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.

Project Evolve Roadshow

Date: Thursday 5 September
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Singapore Theatre, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design)

The session will be an opportunity to hear about the progress with Canvas and Kaltura, including information about the Pilot. We will also look at plans for 2020, and the support available to you during the roll-out.

Masterclasses by Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Date: Thursday 5 September
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Level 1, Kwong Lee Dow Building
Cost: $200 (incl GST)

Coaching in Professional context - Introduction to practice
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Advanced Coaching Practice - A masterclass for experienced coaches
Time: 4pm - 7pm

Brown Bag Lunch Time Seminar
Unpacking Education

Date: Friday 6 September
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 7, Room 713/714

This seminar aims to discuss how curriculum in understood in higher education research and practice. Based on a systematic literature review, I offer a comprehensive and critical view of the state of studies on curriculum in higher education. Based on the concepts arising from curriculum theory, four conceptualizations of curriculum are presented, each comprising distinct features in their orientation to knowledge and ownership. Developing these lines of thought further, the seminar will include discussion about curriculum decision making and curriculum development as academic practices that are often far removed from curriculum theorists who have a deep comprehension of the role and meaning of curriculum in education. The seminar discusses this current crisis in curriculum theory (Young, 2013) in the context of higher education.

PhD Completion Seminar
Teaching Geoscience out-of-field with digital technologies: Understanding agency

Emily Rochette

Supervisors: Dr Christine Redman and Dr Paul Chandler (ACU)
Chair: Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah

Date: Thursday 12 September
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Level 9 Room L915

In 2015, the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2014) was incorporated into the Victorian Curriculum (VCAA, 2015) and teachers are expected to integrate digital technologies into all learning areas. Teachers’ use of digital technologies depends on a number of factors including their personal and pedagogical beliefs (Ertmer, 2005; Ertmer & Ottenbreit-Leftwich, 2010; Ertmer et al., 2012; Ertmer et al., 2014; Ertmer et al., 2006; Ottenbreit-Leftwich et al., 2010; Somekh, 2008; Tondeur et al., 2008; Tondeur et al., 2016). Adding to this complexity is that general science teachers are unlikely to be specialists in all sub-disciplines of science (Hobbs, 2015; Hobbs & Törner, 2019; Ingersoll, 1998; Price et al., 2019). Geoscience, the study of Earth’s physical structures and processes acting on them (King, 2008), is a modern, technical science. Internationally, it is largely taught by nonspecialists (King, 2008, 2013, 2015).

This research sought to understand the lived-experience of 10 science teachers from an inner-city school in Melbourne as they prepared to teach the Victorian Curriculum. The seminal research question was:
To what extent do secondary science teachers’ perceptions of their agency change as they are supported to teach an out-of-field area of the curriculum with digital technologies?

PhD Confirmation Seminar
Reading Images: Creating a visual experience for complex emotion words and descriptive adjectives through illustration - a study of Persian Miniatures

Neda Sajadi

Supervisors: Professor Lorraine Graham, Dr  Kathryn Coleman, Dr Edith Nicolas
Chair: Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret

Date: Friday 13 September
Time: 2pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, studioFive, Room 509

Learning complex emotion words and descriptive adjectives is a challenging process as abstract concepts often lack concrete referents and their meanings are embodied in a web of associations with no clear border. A considerable number of studies highlight the value of multimodal approaches, especially arts, and suggest using visual tools and images in vocabulary development. Supported by these, a few studies focus on creating visual representations for abstract concepts; however, they mainly involve simple adjectives or basic feelings.

This arts-based research aims to enhance learners’ experience of complex emotion words and descriptive adjectives by creating visual representations of them. It attempts to discuss text/meaning and image relations in different illustrations, with a focus on Persian miniatures, to explore varied attempts towards reading images and meaning making.

The diversity of reading and sense making approaches, and the effectivity of communicated meanings through images will be evaluated and reflected on through participatory action research and by applying a/r/tography as method.

Renate Kamener Oration
Special invitation to hear Hon. Julia Gillard

Date: Sunday 15 September
Time: 3pm
Venue: Ormond College, Great Ormand Hall, Parkville
Tickets: $30 (student/concessions $20 using coupon code CONCESSION)

Australia's first female prime minister and Chair of Beyond Blue, Hon. Julia Gillard, will speak at the UoM on how it takes courage to admit when we are struggling, the importance of having the humanity to listen to those in need, and the responsibility we all share in order to overcome the fear and stigma of mental health issues at an individual, community and global level. Hosted by Ormond College, the 10th Renate Kamener Oration covers the theme of 'The Triumph of Humanity in the Great Transitions of Our Lives'. The event is organised by the Kamener family and Australian Jewish Democratic Society, with ticket sales contributing to the Renate Kamener Scholarship for Indigenous students at Ormond College.

Maths and Science Education Research Seminar
Discussing lesson study drawing on didactical suitability criteria to empower mathematics teachers' professional knowledge

Date: Tuesday 17 September
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building

Lesson Study (Fernández & Yoshida, 2005) and the Didactical Suitability Criteria (Font, Breda, & Pino-Fan, 2017) are two major didactical methodologies that teachers have available to analyze their practices. In this presentation I will discuss how to combine both approaches to empower in-service and pre-service mathematics teachers’ professional knowledge in supporting them to further develop their ability to do mathematical didactical analysis. Evidence suggests that both approaches gain in a mutual complementarity improving teachers’ ability to face complexity in teachers’ education.

UNESCO/UNITWIN/studioFive Artist in Residence
Lorraine Milne

Date: Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 September
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, studioFive

Lorraine Milne is an award-winning musician and music educator who, throughout her long career has written and produced many resources from original songs to piano pieces, curriculum notes and study guides. She has worked extensively as a composer, arranger and musical director for a wide range of ABC radio programs and publications and was the Musical Director of the ABC SING series from 1986 to 1992. Since 1993 she has been writing curriculum materials and presenting Professional Development courses for Musica Viva In Schools, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia, Australian Society for Music Education, aMuse, and the National Gallery of Victoria. In October 2014 she was inducted into the aMuse Music Education Hall of Fame. In August 2015 she won an APRA Art Music award for sustained excellence in Music Education and was subsequently invited to become a Patron for the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME).

WEBSITE LAUNCH Tuesday 17 September 5.30-7.00 pm
To launch her new website, Lorraine will demonstrate various pieces from her range of piano music - The Emerging Pianist, Jazzamatazz, Kaleidoscope and The Whole Suite. The Emerging Pianist is the most recent series of 24 pieces for students who are ready to move on from beginners and looking for a bigger challenge. These pieces are fun to play while aiming to expand technique and open up the elements of music - form, style, articulation, etc.

IT’S ELEMENTARY Workshop Wednesday 18 Sept, 5.30-7.30pm
Using an eclectic range of audio clues, Lorraine will lead participants through an interactive workshop involving the elements of music. Working in groups, participants will then be challenged to create an activity suitable for use in the Primary classroom.

IN THE MODE Workshop Thursday 19 September, 5.30-7.30pm
Playtime in studioFive where you will encounter the wonders of musical modes. Come and explore some of their unique patterns and sounds. Be inspired by five notes, ancient sounds, and the blues, and create your own piece of magic modal music.

Professional Staff Conference

Date: Thursday 19 September
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The final program is now available on the 2019 Professor Staff Conference page. For the first time at a PSC, a Wellness @ Work Room will be offered in recognition of the importance of the health and well-being of all our UoM professional staff. Read more about the Wellness @ Work Room here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/bp2r. The University's Staff Club, is offering free Trial Club Membership to all 2019 Professional Staff Conference delegates. Register: membership@unihouse.org.au

More information

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.

Vice-Chancellor's Roadshow visit to MGSE

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

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

Grand Final Celebration

Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
More details to come

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.

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.

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 

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.