• 29 September 2021, 12:30pm to 29 September 2021, 3:30pm
  • 30 September 2021, 9:00am to 30 September 2021, 12:30pm

This year, we once again held a successful whole-of-VU Learning and Teaching Symposium, split over two days. The program featured a keynote address by Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver, two successful Q&A panels and 50 themed presentations.

With over 100 presenters and 540 registrations across HE, VE, VU Sydney, VU Online, external participants and a number of off-shore partners "hearing from people all over the University that I otherwise would not know about" was a highlight.


  • Networks and Collaborations
    Within, across and beyond our institution.
  • EDventure of COVID
    Breaking boundaries and strengthening practice.
  • Adaptive and employable
    Students success through authentic assessment and feedback.
  • Unleashing curiosity and creativity
    Innovative practice that supports or engages directly with our unique learners.
  • Pedagogies and practices of care
    Supporting staff and students mental health and wellbeing.

Presentation types

  1. Lightning round: 5 minute presentations + 2-minute question time on a theme.
  2. Plenary sessions: 30 minute active and engaging sessions on a 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.
  4. Showcase: 10 minutes showcase presentation + 5 minutes question time on a theme.
  5. Video presentation: 5-7 minute showcase presentation on a theme recorded by the presenter.

Question & answer panels

  1. Student Perspectives on studying during the pandemic
  2. Making it real: VU’s commitment to planetary health across the curriculum


Micro-credentials are all the buzz, but do they live up to the hype? Will they make a difference, and what should providers be thinking about?

Beverley Oliver, Principal Consultant, EduBrief

Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Australian National Teaching Fellow based in Melbourne, Australia. She is a non-executive director at Open Learning, an ASX-listed company, and at EduGrowth, Australia’s not-for-profit acceleration network for high-growth, scalable, borderless education. Beverley was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at Deakin University (2013-18). She is the founder and editor of the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. Her leadership has been recognised through two national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, several nationally-funded grants and fellowships.

In 2017, she was awarded Deakin University’s highest honour, the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, for her outstanding and sustained contribution to conceptualising the strategic enhancement of courses in the digital economy and furthering Deakin’s research and scholarship in the field of higher education. Beverley now works as a higher education consultant, speaker and researcher focussing on digital education, micro-credentials, curriculum transformation, quality assurance and graduate employability.

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