Diary dates

Canvas LMS workshops, events and webinars

Learning Environments are providing an extensive set of workshops and resources in support of and preparation for the 2020 rollout of Canvas and Kaltura (the new video management system). Visit the workshops page to book into one or more workshop or webinar sessions, with topics including Canvas: Getting Started, Canvas: Assessment and feedback, Canvas: Communication and collaboration, Canvas: Quizzes, Canvas for tutors and Kaltura.

Sessions will be running throughout March and April.

Free group fitness for UoM Staff

Melbourne University Sport will be running free group fitness classes for University staff. MU Sport is running these classes as part of our ongoing staff health and wellbeing initiatives.

The free classes are below, and also marked on the group fitness timetable:

First-time users need to visit any of the facilities 10-15 minutes before their first free class, where you will be provided with a login for our online booking system. The online system can be used to book into classes up to 24 hours before they begin. Don’t forget your staff card too.

Tuesday 11.30am
UOM Staff HIIT 30 minutes
Beaurepaire Centre – Gym

Wednesday 1.10pm
UOM Staff Walking Group 30 minute
Meet at Sports Centre

Thursday 11.30am
UOM Staff X-Train 30 minutes
Beaurepaire Centre – Gym

Friday 1.45pmUOM Staff Yoga 45 minutes
Lincoln Square Fitness

Education Leadership and School Transformation Special Seminar

The role of Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Schools in Trento, Italy

Date: Thursday 12 March
Venue: 100 Leicester St, Level 5, Room L514/515
Time: 12pm -  1pm

The role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in Trento schools is important for supporting students who have special educational needs and for preventing early school leaving and failure. In this seminar research exploring the work of SENCOs is presented. The research involved qualitative survey and focus groups. The seminar will report on the management and leadership functions of this role and how the role can be enhanced to be more effective.

Promising the future of university internationalisation

Date: Monday 16 March
Time: 12.30-2pm 
Venue: Room G01, ground floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville

The objectives of this seminar are dual: to launch a new book by Yuan Gao, 'Measuring University Internationalisation: Indicators across National Contexts', and discuss key issues around the future of university internationalisation. The seminar will begin with a brief review of the book, which presents the speaker's doctoral study which conceptualised university internationalisation by considering different national contexts, and developed an instrument to measure university performance in this domain. Following the review, the presenter will share her thoughts on the future of university internationalisation, particularly the fulfilment of universities' cultural mission in the global era: how universities can assist students and staff develop their cultural awareness and competence and achieve the transformation from structural to cultural diversity.

Policy transfer, priorities for comparative and international education and implications for sustainable development

Date: Tuesday 17 March
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Venue: Rooms L713 and L714, Level 7, 100 Leicester Street

Comparative and international researchers in education are especially well placed to contribute to the analysis and understanding of global trends in education and international development. This presentation considers the critical interrogation of the processes of educational policy transfer and makes a case for further research on policy transfer.

Oedipus Schmoedipus: A comic bloodbath about a fate that none of us can escape

Date: 18 – 28 March 
Venue: Union Theatre
Book now

As part of Asia TOPA 2020, eight theatre performances of the acclaimed production, Oedipus Schmoedipus, will take place in Union Theatre, performed in both Cantonese and English.

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne, The University of Melbourne and UMSU’s Union House Theatre, Oedipus Schmoedipus is a joyful, dark, irreverent, hilarious and confronting performance about death: real death, fake death, and death as portrayed in the world’s great theatre classics.

A cast of 25 volunteer actors (per night) are invited to be part of each performance. Volunteer actors can be students, staff, alumni or from the wider community.

No memorising or acting experience is required and there is a role tailored to every volunteer selected - only enthusiasm required!

For staff use the promo code UOMSTAFF and for students use UOMSTUDENT.

Wominjeka 2020

Date: Thursday 19 March
Time: 12.30-2pm 
Venue: University Plaza, Union Lawn, Parkville

You are invited to Wominjeka 2020 - a Welcome to Country for all University students, staff and the general public. A Wominjeka (the Woi-wurrung word for welcome) happens each year to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and their Elders past and present, upon whose land we study and work, and to welcome and acknowledge Indigenous students and staff. It is customary for the traditional owners of the land to welcome visitors and guests to their lands, and invite them to share in the bounty provided by the creator spirit - Bunjil. Wominjeka 2020 includes a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, Indigenous staff and student speakers, Indigenous dance and Yidaki performances. Join us to learn more about the rich Indigenous culture and heritage of the areas in which we study and work.

Academic Staff Workshop: GR Selection Policies and Processes

Date: Thursday 19 March
Time: 1pm-3pm 
Venue: 100 Leicester, Level 4, Room 413/414
Contact Peter Woelert for more information

Do you want to supervise new Graduate Researchers?

Join Peter Woelert to learn how you can better identify and support applicants who are competitive for entry to MGSE programs and scholarships. Learn how policies impact scoring and selection, as well as the funding context affecting MGSE scholarships.

No RSVP necessary.

MGSE Harmony Day Event

Date: Monday 23 March
Time: 11.30am - 1.30pm
Venue: Frank Tate Room, L915

The MGSE Social Committee is hosting a Harmony Day event to celebrate Australian multiculturalism within our Graduate School. We encourage all staff to attend and bring a plate of food that represents their cultural background to share. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided and there will be a special presentation on the day. Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity - a chance to come together and share experiences so we better understand the different communities that call Australia home, from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from across the world.

Science and Mathematics Education Research Seminar

Understanding commonalities and differences in algebraic reasoning when Australian and Chinese students solve fraction tasks

Presenter: Ms  Cath Pearn, The University of Melbourne

Date: Tuesday 24 March
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Q219
Time: 12pm - 1pm

Multiplicative thinking and generalisation are recognised as key to developing algebraic reasoning. In this exploratory study, conducted with 10-12 years old students from Australia and China, fraction tasks which require students to find the “whole”, rather than the part, are used to identify students’ progress towards algebraic thinking. Frameworks to classify their solution strategies, and degree of algebraic reasoning, allow teachers to chart student progress. While the Australian students demonstrated a greater range of methods Chinese students favoured multiplicative methods with given numbers, but this did not always translate to generalisation. Students who generalised proficiently showed clear evidence of algebraic reasoning.

Graduate Researcher Orientation

Date: Wednesday 25 March
Time: 10am - 1.30pm 
Venue: 234 Queensberry St, Level 1, Q102

Whether you're a commencing GR, missed out on Orientation last year, or supervise a current GR, Orientation 2020 is a chance to meet your research community at MGSE.

You'll discover:

  • How MGSE can support you
  • Ethics and RIOT training obligations
  • Available Library services
  • Advice from current GRs.

Lunch provided. Register with your dietary requirements by sending an email to mgse-research@unimelb.edu.au

Corwin Professional Learning Conference 2020

Date: 19 -20 August
Time: 8am - 5pm 
Venue: Hyatt Regency Sydney, 161 Sussex St

The 2020 Corwin Professional Learning Conference (CPLC2020) focuses on Moving Learning Forward… not by chance but by design!

This conference brings together international and national educational researchers and practitioners. Throughout the conference they will share their expertise, research and best practices in deliberately designing education to move learning forward. Included in this conference are Keynotes, Voices, Case Studies and Workshops.

If you believe that no students’ education should be left to chance, and that every educator should develop their capacity to design high impact learning, then Corwin Australia looks forward to seeing you at CPLC2020!

ACEN Conference 2020 - Call for abstracts and discounted registration

Date: 26 - 27 October
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The University has sponsored the 2020 ACEN Conference Beyond 2020: Creating the future with WIL. This flagship biennial event is run by Australia's peak body for work-integrated learning (WIL), the Australian Collaborative Education Network, and achieves international attention. The 2020 conference will be held in Melbourne on October 26-28 with a range of content highly relevant to both academic and professional staff involved in work-integrated learning. A call for abstracts is now open. Submissions are invited for full refereed papers, showcase presentations, round-table discussions and poster submissions. Submissions close 17 April.

University staff are eligible for discounted conference registration: $795 including welcome drinks and conference dinner.