Diary dates

Awaken exhibition

Date: Open Monday - Friday
Closes: October 2020
Location: Arts West Gallery
Time: 10am - 4pm

The Australian Aboriginal cultural heritage objects from a globally significant anthropological collection are on display in the Arts West Gallery, Parkville. The Awaken exhibition includes items from the Donald Thomson Collection - gathered from the diverse communities of Arnhem Land, Cape York, and the Western and Central Deserts during the Melbourne University anthropologist's 50-year career. A Faculty of Arts and Chancellery initiative, 'Awaken' has been developed in consultation with communities, using local knowledge alongside Donald Thomson's fieldwork notes to activate the object stories and their deep connection with each community.

Awaken has been curated by Genevieve Grieves, Worimi Nation film-maker, storyteller and Melbourne Museum Director of First Peoples, assisted by Rosemary Wrench (MV) and alumna Shonae Hobson (Kaantju). It features innovative digital labels, including 3D images and virtual reality. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm and will close in October 2020. For more information visit the Arts West Gallery page.

Getting your message across effectively: Advanced communication skills

Date: Thursday 19 September
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Ground Floor, Room G01

This workshop is for Staff at the University of Melbourne only.

Anyone can stand at the front of a lecture theatre and show a few slides and talk, but not everyone can have an audience eating out of their hand and hanging on their every word. This workshop will help you hone your communication skills to allow you to get your message across in an exciting and memorable way that will have your class talking about your lectures long after they’ve moved on to their next subjects.

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

Registrations essential.

Nurturing Languages of the Land

The Indigenous Languages of Australia have been severely impacted by the violence of settler colonialism. Many languages have fallen asleep, whilst many others are rapidly approaching this horizon of silence. Few of Australia’s Indigenous languages are strong. However, across the country, communities are working to reconstruct, reclaim and revitalize their languages. Alongside the ongoing imperial ruination of linguistic diversity, a renaissance is taking place. In this series of talks, we will look at how Indigenous communities are reclaiming their languages and working to keep them strong, whilst also asking what settler Australians can do to support and participate in this movement.

Indigenous resurgence and the politics of language

Date: Thursday 19 September
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Venue: The Alderman (upstairs),134 Lygon Street,  East Brunswick

Languages as a public resource: argument, politics and policy

Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Venue: The Alderman (upstairs),134 Lygon Street,  East Brunswick

Unpacking Education Brown Bag Lunch Time Seminar
New Generation Learning Environment (NGLE) policy enactment: Exploring the tensions between 'old' and 'new'

Date: Friday 20 September
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 7, Rooms 713/714

Presented by Caroline Morrison

This presentation performs some findings of my PhD thesis, Policy Enactment: Assembling New Generation Learning Environments (NGLEs) in schools. I use fieldnotes and leader interview material to trace tensions between ‘old’ and ‘new’ that emerged in school leaders’ policy enactments aimed at changing the spaces and pedagogic approaches of their schools to open, flexible and student-centred learning environments. I argue that NGLE policy is a political device aimed at bringing about certain networks while pushing other possibilities into the shadows: in its work, a dualism between traditional classroom teaching (old, past) and contemporary learning environments (new, present-future) is produced. However, when we turn our sociological attention to NGLE policy as everyday practices, deploying concepts offered by actor-network theory, we find ourselves deep in (uncertain) relations that reflect both continuity and change—where the past is continually carried into the present in a ‘dance of agency’.

MGSE Workshop - Canvas

Canvas: Assessment and feedback

Date: Monday 23 September
Time: 2.15pm - 3.45pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, check your session for the room/lab location as they may vary.

This workshop aim to provide you with training ahead of your subject migration consultations, in preparation for the 2020 rollout of Canvas.

Book Launch
Teenagers and a sense of belonging

Date: Tuesday 24 September
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Reading Hawthorn

Grounded in theory, research, and practical experience, Boosting School Belonging provides activities that help secondary students develop a sense of belonging.

Join authors Peggy Kern and Kelly-Ann Allen as they discuss the evidence-based strategies that make this book an invaluable resource for teachers, psychologists and counsellors.

Transgender communities, law reform and feminism

Date: Tuesday 24 September
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre

Recently the Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1996 was amended to allow transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people to change the sex on their birth certificate without first being required to undergo invasive and potentially unwanted surgeries. A group panel will consider questions relating to TGD communities, such as how we work towards building a community that is inclusive, welcoming and safe for TGD people. The panel features Emeritus Professor Raewyn Connell, A/Prof Angela Dwyer, Dr JR Latham, Amao Leota Lu, Michelle McNamara and A/Prof Sandy O'Sullivan.

Indigenous knowledge, science, and curriculum development

Date: Wednesday 25 September
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Ground Floor, room G01

In this talk, Associate Professor Duane Hamacher will discuss the cultural interface of Indigenous knowledge and Western science, showing the myriad ways these two systems of understanding can benefit from each other and help us solve pressing problems we face today. A/Prof Hamacher will examine how many of the so-called discoveries attributed to Western scientists were made long-before by Indigenous people. He will discuss how this has been integrated into the National Curriculum for the benefit of future generations and how this can be accomplished at the University level.

Private Screening of 'The Australian Dream'

Date: Wednesday 25 September
Time: 6.30pm - 7pm
Venue: Melbourne School of Design, Glyn Davis Building, B117 foyer

6.30pm Drinks and light refreshments,  B115 foyer, Melbourne School Design, Glyn Davis Building.

7pm Acknowledgement of Country and introduction by Professor Marcia Langton followed by the screening of The Australian Dream in Theatre B117

In July, the University held a very successful private screening for staff of The Final Quarter, a film about the footballer Adam Goodes produced by Shark Islands Productions.

The University is now offering a private screening on 25 September of The Australian Dream, which is also about the Adam Goodes story. Further information about the film can be accessed via The Australian Dream website. This screening will be another opportunity for the University community to come together to celebrate a landmark film.

MGSE loan items - Digital Technology Expo

Date: Wednesday 25 September
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 4, Room Q402
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If you're interested in using digital technology within your work, at the Digital Expo you can find out about:

  • How to use digital technology tools in your workshops - find out about how coding could be incorporated within your area of teaching
  • Digital technology MGSE have available
  • Incorporating digital technologies within STEAM/ STEM.

Grand Final Celebration

Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Join MGSE colleagues for a celebration of all things football, wear your footy team colours. There will be food and drinks aplenty and the winner of the footy tipping competition will be announced.

Vice-Chancellor's Roadshow visit to MGSE

Date: Tuesday 1 October
Time: 12pm-1pm
Venue: Theatre Q230, Kwong Lee Dow

All academic and professional staff are invited on Tuesday 1 October from 12.00-1.00pm for the Vice-Chancellor’s Roadshow to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Roadshows provide an annual forum for the University community to engage in conversation about the future of the institution.

We will hear from Professor Maskell on where the University of Melbourne will look to focus its ambition in the years ahead and I will briefly outline the opportunities and priorities for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The roadshow will also include time for Q&A and I do encourage you to contribute to the conversation with your ideas, questions and comments.

Staff are asked to please register their attendance here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/eh2r

Be here, be heard: reshaping Arts education

Date: Friday 4 October
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: Arts West, Parkville

This student led event will promote student voice as an agency to bring positive changes, developments, inclusions and advancements in Arts teaching and learning. Student participants will be reflecting on their academic experiences to provide insights into diverse learning environments and contribute to greater understanding of how and what students think and feel about different aspects of teaching and learning within the Faculty of Arts. The event is designed to generate innovative ideas, and pragmatic solutions to bring positive changes in Arts teaching and learning, in order to create a future ready, global and inclusive knowledge community.

Metaphors of the nation: Cultural conceptualisation and interpretation

Date: Friday 18 October
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Research Lounge (Arts West Building 148)

Contact Allison Creed for any queries

A vibrant conversation led by visiting scholar Andreas Musolff, Professor of Intercultural Communication at the University of East Anglia and responded to by Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Together, they will share their research and current thinking with reference to key-metaphor complexes in conceptualising national identity as a body or a person, the relationship of metaphor interpretation patterns to culture-specific discourse traditions, and the potential for the creation of new metaphors of inter-ethnic communication and new nationhood.

Celebrating the career of Dr Christine Sinclair

Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: 593 Swanston Street, The Queensberry Hotel, Carlton

Staff are invited to celebrate the career of Dr Christine Sinclair, an outstanding educator, theatre maker, writer and researcher. Please RSVP by Wednesday 16 October to kelly.mcconville@unimelb.edu.au.

Save the date - Creating Connections

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 8.30am - 7pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 1, Parkville

Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI) is hosting an all-day event ‘Creating Connections’

All staff and graduate researchers are invited to attend. The event aims to showcase the diverse and high calibre research being undertaken within the School, facilitate opportunities for academic debate and dialogue, create professional development opportunities and to continue to build on a strong research culture.

Participants will gain insight into ethics, grants, publications and various other workshops that are planned for the day. There will be opportunities for graduates to undertake confirmation and completion seminars.

Further details and program to follow.

Service Improvement and Innovation in Tertiary Education Conference

Date: Thursday 31 October - Friday 1 November

The 2019 conference aims to encompass all aspects of innovation in tertiary education and capture the collaborative efforts we hope to nurture between industry, government and education providers to create the best outcomes for the tertiary education sector. This year’s conference will examine examples of innovation throughout the tertiary education sector as well as learnings which could be applied from other sectors.

With a highly interactive format, including keynote speakers from within and outside the sector, the conference will provide insights into innovative activities which can be taken up more broadly.

Submit your pitch
Do you have a radical idea for solving some of the more challenging problems you see either within your tertiary education institution or across the sector as a whole? As part of this year’s conference LHMI are interested in hearing from you in the form of a formal pitch on innovation and improvements that you have identified. Ideally these problems should relate directly to the themes of the conference (see below), but if you have noticed a burning need elsewhere, don’t hold back as we are also interested in hearing your ideas more broadly.

You will be given 5 minutes to pitch your idea at the conference followed by a 5-minute Q&A from the judges and the delegates.
The winning pitch will receive a unit of your choosing from the Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance or the Master of Tertiary Education Management (excluding the capstone unit) from the University of Melbourne valued at a maximum of $4,000, to be used in 2020.

Conference themes are:

1. Institutional Learning Across Boundaries
2. Modelling Collaboration for Impact
3. Keeping on Track (and not losing the plot)

To download the pitching submission form, or for more information, please visit the LH Martin Institute website.

Closes Friday 4 October 

Book Launch and CVEP Seminar

Date: Friday 1 November
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Level 2, Theatre Q227

Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow will launch The Oxford Handbook of Higher Education Systems and University Management co-edited by Gordon Reading, Antony Dew and Stephen Crump, to be followed by a CVEP public seminar 'Experiential learning across education levels’ presented by Professor Kitty te Riele (University of Tasmania) and Emeritus Professor Stephen Crump (Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne).

Mental health sessions: 'How can we have better dialogues?'

Date: Tuesday 19 November
Time: 11am - 12.30pm
Venue: 207-221 Bouverie Street

The Mental Health PhD Program proudly presents its third mental health dialogue session: 'How can we have better multidisciplinary dialogues within mental health?'. Our multidisciplinary Q&A panel of experts will interrogate the ways in which we can have better dialogues within the domain of mental health. They will do so from a (clinical) psychology, population and global health, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing and lived experience perspective.

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and the panel will respond and debate.

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

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.

Renate Kamener Oration
Special invitation to hear Hon. Julia Gillard