Summary of latest learning and teaching news and events.

Current news & events

Victoria University staff, students and friends are invited to meet the global pioneer and force behind Block Model teaching and learning, Professor David Helfand. 

Professor Helfand has reimagined 21st century tertiary education and his thinking inspired The VU Way, where the revolutionary Block Model is seeing pass and retention rates soar. 

Chair of the Department of Astronomy at New York’s Columbia University and former President of Quest University, Canada, this is a rare opportunity to hear the international thought leader explain why VU’s Block Model is the ‘New Way To Do Uni.’

Event details

Just focus! The joys & challenges of teaching on the block

The modern human condition is defined by interruptions. The average 18-24 year old consults his or her cellphone 86 times per day (5 times per waking hour); the top 10% (yes, many students) touch their phones 5400 times per day. This behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with learning. Carving out islands of tranquility in these hectic days and focusing on a single subject for weeks at a time is transformational.

Professor Helfand will recount the history of intensive, single-subject teaching, review the literature on its results, and describe the profound learning experiences that block teaching can produce, along with the operational advantages (and disadvantages) it provides.

Date: Tuesday, 11 June, 2019
Time: 6 - 7.30pm (arrive 5.30pm for refreshments)
Where: City Flinders Campus, Level 11, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Call for abstracts now open!

We invite abstract submissions from all Victoria University and Polytechnic staff, as individuals or teams. We aim to present a balanced program with representation from all Colleges and Departments.

  • Three presenters (maximum) is preferred for showcase presentations.
  • The involvement of students to support presentations is strongly encouraged.
  • Submissions (300 words maximum) should be submitted by Monday 15 July 2019. 
  • Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by staff from across the university, and notification of the outcomes of the review process is expected during August.

Submission process

Please submit your abstracts to Easychair by Monday 15 July 2019.

More information

For more information see the 2019 Learning & Teaching Symposium intranet page (requires login when off-site).

Date: various dates

Location: multiple campuses

VU Collaborate Help provides support and guidance in the practice of blended learning and VU’s Learning Management System (LMS) VU Collaborate, including help guides, tips and tools.

If you are completely new to VU Collaborate, start with the VU Collaborate new staff checklist.

For help with VU Collaborate, we offer:

  • drop in days
  • online consultations
  • workshops.

See VU Collaborate training to book in for help sessions. If you have any technical issues, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Past news & events

Date: 2 August 2018

Ghaith Zakaria, Sonia Wilkie and Tania McDonald took out the top prize for the best scientific poster on the educational applications for 3D printing at HERDSA (Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia) 2018, held in Adelaide.

The poster documents the 3D printing process and development of educational resources for academics at the University to use. It depicts a series of object-based learning activities which enhance students’ engagement and learning.

3D printing expertise attracts academic interest

The team received a lot of interest on the innovative projects underway.

There were many requests from other universities interested in finding out:

  • how they can reproduce their own 3D printed learning objects
  • how they can benefit from VU's experience
  • how the objects can be incorporated with learning activities.

Watch 3D printing videos

Find out about the 3D printing innovations being developed in The Hive (our innovation and co-creation space) at Victoria University:

Meet the team and find out more about the great work they’re doing.

Date: 3 December to 5 December 2018

Location: City Flinders Campus

Victoria University partnering with H5P to host the 2018 H5P Conference. Join other H5P developers, content creators and academics to share experiences, tips and ideas with the global H5P community.

See the  H5P program session synopsis.

Date: 12 October, 8 November and 6 December 2016

Location: Footscray Park Campus

Victoria University is proud to host this seminar series to promote the National Innovation and Science Agenda. We consider specific challenges for 'Inspiring Australians to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).'

Learn more about the 2016 STEM education seminar series.

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016

Location: City Flinders Campus

A University-wide Learning and Teaching symposium will be held during the second semester VE/HE break on Thursday 29 September 2016.

Learn more about the 2016 VU Learning & teaching symposium.

Date: Monday 10 March 2016

Do you have a great idea for how you would like to use technology to completely transform your unit or course? The CCLT is offering several grants of up to $20,000 for technology-enhanced learning initiatives in 2016. Learn more about applying for a grant.

Date: Wednesday 2 September 2015

VU has won a national award which recognises educators who are leading the way in blended learning initiatives using the collaborative platform, Brightspace. Read "VU wins award for use of blended learning platform".

Date: Thursday 1 October 2015

A University-wide Learning & teaching symposium was held during the second semester VE/HE break.

The event showcased Good practice and messy problems and featured an opening plenary address by Provost, Professor Kerri-Lee Krause. The symposium included four concurrent presentations in the following streams:

  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Student success
  • Engaging contemporary learners
  • The pleasures and perils of internationalising the student experience.

Download Learning & teaching symposium program

Date: Friday 24 July 2015

Researchers from The Victoria Institute believe the creation of educational opportunities for the most disenfranchised young people in the community should be a primary consideration, as Victoria contemplates how it will become the Education State. Read "Flexible learning key to true Education State".

Ghaith Zakaria with the award-winning poster at HERDSA 2018.