Upcoming events at Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

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Enhancing student wellbeing: Evidence-based strategies and support for students and educators – June 1

HERDSA Victoria Branch, in conjunction with the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, invites  you to a forum in which you will engage with recent research and practical frameworks, resources and strategies that enable educators to support student wellbeing.

This is a free, public event. Registrations are essential. Please use the green ‘book now’ button to register through Eventbrite.

Reconfiguring Knowledge in Higher Education – August 8

Changing pressures, directions and practices in relation to knowledge pose challenges for universities today. Policy reforms and concerns with national economic competitiveness; changed technologies; preparation of professionals for different kinds of knowledge-intensive work practices; more traditional knowledge objectives of universities in roles of enlightenment and discovery are all part of the current scene. This panel discusses insights into the forms of these changes and university responses emerging from two recent national research projects in Australia and Norway now published in two new books. The projects give attention to the interaction of ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ agendas and to ways such issues as the dual demand for ‘excellence’ and ‘impact’ and for moves to online teaching are reconfiguring knowledge practices today.

Lyn Yates, Peter Woelert, Victoria Millar, Kate O’Connor with a response from Prof Lesley Farrell, past Dean of MGSE.

Building a Community of Indigenous Higher Education Practice – November 23-24

Trinity College is pleased to announce the 2018 Indigenous Higher Education Conference to be held on 23-24 November. This conference has been established in collaboration with the University of Melbourne as a forum for educators, researchers, policymakers, students and the community to share information and knowledge on how best to support and improve educational outcomes for Indigenous higher education students.

The theme for this year’s conference is building a community of Indigenous higher education practiceThe Conference Chair is Professor Shaun Ewen, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) & Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. The Conference Ambassador is Professor Marcia Langton, Trinity College Fellow and Associate Provost & Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. Keynote speakers include:

  • Associate Professor Linc Kesler, Director of First Nations and Professor of Indigenous Studies and English, the University of British Columbia
  • Professor Jacinta Elston, Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous), Monash University
  • Mr Niklas Labba, Academic Director of Sámi Research Centre, UiT/ The Arctic University of Norway
  • Dr Nikki Moodie, Lecturer and Researcher in Indigenous Education Policy, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

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