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Today's date is Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Teaching and Learning
 September 2017
Monday 18
11:00 - EVENT - SHOWCASE: Ruby the Robot : Event for mLearning Month - September 2017 Website | More Information
Ruby is a NAO robot, NAO is the world’s leading and most widely used humanoid robot for education, healthcare, and research. NAO is 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable robot that can walk, talk and listen. Meet Ruby, see what she can do and explore the problem solving required when coding and opportunities to use Robots in learning and teaching.

Many have seen her guiding and touring through the Futures Observatory and now after more work from our Computer Science students we have enabled more of her functionality and designed new code for her better interact with humans. Some of her new abilities include:

THE RED BALL: Explore with Ruby the problem solving required to manoeuvre obstacles using her feet sensors and cameras located on her body. Then work with her to interact and play with a red ball aiming to shoot a goal, and hearing her interactivity as she recognises either a hit or miss.

WHO AM I: Have a conversation with Ruby as she learns to recognise your face and has a personalised conversation with you. Demonstrating her facial recognition technology and ability to transform a conversation with her artificial intelligence you can engage with the future of soft skills that all artificial intelligent robots will possess.

SIMON SAYS: Watch Ruby follow instructions you give her as she replicates the movements spoken. By interacting in this way, you can see her 25 degrees of freedom and dexterity from her fingers, showing humanoid movements a robot can perform that you have never seen before!

We will have some of our students present during these events to talk about the challenges and successes they had in the project and their foray into a career in coding and robotics.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.
Tuesday 19
13:00 - STAFF EVENT - DEMONSTRATION: Using Blackboard Mobile Compatible Tests : Event for mLearning Month - September 2017 Website | More Information
Are you aware of the mobile test creation tool which is compatible with the Blackboard Learn App? If not attend this demonstration using Blackboard’s Mobile Compatible Test as a feature for students to easily complete tests and surveys using their mobile devices.

There are many great applications for this feature, such as, completing Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) while on a field trip, or encouraging students to complete a quick survey on a peer activity, or inviting students to upload diagrams as evidence of their formative assessment.

Using current samples from a number of UWA LMS units, Learning Technologist Ezrina Fewings will inform attendees on how to create a Blackboard Mobile Compatible Test app and developing preloaded feedback as well as providing advice on generating a workflow using the Blackboard Learn App.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.
Wednesday 20
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Carpe Diem Workshop : For UWA staff to develop innovative learning design for their teaching units Website | More Information
The Carpe Diem (from the Latin 'seize the day') learning design process is a fast, effective and highly practical design approach to enable unit teams to understand, develop and implement forward-looking, student-centred learning.

Workshops involve each unit going through sequential collaborative tasks, including blueprinting, storyboarding, scaffolded learning, development of e-tivities (activities developed for a digital environment), peer review and action planning.

http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/carpe-diem-workshops
Thursday 21
13:00 - STAFF EVENT - WORKSHOP: Recording Video Using Your Mobile Device : Event for mLearning Month - September 2017 Website | More Information
In this workshop gain practical hands on experience in creating high quality videos to engage, inspire and motivate students using your smartphone or tablet. You will learn how to plan, compose, record, and edit your video before having a chance to put your new skills into action in the field!

Note: Bring your own mobile device for the workshop or borrow one of ours.
Tuesday 26
9:00 - EVENT - Forecasting: Principles and Practice Website | More Information
Forecasting is required in many situations: deciding whether to build another power generation planting the next five years requires forecasts of future demand; scheduling staff in a call centre next week requires forecasts of call volume; stocking an inventory requires forecasts of stock requirements. Forecasts can be required several years in advance (for the case of capital investments), or only a few minutes beforehand (for telecommunication routing). Whatever the circumstances or time horizons involved, forecasting is an important aid in effective and efficient planning.
Thursday 28
8:30 - EVENT - UWA Staff Quiet Day More Information
Set on a lovely bush block in Mundaring, this Quiet Day provides some space to 'be alone' in the company of other UWA academics and professional staff with the intention of marking out some good quality thinking/reflection time.

There is no formal content to the day – no presentations or flip chart paper! Rather we seek to create an environment of quiet, trust and collegiality in which things become clearer and creative new ideas can emerge. This involves a combination of small group reflections on poetry (which helps slow down the pace and takes us into a deeper level of contemplation) and an extended period of silence, in which participants can rest and reflect. ‘We do less in order to achieve more’. This is not a ‘religious’ event.

The principles underpinning the Quiet Day are based on the work of Parker J Palmer (The Courage to Teach; The Heart of Higher Education), more of which can be found at: www.couragerenewal.org

Cost: $60 including lunch, morning and afternoon teas ($45 for unwaged PhD students)

A registration form can be obtained by emailing michael.wood@uwa.edu.au or phone Michael for more information on 0435 065326

Registration and payment is needed by Thursday 21st September

Previous participants have commented:

"this retreat provided a rare opportunity to quietly reflect on what's going on for me internally as a teacher, helped by excellent facilitators and a wonderful peaceful location"

"the benefits of this retreat to my personal and professional life have been immense"

“Thank you for the retreat - I found it really useful, have a sense of focus, realised I was missing an important work goal and came home and wrote a research paper that has been bugging me for some time” (from unsolicited email)

“it is good because it forces you to disengage in order to more fully engage – well done and many thanks”

“useful, health-giving and creative time”

“definitely go!”

“The best thing about the day was the space to think (but the whole deal was great) – yes, go. Important opportunity to reflect. Thank you to the organisers. I feel positively that UWA supported this”.

13:00 - STAFF EVENT - PRESENTATION: Reflections on Flipping: A UWA Perspective : Event for mLearning Month - September 2017 Website | More Information
This will be a workshop based presentation drawing on Martin’s experience as “a flipper” and also on others from UWA that have been involved in a research project scoping student experiences in flipped classrooms. We will explore what the research shows as well as tips for shifting the focus from teaching to active learning, which is the main aim of shifting face to face engagement between lecturers and students from the delivery of content towards activities engaging the content that students have accessed in other places – usually their local LMS.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.
Friday 29
8:00 - Online Staff Unit - Transforming Teaching for Learning (TTL) Unit : Module 1 (Series G): Friday 29 September 2017 to Friday 27 October 2017 Website | More Information
Transform your teaching. Improve your learners’ experiences. Future proof your teaching practice.

UWA staff are invited to enrol in the ‘Transforming Teaching for Learning’ (TTL) unit offered by the Centre for Education Futures.

Free for UWA staff, this fully digital unit will provide you with fresh inspiration, development and reflection on your learning and teaching approaches. TTL consists of three discrete modules that can be taken sequentially or one module at a time with gaps in between.

Further information is available at http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/transforming-teaching-for-learning-unit

 October 2017
Monday 02
9:00 - CONFERENCE - In The Zone 2017 : The Blue Zone: Environment, Resources, and Security in the Indo-Pacific Maritime Realm Website | More Information
In collaboration with The University of Western Australia, the Perth USAsia Centre is pleased to announce that the 2017 In The Zone Conference – “The Blue Zone” will be held on Monday, 2 October 2017 in Perth, Western Australia. The conference will host a program of distinguished and expert speakers, including the Honourable Julie Bishop, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Han Sueng-soo, former President of the United Nations General Assembly (2001) and former South Korean Prime Minister (2008-2009) and Mr Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto, Iron Ore. This year’s In The Zone Conference will spark a regional discussion that aims to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14) of seeking to ‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’. We would be delighted if you would join us here in Perth to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Indo-Pacific’s maritime realm.
Tuesday 03
17:00 - EVENT - Collaboration and Cocreation : What's silence got to do with it? Website | More Information
We invite UWA staff and interested visitors to engage in a thought provoking conversation about collaborative leadership and the potential contribution of contemplative practices in the development and evolution of a modern university.

The dialogue between Neil and Carolyn will catalyse and deepen our thinking, leading into some self-organised conversations around the question, ‘What does this mean to us and how do we do this in practice?’.

Cost $20 with all proceeds going to St. Vincent De Paul Society. Please book using the Trybooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/RSDA

Event starts at 5.30pm. Arrive from 5pm for refreshments

Professor Carolyn Oldham holds a senior academic role in the UWA School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering and has a long-standing interest in the development of collaborative dialogue across universities. Carolyn will provide some thoughts on how her contemplative practice as a Buddhist informs her understanding of collaborative leadership.

Dr Neil Preston provides specialised consulting services to both public and private sector organisations, exploring how people interact with each other in such a way that enables or disables peak performance. His areas of interest and practice include emergent design, complex systems and transpersonal psychology. Neil has been fascinated with the interface between psychology and spirituality. He embraces the contemplative and mystical traditions of the Christian faith and has been a Centering Prayer practitioner for over 13 years. Neil is the Coordinator of the Centering Prayer Network in Western Australia.

Thursday 05
8:30 - WORKSHOP - Carpe Diem Workshop : For UWA staff to develop innovative learning design for their teaching units Website | More Information
The Carpe Diem (from the Latin 'seize the day') learning design process is a fast, effective and highly practical design approach to enable unit teams to understand, develop and implement forward-looking, student-centred learning.

Workshops involve each unit going through sequential collaborative tasks, including blueprinting, storyboarding, scaffolded learning, development of e-tivities (activities developed for a digital environment), peer review and action planning.

http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/carpe-diem-workshops
Monday 16
14:00 - SYMPOSIUM - The Clever Country: The importance of investing in regional and remote students Website | More Information
This symposium brings together a panel of experts from across Australia to discuss ways to support regional and remote students to succeed in higher education. The purpose is to explore the value of investing in higher education from the perspective of the individual, community and the university sector and to question what we need to do to become a truly ‘clever country'.

The symposium will feature the following panel of experts:

Professor Grady Venville Chair (Dean of Coursework Studies, The University of Western Australia)

Tim Shanahan (Chair, WA Regional Development Trust)

Professor Sally Kift PFHEA (President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows, Former DVC – Academic, James Cook University)

Professor Steven Larkin (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Research, University of Newcastle)

Vicki Ratliff (Director, Equity Policy and Programmes, Australian Government Department of Education and Training)

Professor Sue Trinidad (Director, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education)

The symposium will be held in The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium, and refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free, but tickets are limited so RSVP is essential. Reserve your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2xunNxe
Thursday 19
13:00 - STAFF EVENT - PRESENTATION: Behind the Lens: Engaging and Supporting Learning through Student-Created Video Website | More Information
Video has become a well-established tool within learning and teaching, supported by a growing body of evidence demonstrating its positive impact on both the achievement of learning outcomes and the student experience. More recently the potential of video has started to shift away from teaching ‘with’ video to teaching ‘through’ video; the notion that video isn’t simply a digital method of delivering content but can also play an active role in the learning process itself.

In this 45 minute presentation we will be exploring how the use of student-created video is being used to support authentic, engaging, creative, active and problem-based learning, both globally and in our very own backyard at UWA. Join us and learn more about student-created video, its relevance to you and the facilities available on campus to help you make it part of your teaching.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.
Tuesday 24
11:00 - STAFF EVENT - Teaching in 140 characters or less: A ‘How-To’ Approach to Micro-Learning with Social Media : PRESENTATION / WORKSHOP Website | More Information
This workshop will explore how micro-learning can change the way you educate your students. Micro-learning is an innovated method of teaching through ‘bite-size chunks’ of accessible content that actively engages students by encouraging them to use their mobile devices in support of their learning, rather than as a distraction.

After discussing current research on micro-learning in higher education, we will showcase some practical ways to integrate micro-learning techniques into your teaching by incorporating the use of social media. You will also learn how to create appropriate ‘bite-size’ digital content for effectively engaging students on social media platforms, and then try your hand at crafting your own live micro-lecture on Twitter!

Note: Bring your own mobile device (smart phone, ipad etc) along to this workshop or borrow one of ours.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.
Thursday 26
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Carpe Diem Workshop : For UWA staff to develop innovative learning design for their teaching units Website | More Information
The Carpe Diem (from the Latin 'seize the day') learning design process is a fast, effective and highly practical design approach to enable unit teams to understand, develop and implement forward-looking, student-centred learning.

Workshops involve each unit going through sequential collaborative tasks, including blueprinting, storyboarding, scaffolded learning, development of e-tivities (activities developed for a digital environment), peer review and action planning.

http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/carpe-diem-workshops

 November 2017
Friday 10
8:00 - Online Staff Unit - Transforming Teaching for Learning (TTL) Unit : Module 2 (Series E): Friday 10 November 2017 to Friday 8 December 2017 Website | More Information
Transform your teaching. Improve your learners’ experiences. Future proof your teaching practice.

UWA staff are invited to enrol in the ‘Transforming Teaching for Learning’ (TTL) unit offered by the Centre for Education Futures.

Free for UWA staff, this fully digital unit will provide you with fresh inspiration, development and reflection on your learning and teaching approaches. TTL consists of three discrete modules that can be taken sequentially or one module at a time with gaps in between.

Further information is available at http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/transforming-teaching-for-learning-unit
Friday 17
8:30 - WORKSHOP - Carpe Diem Workshop : For UWA staff to develop innovative learning design for their teaching units Website | More Information
The Carpe Diem (from the Latin 'seize the day') learning design process is a fast, effective and highly practical design approach to enable unit teams to understand, develop and implement forward-looking, student-centred learning.

Workshops involve each unit going through sequential collaborative tasks, including blueprinting, storyboarding, scaffolded learning, development of e-tivities (activities developed for a digital environment), peer review and action planning.

http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/carpe-diem-workshops
Wednesday 22
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Carpe Diem Workshop : For UWA staff to develop innovative learning design for their teaching units Website | More Information
The Carpe Diem (from the Latin 'seize the day') learning design process is a fast, effective and highly practical design approach to enable unit teams to understand, develop and implement forward-looking, student-centred learning.

Workshops involve each unit going through sequential collaborative tasks, including blueprinting, storyboarding, scaffolded learning, development of e-tivities (activities developed for a digital environment), peer review and action planning.

http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/carpe-diem-workshops
Tuesday 28
8:30 - WORKSHOP - Carpe Diem Workshop : For UWA staff to develop innovative learning design for their teaching units Website | More Information
The Carpe Diem (from the Latin 'seize the day') learning design process is a fast, effective and highly practical design approach to enable unit teams to understand, develop and implement forward-looking, student-centred learning.

Workshops involve each unit going through sequential collaborative tasks, including blueprinting, storyboarding, scaffolded learning, development of e-tivities (activities developed for a digital environment), peer review and action planning.

http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/carpe-diem-workshops

 December 2017
Monday 04
8:30 - WORKSHOP - Carpe Diem Workshop : For UWA staff to develop innovative learning design for their teaching units Website | More Information
The Carpe Diem (from the Latin 'seize the day') learning design process is a fast, effective and highly practical design approach to enable unit teams to understand, develop and implement forward-looking, student-centred learning.

Workshops involve each unit going through sequential collaborative tasks, including blueprinting, storyboarding, scaffolded learning, development of e-tivities (activities developed for a digital environment), peer review and action planning.

http://www.worldclasseducation.uwa.edu.au/education-futures/professional-development/carpe-diem-workshops

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