Colloquium Events

Theme sessions, Tweets and Teaching Excellence

The overall purpose of enabling conversations about Curriculum renewal was key to the planning of the eight two-hour theme sessions which took place over the mornings and afternoons of the two days of the Colloquium.

A report on four of the sessions is included in the October 2012 issue of Teaching@Sydney: Technology enhanced curriculum; Indigenous Education Strategy; Inclusive education and widening participation and Research-enriched learning and teaching. The remaining sessions: Assessment and learning standards; Community-engaged learning and teaching; Research higher degree learning and Transition to learning at university will be covered in the November issue.

To view the resources from all the theme sessions click here.

As well as comments from staff, feedback has included comments from students:

It was awesome to be part of the teaching colloquium last week. I learnt heaps!

Thank you for having us at Today's Sydney Teaching Colloquium. It was very worthwhile and an eyeopener for us students and academics alike.

The collated tweets on the Colloquium, organised by Amani Bell, which are available at, include such comments as Thanks @AmaniBell for #sydteach12. I had teaching commitments so couldn't attend. Its great to be able to read the updates! Thanx

On Wednesday afternoon the Team Trivia session was followed by A/Prof Simon Barrie, Director of Teaching and Learning congratulating those who had been recognised for their excellence in teaching by their faculties, the University and with national awards from the ALTC or the OLT. He acknowledged also all those who had applied for awards, along with those who have not done so but contribute directly or indirectly to the excellent teaching across the University.

A/Prof Barrie announced the winner of the 2012 University Co-Operative Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr Siegbert Schmidt, from the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science. The Selection Panel noted that Dr Schmidt’s applications successfully demonstrated his enthusiasm for his discipline and his students and his commitment to life-long learning evidenced by very impressive peer and student comments. The Panel commended him for his work in developing a first year text book written specifically for Australian Chemistry students which for the first time allowed them to access a single textbook that covered all of first year chemistry using nomenclature and conventions consistent with curricula at Australian universities.

The day ended with those present enjoying the performance of the Chris Long Ensemble from the Sydney Conservatorium. The Steering Committee would also like to acknowledge the numerous members of staff and students who contributed in so very many ways to making the Colloquium both an enjoyable occassion and one which contributed to the University's conversation about, and progress towards, Curriculum renewal.

If you registered for the Colloquium you will have received a short set of evaluation questions. The Steering Committee looks forward to your feedback so that we can plan next year's colloquium to again make a significant contribution to teaching and learning across the university.