From Monday, October 31 Griffith University will host a week-long celebration of teaching and learning.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Sue Spence said Celebrating Excellence in Teaching Week provided a dedicated focus on teaching and learning and offered opportunities for Griffith staff to participate in a range of local and University-wide events.
“Activities focus on current issues in learning and teaching, showcase initiatives and offer opportunities for staff to network with colleagues within faculties, groups and schools across the University,” Professor Spence said.
This year the week will be launched with a Blended Learning Symposium at the Logan campus with a keynote address by Professor and Executive Director of Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland, Gilly Salmon.
“Professor Salmon is an inspiring and entertaining presenter, her work at the Australian Digital Futures Institute enables foresight for learning, teaching and knowledge construction, which goes to the heart of the theme of Teaching Excellence Week,” Professor Spence said.
Professor Spence says one of the most exciting things this year is the launch of the Griffith Academy of Learning and Teaching Scholars.
“This is a really exciting initiative that recognises the strengths of our leaders in learning and teaching, and supports them in contributing further to leadership within the University,” she said.
“The founding members will be admitted into the Academy at the Gala nights during the week. All the Scholars are previous national winners of awards or fellowships.”
Other events during the week include:
•A Celebrating Teaching seminar based on establishing and sustaining communities of practice.
•Symposia and Showcases on key learning and teaching priorities at Griffith including: Blended Learning; Assessment; Global Citizenship; Work Integrated Learning; Career Development Learning and Service Learning.
• A Program Leaders Forum.
“While we are all very busy I encourage all staff to take some time out to take part in the celebrating Teaching Excellence Week,” Professor Spence said.