Diary dates

PhD Confirmation Seminar

Game-based learning experiences and students’ cultural production of meaning

Date: Thursday 4 April
Time: 10am
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, Room Q509

Presented by Fiona Trapani
Supervisors: Associate Professor John Quay, Dr Maurizio Toscano, Dr Claire Scoular
Advisory Committee Chair: Professor Jan van Driel

Games are promoted as classroom learning tools, with literature suggesting games increase student motivation to persevere with their learning. However, there is little empirical research focused on why students find game-based experiences compelling as part of their learning. Few studies attend to student voice about using games as a cultural tool in the socio-cultural space of the school classroom. Employing a methodology informed by Harré’s positioning theory, the teachers and students participating in this study reflected on their perceptions of different game-based learning experiences. They reported a range of learning behaviours supported by the games involved. Further, following Schatzki, it was found that the game-based learning experience offered an ontological site which supported teleo-affective meaning making experiences for both students and teachers.

Workshop - Writing Opinion for Academic Staff

Date: Thursday, 4 April
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Room G01, Elizabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville Campus

By far the most effective (and, in some ways, easiest) way to get your message across in the media these days is by writing opinion pieces. While print media is struggling, the digital revolution has seen the public's appetite for informed, expert opinion grow in leaps and bounds. This workshop will show you how to take advantage of that and establish a presence in the media as an expert with an opinion worth listening to. Registration essential.

Universitas 21 Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE)

FINE Forum & Dinner
Date: Thursday 4 April 
Time: 1pm – 5pm followed by dinner
Venue: The Westin Harbour Castle, Pier 7 & 8

FINE Breakfast
Date: Sunday 6 April
Time: 8am – 9am
Venue: TBC


The Universitas 21 Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE) invites graduate and early career researchers to our annual forum at AERA 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the forum is “Practical Networking for Collaboration”. Esteemed panellists contributing to the discussions include: Professor Rowena Arshad OBE, Head of Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh; Associate Professor Carol Mutch, University of Auckland and UNESCO NZ Commissioner for Education; Dr Lars Andersson, Senior Lecturer and Director of Education, Lund University; and Dr Aileen Kennedy, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh. These events are sponsored by the U21 Schools of Education and are free for all graduate and early career researchers.

Turning Inwards to the Nature of Mind

Insights into Meditation by Venerable Dr Vimokkha Mendhino
Doctorate (PhD) in Buddhist Studies, Mahachulalongkorn University.

Date: Friday 5 April
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
Venue: Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street Carlton,
Phone: 03 9347 3428

A pragmatic approach to the nature of the mind will be demonstrated
by Venerable Dr Vimokkha Mendhino. With a journey inwards into
the practice of meditation, the aim is to experience calmness, clarity,
awareness and the learning of the art of letting go - a path to inner peace.

Book Launch
Surviving and Thriving in Academia

Date: Saturday 6 April
3pm - 4pm
AERA Conference 2019 Metro Toronto

Surviving and Thriving in Academia, is a new book series from Emerald Publishing, edited by Dr Marian Mahat, Honorary Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The series will be launched at the AERA Conference 2019 held in Toronto.

Dr Jim Watterston, Dean of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, will give a welcome talk and there will be an opportunity to meet editors Marian Mahat and Jennifer Tatebe as they discuss the first book, Achieving Academic Promotion

Find out more
about Surviving and Thriving in Academia.

The Comics Lounge
Melbourne Comedy Festival Shows

Date: Sunday 7 April to Thursday 11 April
Doors Open: 6.30pm (if you want to come & buy some dinner)
Show Starts: 8.00pm (Monday) - 9.00pm (Sunday & Tuesday to Thursday)
Venue: The Comics Lounge 26 Errol St North Melbourne
Cost: FREE (for the show, normally $30pp)
Line Ups & Dinning Menu: www.thecomicslounge.com.au

Melbourne International Comedy Festival favourites are back in town.
With a FREE sample of The Comedy Festival shows from this year and last year.  

This will be a night where you are guaranteed the best medicine – plenty of LAUGHTER !!!!
You’ll get to enjoy over 2 Hours of great stand-up comedy.

To book: email comedy@thecomicslounge.com.au with your name, number of tickets & which show you would like.

An email will be sent straight to the bookings office.  
If you need anything else please don't hesitate to call on (03) 9348 9488

Book Launch
Languages other than English in Australian Higher Education, Policies, Provision and the national interest

Dr Jennifer Baldwin

Date: Tuesday 9 April
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5
RSVP to Amanda Burritt by Friday 5 April

The Language and Literacy Research Hub and the Research Unity for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACC) invite you to the launch of Languages other than English in Australia Higher Education, Policies, Provision and the national interest to be launched by Professor Emeritus

Working with media and becoming an 'Expert'

Date: Tuesday 9 April
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm 

Like it or not, the media is the key to generating an effective public profile and, of course, an effective public profile is almost mandatory these days if you are to have an impact with your research. This workshop looks at establishing and maintaining a profile in the media and taking part in the public conversation.

For any enquires contact Melissa Hendicott or call 9035 6429.

Free Respect Week BBQ

Date: Wednesday 10 April
Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm,
Venue: Lawn, 1888 Building, Grattan Street, Parkville
Enquiries: mparsons@unimelb.edu.au | 8344 6901

Come along to the 2019 Respect Week BBQ! Enjoy a free lunch and celebrate what it means to be a part of a respectful University community. Meet students and staff, find out about how we will support you to experience a diverse and inclusive campus. While you're there, sign the pledge board and commit to creating a safe and welcoming campus - for 'Everyone. Everywhere.' Wednesday

UNESCO Artist in Residence
Composing music to Alison's Lester's books

Performer Michelle Scully

Date: Wednesday 10 April
Time: 5.30pm 
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, studioFive, Level 5

Double bassist/composer Michelle Scully is currently in collaboration with well-known Australian children’s author Alison Lester AM to compose and record music for thirty of Alison’s books. Michelle will introduce a selection of her compositions through live performances of several of Alison’s books including Kissed By The Moon, The Journey Home, and Tricky’s Bad Day. A discussion on how this music can be used will follow. The Victorian Branch President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Christine Oughtred, will discuss the synergy between picture books and musical composition and the creative experience of story.

All of Michelle’s recordings use unabridged text and the narrative has been adapted into song she deliberately varies the musical genre and instrumentation for each book to appeal to a wide audience. Joining Michelle will be vocalists, Georgia Brooks and Sarah Ward, with Louise Goh (piano), Kathleen Halloran (guitar), and Sean Loughran (percussion). This presentation is perfect for parents and their young children, early childhood educators, librarians, classroom music teachers in both primary and secondary school, and allied health professionals who work with children.

Social Transformations and Education Group presents
Transformative Arts & Cultural Praxis Circle: A model for exploration and action on issues of (in)equity and (in)justice

Presenter Mary Drinkwater
OISE University of Toronto

Date: Wednesday 10 April
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 7, rooms 713/714
Enquiries: Fazal Rizvi or Julie McLeod

The arts and cultural practices have long been used in countries, regions and cultural communities around the world as a way to interrupt, see differently, express ideas and emotions, and engage people in and for social transformation. With developments in information technology, both historical and current practices in critical and socially transformative work through the use of the arts and cultural practice are being engaged with and disseminated through the work of critical and decolonial scholars, and also through public broadcasting and social media. However, the socially transformative role for the arts and cultural praxis in schools around the world, under the projects of colonial modernity and neoliberalism, has been minimized, threatened and even censored. This seminar will introduce a new pedagogical model, which I call a Transformative Arts and Cultural Praxis Circle (TACPC) that speaks through the rhetoric of cultural production, to re-open the possibilities for teachers, students, schools and communities to the use of the arts and cultural praxis for socially transformative purposes.

Mary Drinkwater is associated with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, as a Lecturer in Comparative, International and Development Education. Mary’s research interests include critical and decolonial theory and praxis in education, arts and cultural praxis, transformative education, critical leadership, and cross-sectoral policy development. Her doctoral research utilized critical-democratic and decolonial theory to explore teachers use of the arts and cultural praxis in schools and communities in Maasailand, Kenya and Ontario, Canada. She has published widely and is a lead editor of a recently published book, Transnational perspectives on Democracy, Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace Education (Bloomsbury 2019). Between 2013 and 2018, she taught a jointly-developed and taught course online, offered by OISE, MGSE and the London Institute of Education. She serves on the executive of the Africa SIG for the Comparative International Education Society.

Youth Research Centre seminar - International Directions and Networking in Student Voice,
Agency, Leadership and Participation

Date: Tuesday 16 April
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Rooms 514-515, Level 5, 100 Leicester Street Building, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
RSVP: Register via telephone (8344 9633) or to yrc-info@unimelb.edu.au

Roger Holdsworth (University of Melbourne)
Dr Eve Mayes (Deakin University)
Hayley Dureau (Mt Waverley Secondary College)

There is currently increased attention to research, policy and practices around student voice, agency, leadership and participation, particularly in Victoria. These concepts have often been used interchangeably and flexibly, but also have their own specific meanings. They have emerged from theory and practice over at least the last 50 years - reflecting substantial international initiatives. Particularly in the last decade, there have been active initiatives to network those active within this field, and to 'bridge the divide' between research, policy and practice; this has occurred through conference series initially held at Cambridge University (UK), then at the University of Vermont (USA) and, this May, at the University of Pennsylvania (USA).  This seminar will trace the development and clarification of these ideas within schools, with initial attention to local work, and then through reflection on participation in the international networking.

Roger Holdsworth is an Honorary Associate of the MGSE at the Youth Research Centre, and editor and publisher of Connect - the journal supporting student participation - since 1979. Roger has been a secondary school teacher, curriculum consultant, youth sector worker, and Research Fellow at the YRC from 1990 to 2004. He has recently been a participant at the Student Voice Seminars/Conferences at Cambridge University, UK and at the University of Vermont, USA (as a keynote speaker).

Dr Eve Mayes is a Lecturer in Pedagogy and Curriculum at Deakin University. Her research is concerned with exploring experiences of educational institutions, through creative and philosophical experimentation with issues of ‘voice’, affect, space and materiality, using ethnographic, participatory and arts-based research approaches. She has worked closely with the VicSRC as a researcher and evaluator since 2016. She was previously an English and English as a Second Language Teacher in government secondary schools.

Hayley Dureau is a Leading Teacher: Head of Student Voice, at Mount Waverley Secondary College. Recently she has been awarded the VicSRC Teacher Advisor Award (2015), and the Victorian Department of Education Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award (2016), and was an ACEL New Voice in Educational Leadership Scholar. Hayley was further recognised in 2017 with the International Specialised Skills, George Alexander Fellowship, and in 2018 she undertook applied research on STEM teaching and Student Voice in Denmark.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Call for Papers
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 our Call for Papers for the 4th Islamic Schooling Conference and Forum AAISC 2019 – A Focus on Social Justice.  The Conference and Forum will take place on the 13th and 14th of 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.

We recognise the critical nature of both perspectives as we forge a path forward for Islamic schools. Hence, for academics who are researching and teaching in higher education with a focus on Islamic schools, madrassa, and Muslim learners broadly, the Conference Stream provides a platform to share empirical findings, debate conceptualisations, and grapple with theoretical understandings. For educators who are leading and shaping the learning process in K-12 schools (both Islamic and State/Public), the Forum Stream promises an opportunity for educators and teachers in the field to raise challenges, share practices, and collaborate on renewal. Topics of interest for submission to either stream include (but are not limited to):

  • Educational politics
  • Globalised educational policy discourses
  • Educational leadership and justice
  • Social Justice in Islam (jurisprudential, historical and otherwise, and its application to Islamic schooling)
  • Muslim learners and identity politics
  • Dignity and the Muslim learner
  • Islamophobia
  • Inequalities and exclusion
  • Inclusion
  • Equity
  • Racism
  • Pedagogical justice
  • Curricular justice
  • Social justice possibilities for classroom educators
  • Critical learners and social action/activism

More topics of interest are included in the 'Call for Papers' attached.  We are very excited about this year’s concurrent conference/forum approach and hope it will provide fodder for deep discussions within and between each stream. We intend our keynote addresses to provide a broader framing of social justice in Islamic schooling that provides the language and conceptualisation necessary for both streams.

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.

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