Innovative Teaching Seminar Series 2015

A University learning and teaching professional development initiative in 2015 will be focussed around a series of topics related to supporting our first year students to become successful learners. The intent is to initiate University wide conversations around strategies to help first year students establish a solid foundation for higher education study and develop independent learning.

Curriculum principles within Sally Kift’s Transition Pedagogy framework will underpin the planning of this collaborative program between the Higher Education faculties, Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) and the Retention Project.

The Vice Chancellor launched the Seminar Series on Friday 27th February 2015. The series began with special guest speaker Professor Sally Kift, DVC Academic at James Cook University and co-author of  Transition pedagogy:  A third generation approach to FYE - A case study of policy and practice for the higher education sector (PDF 498KB). 

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Semester 2 2015 Program

In Semester 2, sessions will be held in Blue 2A.1.01 on Friday commencing on 7 August and then fortnightly from 14 August.  All sessions will be available via Collaborate and lunch is provided for those attending in person.

Session times:

  • 12 to 12:15pm: Lunch and networking
  • 12:15 to 1:45pm: Seminar/workshop

Week 3

7 Aug

Getting the most out of MyViewEvaluation and Monitoring

Week 4

14 Aug

Dilemma-based assessment

Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott (University of Western Sydney)


Week 6

28 Aug

Fostering belonging in the online learning context

Dr Lisa Thomas (University of Wollongong)

Transition, Diversity, Engagement

Week 8

18 Sept

Developing learning communitiesDiversity, Engagement

Week 10

2 Oct

Embedding academic and language literacies in our teachingTransition, Engagement

Week 12

16 Oct

Utilising PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) to support the success of your students

Ms Sally Rogan (PASS National Trainer, University of Wollongong)

Transition, Engagement

Collaborate access details

Join the Collaborate session.

Session resources and Collaborate recordings

All session resources and Collaborate recordings can be found in the OLT Learning and Teaching Resources.

Semester 1 2015 Program

View PDF version of the Semester One 2015 Program (PDF 11KB).

For further information on each session, please click on the relevant links in the table below.  You will be asked to sign into the CDU Staff wiki with your usual log in details.

DateSeminarTransition Pedagogy

Week 0

27 Feb

Prof Sally Kift - Introduction to a Transition Pedagogy

Session description  


Week 1

6 Mar

Understanding your student cohort using the Student Snapshot report

Session description

Transition, Diversity

Week 2

13 Mar

Strategies for teaching students with a non-English speaking background (Workshop)

Session description


Week 3

20 Mar

Embedding digital information literacies in the first year

Session description


Week 4

27 Mar

Doing better, doing smarter:  Getting the most out of Analytics for Learn (Workshop)

Session description

Transition, Evaluation and Monitoring

Week 5

3 April

Public Holiday

Week 6

17 Apr

Do you control the Grade Centre in Learnline or does it control you?  (Workshop)

Session description

Evaluation and Monitoring

Week 7

24 Apr

Refocusing academic literacies

Session description


Week 8

1 May

So how are you going?  Exploring evaluation and monitoring

Session description

Evaluation and Monitoring

Week 9

8 May

Sharing Practice:  Engaging students through building relationships

Session description

Engagement, Transition

Week 10

15 May

Let students know you're there:  Designing online for maximising teacher presence

Session description

Transition, Engagement

Week 11

22 May

Sharing Practice:  Engaging students through active learning

Session description


Week 12

29 May

So you want to play?:  Simple strategies for applying gamification principles in Learnline

Session description


Related documents

Transition Pedagogy framework (PDF 160KB)

Transition pedagogy:  A third generation approach to FYE - A case study of policy and practice for the higher education sector (PDF 498KB)

Semester One 2015 Program (PDF 11KB)