Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Seminar series

This series of seminars has a strong focus on teaching and learning research and evaluation including case studies and empirical investigations of innovation in practice. Topics 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 are 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 includes plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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

For queries regarding the Innovations in teaching & learning seminars, please contact Michelle van Kampen or call +61 3 9035 4673.

Upcoming seminars

The Neuroscience of PowerPoint

Wednesday 11 March 2015 1-2pm
Barbara Falk Room, Melbourne CSHE. Level 1, 715 Swanston St, Carlton (Melbourne)

Speaker: Jared Horvath, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Love it or hate it, lectures utilising slideware constitute a major portion of university educational practice. As such, it's important we understand how to get the most from these tools. In this talk, we will explore what the neuroscienctific, psychological, and educational research says about what does (and does not!) work with slideware. Ideally, participants will leave with a set of tools and concrete examples they can use to improve their own PowerPoint slides.

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Conditions for success: Technology Enhanced Learning

Wednesday 25 March 2015 1-2pm
Barbara Falk Room, Melbourne CSHE. Level 1, 715 Swanston St, Carlton (Melbourne)
Presenter: Dr Michael Henderson, Senior Lecturer in ICT in Education, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Dr Michael Henderson will present findings from an OLT Strategic Commissioned project Technology Enhanced Learning: What works and why? This joint project between Monash and Griffith Universities used large scale surveys, focus groups and interviews with staff to identify patterns of reported use, perceived usefulness and cases of success. The findings reveal a somewhat prosaic function of technology for learning, as well as the ongoing struggle of innovation in individual practice that emerged from, and sometimes despite, institutional strategic planning. The presentation will propose a series of "conditions for success" and the ongoing results of the current feed-forward consultation with leaders within all 39 Australian universities.

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Information on past seminars

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