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

On-line registration is now available (see below seminar list).

Information on past seminars

See our page on past seminars and lecture captures


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



Learning Analytics are about Learning

Thursday 31st July, 1-2pm

Prof. Dragan Gasevic


The analysis of data collected via interaction of users with educational and information technology has attracted much attention as a promising approach for advancing our understanding of the learning process. This promise motivated the emergence of the new research field learning analytics, and its closely related discipline, educational data mining. This talk will first introduce the field of learning analytics and touch on lessons learned from some of best-known case studies in the research literature. The talk will then identify critical challenges that require immediate research attention in order for learning analytics to make a sustainable impact on research and practice of learning and teaching. The talk will conclude in discussing a set of milestones selected as critical for the maturation of the field of learning analytics. The most important take away from this talk will be that learning analytics are about learning and that computational aspects of learning analytics are necessary to be integrated deeply with the existing research in learning sciences and education.

Dragan Gasevic is a Canada Research Chair in Semantic and Learning Technologies and an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, Associate Adjunct Professor in the Learning and Teaching Unit at the University of South Australia, IBM CAS Faculty Fellow, and President Elect of the Society for Learning Analytics Research. A computer scientist by training and skills, Dragan considers himself a learning and information scientist developing computational methods that can shape next-generation learning and software technologies and advance our understanding of information seeking, sense-making, and self-regulated and social learning. Funded by granting agencies and industry in Canada, Australia, USA, and Europe, Dragan is a recipient of several best paper awards at the major international conferences in learning and software technology. The award-winning work of his team on the LOCO-Analytics software is considered one of the pioneering contributions in the growing area of learning analytics. Recently, he has founded ProSolo Technologies Inc. that develops a software solution for tracking, evaluating, and recognizing competences gained through self-directed learning and social interactions. Committed to the development of international research community, Dragan had a pleasure to serve as a founding program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) in 2011 and 2012 and the Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) in 2013 and 2014. Currently serving as a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics, Dragan is a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker.

VENUE: Barbara Falk room, CSHE, Lvl 1, 715 Swanston St. Carlton.




Semester Online: One teacher’s experience of online subject development and delivery

Wednesday 6 August, 1-2pm

A/Prof. Parshia-Lee Stecum, Faculty of Arts


In 2013 the University of Melbourne entered a partnership with 2U in the US to offer subjects for wholly online delivery through a venture called ‘Semester Online’. The subject ‘Classical Mythology’ was put forward as the pilot offering from Melbourne to be taught in June-August of 2014 (‘Summer Term’ in the US). This seminar presents some personal reflections on the process of syllabus design, course production and online subject delivery from the teacher’s point of view. The Semester Online experiment provides an insight into some of the opportunities and challenges (for academics and production staff alike) in developing quality online learning experiences in an international context.


VENUE: Barbara Falk room, CSHE, Lvl 1, 715 Swanston St. Carlton.



Will be available for other seminars shortly.