The 2020 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium was held over two days online – Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 November. This year’s event focussed on colleagues discussing the theme of Designing and Delivering Innovative Teaching.
Southern Cross University (SCU) is distinctive, with our student cohort, location, and delivery modes initiating teaching practices that deliver innovative and flexible student learning experiences. The New Southern Cross University 2020–2026 Strategic Plan aims to “establish Southern Cross University among the top 50 young universities in the world by 2026”, and as “the go-to regional university in Australia” for pathways into tertiary study. Achieving these goals “will require new ways of thinking and doing”, including the continued pursuit of innovative teaching and learning practices.
During the Symposium days, colleagues shared their innovative teaching practices of transitioning from a face-to-face or blended learning environment to a predominantly online teaching and learning model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleagues also shared their innovative teaching practices with curriculum renewal, new course offerings, and diverse student cohorts.