six months working from home - some of our achievements

This is an ongoing project collecting the achievements of MGSE staff over 2020. Please send any further updates through as all information will contribute to MGSE’s Annual Review. A research section is the next focus in the coming weeks.


  • Establishment of the Digital Taskforce, led by Nicky Dulfer – evolving use of synchronous and asynchronous online teaching methods
  • Establishment of the Indigenous Curriculum Taskforce
  • The Master of Teaching (Secondary) will be delivering around 225 subjects across MGSE courses in second semester, with 4,000 students enrolled in at least one subject.
  • Master of Teaching 2022 refinement and accreditation process progressing
  • Launch of the first fully online Melbourne MicroCert (MMC) to be taught across the University
  • Developed a National study mapping the experiences of more than 1200 educators during Australia’s first wave of remote learning. The Australian Education Survey attracted more than 130 mentions across the media nationally and internationally.
  • Development and accreditation by the ACECQA of the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching and Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Accreditation by the VIT of the Master of Teaching (Internship) for 5 years
  • Comprehensive Course Review of the Master of Learning Intervention
  • Development of the Higher Education Relief Program – Graduate Diploma of Education
  • 2020 VIT Annual Reporting of ITE Courses
  • Developing the MGSE LMS Support community
  • Processed around 10,000 first semester student results.
  • Arranged placements for over 90 Teacher Candidates in May/June to complete their course by mid-year. This included arranging our first remote (online) placements – where mentor, Teacher Candidates and school students all attend the placement online
  • Confirmed over 1000 placements for Teacher Candidates in semester 2, largely during Stage 4 restrictions
  • Roll out of online assessment reports for placement assessments, making it easier for mentors to use and for us to administer
  • Organised virtual Student Experience/Enrichment activities and events, including orientation days, Q&A sessions for new students, Careers and Employability expo, Selfcare series discussions, Shut up and write sessions, Reconciliation week videos series, Social media campaign for R U Ok? Day

Community Engagement

  • New MGSE Intranet launched
  • 13 editions of MGSE News
  • Nine episodes of MGSE-Matters
  • Three virtual farewells delivered
  • Two all Staff forums
  • New Spotlight series and Mentor series developed
  • MGSE Digital Awards delivered
  • More than 1,470 media mentions (including syndications) from March onwards
  • Two Industry Reports published
  • 15 Pursuit stories
  • Propelling Education four-part webinar series - 28 countries represented in the audience, over 1,800 people attended asking 345 questions, 2.5 K views on You Tube
  • Talking Teaching re-launched – 4 episodes, over 14,000 listens
  • New quarterly international newsletter developed
  • Dean, Prof Jim Watterston delivered MDHS’ Department of Rural Health webinar on ‘What are the key challenges schools need to consider during COVID-19?’
  • Building Culturally Safe & Relationally Stronger Schools webinar held
  • Dean hosted University’s principals’ event
  • Contributed to the INEI Statement on the global COVID-19 pandemic
  • Deputy Dean, Prof Janet Clinton appeared in the MDHS series Life Beyond Coronavirus
  • Back to Basics week implemented
  • Transitioned to new a CRM which involved changing all the processes for how we communicate with prospective students, answer enquiries, run events and set up campaigns
  • Successful execution of 2020 virtual Open Day events: across 12 webinar events over 1200 registrations, 500 attendees joined live and asked 400 questions.
  • Exceeded semester 2 acceptances compared to same time last year (up 10% overall and 39% for international students)
  • Creation of Faces of MGSE: a place to get to know our students, staff and alumni. Designed to help prospective students make decisions about their future study and get inspired by MGSE stories.
  • Increased interest in our Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship by 26% (applications)
  • Developed MGSE’s Instagram account to connect with current and future student communities

People and Culture

  • Appointment of new Deputy Dean, Prof Janet Clinton, new Professor of Educational Leadership, Prof Yong Zhao, new Associate Dean, Engagement, Prof Suzanne Rice and Assistant Dean, Indigenous, Dr Melitta Hogarth
  • Implementation of new Staffing Approval Process (including all staffing appointments)
  • Supporting staff across MGSE to adjust to a virtual campus (OH&S, IT, Facilities, HR)
  • Conducting all promotion panels and academic triennial reviews remotely
  • Managing all return to campus plans and actions
  • Implementation of second year of combined professional and academic mentoring program
  • Highest annual and triennial performance review completion rate
  • Development of the Academic Performance Guidelines (APG)
  • Development of the Academic Workload Allocation model (AWAM)
  • Cultural awareness training developed (in collaboration with the Indigenous Curriculum Taskforce)