University of Melbourne Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

30-31 May 2017, Melbourne School of Design
Parkville campus

Presented by the Melbourne CSHE, and sponsored by Academic Services of the University of Melbourne, this conference is a premier opportunity for all staff of the University to meet and exchange ideas and information on the diverse range of approaches to teaching and learning; support of teaching and learning and the Melbourne experience; and best practice exemplars of quality teaching and learning.

Teaching and learning at the University of Melbourne prepares well-rounded graduates who are academically outstanding, practically grounded and socially responsible. The five themes of the conference reflect our teaching and learning culture by focusing on:

  • Challenge – Developing graduates who enjoy and embrace intellectual challenge
  • Inquiry – Developing graduates skilled in critical thinking, inquiry research and discovery
  • Application – Developing graduates skilled in applying knowledge and ideas to practical problems
  • Collaboration – Developing graduates skilled in working collaboratively with others
  • Self-direction – Developing graduates who are self-aware, reflective and self-directing learners.


Laureate Professor John Hattie will give the keynote presentation at this conference. Professor Hattie is Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute and incoming Deputy Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Read more about Prof. Hattie.

Suitable for

The conference will be of interest to University of Melbourne academic and professional staff involved in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and learning.


This is a free event for University of Melbourne staff only.


This conference will be held in the basement level of the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.

Call for abstracts

Submissions now closed

Three outstanding presentations will be selected for further development and publication in the Melbourne CSHE Occasional Papers series. There will also be a prize for the best poster presentation.

Abstracts will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Contribution to scholarship and/or practice
  • Relevance to the University beyond own context
  • Alignment with the conference themes.

Conference program

Download full program

Register to attend

Registrations are now closed.


For further queries, please contact:

Erin Turner
+61 3 8344 2591

Nina Grange
+61 3 8344 1121


Key Note: What works best in Higher Education teaching and learning, Laureate Professor John Hattie

Title of Presentation:Presenter's Name:
Helping English as additional language students get to first base and beyondAndrea Truckenbrodt and Julie Choi
Tackling the employability challenge: Practical learning in the ArtsAnnelies Van de Ven
Academic Skills Hub: An interactive online resource for student reflection and self-directed learningAriana Henderson and Morag Burnie
Engineering pre-lab material developmentAsal Bidarmaghz
Tell us what you think: Creating opportunities for self and peer evaluation of group activitiesBronwyn Disseldorp and Natalie Courtman
“Ready for Glory”: Assuming student success in starting a first year at MelbourneCatherine Mann
Exploding custard and flying pigs – the 3-minute lectureDavid Shallcross
Educational technologies review: enabling flexible opportunities for teaching, learning and assessment Deborah Jones and Patrick Stoddart
Object-based learning in a foreign language classroom - a few pedagogical and practical considerationsDiane de Saint Léger and Katie Wood
Taking the pulse of student thinking and learning: using live polls and quizzes to collect student feedbackFiona Broussard, Bronwyn Disseldorp, Catherine Manning and Damian Sweeney
Challenging science students to communicate differently: does blogging improve writing skills?

Jenny Martin and George Aranda

Exploring misconceptions as a trigger for enhanced student learningHeather Verkade
Students as partners towards work-ready planners: Perceptions on a sequential technology- enabled curriculum designIderlina Mateo-Babiano
‘Teaching on video’ vs ‘teaching through video’: Strategies to support and enrich teaching and learning through inquiry and discovery.Jamie Morris
A flipped classroom to teach the principles of envenomation: Enhancing medical students’ application of biomedical science knowledge to the clinical contextKristine Elliott and Ken Winkel
Designing for learning with technology: Scaffolding an integrated suite of professional development activities for University staffKristine Elliott and Deborah Jones
Integration of technology and simulation to enhance student educational experienceKwang Cham 
Transitioning to the flipped classroom: our experience in veterinary science Laura Dooley
CrowdCARE: an innovative, online platform to transform the teaching of critical appraisalLaura Downie and Michael Pianta
Preparing our students to be graduate ready – How do we do it?Leonie Richards
Rebooting teaching and learning - Arts West case studiesMeredith Hinze & eTeam
The accuracy of standard setting using the borderline regression method for varying cohort sizesMichael Pianta
Richer or deeper?: Comparing inquiry-based workshops with traditional tutorials in the new Bachelor of AgricultureMichael Santhanam-Martin and Sarah Frankland
Creating a creative project-based assessment option in Urban LegendsMichael Schmitz and Meighen Katz
Using role-play to facilitate problem based learningMiriam Edwards
Beyond the classroom: Finding & surviving the third spaceMitch Goodwin
The tyranny of distance? Digital object-based learning in the Australian tertiary contextMonique Webber
Gamified mobile learning platform in large size engineering subjects: An overview and qualitative assessmentOlga Mikhaylova
Creating a better educational video experience for learnersPeter Mellow
Going online - opportunities and challenges Ralph Hampson 
Do old habits die hard? Testing for sustained impact of an assessment model that encourages greater student engagement in learning

Raoul Mulder and Therésa Jones

I command thee thou shalt speak: dealing with silence and language anxiety in the L2 classroom Riccardo Amorati and  Beatrice Venturin 
Exploring the top paddock: Professional development for Bachelor of Agriculture studentsSarah Frankland
Creative challenges: An inquiry into the critical intersections between creativity and academicSteven Thurlow
Physical Biochemistry: using performance in teaching and learningTerry Mulhern and Rinske Ginsberg
Demonstrator development: Is there a role for effective questioning techniques for tertiary education practical activities?Wenjing Hu (Angela)
Travelling together: Reflection on a problem-based learning in a Japanese language subjectYasuhisa Watanabe


Title of  Poster:Author's Name:
Fieldfriend: A multimodal app for field-based mobile learning

Alexis Pang, Anthony Weatherley, Gordon Yau and David Vasjuta

Making the right choice - informing student enrolment choice through LMS subject Deborah Jones
Developing skills - new ways of working at Academic SkillsGuido Ernst
Embedding academic literacy in supervising and supporting RHD students in thesis writing: Discrepancies, challenges and strategiesHa Nguyen
A web-based movie library and PeerMark benefits student learningKwang Cham 
Blended Learning Bootcamp in Arts WestMeredith Hinze & Arts eTeaching Team: Mitch Buzza, Cameron Dunlop, Jordan Old
Creating a better educational video experience for student learnersPeter Mellow
Pedagogy perspectives: MOOC case studiesPeter Mellow