Diary dates

Mathematics & Science Education Research Seminar

The International Classroom Lexicon Project: Giving a Name to What Teachers Do

Date: Wednesday 17 April
Time: 12.00pm 
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Theatre Q230, Level 2, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The professional vocabulary of mathematics teachers profoundly shapes their teaching and their capacity to reflect on their practice. The Lexicon Project documents the naming systems (lexicons) employed by ten different communities speaking nine different languages to describe the phenomena of the mathematics classroom.
This presentation will report the characteristics, structure and distinctive features of the Australian Lexicon and illustrate these with specific examples. Each lexicon contains the encrypted pedagogical history and cultural norms of its community and provides the essential tools for teacher action and reflection. Constructs other communities have chosen to name, which are currently unrecognised in the Australian lexicon, will also be shared.

Seminar: Designing an on-country engineering education experience

Date: Tuesday, 17 April
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Room G01, Elizabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville Campus

Dr Juliana Kaya Prpic is an educator and researcher in the Engineering Learning Unit at the Melbourne School of Engineering will share the philosophy, values and practices underpinning the design of a new subject, developed as a collaborative venture between the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation at the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape at Lake Condah in south-west Victoria.

Call for Papers extended
4th Islamic Schooling Conference and Forum AAISC 2019

The Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia would like to extend a Call for Papers for the 4th Islamic Schooling Conference and Forum AAISC 2019 – A Focus on Social Justice. The abstract submission date has been extended until Thursday 19 April.

The Conference and Forum will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019, at the University of Melbourne.

The Conference and Forum has successfully made it to its fourth year, and this year, the theme of AAISC4 2019 is social justice in Islamic Schooling.  The event encompasses both the annual Conference for academics and researchers from around the world, as well as a concurrent Forum that will critically engage with the theme of social justice in a practical sense.  The Conference and Forum aims to explore, and critically analyse, the personal experiences and practical insights of teachers and practitioners on a significant and focal topic – the concept of ‘social justice’ from the perspective of Islamic schooling, and the Islamic classroom.

This year’s conference will host two concurrent streams: an academic Conference Stream and an educator’s Forum Stream.

Prior to submitting your abstract, please indicate which stream you intend your contribution to be positioned in. And based on the stream of choice, please ensure that your abstract considers the following conventions of an abstract relevant for that stream:

Conference Stream abstracts should include a theoretical and/or conceptual framing, be empirical or conceptual in nature, and clearly present findings or conclusions relevant to this year’s theme of social justice. We anticipate that in this stream presentations will be similar to academic conferences that include an approx. 20 mins lecture followed by Q&A.

Forum Stream abstracts should include a case example or problem that is school based, description of the practical (often instructional) approach taken to address the problem, reflections on implementation tied to this year’s theme of social justice. We anticipate that in this stream presentations will be similar to a condensed version of an in-service workshop where educators focus on practical instructional approaches through an interactive discussion and/or modelling of approaches (but not lecture) for approx. 30 mins followed by Q&A.  

If you have questions about the concurrent streams or drafting your abstract, please feel free to contact CITE Centre Manager, Ramila Chanisheff.

TERI Symposium
Beyond Boundaries in Teacher Education: Promoting Collaboration and Partnerships

Date: Friday 26 April
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

You are invited to a one-day Teacher Education and Research Innovation Symposium in Melbourne on Beyond Boundaries in Teacher Education: Promoting Collaboration and Partnerships, 26 April 2019, 9 am – 5 pm.

This is a great opportunity to hear keynotes by Professor Ken Zeichner and Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards and participate in round table discussions to share research insights and consider developing a research proposal or extend an existing project in the area of collaboration and partnerships.

China’s Special Admission Progamme for High School Graduates in Rural and Poor Areas: Does it work?

Date: Tuesday 30 April
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: Level 5, 100 Leicester Street

Against a high process of urbanisation, in 2014 China implemented the special admission programme to facilitate high school graduates in rural and poor areas access to national key universities (NKUs) This paper attempts to investigate the implementation of this programme and to discuss what needs to be in place to ensure that it reaches its original aim. While there has been an increased opportunity of accessing China’s NKUs for high school graduates in rural and poor areas; the programme has been enacted differently in various regions and universities within China. Further, even though high school graduates have been admitted into China’s NKUs, they have experienced significant challenges in terms of academic learning.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference

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

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.

Abstract submissions are invited from academic and professional staff, and papers can be empirical studies or practitioner-focused examples of best practice. Abstracts should address one of the six themes of the conference.

Submissions close on Monday 1 April. More information:

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.

New study and Learning Drop-ins at libraries across campus

Graduate coursework and undergraduate students can access 15 minute individual consultations on a drop in basis across campus.

Help with
Maths & Stats between 12-2pm
Academic Writing between 12-6pm
Library Research between 1-5pm

Drop in locations
Mondays: Giblin Eunson Library, Upper Ground, South Foyer
Tuesdays: Baillieu Library, Ground Floor
Wednesdays: ERC Library, Level 1
Thursdays: Brownless Library, Student Lounge
Fridays: ABP Library, Collaborative space.

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