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Events will no longer be published in the University's Staff News newsletter. The University's Events Calendar promotes a range of virtual public events from lectures and seminars to exhibitions and performances. Staff with an '@unimelb' email address can submit an event to the Events Calendar once your account has been established. If you are a new user,  you can request access via this form.

Building Connections:
Schools as Community Hubs International Conference 2020

Dates: Thursday 3 - Friday 4 December
Costs: $95 full price or $45 student price


LEaRN is pleased to invite registrations for the Schools as Community Hubs International Conference.
This unique academic conference will be held online, over two half-days.  The event will feature presentations on practice-based insights and academic analysis of schools as community hubs initiatives from Australia and North America. Presentations will be accompanied by full written proceedings.  The program allows for detailed discussion and delegate reflections.

For enquiries please contact Sarah Backhouse, Project Manager building-connections@unimelb.edu.au.

Reading Australian Cli-Fi in Secondary Schools

Date: Friday 4 December
Time: 11am - 12pm


In this talk Larissa McLean Davies and Sarah E. Truman consider the ways in which thinking with issues of sustainability and climate crisis prompt new imaginings of reading and teacher education in Australian settler-colonial context. We discuss how Indigenous cli-fi texts such as Heat and Light, Terra Nullius, and Carpentaria refuture relations and invite new modes of reading through our ongoing project the Teacher-Researchers which is undertaken in collaboration with The Stella Prize. The project is designed to support secondary English teachers to develop new knowledges of diverse contemporary fiction.

Supporting primary students experiencing anxiety associated with COVID-19

Date: Wednesday 9 December
Time: 4pm - 5.15pm


Aimed at primary school educators, this live webinar addresses the topic of supporting primary-aged students with COVID-19 related anxiety, and features a panel of experts in research and education.

ARC Grant Camp series

The ARC Grant Camp series offers ARC applicants the opportunity to work on the background section of their application in a supportive environment. Each session provides concentrated time to draft a small part of your application and ask questions about specific parts of the application. The aim is not to produce polished prose, but to get words on paper that can be discussed with a mentor. It is designed to get people started on each section of the application in a timely manner.

For dates, times and the Zoom link to join each session, visit the MERI Updates section.

Visit Research Events

Inaugural David Clarke Memorial Lecture

Date: Thursday 10 December
Time: 1pm


To celebrate the launch of the ICCR Research Hub the inaugural David Clarke Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Alan Schoenfeld.

David Clarke’s aptly chosen project title, “The Learner’s Perspective Study,” serves as the springboard for the reflections on teaching and learning in this presentation. To begin, it places the learner at the centre. What really matters are the learner’s experiences, and what sense learners make not only of the content but of themselves as learners. Classroom interactions between students, between students and teacher, between students and content, all shape a student’s evolving perspective both on content and sense of self. These are deeply cultural issues; understandings and perspectives vary across nations, shaping what happens in them. And when such experiences are the object of rigorous study, we all profit from the understandings that develop.

Book launch - Exploring university teaching and learning: Experience and context

Date: Thursday 10 December
Time: 5pm


The Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education is pleased to launch this new book. The authors, Keith Trigwell & Michael Prosser will discuss elements of the book’s focus on university teachers’ experience of teaching and learning.

VCE Summer School enrolment

Date: Applications close Sunday 13 December
Cost: $50 per student


Know a student entering Year 11 or Year 12 in 2021? The VCE Summer School (VCESS) is a UoM Student Union two-week tutoring program, running online from Monday 11 January to Friday 22 January. Applications are now open for the 2021 program. VCESS has a particular focus on creating a healthy study-life balance and on providing tutoring on the widest range of subjects: no matter how small the subject may be, and try to provide a trained tutor. The two-week program is priced at $50 per student, which includes all classes, materials, activities, workshops and seminars.

Contact summerschool@union.unimelb.edu.au for any enquiries.

IOE-INEI Webinar: How is the pandemic reshaping the education debate?

Dates: Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 December
Times: 8.15pm on Monday and 4.45am on Wednesday (converted to AEST from London time)

Register for Part 1

Register for Part 2

This panel event in conjunction with the INEI brings together experts from a number of countries to examine how COVID-19 has changed the limits and possibilities for education policy around the world.

Part one features MGSE's Dr Natasha Ziebell.

Will the pandemic usher in a new era for Australian universities?

Date: Tuesday 15 December
Time: 1pm - 2pm


Presented by the Melbourne Centre for Study of Higher Education

The history of Australian universities can be divided into discernible eras, each with its own distinct operation, purpose and character. From the early 1900s there was an era when universities first identified as ‘Australian’, adopting common conventions and engaging the Commonwealth government. This was followed by an era of growth and differentiation between diverse interests arising from the emergence of new universities and colleges of advanced education, and staff and student movements. Most recently there has been an era of self-determination, in which there has been greater competition, repeated attempts at deregulation and an extraordinary expansion of the international student ‘market’. The transitions between eras has often resulted from forces external to universities, such as government policies or national crises; at other times they have emerged from within. Has the closure of borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent Tehan Job-Ready Graduates policy brought the current era to a close, and are we entering a new one?

MGSE End of Year Student Celebration

Date: Friday 18 December
Time: 5.30pm


MGSE is hosting an End of Year Celebration webinar for students who are set to finish their courses this year. We're looking for an Academic to host this session. Academics are also welcome to attend.

Virtual Cuppa - online teaching and learning help sessions

Date: Monday - Thursday
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm AEST


The Virtual Cuppa is your space to share online teaching and learning challenges, find practical solutions, and simplify your working life through partnership and collaboration. The Virtual Cuppa is hosted by Dr Allison Creed, learning designer and organisational coach, with co-host Dr Maxx Schmitz from the Faculty of Arts, Arts Teaching Innovation team.

Join the for a live Q and A with colleagues and industry experts to find solutions to your daily online teaching and learning design challenges. Watch this sample

Recorded live, the Virtual Cuppa engages with the higher education community and industry experts, including special guests in interactive and hands-on teaching and learning design for online and blended delivery. Topics include creating presence when teaching online, innovative language teaching and learning online, career and employability, working remotely and wellbeing, student transition, peer to peer teaching, group/team work, online assessment transformation, and co-creation (design and delivery).

Seventeenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society

Date: Thursday 8 - Friday 9 April 2021

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In April 2021 the seventeenth International Conference is brought together by a shared interest in the complex relationships between technology, knowledge and society. The conference theme will focus on Considering Viral Technologies: Pandemic-Driven Opportunities and Challenges.