• 23 September 2020, 9:00am

This September, we are hosting our first Virtual Learning and Teaching Symposium. Following the success of both the 2019 Vocational Education and Higher Education Learning and Teaching Symposia, this year’s event will include and reach even more of VU’s passionate teachers. The call for submissions is extended to our wider community including VU Sydney, VU Online and Partnerships (TNE).

The symposium aims to foster connections, to examine our distinctiveness and innovation in the Australian education sector and to learn from each other in these rapidly changing times. The program will feature a keynote address, Q&A sessions, workshops and themed virtual presentations.

2020 Vision: Discovery | Destination


  • Tales from the COVID face: how we react, how we recover
    Response to COVID-19, what have we learnt, what should we take with us
  • Passport to beyond
    Preparing students for the world of work. Life long learning partners
  • Power of stories
    Collaborating with industry, community, partners, international, dual sector
  • The surprising path
    Alternative ways to look at assessment, what is working, what hasn’t worked
  • Planetary Health
    Engaging with your local community to improve its health and wellbeing

Presentation types

  1. Lightning round: 5 minute showcase presentations + 2 minute question time on a sub-theme.
  2. Plenary sessions: 30 minute active and engaging sessions on a sub-theme. This longer format is well suited to describe a larger project or strategy.
  3. Workshops: 30 minute opportunity to showcase and workshop tech or learning activities, something better experienced than talked about, involving group participation.

Question & answer panels

  1. Student panel
  2. Same but different, teachers from across the VU Community
  3. Critical digital pedagogies with VU’s learning leaders

Do you have an idea for a panel topic or presenter?

Send it through to us at [email protected]


The keynote speaker is to be announced.

Reasons to submit

Why submit?

You are super busy and barely have time to brush your teeth, so why put in the time to submit an abstract and present?

  • Your community should hear about your great work
  • Professional learning opportunity
  • Get presentation coaching 
  • Great for promotion applications.

We are looking for a diverse range of session types and speakers. You can choose the format that works best for your topic. We've come up with several different submission types, but we're open to other formats too. If your preferred format is not listed, please get in contact to discuss your ideas.

  • The involvement of students to lead, co-present or support presentations is strongly encouraged
  • Submissions from sessional staff are strongly encouraged
  • 3 presenters maximum
  • Abstracts (400 words maximum) should be submitted by Thursday 13 August 2020.

Please read the Abstract description and Review criteria on this page.

Download the abstract template, complete and submit to [email protected] by Thursday 13 August.

Abstracts will be reviewed by academic leadership from across the University, and notification of the outcomes of the review process is expected during late August.

If you want more information or have any questions, come along to a virtual symposium drop-in session.

Or email [email protected].

Zoom drop-in sessions:

  • Wednesday 5 August, 3–4pm
  • Friday 7 August, 11-11.30am
  • Monday 10 August, 12-12.30pm

Link to all Zoom sessions.

Abstracts (400 words maximum) should include:

  • Names of presenter(s).
  • Title that clearly captures the content of the presentation and link to the symposium theme.
  • A brief description of the context, problem and/or issue that the presentation will address.
  • A brief description of the activity (work, innovation), and the processes undertaken.
  • A brief description of how your presentation will be interactive and engaging
  • A brief summary of evidence, outcomes and implications of the work.

The abstracts will be evaluated according to the following.

  1. Relevance to the audience and themes.
  2. Quality of evidence and outcomes.
  3. Clarity and coherence of the abstract.

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