The New Normal: Engaged Teaching & Learning webinar series

This webinar series explores ways in which people and institutions are responding to and learning from the current crisis and applying these lessons into learning, teaching, technology and student engagement. The New Normal is a collaboration between Melbourne CSHE and Learning Environments.

Panellists will include members of the Melbourne CSHE and Learning Environments teams, with some episodes featuring guest panellists from the University of Melbourne and the international Higher Education community.

Please note that registration is NOT required.


Episode One

Online examinations: Challenges, assumptions and best practices

Thursday 18 June 2020, 12pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law and Learning Environments

Catchup webinar coming soon


Episode Two

From emergency to emergent practice: What we’ve learned about interaction and engagement

Tuesday 28 July 2020, 1pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning and Mr Brian Martin

Abstract: As we emerge from our first COVID-19 semester, what are some lessons learned? In this episode of The New Normal, we explore answers relevant to interaction and engagement in online assessment. Panelists will discuss feedback from students, lecturer experiences and introduce an innovative case study on engagement coming out of Brazil. The panel will also explore how emergent practices are forming, and what this might mean for the next few semesters of teaching in higher education.

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Intro notes from the webinar


Episode Three

Myth-busting: Debunking the myths of online learning

Friday 28 August 2020, 1pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning and Mr Brian Martin

Abstract: Online learning operates under too many false assumptions. These range from the myth of the digital native to the belief that online engagement should closely replicate in-person practice. In this episode of The New Normal, the panellists dismantle some persistent online learning assumptions and explore different perspectives on how ‘busting through’ these assumptions may lead to better online learning.

Catchup webinar


Episode Four

Student engagement: Meeting current needs and developing sustainable approaches

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 12pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning and Mr Brian Martin

Abstract: Student engagement is a seminal issue in higher education. As we examine data from our first COVID semester, specific engagement issues appear at the forefront: what does engagement look like when we decrease synchronous learning and can’t ‘see’ our students? How does online engagement differ from in-person paradigms? What are the implications for our practices, cultures, evaluation systems and services?

In the fourth episode of New Normal webinar series, panellists explore student engagement in the context of the current Covid19 pandemic and beyond. The discussion will focus on how we might best define, support and evaluate engagement. Panellists will also discuss what ‘deep’ versus ‘surface’ engagement looks like and how we may avoid mistaking one for the other.

Join the webinar (password 991722)


Episode Five

Information about episode five will be available shortly.

Enquiries

Dr Chris Deneen, Program Coordinator
Email: chris.deneen@unimelb.edu.au