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Teaching and Learning

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars are recognised experts in teaching and learning in higher education invited to participate as a Visiting Scholar by offering a guest lecture, workshop, and/or seminar.'

Associate Professor Phillip Dawson

Associate Professor Phillip (Phill) Dawson is Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. His research focuses on assessment design, feedback, educational technology and academic integrity. Phill was co-lead of the Assessment Design Decisions OLT project, which developed extensive resources to support assessment designers. He is currently working on the Feedback for Learning OLT project, which seeks to share effective feedback designs from across the sector.

Phill is particularly interested in understanding how academics manage to implement effective assessment, despite the many challenges they face. His other great passion is academic integrity and cheating, particularly hacking computer-based exams, and contract cheating. Phill has a decade of teaching experience across three universities, for which he has received multiple Vice-Chancellors' awards and a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Twitter: @phillipdawson


Assessment: Myths, evidence and possibilities
In the Scholarship of Teaching Symposium Opening Plenary, Wednesday 11 October 8.45am-10am Qld time, Main Lecturer Theatre, Level 1 Building C, Gold Coast.
Registration via the 2017 Scholarship of Teaching Symposium.
This presentation will be recorded.


Designing assessment with the Assessment Design Decisions framework
Thursday 12 October, 10am-Noon Qld time, room B6.25, Gold Coast

Designing better feedback processes
Thursday 12 October, 1pm-3pm Qld time, room B6.25, Gold Coast

Workshop registration:
Eventbrite registration button

Further information is available in the Visit flyer.

Dr Maryellen Weimer, Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning

In 2007 Maryellen Weimer retired from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) as Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning. For the last 13 years of her career at Penn State she taught communication courses, first year seminars and other courses business students at one of Penn State's regional campus colleges. In 2005 she won Penn State's Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching. Since 1987 Maryellen Weimer has edited the Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching with 15,000 subscribers. Her blog, found at Faculty Focus has 130,000 subscribers. She has edited or authored eight books, including: Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning: Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (Jossey-Bass, 2006), and Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2002; second edition 2013) which has sold over 35,000 copies.

Keynote presentation - Active Learning: The Nuts and Bolts of Participation, Discussion and Group Work (staff only).

Presentation at the University of the Sunshine Coast - Evidence-Based Teaching (staff only).

Lists of key readings (staff only):
PDF Active Learning
PDF Evidence-Based Teaching
PDF Reflection
PDF Fostering Professional Learning

Professor Franziska Trede

Franziska Trede is Professor in Higher Education in the Division of Student Learning at Charles Sturt University where she leads the workplace learning research program. Her research interests include professional learning, professional identity development, intercultural communication, critical thinking, emancipatory learning and transitions from student to practitioner, practitioner to educator, educator to researcher. She has conducted numerous funded research projects in the area of workplace learning and professional practice and currently leads a large OLT grant titled Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology.

Franziska has published 5 co-edited books, and over 70 book chapters and journal papers. Her latest edited book Educating the deliberate professional: preparing for future practices offers new possibilities about how to teach and learn responsibly and creatively for future practices. In her latest translational project she is developing a teacher guide for workplace learning practices producing eight filmed scenarios of workplace learning situations based on her body of research.

Further information and resources:Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology

PDF Franziska Trede SCU slides (staff only)

Keynote presentation - Technology, culture and agency: learning professional practice in liquid times for the 2016 Scholarship of Teaching Symposium (staff only)

Associate Professor Sarah O'Shea

Sarah is an Associate Professor in Adult, Vocational and Higher Education at the University of Wollongong. Her research broadly focuses on student access, engagement and participation within the university sector, with particular reference to students from identified equity groups, including those from low-SES backgrounds, Indigenous students, mature aged students as well as first-in-family learners. In 2015, Sarah was awarded an OLT National Teaching Fellowship to support her work with students who are first in their families to come to university.

Further information and resources: First in Family

PDF Sarah O'Shea SCU Slides (staff only)

Associate Professor Sophie Karanicolas and Associate Professor Catherine Snelling

Sophie and Cathy are joint project leaders of the flipped classroom OLT project. They have established a strong teaching team and their effective partnership has resulted in a number of prestigious teaching awards, culminating in an OLT Award for University Teaching Excellence in 2013.

See Translating Concept into Practice: Creating effective flipped classes

Past visiting scholars