Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Seminar Series

This new series of seminars will have a strong focus on teaching and learning research and evaluation including case studies and empirical investigations of innovation in practice. Topics will cover a broad range of teaching and learning innovations often focusing on the use of technology in higher education, but not exclusively so. The seminars will be presented by a range of academics from both within the University and from other Australian and international universities.

These seminars are open to any member of the University and public. They are designed to stimulate discussion and reflection around teaching and learning innovation in higher education. The seminar format will include plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Seminars will run fortnightly on Wednesdays between 1pm – 2pm.

On-line registration

is now available (see below seminar list).

Information on past seminars is here (lecture captures are available for some of these seminars)

For queries regarding the Innovations in teaching & learning seminars, please contact Linda Corrin tel: 9035 9685 email:


The schedule for our 2014 seminar series is below. Semester 2 will be advised later in the year.

Wednesday 30 April, 1-2pm

Professor Pip Pattison

Professor Gregor Kennedy
Professor James Bailey
Ms Linda Corrin

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education



Learning Analytics @ Melbourne – A Panel Discussion
This panel session will explore current use and research of learning analytics at the University of Melbourne. Learning analytics refers to the analysis of data about learners and their activities to inform the enhancement of teaching and learning practices and environments. An expert panel will discuss some the current and potential uses of learning analytics at the University. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience about how learning analytics can be used to support teaching and learning in higher education.

Wednesday 14 May, 1-2pm

Dr Michael Lew & Dr Rosa McCarty
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
University of Melbourne

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education



Process and perceptions of summative peer assessment of a large cohort
Peer assessment offers potential advantages in staff workload and in student engagement and learning outcomes. In this seminar the findings of a study of a peer assessment activity undertaken in a third-year biomedical science capstone subject will be presented. Students in this subject were required to assess the work of five of their peers as well as their own. The activity made use of several tools including Turnitin and custom software written to enable the curation of the student marks and to rapidly scan the patterns of the marks to detect any obvious anomalies and outliers. This seminar will examine the processes and tools used to facilitate the peer assessment activity as well as student feedback and outcomes.

Wednesday 28 May, 1-2pm

Mr Glen Jennings, Associate Dean (Academic Operations)
Trinity College Pathways School

Dr Jennifer Mitchell, Elearning Coordinator Trinity College Pathways School

Venue: Barbara Falk Room,
Centre for the Study of Higher Education


Academic Development and Student Outcomes in the Trinity College iPad Project
Success of the Trinity College iPad Project has been achieved through teaching innovations, higher student results and student numbers, as well as more intentional and systematic professional development for all academic staff. Quantitative analysis of student results over four years reveals statistically significant improvement. This presentation will firstly outline steps taken to equip academics with the necessary skills to exploit the iPad’s capabilities in program delivery. Secondly, a brief report of longitudinal student outcomes before and following the introduction of the iPad will be provided.