Festival of Learning and Teaching

For the first time the Festival of Learning and Teaching will be held fully online! 

The Festival theme, Looking Back, Looking Forward’, offers a great mix of provocative keynotes from leading sector voices and stimulating presentations, workshops and panels delivered by University staff and students.

We have structured the Festival in two distinct parts. Day one will focus on ‘Celebrating our success: what have we learned?’ and Day two on ‘Looking forward: where next?’

A number of themes will feature, including: well-being; belonging; reflection; creativity; innovation, and academic integrity.

On Day one, our keynote, Professor Dominique Parrish from Macquarie University, will set the scene by posing the question: Online learning: Is it really that hard to deliver what students want? and the morning will continue with a rich mix of pecha kucha sessions and interactive workshops.

Day two will be kicked off by Professor William Locke from the University of Melbourne, whose keynote will explore The pandemic, the recovery and the longer term implications for learning and teaching in an Australian research university and will be followed by interactive workshops, pecha kuchas and a closing panel session.


Festival of Learning and Teaching

Join us for the 2020 Festival of Learning and Teaching, as we celebrate our experiences as both teachers and learners at the University of Adelaide. 


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Following your registration, you will be enrolled in the MyUni course which has been created for this event.  All sessions will be available from there, in addition to Festival discussion boards and resources. 

2020 Program Details

Day 1 - Tuesday 21 July

  • 9.00am Welcome Address

    Prof Philo Levy

    Professor Phil Levy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning) will open this years Festival with some observations of 2020 and her thoughts on the Festival Program.

    Welcome to Country - performed by Jack Buckskin

  • 9.20am Keynote - Professor Dominique Parrish, Macquarie University

    Online Learning: Is it Really that Hard to Deliver What Students Want?

    In a progressively competitive Australian higher education environment, with rapidly shifting student demands and industry expectations as well as educational disruption progressively evolving, current university learning and teaching models are being tested. One of the key drivers of this challenge is that students are increasingly demonstrating consumer-like behaviour and insisting on more value from their education institution. In response to these challenges, higher education providers are continually seeking ways in which they can reform the design and delivery of learning and teaching.

    In response to the COVID-19 disruption, Macquarie University conducted an extensive student investigation to identify strategies to enhance online learning and respond to the aftermath of the pandemic in a way that would re-engage and retain students.

    This presentation will share insights that have been gleaned from the investigation and discuss how online learning could be designed and delivered to meet future student needs. The insights will also be presented in consideration of the work that has been undertaken by ASCILITE to develop a set of National Standards for Quality Online Learning (TELAS).

    Professor Dominique Parrish, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Macquarie University
    About the Speaker

    Professor Dominique Parrish is the current Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Macquarie University.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in designing and implementing education programs in the school education, tertiary and private sectors.

    Her research interests include technology-enhanced learning, learning-oriented assessment, student experience and engagement, and leadership and emotional intelligence. She is the current President of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education and until recently was a Senior Editor of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice.

    A live and interactive Q&A session will follow this presentation!

  • 10.20am Pecha Kucha Presentations (including Q&A session)


    Exploring remote learning potential in Professional Practices course
    Natalia Zarina, Faculty of Professions & John Murphy, Learning Designer, LEI 

    Flipping the Cellar Floor
    Beth Loveys, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine 

    Lessons from transitioning a large (756 student) first year course to remote learning
    Cheryl Pope, School of Computer Science 

    Using Insights to Improve the Student Learning Experience
    Marcel Lavrencic, Learning Analytics, LEI 

    Transitioning a Level 1 course deemed unsuitable for remote learning
    Rebecca Birzer, Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences

    Pecha Kucha
  • 11.10am Morning Tea (entertainment provided)

    Dunstan Cox

    Enjoy some entertainment provided by the talented Jazz students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, under the direction of Education Specialist Dustan Cox.

  • 11.35am Mini Workshops

    Choose to participate in one of the three 45 minute interactive workshops

    I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand

    Presented by - Dr Hayley McGrice, Dr David Wilson, Dr Beth Loveys, Dr Danijela Menicanin and Kym Schultz, Active Learning & Assessment CoP

    This workshop proposed and facilitated by the Active Learning and Assessment Community of Practice will include cross faculty examples of successful synchronous and asynchronous active learning strategies in the online domain, aligning to the themes of creativity and innovation. Participants will also be engaged in two breakout group activities, one that demonstrates the practice of active learning and second of which will inspire creativity in learning and teaching design.


    COVID Conversations with the DISCOvery Learning Community of Practice

    Presented by - Dr Beth Loveys, Assoc Prof Catherine Snelling, Discovery Learning CoP

    COVID19 has undoubtedly presented many teaching challenges.  But it has also led to discoveries about how flexible we can be as teachers and how adaptable our students can be to new ways of learning. The Discovery Learning Community of Practice will present a workshop where participants will hear about some amazing examples of how Discovery Learning experiences have been successfully transitioned from face-to-face to virtual delivery. Participants will then have a chance to determine the best ingredients to create their own Discovery Learning “quarantini”!


    From face to face to online tutorials - not a transfer, but a transformation

    Presented by - Paul Moss, Nina James, Alex Fimeri, Travis Cox

    As the world rushed to online teaching earlier this year, some classes were rapidly transferred with activities mirroring their face to face origins.  Now both staff and students had some time to acclimatise to the online environment, designing tutorials can become more pedagogically driven and embrace new opportunities that technology can offer. This session will present structures which can be easily and immediately implemented to not simply transfer tutorials from face to face to online, but transforming them so they become unique powerful learning experiences.

  • 12.20pm Pecha Kucha (including Q&A session)


    Beyond the Blended Classroom
    Danijela Menicanin, Adelaide Medical School 

    Ehsan Sharifi, School of Architecture and Built Environment

    Reaching Students through the Screen: Novel Pedagogical Strategies to Learn and Live During Lockdown
    Mark Giancaspro, Adelaide Law School 

    Metacognition and getting better SELTs
    Paul Moss, Learning Design, LEI 

    Pecha Kucha
  • 1.10pm Closing Remarks

    Day one wrap up.

    last part
  • 1.30pm Day One Concludes

Day 2 - Thursday 23 July

  • 9.00am Opening Remarks

    Prof Philo Levy

    Professor Phil Levy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning) will provide her comments on today's program.


  • 9.05am Keynote - Professor William Locke, University of Melbourne

    The pandemic, the recovery and the longer term implications for learning and teaching in an Australian research university.

    We know there are differences between remote teaching in an emergency and carefully planned online learning.  We also know that we are going to have to teach some students on campus and others remotely for some time to come.  This is not blended learning as we know it.  So we need to think about hybrid forms of teaching and distributed learning communities that do not privilege those students we interact with face to face.  At the same time, most universities are facing a serious shortfall in their income, especially those that have become dependent on fees from international students.  Some universities are likely to lose further from the Government’s ‘Job-ready Graduates’ fees and funding package and the greater competition for students that will likely ensue.  

     So, in reinventing our approaches to education in the short and medium term, we are going to have to think carefully about efficiency and productivity as well as ensuring student learning and success. 

    This will have implications for who our educators are and whether we can offer them employment security, job satisfaction, career progression and a positive work-life balance.  In Go8 universities, it also raises new questions about the relationship between teaching and research, who does what and how their contribution is recognised and rewarded.  Some of these are new challenges; some are old chestnuts viewed afresh through a Covid-tinted lens.  

     However, the crises caused by the pandemic should encourage us to look beyond new business models to the longer term and rethink what we teach and what students learn, as well as how we teach and assess this.  In short, it is an opportunity to reconsider the purposes of education and the pedagogies better suited to unpredictable times of rapid change and greater risk – but also of new opportunities and huge possibility.


    William Locke
    About the Speaker

    Professor William Locke is Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne (MCSHE).

    Prior to this, he was Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) and the MBA HE Management programme at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London. He was also Deputy Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), and remains an International Co-Investigator with the Centre. 

    He is Founding Joint Editor of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) journal Policy Reviews in Higher EducationWilliam was formerly Head of Learning and Teaching policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Assistant Director of the Open University Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI) and Deputy Director of Policy Development at Universities UK. 

    His research interests include the governance and management of HEIs; the changing academic profession; the teaching-research nexus; HE policy and policy-making; the impact of marketisation (including league tables and other forms of ranking) on HEIs and systems; and international higher education. 

    He has a wide range of other publications and has given keynote presentations at international conferences in North America, Australia, China, Japan and throughout Europe.

    A live and interactive Q&A session will follow this presentation!

  • 9.55am Pecha Kucha Presentations (including Q&A session)


    Creativity in Online Learning for Health Professional Programs
    Eleanor Parker, Dimitra Lekkas & Jennifer Gray, Adelaide Dental School 

    Short Supply, High Demand: Teaching PPE in a Pandemic
    Adam Montagu, Adelaide Health Simulation  

    It Takes a Village
    Emma Muhlack, School of Public Health 

    From Isolation to Inspiration
    Elizabeth Koch, Elder Conservatorium of Music 

    Covid, Compassion and Computers: Teaching the Art of Medicine in an Online Environment
    Adelaide Boylan, Adelaide Medical School 

    Pecha Kucha
  • 11.00am Morning Tea (entertainment provided)

    Dunstan Cox

    Enjoy some entertainment provided by the talented Jazz students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, under the direction of Education Specialist Dustan Cox.

  • 11.20am Mini Workshops

    Choose to participate in one of the three 45 minute interactive workshops

    Tomatoes in the Glass House:  Fruitful and Thriving as a Learning Community in COVID 19

    Presented by - Dr Linda Westphalen, Student Experience CoP

    This workshop focus on what it means to thrive in the COVID 19 teaching and learning context.  It will focus on proaction, drawing on the work on Nel Noddings (2005), Seligman (2011) and others to suggest that an institutional style based on wellbeing will not only provide for a healthier University community, it will foster and enhance student learning outcomes.

    The work shop will:
    • Present a theoretical understanding of well-being;
    • Link thriving with educational ontologies of care;
    • Consider how to pragmatically activate Seligman’s PERMA model in teaching and learning;
    • Include practical strategies, within an online context, for establishing social communities in which participants can thrive. 


    Rethinking Teaching and Learning in light of COVID 19 and Black Lives Matter

    Presented by - Dr Kim Barbour, Dr Aaron Humphrey, Dr Claudia Szabo and Dr Laura Grenfell, Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching CoP


    The Workshop will offer space to consider some short term and long term learnings from this time and to consider what the new normal might look like.
    It will consider diversity and inclusion in relation to student-centred approaches and it will offer support for staff who are keen to decolonise their course reading lists.
    The presenters will include Dr Kim Barbour, Dr Aaron Humphrey, Dr Claudia Szabo and Dr Laura Grenfell and Dr Humphrey will also be sketch-noting during the workshop.


    Dr Rebecca Vivian, Dr Jessica Viven-Wilksch, E-Learning CoP

    Our e-Learning Community of Practice (CoP) members are e-learning champions and innovators and during Covid-19 but as with many staff, they found themselves needing to navigate a ‘new normal’, drawing on their knowledge, skills and university resources to make the best use of university-supported tools to provide students with the best possible experience. Their key learnings will be the focus of this workshop; presented in two related parts.
  • 12.05pm Pecha Kucha (including Q&A session)


    The good, the bad and the ugly
    Catherine Irving & Jessica Scott, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences 

    Teaching Through Community
    Jono Tuke & Melissa Humphries, School of Mathematical Sciences 

    Joel Driver, Faculty of Sciences

    Kapil Chousalkar, School of Animal and Veterinary Science

    Pecha Kucha
  • 12.45pm Panel Discussion

    Future Making in a post-COVID world – thriving in a time of disruption

    Moderated by Professor Phil Levy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning)


    Professor Jennie Shaw
    Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), University of Adelaide

    Craig McCallum
    Executive Director, Education Transformation, University of Adelaide

    Justyna Jochym
    CEO, Festivals Adelaide

    Oscar Ong
    SRC Representative

    Olivia Pineau
    Course Ambassador


  • 1.20pm Closing Remarks

    Day two wrap up.

    last part
  • 1.30pm Day Two Concludes

Festival of Learning and Teaching - Online

Past events

2018 Festival of Learning and Teaching

Held on the 20th of July 2018, the theme for the eighth Festival of Learning and Teaching was What Works? Perspectives on Feedback and Assessment.  The Keynote was presented by Professor Elizabeth Molloy, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne.