements and their views on the aspects of the speech and language reports that were most beneficial to their planning and support of

Biography of presenter: Sharon Klieve

Sharon Klieve (MEd, GDipArts (Ling), MSpPath) is a dual qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and teacher whilst also holding an additional specialisation as a Teacher of the Deaf.  Sharon is a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and a certified practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia. In addition to working with individual children and families, Sharon has taught in mainstream schools, specialist schools for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and specialist schools for children with language and social difficulties.

MGSE Talks

Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberrt St, Level 2, Q230

The first MGSE Talks will be held on Thursday 23 May at 12 noon in Q230. Find out more about the Leicester St building refurbishment, the work of the Youth Research Centre and the Jawan program.

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.

Panel on Women in Leadership

Date:  Tuesday 28 May
10am - 11am
100 Leicester St, Level 9, L915

Early and mid-career women are invited to attend this panel of experienced female leaders that will address what leadership can look like in the university as well as what it means to be a woman in leadership.

The panel who will lead the discussion:

  • Professor Marilys Guillemin (MDHS)
  • Professor Helen Cahill (MGSE)
  • Professor Lesley Farrell (MGSE)

Public Lecture
Citizenship and Nation: Language Policy Today

Date: Thursday 30 May
Time: 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Venue: University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, Theatre B, Old Arts

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco will deliver the Walter Mangold Lecture for 2019. In his lecture he will explore participatory citizenship as a new form of citizenship, and language policy as a tool for national renovation.

End of Semester One Celebration

Date: Friday 31 May
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: studioFive

Catch up with colleagues over nibbles and drinks. Five door prizes to be won! Be sure to register online for attendance.

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.

Doctoral Completion Seminar

Investigating the impact of a flipped classroom approach on student attitudes, understanding and teacher perspectives in a topic of linear equations.

Presented by: Andrew McAlindon
Date:  Monday 3 June
Time: 2pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry St, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Room Q372

This study set out to compare the impact of two teaching approaches (flipped vs non-flipped) within a linear equations topic in two Year 9 mathematics classes. A quasi-experimental design with a control (non-flipped) and experimental (flipped) group was utilised. Student understanding of concepts and skills associated with solving linear equations was determined through pre and post-testing. Student attitudes were gathered through surveys, and teacher perspectives were explored through semi-structured interviews. The results of this mixed-method research affords insights into the efficacy of a flipped approach in reference to an experienced teacher's regular practice and the learning outcomes and attitudes of students.

MGSE Awards Evening

Date: Tuesday 4 June
Time: 6pm
Venue: Copland Theatre, The Spot, 198 Berkeley Street

All staff are invited to attend our annual Awards Evening taking place on Tuesday 4 June. The event is a highlight of the Graduate School’s calendar and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students, graduates, and staff.

We will again host the awards at a larger venue to enable more guests to share in this occasion, and I encourage you all to come and celebrate the accomplishments of our students and colleagues.

Please register your attendance via go.unimelb.edu.au/7r7x.

For more information contact Liz Carter, Events Officer, on (03) 8344 1455 or education-events@unimelb.edu.au

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference

Date:  Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 June
Venue: Glyn Davis Building
Registration closes on Monday 20 May

The Melbourne Centre for Study in Higher Education is hosting the 2019 Teaching & Learning Co nference. 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.

Download the Program.

Youth Research Seminar Series
Dank distinction and reflexive reproduction: Towards the theory of the Affective Practice

Date: Wednesday 12 June
Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 5, University of Melbourne

Register via email, phone (03) 8344 9633 or Eventbrite

This seminar paper contributes to thinking about affective aspects of class. By drawing on empirical work to theorise the immanence of class relations in everyday moments, it brings together three ongoing projects, one theoretical and two empirical. The theoretical project is developing a Bourdieusian perspective to considerations of affect, and vice versa, to establish affective practice as a concept for thinking about how we make our way through the social world. The two qualitative empirical projects are based on ethnographic and interview work. The first is on forms of immaterial labour in bar work where the very presence of the ‘right’ kind of young people is key to value creation in night-time economies and reproduces class relations. The second is on how the formation of niche online cultural taste communities are key to value extraction in platform capitalism, where distinction is maintained through tastes and aesthetics and performed through forms of denigration, irony, nostalgia and melancholy. The paper proposes some concepts to think through these phenomena such as ‘reflexive reproduction’, ‘homologies of snark’ and ‘dank distinction’.

Biography of presenter:Steven Threadgold is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Newcastle. His research focusses on youth and class, with particular interests in unequal and alternate career trajectories; underground and independent creative scenes; and cultural formations of taste. Steve is convenor of the Newcastle Youth Studies Group and an Associate Editor of Journal of Youth Studies. His latest book is Youth, Class and Everyday Struggles (Routledge) and he is currently working on a book called Bourdieu and Affect (Policy Press/University of Bristol Press).

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.