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The new Events Calendar is now live events.unimelb.edu.au.

All current users and moderators have been directly contacted about the up-coming changes, but if you need more information please contact events-calendar@unimelb.edu.au.

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).

Online Q and A sessions on assessment

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays

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To support staff in (re)designing their assessment, the Melbourne CSHE is offering weekly virtual office hours with an assessment expert who will discuss alternative assessment options and answer assessment-related questions. These are curriculum-oriented sessions designed to complement the more technical and design-oriented sessions offered through Learning Environments.

Role of the Supervisor

Date: Thursday 21 May
Time: 9am - 10am


This seminar will provide opportunities to discuss what it means to be a GR Supervisor, their responsibilities, and how to act in the role effectively. The focus will be given to discussing effective supervision practices during the University response to COVID-19.

Engagement research and academic careers

Date: Monday 25 May
Time: 10am - 11am


Engagement work has typically been a relatively small component of academic work, with a weak understanding among academics of what constitutes engagement, and a perception that engagement work is not associated with academic progression. Undertaking engagement research through commissioned projects and translating this into strong career outcomes presents academics with a set of challenges not typically encountered when undertaking grant-based research.

This presentation by Associate Professor Suzanne Rice (Deputy Director of the Assessment Research Centre and the Associate Dean (Engagement) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education) will outline four dilemmas researchers confront in linking commissioned research into an academic career trajectory, and suggest some possibilities for addressing these issues.

SCIP (Social and Cultural Informatics) Workshop

Date: Monday 25 May
Time: 1pm - 3pm


Kathryn Coleman and Amanda Belton of SCIP are teaming up with MERI to showcase all the support SCIP offers your Graduate Researchers! If your GR wants to dive deep into data with sophisticated digital methods, please forward the registration link to them. You're more than welcome to join us, too.

Being radical: Artistic collaborations, mischief, & mayhem

Date: Monday 25 May
Time: 8pm - 9.30pm


Open to all art educators including InSEA, Art Education Australia and Art Education Victoria members with A/Prof David Modler. David’s practice fosters arts-based learning through one-to-one visual journal collaborations. David with Kate Coleman will facilitate a digital rhizo-drawing workshop in this webinar. Bring your art diary, paper, pencils and yourself ready to make, do and imagine different ways to explore journaling, reflection and visual languages.

Designing open-book exams

Date: Tuesday 26 May
Time: 10am - 11.30am


There are many advantages to offering online open-book exams. When designed well, they allow students to demonstrate their achievement of subject learning outcomes in fair, reliable and valid ways. In this 90-minute Zoom session participants will explore the key features to a good online open-book exam. We will demonstrate best practice by showing examples of how an online exam can be structured and what well-crafted questions look like. Lastly, we will explore some online tools that can be used to deliver online exams, including Canvas Quizzes and Gradescope.

For any enquiries contact LEWorkshops-tickets@groups.unimelb.edu.au

Changing Learning – Changing Tradition: Collaborating to Create Joy Through Music in an Online Environment

Date: Tuesday 26 May
Time: 10am - 10.30am


Dr Brad Merrick examines some of the challenges that have arisen for Music and Arts educators during the COVID-19 experience highlighting some of the ways teachers have responded and provided solutions to the challenge.

By adapting our use of technology, changing modes of learning, embracing new pedagogy, and connecting with others to create joy through online music making, students have continued to engage with the arts, albeit in different ways. It’s amazing how we search, reflect and collaborate to modify our practice in times of need. By sharing examples of teaching strategies and flipped examples, the power of creative teaching, including online teaching overseas, this session will highlight how this world-wide experience has connected us in ways we hadn’t realised, changing traditional approaches now and into the future.

Music Education Research Snapshots

Date: Wednesday 27 May
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm


You are warmly invited to join the postgraduate music education researchers from Victorian universities sharing snapshots of their research.

Role of the Advisory Chair

Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 9am - 10am


This seminar will discuss the role and responsibilities of the Advisory Chair in graduate supervision, with updates on current GR policies and important information regarding COVID-19 and GRs. Perfect as a refresher for current Chairs, with insights also for those new to the role.

Coffee Chat and Q&A for Sessional Teachers

Dates: Thursday 28 May, Tuesday 9 June and Thursday 25 June
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am


These casual, flexible sessions are designed to discuss the changing contexts of small-group teaching and new challenges for sessional teachers. What challenges are you facing? What new teaching strategies or resources would be valuable for you right now? Grab a cup of coffee and come with your thoughts, questions, or ideas.

The Remote Ways We Interact and What They May Mean for Arts Education

Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm


This forum is a facilitated discussion that explores and considers blog posts by Daisy Christodoulou and Julian Sefton-Green. Bring along a drink and or some nibbles as we explore what these blogposts mean for Arts Education.

My life in isolation: Collaborative online compositions from music teacher candidates

Date: Friday 29 May
Time: 11am - 12.30pm


Teaching and learning online has been a challenge but music teaching, learning and composing online has stretched our imaginations.

Listen to this series of collaborative compositions created by our secondary music teacher candidates and join us in a discussion about the joys and challenges of such a task.

National Reconciliation Week 2020 Webinar: Challenges and opportunities for Indigenous researchers within a western knowledge system

Date: Friday 29 May
Time: 2pm - 3pm


Join three Indigenous scholars across Arts, Education and MDHS for a National Reconciliation Week panel discussion on the experience of working across a western academy.

Linking to the 2020 Reconciliation Week theme: “In this together”, the discussion will explore issues the panellists experience as Indigenous academics within a traditionally western institution such as the University of Melbourne. With the establishment of the Indigenous Knowledges Institute at the University earlier this year, it is now timely for the whole university community to consider how Indigenous knowledge, scholars and curriculum can enrich the University’s research and teaching agenda.

Facilitated by: Ms Aurora Milroy, Manager, Indigenous Knowledges Institute, The University of Melbourne.

Reviving the Soul of the Seoul Agenda on Arts Education: Towards a UNESCO Agenda 2.0 – reflecting on 10 years

Date: Saturday 30 May
Time: 11pm - 12am

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IDEA is working hard to transform some aspects of the IDEA 2020 Congress in Beijing into a program with a digital focus.

Conflict in engagement and partnerships

Date: Monday 1 June
Time: 10am - 11am

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This Zoom workshop is for staff at The University of Melbourne only, and is part of the Applying Collaborative Partnerships Series.

Conflict is often inevitable when engaged in any partnerships and collaborative projects. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, new forms of conflict may emerge due to uncertainty, poor communication and changes. How you react and respond to conflict can make or break an effective relationship. In this webinar, participants will look at various ways to overcome and push through conflict and disagreements and ultimately strengthen their relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.

Engaged University e-Symposium

Date: Thursday 9 - Friday 12 June

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The Engaged University e-Symposium will provide a space for professional and academic staff to reflect and explore different levels and scales of engagement initiatives for research, teaching and community, and their impacts across the University of Melbourne.

The full program will be made available in late May.

Learning design for experienced sessional teachers - Semester 1

Date: Thursday 11 June
Time: 9am - 12.30pm
Venue: Zoom Meeting

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Enhancing your teaching by incorporating theory and research into curriculum design

This half-day program is designed for experienced sessional teachers who wish to enhance their understanding of comprehensive learning design. During this program, theory and research around effective learning design will be discussed, and participants will have the opportunity to explore how those theories and findings can be incorporated into their own lesson planning. This program considers a range of teaching contexts and includes the opportunity to interact with colleagues from various disciplines in the University.

For more information please see the program page.