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Experts gather for Learning and Teaching Forum

19 Nov 2010

Australia's leading experts in learning and teaching practice gathered at a forum earlier this month to discuss assessment design and ways to motivate students to learn and provide meaningful feedback.

More than 50 staff and students attended the two-day Learning and Teaching in Business Forum presented by the Faculty of Economics and Business which also provided an important opportunity to learn from colleagues around Australia.

The Forum was opened by the Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence and attended by senior faculty leaders including Pro Dean Professor Greg Patmore; Associate Dean (Postgraduate) John Shields; Chair of the Discipline of Business Information Systems, Dr Philip Seltsikas; Chair of the Discipline of International Business Professor Richard Dunford; and Chair of the Discipline of Finance, Professor Michael McKenzie.

One of the highlights of the forum was the faculty showcase which was chaired by Professor Richard Dunford. He described the session as a learning market place where participants were invited to sample the 'goodies' for great assessments for learning. There were many innovative examples of effective assessment shared by the staff in the faculty, including ideas on assessing virtual groups; running simulations; using posters; and automating feedback processes with the help of comment banks.

Those attending the Forum also had the benefit of learning with and from distinguished colleagues from other universities. Pro-Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University, Professor Tom Angelo, Australian Business Deans Council Learning and Teaching Network Chair, Professor Philip Hancock and ALTC Award Winner, Dr Claire Macken all shared their insights on learning and teaching.

If you missed the Forum, workshop summaries and presentations are available on the Assessment for Learning page.