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.

Enhancing Academic Workload Management

Date: Wednesday 30 October
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: University of Melbourne

The Enhancing Academic Workload Management Workshop will look at emerging trends in academic workload models and discuss issues around their effectiveness, efficiency and the next step in the evolution of workload models. Participants will come to understand the historic and current practice in relation to this, as well as understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to workload management.

UMNOS Showcase

Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
RSVP by Wednesday 23 October. Please note each attendee needs to register individually.

The University of Melbourne Network of Schools (UMNOS) warmly invites academic and professional staff to the 2019 Showcase; the graduation and celebration of our 2017 Network and the launch of our 2020 offerings to schools. The Showcase is an opportunity to learn how schools engage within UMNOS and to hear how they have addressed school improvement priorities via evidence-based interventions and innovations.

MGSE staff will also have an opportunity to learn about upcoming changes to the UMNOS model. Please review the UMNOS website and our flyer for schools.

Registrations open at 8.15am
School presentation will run from 9.30am - 1pm, with refreshment breaks included

Our keynote speaker, Dr Sandra Milligan, will commence after lunch at 2pm, followed by a completion ceremony for our 2017 Network.

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.

Book Launch and CVEP Seminar

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

India Film Week - Dil Chahta Hai

Date: Friday 1 November
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Venue: Kathleen FItzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, Professor's Walk

The Australia India Institute along with the Faculty of Arts and the UMSU Bollywood Club would like you to join us for a fun night of Indian Food, Bollywood dancing and a screening of cult classic 'Dil Chahta Hai' as part of India Week.

PhD Confirmation Seminar
Investigating the interrelationship among STEM teachers' values, pedagogical content knowledge, perceived student outcomes and their integrative influence on instructional practices of interdisciplinary teaching

Date: Monday 4 November
Time: 1pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Room 372

Presented by: Yunying Yang

Supervisor: Professor Jan van Driel and Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah
Chair: Associate Professor Wesley Imms

In China, STEM education has been incorporated into the National Innovation-driven Development Strategy (Minister of Science and Technology, 2016) and is highly valued for its significance in policies. The implementation of STEM education on-campus began with the primary school stage in 2017, in which teachers are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary teaching approach. Presently, a systematic admittance and certification system of new STEM teachers is yet to be established. As such, STEM teachers are often subject teachers who have specialized in disciplinary majors varying from mathematics, science-related subjects, to information technology. To understand how subject teachers implement integrated STEM education and how these experiences impact on their professional growth, this research has adapted the ‘interconnected model of teachers’ professional growth’ ( IMTPG, Clarke & Hollingswiorth, 2002) to investigate the interrelationship among STEM teachers' values, pedagogical content knowledge, perceived student outcomes and their integrative influence on instructional practices of interdisciplinary teaching.

Melbourne Cup Afternoon Tea

Date: Tuesday 5 November
Time: 2.30pm - 4pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 3, Staff room

Come together to meet your colleagues (MGSE & MSPACE) over a glass of sparkling and light refreshments. This year's proceeds from the sweep will be donated to a local animal charity.

Sweep $2 per horse

  • Raffle
  • Light refreshments
  • Coffee tasting
  • Enjoy a glass of champagne, cider, coffee or tea.

6-week Mindfulness course

Date: Wednesday 6 November - Monday 11 December
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Graduate student groups MISSioN and SOFI are accepting expressions of interest for participation in their hugely popular 6-week mindfulness course. After previous success, we are now pleased to open up places to staff and graduate students. The course has been specifically developed by qualified mindfulness teacher Maria Hastad, Biomedical Scientist and Founder of 'A Mind for Living'.

From 6 November - 11 December (Wednesdays, 5.15pm - 6.45pm) $180 staff, $60 students (includes course materials and refreshments).

2019 Fraser Oration

Date: Wednesday 6 November
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Kathleen FItzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, Professor's Walk

Hear the Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes CH, the last Governor of Hong Kong, former EU Commission representative and former Chancellor of the University of Oxford, speak on the topic of Political Leadership. The Rt Hon Christopher Patten has had a long and distinguished career in public and political life, and oversaw the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. The Fraser Oration was established in 2017 by the UoM, in memory of Malcolm Fraser, the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia. The Fraser Oration provides an opportunity to explore matters of public and social interest in line with Malcolm Fraser's vision for Australia, and more broadly his support for multiculturalism, universal democratic principles, human rights and free speech.

Lunchtime Seminar with Dr Mara Krechevsky, Harvard University

Date: Wednesday 6 November
Time: 12pm - 1.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 4, Rooms L413-L414

In this seminar Mara will discuss two of her current projects in early childhood education: Pedagogy as Play, and Children as Citizens.

The Jenny Leaper Lecture:
The Future of Children's Learning

Date: Thursday 7 November
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education has recently established the Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood (REEaCh) Hub thanks to generous support of the Leaper Foundation. This event will be part of the launch of the new hub with discussions on the future of young children's learning in Australia.

The REEaCh Hub will host a Twilight lecture on 'Making learning visible in early childhood settings' presented by Dr Mara Krechevsky, Research Director of Project Zero, at Harvard University. The lecture will also include a response from Professor Nicola Yelland from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Unpacking Education Seminar Series
Provocations and Critiques of Post-Qualitative Research from my Twitter Bot

Date: Friday 8 November
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 7, Rooms 713/714 
Bookings are not required

This session will focus on a Twitter Bot Dr Sarah E Truman created called the ‘Post-qualitative Research Diffractor Bot’ (@postqual). The bot is a research-creation project that operates as an artistic and theoretical parody of the neoliberal concept ecology/economy of academe – specifically the field of ‘post-qualitative’ research. To begin the session, Dr Truman will gloss the theoretical orientations of post-qualitative research. She will then provide a description of the mechanics of how the bot operates, and an overview of research-creation as a methodology. The latter half of the session will think with some of the Post-Qualitative Research Diffractor Bot’s recursive Tweets, or micro bogs, as critiques and provocations for the future of (post)qualitative research.

Jack Keating Memorial Lecture
Civil Conflict and Social Opportunity

Date: Monday 11 November
Time: 5.15pm - 7pm

This lecture will critically evaluate how Australia performs in language education for the complex demands of an internationally engaged, multicultural trading economy, enmeshed in systems which complicate the capacity of governments and education systems to manage their own affairs.  In recent decades Australia has been a pioneer in its efforts of formulating explicit, coordinated and comprehensive policy to meet the communication needs of a contemporary society at the cross roads between its Indigenous foundations, European settlement and Asian geographic, strategic and economic location, but today lags badly behind the innovative commitments that we witness in other parts of the world.

Maths and Science Education Research Seminar
Exploring a trajectory of learning for digital technologies within integrated STEM

Presented by: Dr Duncan Symons

Date: Tuesday 19 November
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q227

As we move forward into what has become known as the fourth industrial revolution, no longer are traditional approaches to teaching that privilege rote learning of procedures and routines relevant to school age students. The development of a series of skills and understandings that I will describe as STEM Literacies are becoming increasingly fundamental. These STEM literacies include:

  • Scientific Literacy
  • Statistical Thinking
  • Algorithmic Thinking
  • Critical and
  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving.

In this talk I will focus on the role of Algorithmic Thinking and a practical demonstration of how it can be developed across the Foundation to year 8 curriculum will be provided. The role of algorithmic thinking within integrated STEM and as a component of both the Digital Technologies and Mathematics curricula will be examined.

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.

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 conference registration.

PhD Completion Seminar
Pedagogic possibilities of diasporic texts in a Contemporary Literature Classroom: A postcolonial analysis

Date: Tuesday 26 November
Time: 12pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Room 372

Presented by: Mary Purcell 

Supervisor: Professor Fazal Rizvi and Dr  Dianne Mulcahy
Chair: Professor Nikos Papastergiadis

This project is situated within the broader context of the emerging policy discourses of “Asia Literacy” and “Intercultural Understanding” expressed in the Australian Curriculum, and the changing demography of Australian classrooms resulting from expanding cultural diversities, mobilities and transnational connectivities. It seeks to examine the ways in which a text produced by an Australian-Asian diaspora writer has the potential to contribute to the development in students of what Spivak (1992) refers to as “Transnational Literacy” – helping contemporary students to negotiate their identities and understand their “worldliness” (Said, 2003) in relational, critical and reflexive ways. Using a range of critical tools from recent postcolonial theory, this project involves the researcher teaching a postcolonial text to Year 11 students, observing student responses to the text, and interviewing them, producing data that is analysed through a constant movement between theory and data, privileging neither. This data suggests that, within the transnationalised and hybridised space of contemporary Australian society, some students find difficulty negotiating the dominant norms of Australian-ness and that they identify nation-centric narratives as key sources of feelings of confusion and exclusion. This implies a need for a pedagogy that responds to contemporary social changes. By the end of the course of study, some students reported changes in their epistemic constructions of themselves and of others after contesting these norms. Based on this insight, this thesis proposes a new form of literary pedagogy that considers each student’s orientation to the space, the way that social labels stick to students’ bodies and make them feel out of place in particular settings. It shows that the teaching of diaspora literature is a useful tool in steering students towards transnational literacy as it enables affectivity to be brought into the centre of literary analysis. It highlights the ambiguities, ambivalences, and the hybridities that they experience and it gives useful insights into how 'reading otherwise' is essential for the development of transnational literacy.

Melbourne Fritz Duras Lecture
'Mind the (Collaboration) Gap': Ongoing learning and capacity building in physical education and physical teacher education

Date: Wednesday 27 November
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm

This lecture considers how best physical education/physical education teacher education (PE/PETE) stakeholders can be held accountable for determining an international framework for strategic planning, proactive leadership, and adaptive designs. Given that equitable accountability means that all PE/PETE stakeholders be legitimized as contributors, critical contributions of partnerships and professional cultures is a main thread to this lecture. Three related considerations are shared and include (i) roles, responsibilities and weakening boundaries of, and between, stakeholders, (ii) support structures and networking as effective practice, and (iii) true partnership and communication across PE/PETE. The lecture concludes by considering the centrality of establishing an evidence base through international collaboration and transnational and comparative research in a bid to meet physical activity, sport, and health-related needs of children and youth world-wide.

Save the date - Narrm Oration 2019

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Kathleen FItzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, Professor's Walk

When a language is at the juncture of extinction, using it as the language of formal education would appear to be a mission impossible. Thirty-six years after a handful of people in Hawaiʻi decided to face this dire situation head on and use Hawaiian as the medium of pre-school education – with no money, no site, no curriculum and no 'qualified' teachers – Hawaiʻi is now experiencing a reawakening of new generations of highly fluent second and first language Hawaiian speakers.

In the 2019 Narrm Oration, Dr Larry L Kimura will impart a progression of the 36 years (1983–2019) of overcoming obstacles to advance the life of the Hawaiian language and cultural wellbeing.

The Narrm Oration will be followed by a panel discussion addressing the Australian experience of language revitalisation and the achievements and challenges. RSVP by Wednesday 20 November.

2019 All staff orchestra

Date: Tuesday 3 December
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Wilson Hall, Wilson Avenue Building 151 Parkville

The inaugural UoM Staff Orchestra (UoMSO) comprises over 50 staff members from across 13 different academic faculties and university service departments.

UoMSO will perform favourites by Bizet, Bryant and Verdi alongside the world premiere of our Melbourne Conservatorium of Music composer commission by Kate Tempany (MMus). This project has been devised and managed by BMus students receiving scholarship through SSAF Grants under the supervision of IgniteLAB.

Student Voice and Partnerships International Conference

Date: 9-11 December
Venue:Arts West Building, the University of Melbourne

Join Social Education Victoria for a gathering that will bring together researchers, school students, teachers and school leaders, policy workers, and support organisations to consider current and future directions in Student Voice, Agency and Partnerships.