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Tuesday 7th November (F2F) and Wednesday 8 November (online only)

We invite SCU colleagues to contribute to the Symposium conversations both as a presenter and as a participant in our 2023 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium. This year’s Symposium theme will be the focus of our discussions:

Impactful teaching: Revolutionary learning

Southern Cross University (SCU) has developed a distinctive academic model, one that offers deeper, more focused, and more engaging learning and teaching experiences. The Southern Cross Model (SCM) puts learning at the heart of our teaching practice by promoting guided and active learning experiences for our students across locations, courses, and levels of offering.

As a community of scholars, the Symposium facilitates the sharing and discussion of practical, philosophical, and principles of education amongst colleagues. Underpinned by human connection, the Symposium is our platform to showcase our teaching practices and to hear from academic and student perspectives, both similar and diverse. The fundamental elements of scholarly practice are experiential and facilitate how we collaborate and educate our students to become the best professionals.

In 2023, all students from across the various disciplines are learning within the Southern Cross Model. As Faculties and Colleges are at various stages of SCM implementation, we encourage colleagues to share your diverse experiences, ideas, and strategies with peers. Consider reflecting on and sharing how you have connected within disciplines and with colleagues from across the University to foster a community of practice.

All colleagues are to submit their proposals by completing the 2023 SoLT Symposium Proposal form.

Proposals are to be received by Tuesday 26 September 2023.

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Contributors are to submit a proposal in the appropriate style and format listed in the 2023 SoLT Symposium contribution details.

Download Contribution details

All colleagues must submit their proposals by downloading and completing the 2023 SoLT Symposium Proposal form. Edit in Acrobat only - you cannot submit from your browser. 

Download Proposal form

The Symposium Steering Group reviews the proposals. Ensure your proposal includes some of these elements:

  • Presentation or promotion of current effective practices and future directions
  • Planning, designing, and teaching in the SCM
  • Learnings from revised initiatives
  • Represents diverse perspectives and solutions
  • Incorporates active learning and innovative experiences
  • And is likely to stimulate ongoing discussion.

Proposals are to be received by Tuesday 26 September 2023.

  • Proposals must address the Symposium theme and a sub-theme/s.
  • The sub-themes and questions are to guide and add depth to your reflections and scholarship - at least one sub-theme must be addressed.
  • The proposal length is between 100-450 words depending on format.
  • Include references submitted using APA 7th Referencing.
  • State whether you can present F2F or online.
  • Proposals are to be received by Tuesday 26 September 2023.

Symposium Program

The Symposium will be delivered over two consecutive days, with Day 1 face-to-face on campus delivery and online (hybrid format) for colleagues working remotely to campus, and Day 2 online delivery. The MS Teams SoLT Symposium space will be used to facilitate a community of practice presence before, during, and after the Symposium.

Day/Time (NSW)


Tuesday 7 November

Lismore campus – Whitebrook Theatre and Y Block rooms

10:15am to 12pm  Opening Plenary
12pm to 12:35pm Lunch and networking opportunity

12:35pm to 1:40pm

Parallel sessions (Y Block Rooms)

  • Presentations, demonstrations or Technology sandpit
  • Video pre-recorded presentations with Q&A

1:40pm to 1:50pm

Stretch break

1:50pm to 2:15pm

Roundtable Discussions to choose from (Y Block Rooms):

  • Room 1: Work Integrated Learning (WIL): What works? 
  • Room 2: Let's talk about Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) developments and ethical considerations
  • Room 3: How do we get students to come to class and to engage in general? 
2:20pm to 2:45pm

Sharing our collective Roundtable Discussions (Whitebrook Theatre)


Wednesday 8 November

Online only

10:15am to 11:15am

Demystifying Research - Professor Liz Mackinlay and Dr Liz Goode with colleagues

11:30am to 12:35pm

Parallel sessions (3 rooms)

  • Presentations, demonstrations or Technology sandpit
  • Video pre-recorded presentations with Q&A

1pm to 1:50pm

SCU Colleague Keynote presentation

2pm to 2:45pm Reflections and Closing Plenary

To further continue the conversations, themed sessions will be held a couple of weeks after the Symposium as Talking Teaching webinars.

Where to find us

Whitebrook Theatre, Lismore campus & the Y Block rooms

Day 1 (7th Nov.) - Whitebrook Theatre, Y Block on the Lismore campus is one of the locations for day one of the 2023 SoLT symposium.

The second location is Y Block rooms, follow the details for the assigned spaces as they become available in the program.

Day 2 (8th Nov.) - The 2023 SoLT symposium will be held online only, see program for more details.


The Symposium Steering Group have been meeting regularly to provide guidance to the Centre for Teaching and Learning team in organising this event and is responsible for reviewing contributions.

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Arts - Associate Professor Mandy Shircore
  • Faculty of Education - Dr Lewes Peddell, Lecturer
  • Faculty of Health - Dr Jena Buchan, Lecturer
  • Faculty of Health - Lisa Charmer, Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering - Dr Reza Ghanbarzadeh, Lecturer
  • Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples - Rachel Lynwood, Lecturer
  • SCU College - Zoe Hancock, Lecturer
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning - Dr Jo Munn, Senior Lecturer
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning - Tina van Eyk, Symposium Steering Group Chair and Coordinator
  • Centre for Teaching & Learning - Dr Mieke Witsel, Acting Director.


To coordinate the Symposium days working alongside the Symposium Steering Group members, your CTL Symposium team members are:

  • Brett McLennan - Symposium coordination
  • Dr Polly Lai - lead the Contributions peer review process
  • Paul Collins and Kerry Riley - administration
  • Colette Giltrap - logo and webpage production.