Teaching Matters


Teaching Matters 2016: Transforming Practice Through Innovation and Partnerships

10:00am-16:00pm Wednesday 7 December 2016, Academy Gallery, Academy for the Arts, Inveresk, Launceston


Mapped to the Curriculum Renewal White Paper

Locally and globally engaged learning and teaching

  • The vision is for a curriculum that is authentically distinctive and focussed on future challenges of local and global society. Programs will enhance employability and develop skills of our graduates to contribute to society and to the economy through disciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge. Our curriculum will be intrinsically informed by the research strengths of the University and the particular characteristics of our location. Our Student Experience will be the best in Australia. Our educational programs will bring the world to Tasmania and Tasmania to the world. They will combine the pursuit of excellence with a genuine commitment to participation and equity. It will sustain our communities and our campuses, through the provision of state of the art infrastructure that reflects contemporary and future pedagogies.

Students as partners and building an inclusive culture

  • Indigenising and Internationalising Our Curriculum: A comprehensive commitment to inclusion and participation and to opening educational opportunities to those traditionally excluded, including disadvantaged communities and Indigenous Australians.
  • A model of student participation and engagement that is central to the curriculum strategy and which is seen as the leader in Australia.

Supervision as pedagogy

  • Embedded Research in the Undergraduate Curriculum: A curriculum that reflects place and location and is explicitly connected to research strengths.

Breadth units and inter-disciplinarity

  • Learning Design: A commitment to academic breadth to equip students for life in their chosen careers and also to participate as citizens in a complex and troubled society. This would extend to thematic foci on “big issues” such as the UN Development Goals.

Work integrated learning

  • An excellent value proposition for students embracing subject knowledge but extending to multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. This value proposition would bring into central focus what has often been considered “co-curricular” – work integrated learning; leadership, service, study abroad

Blended learning

  • Infrastructure in terms of purpose-built flexible and high-technology learning environments
  • A pedagogic model that addresses how students learn including peer learning, uses of social media and technology enhanced learning.


6:45 Bus departs from Hobart (Bus stop 12, Sandy Bay; Derwent Entertainment Centre (6:50) with one stop at Ross or Campbell Town)

9:30–10:00 Registration & Coffee

10:00–10:15 Welcome and introduction – A/Prof Natalie Brown [Main Theatre]

  • Welcome to country – Aunty Dawn [Main Theatre]
  • Welcome to the conference – Vice Chancellor [Main Theatre]

10.15–11.00 Keynote presentation: Professor Sally Kift, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), at James Cook University (JCU) and the elected President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF) [Main Theatre]

11:00–11:15 Launch of the Curriculum Renewal White Paper – Professor David Sadler, Deputy Vice-chancellor, Students & Education [Main Theatre]

11:15-11:30 Student Experience – Saraswathy Varatharajullu [Main Theatre]

11:30–12:30 Three Parallel Spotlights on Practice* (4 presentations of 15 minutes each) and up to two Workshops [Breakout rooms]

12:30–13:30 Lunch in the Foyer outside the Academy Gallery with:

  • World Café Tables (Peer Learning Circles) [Academy Gallery]
  • Poster Presentations during lunch (3 mins each) from 13:00 onwards [Foyer outside the Academy Gallery]
  • Tram ride and Tram Museum

13:30–14:30 White paper/conference themes either using World Café format or parallel sessions [Academy Gallery/Breakout rooms]

14:30–15:30 Three Parallel Spotlights on Practice* (4 presentations – 15 minutes each) and up to two Workshops [Breakout rooms]

15:30–16:00 Associate Degrees - Professor Janelle Allison, Principal, Associate Degrees and Panel of Associate Deans Learning & Teaching  [Main Theatre]

16:00–16:30 Wine Reception (poster collection & clean up) [Foyer outside the Academy Gallery]

16:30 Bus departs for Hobart [stopping at the points noted above, in reverse]


Figure 1. Map of Inveresk Campus with the Tasmanian College of the Arts marked.

Map of Inveresk.

Figure 2. Map of Launceston showing the Leisure Inn, Penny Royal, where staff are tentatively booked to stay.

Map of Launceston