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Scholarship of Teaching Symposium

Tuesday 16th October 2018, A Block/Enterprise Lab, Lismore campus

SoT Symposium 2018 - Program and SoT Symposium 2018 - Abstract Booklet now available


We invite all SCU staff to participate in our 2018 Scholarship of Teaching Symposium with the theme:


Southern Cross University has a rich history of working towards inclusion and we are committed to an inclusive and supportive teaching and learning environment for ALL students. We welcome students from far and wide; locally and globally, Indigenous and international. At the 2018 Scholarship of Teaching Symposium we look back at what we have achieved, look around at what we are doing now, and look forward to our next steps.

There are two key elements that influence culturally inclusive and effective teaching practices at Southern Cross University. The first is Graduate Attribute 7, Cultural Competence: an ability to engage with diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in both global and local settings. We address this GA in all our courses, aiming to meaningfully and authentically integrate it into our teaching practices, curriculum design, and assessment to achieve learning for all students.

The second key element is the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which was ratified in 2017 after two years of consultation with Aboriginal Elders and the community. The RAP guides respectful and appropriate teaching practices that recognise the value and importance of Indigenous students, communities, peoples and epistemologies.

Together, these elements are central to the strong, clear commitment SCU has to inclusive, supportive and enriched teaching and learning practices at Southern Cross University. Effective teaching to address GA 7 and teaching based on the RAP ensures that we are graduating students who are engaged global citizens who hold informed, considered and respectful values.

To inspire discussion on the Symposium theme, Culturally inclusive teaching and learning, we invite contributions that consider the following questions:

  1. What appropriate and respectful teaching practices do you use when teaching diverse students?
  2. What culturally inclusive practices do you use when teaching students online?
  3. How do you draw on the diverse cultures students bring to your classes to enrich the learning experience of all students?
  4. How have you implemented GA7 or the RAP in teaching practice, curriculum design or assessment?
  5. How do you support first year students with their transition into university culture?

Aligned with culturally inclusive practices, the Symposium provides time and space for us to engage with stories of effective, culturally inclusive teaching and learning practice, and reflect on how we might deepen our own teaching practices and the learning experiences of our students.

Symposium Format

The Symposium will incorporate yarning circles. These model an Indigenous pedagogical approach and provide us with an opportunity to reflect and deliberate using formal dialogue.

The afternoon parallel sessions will each address one of the Symposium questions. Through two or three short presentations, selected staff will tell their story in response to the question. A yarning circle will follow, ensuring all participants can contribute and reflect.
Posters incorporating short answers to the questions will be on display across the day.


10.00 – 10.30am

Registration and morning tea

10.30 – 12.00am

Opening Plenary

  • Welcome to Country
  • Presentation of VC’s Citations
  • Keynote presentation
  • Student panel
12:00 – 1.00 Yarning circles to reflect and deliberate on the Keynote and Panel contributions
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.45

Parallel sessions addressing each Symposium question

  • 2 or 3 presentations
  • Yarning circles to reflect and deliberate on the question
3.50 – 4.30

Closing plenary

  • Report back and reflection from parallel sessions
  • Farewell


We invite short answers and abstracts that address the Symposium questions. Each answer or abstract will need to target one of the five Symposium questions.

The short answers (approx. 100-200 words) will be collated and displayed on posters at the Symposium. All staff are invited to submit short answers to one or more of the questions via this online form.

Abstracts (max 400 words including references) will be reviewed by the Symposium Leadership Panel.

The Panel will select abstracts that:

  • Present a reflective account of the strategies used to develop and implement current effective practices and/or planning for future initiatives
  • Are scholarly
  • Are likely to promote thoughtful yarning
  • Present diverse perspectives on the question
  • Address challenges in practice relating to students from international, Indigenous or other cultural groups.

Abstracts should be emailed to excellence@scu.edu.au by 14 September 2018.

All selected abstracts and short answers will be available in the SoTL Blackboard workgroup both prior to and after the event.

Leadership Panel

The Leadership Panel consists of:
Janine Dunleavy, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
Will Davis, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
Dr Jean S Renouf, School of Arts and Social Sciences
Associate Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira, School of Education and Centre for Teaching and Learning
Cathryn McCormack, Centre for Teaching and Learning (Chair)
Dr Steve Turner, Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Leadership Panel provides guidance to the CTL in organising the event and is responsible for reviewing submissions.

Past Symposiums

Details about past events are available in the SoTL Blackboard workgroup. Details include program, abstracts, awards, and the symposium evaluation report.

Workgroup self-registration