Summary of latest learning and teaching news and events.
Current news & events
All Victoria University and Polytechnic staff, including permanent, sessional, casual and contract staff, are invited to the 2019 Learning and Teaching Symposium.
The theme for the symposium is The VU Way: Work ready | Tech ready | Life ready - breaking the rules in tertiary education.
The program will feature a keynote opening address and themed concurrent presentations in a variety of formats including oral presentations, lightning pitches and visual presentations. Opportunities will be provided for informal networking with colleagues over morning tea and lunch breaks.
Program: The VU Way: Work ready | Tech ready | Life ready symposium program (PDF, 6.5MB) (requires login when off-site)
Intranet: 2019 Learning & Teaching Symposium intranet (requires login when off-site)
Where & when: Thursday 26 September 2019, City Flinders Campus, 9am - 4.15pm
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
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.’
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
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: 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.
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.