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Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium

The 2019 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium was held on Tuesday 5 November 2019 at the Gold Coast campus and was also delivered online. With a total of 145 staff in attendance over the day, this year’s event focused on colleagues discussing the theme of Creating Quality, Engaging Online Learning Experiences.

At Southern Cross University we have seen a growth in students choosing to study online. However, this trend to provide educational experiences online creates challenges for both our practice and identity as academics. To provide a quality educational experience in the online learning and teaching environment we can draw on, enhance and extend the teaching experience that we bring from our experiences of teaching in face-to-face modes.

At the Symposium, colleagues creatively discussed online and blended learning options, and how to provide quality online learning experiences to allow students to study anytime, anywhere, and on any device. The program consisted of an Opening Plenary, Parallel Sessions, Sharing Stories activities, and the Closing Plenary which reflected on the day and discussed planned next steps.

Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium 2019 Program

Abstracts for Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium 2019


The following topics and questions guided our discussion:

  1. What does it mean to be a learner or an educatorin an online or blended environment?
  2. How can we employ blended learning to improve the effectiveness of our teaching on student engagement/learning?
  3. How are we creating, delivering and evaluating curriculum that engages students online?
  4. What strategies help us survive, thrive and engage students given rapid technological advances?
  5. How have we developed student and teacher presence and community online?

Symposium awards

Two awards were presented to contributors for:

  • Best contribution – decided by the Steering Group, awarded to:
    • Dr Patrick Gillett, Lecturer, School of Business and Tourism
  • Most thought-provoking contribution – decided by popular vote, awarded to (tie):
    • Gretel Jones, Associate Lecturer, School of Health and Human Sciences
    • Elicia Kunst, Lecturer, School of Health and Human Sciences

We thank all contributors and staff who helped to make this day a success.

Staff can access the 2 minute videos located in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at SCU Blackboard site via MySCU (login required). Presentations will also be located in this Blackboard area.