The 2024 IBILTA Conference will be hosted by Victoria University. The theme of the conference is University Built Better - The Block & The Future of Higher Education

Traditionally, university courses in Higher Education have been delivered through lectures which have been passive, often resulting in poor student engagement and attendance. Universities and Colleges are left asking themselves ‘How can university be the best experience it can be?’ In doing so, a number of Higher Education institutions have reimagined course delivery and made the bold decision to shift to a block model approach. 


Building the block requires careful planning and integration of pedagogy, whilst paying close attention to compliance and governance requirements. Academics and researchers have made and continue to make significant contributions to the design and implementation of block teaching. This IBILTA conference recognises the impact Block models have had on students and poses the questions of how we can continue to shape higher education. 

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The conference theme is broad, but some sub-themes may include the following:

Block Opportunities and Challenges

Curriculum, Governance and Regulation

Authentic Assessment and Feedback

The Student Voice and Experiences of the Block

Innovation – Where to Next?

Building an International Community Practice 

Professional Learning & Supporting Staff

Wellbeing & Sustainability in the Block

Learning Beyond the Classroom: Field Trips & Experiential Learning Experiences

Effective use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Block and what does this mean for Integrity?

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

BETHANY BLANKENSHIP

AMANDA MUSCAT

Bethany Blankenship is dedicated to incorporating experiential learning into all her classes. Blankenship’s students have worked on behalf of the Beaverhead County Humane Society, the Dillon Public Library, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Dillon Tribune.

Amanda Muscat, an academic and researcher at VU, is dedicated to pedagogical innovation and inclusive practice. Since 2020, she has played a key role in designing creative and student-focused programs for Block delivery and teaching in Block mode, continually reflecting on, and enhancing effective pedagogy for Block delivery.

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