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Online - Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 November

We invite SCU colleagues to contribute to the Symposium as a presenter and/or as a participant in our 2020 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium with the theme:

Designing and Delivering Innovative Teaching

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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. For many, this journey started in Session 1 when 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. For others, curriculum renewal, new course offerings, and diverse student cohorts have prompted innovation in teaching.

The broad Symposium theme encourages diverse contributions from colleagues to share their practice, in the understanding that innovation occurs across every level of change and adaptation. We strongly encourage colleagues who may not consider their practice to be one of innovation to contribute, as what one teacher sees as a minor change may be innovative and incredibly valuable for others.

We are interested to learn about your experiences in designing and/or delivering innovative teaching: your successes, challenges, and how you addressed challenges; and how you engage students. We encourage you to include the student voice and feedback where possible. We invite you to share your experiences, scholarly lessons, achievements, risk-taking, creative approaches, challenges, and solutions with your colleagues.

Symposium Program

The Symposium event will discuss our innovative teaching design and delivery experiences over the two days throughout the opening plenary, parallel sessions, panel, activity sessions, and closing plenary.

Tues 10 November

Time (NSW Time)

10am to 11am
Opening Plenary

Welcome to Country:

Aunty Irene Harrington  


Symposium Welcome and Opening:

Professor Erica Wilson,
Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Innovation)



School/College Directors of Teaching and Learning

11.15am to 12.15pm
Parallel sessions
  • Presentations, demonstrations or Technology sandpit

View Parallel Sessions abstracts

1pm to 2pm
Panel – Intersectional teaching
2.15pm to 3.15pm
Activity sessions


  • Technology sandpit demonstrations

Technology sandpit demonstrations from the Centre for Teaching and Learning team:

Room 1 Create your own H5P interactions, Natasha Reddrop

Room 2 Create and share with Sway, Dr Jenelle Benson and Aimee Andersen

Room 3 Embedding Media into your MySCU (Bb) site, Chris King

  • Technology Q&A – ask the digital experts 

Q&A with above colleagues, Toni Ledgerwood, Schelly Gardner and Blackboard team.

Thursday 12 November

10am to 11am 
Parallel sessions
  • Presentations, demonstrations or Technology sandpit
11.30am to 12.30pm
Parallel sessions
  • Presentations, demonstrations or Technology sandpit
1pm to 2pm

Keynote presenter:

Professor Kate Ames,
Director, Learning Design and Innovation, CQ University Australia

Closing Plenary


A dedicated online space will be created to facilitate a community of practice presence before, during, and post the Symposium. Pre-recorded Technology showcase videos (3 to 6 minutes) will be accessed from this space, as will recordings of the live stream sessions.

The following topics and questions will guide our discussion at the Symposium. We encourage innovative presentation styles and creative ways to engage with your audience and stimulate discussion.

  1. Transitioning from face-to-face to online
    How do we design and deliver innovative teaching and learning? What approaches have been adopted during 2020? How have you used gamification or other online learning techniques to engage students?

  2. Creating online teacher presence and support
    What pedagogies and approaches have been effective to build and connect your online community? How have relationships changed with students? What is the student perspective of adaptive and flexible teaching practice?

  3. Innovative approaches to assessment design
    How have we designed our assessments differently? What challenges have you experienced? What new assessment types are becoming an important part of your practice? How can we encourage an innovative approach to assessment?

  4. Flexible delivery of modular formats/intensive modes
    How do we design and deliver flexible modular formats? How can we make our programs scalable and adaptable? How do we provide an equivalent online and on campus experience for students?

  5. Teaching strategies for diverse cohorts
    How do we design and deliver teaching to cater for students in different time zones, spaces, and places? What strategies help us to reach diverse student cohorts? How do we scaffold the design to help students through challenging learning experiences and negative emotions? How can we ensure that our teaching is intersectional?

Southern Cross University (2019). The New Southern Cross 2020 – 2026 Strategic Plan. https://www.scu.edu.au/media/scueduau/about/documents/Southern-Cross-University-Strategic-Plan-2020-2026.pdf

Tefera, A., Powers, J., & Fischman, G. (2018). Intersectionality in Education: A Conceptual Aspiration and Research Imperative. Review of Research in Education, 42(1), vii–xvii. https://doi.org/10.3102/0091732X18768504


Steering Group

The Symposium Steering Group consists of:

Dr Kachina Allen, School of Health and Human Sciences
Dr Leticia Anderson, School of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr Patrick Gillett, School of Business and Tourism
Dr Liz Goode, SCU College
Dr Lisa Jacka, School of Education and Centre for Teaching and Learning
Dr Erika Kerruish, School of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr Lachlan Forsyth, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Tina van Eyk, Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Symposium Steering Group provides guidance to the Centre for Teaching and Learning in organising the event and is responsible for reviewing submissions.