2022 Sydney Teaching Symposium

Join us on Monday 18 July 2022 for the annual Sydney Teaching Symposium. This popular event highlights approaches to teaching and assessment developed by colleagues across the University which are practical, transferable, and student-centred. This year, as we start shifting gears to a post-COVID reality, we will be discussing how we support students in perhaps unfamiliar ways of learning, how assessment and feedback can be reimagined, how to teach well again face-to-face, what it’s like to build relationships with students, how team teaching benefits us all and, importantly, how we can design and deliver inclusive and equitable learning experiences for all students.

 

Key details

Date: Monday 18 July 2022 from 9:00 am AEST

Venue: Face-to-face in the Eastern Avenue and Carslaw complex, with a live broadcast option for those who are unable to make it to campus

Cost: Free but registration is essential. This event will be catered – please indicate any dietary requirements upon registration.

Availability: University of Sydney staff and students, as well as staff from other higher education institutions.

Register for the symposium

 

Symposium themes

Teaching and supporting the COVID generationAfter two years learning mostly over Zoom, students may be feeling isolated and unfamiliar with university learning practices. How are we supporting students to transition to new ways of learning, for both students new to university and those who have been here but predominantly online?

Reimagining assessment and feedback practices: The last two years has seen an impressive rethinking of our assessment towards authentic, digital-first practices. How will assessment and feedback look in 2022 and beyond?

Effective face-to-face teaching: Students have been seeking to return to campus to learn and reconnect with their teachers and peers. There is also a growing recognition of a grassroots need for flexibility in teaching mode. How are we making on-campus teaching in 2022 work effectively in different parts of the University?

Relationship-rich education: Connection, community, and relationship have never been more important. How are we building relationship-rich student-student and student-teacher experiences?

Team-based teaching: Teaching as part of a team has many benefits – additional perspectives, reflection, and collegial support. How are teaching teams working well in different contexts and how can we continue to support each other as educators?

Designing and teaching for equity and inclusion: Almost 1 in 10 students at the University are from an equity cohort (low SES, rural/remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander). How are we designing teaching so that we ‘teach to the edges’ as opposed to the middle, for the benefit of all learners?

 

Draft symposium program

All times are in Sydney time (Australian Eastern Standard Time). A final program will be made available in late June.

Time Track A Track B
9:00 am
Welcome
Vice Chancellor Mark Scott

Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium; Mainstage Zoom
9:10 am
A Vision for Education at Sydney
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Joanne Wright

Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium; Mainstage Zoom
9:25 am
Break and transition
9:30 am
[1A1] Five simple approaches towards building strong student-teacher relationships in large cohorts
Hamish Fernando

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

While preparing to coordinate my first ever unit, BMET2901/9901 (Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers) in the middle of the 2021 lockdown, I was faced with the challenge of connecting effectively with... [more]
[1B1] It’s the little things: supporting student learning in the post-COVID environment
Bronwyn Simpson

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

Teaching the COVID generation requires targeted and thoughtful methods of student support. The challenge (and opportunity) presented by COVID has led to innovative and flexible ways of delivering teac... [more]
9:45 am
[1A2] Collaborating with students to develop curriculum and learning resources
Joanne Hart, Robert Chen & Bella Kontorovich

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

This presentation describes a pilot study where we collaborated with students to develop learning resources for the MD Program. Our students are stakeholders in our education relationship with deep in... [more]
[1B2] Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and ‘fireside chats’ for Courses: Building student’s knowledge and engagement (plus saving time)
Victoria Rawlings

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

Unit coordinators and tutors are often frustrated when their students do not read the syllabus/unit of study outline. Meanwhile, students who are unaware of key details and expectations for their cour... [more]
10:00 am
[1A3] Learning from the pandemic: the need for connection and flexibility
Alice Huang & Matthew Clemson

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

Online learning has led us to find novel approaches to promote connection and provide flexibility for students, which we continue to adopt and improve on as we move back on campus. It is easy to feel ... [more]
[1B3] Establishing connections for student learning in first year occupational therapy
Joanne Hinitt & Kria Coleman

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

After the experiences of learning and teaching during COVID-19 restrictions, we wanted to better support first-year, first-semester undergraduate occupational therapy students as they transitioned to ... [more]
10:15 am
Q&A with speakers
Speakers from this track

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom
Q&A with speakers
Speakers from this track

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom
10:25 am
Break and transition
10:30 am
Student and staff roundtable: Being human at Sydney – connection and belonging in postnormal times
Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium; Mainstage Zoom
11:45 am
Light refreshments
12:30 pm
[2A1] Notes from the apocalypse: Building relationships in a group-work based unit with 1100 students
Michael Wheatland & Tara Murphy

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

OLES1602 "The Apocalypse in Science and Culture" ran for the first time in Semester 2, 2021. This six-credit point OLE teaches science, and the social impacts of science, through the lens of... [more]
[2B1] Designing to the edges with UDL: A first-year writing case study
Benjamin Miller & Sarah Humphreys

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

How can designing a unit of study using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles change the way you think about course readings and learning activities? This presentation will briefly introduce ... [more]
12:45 pm
[2A2] Smart Responses to Communicating: Developing a podcast assessment for first year students
Moira Dunsmore & Heather Shepherd

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

First year nursing students often start their degree with a fairly individualised concept of health and a narrow definition of the nursing role. This can make it challenging to engage students in &#... [more]
[2B2] Disrupting the Margins, Decentering the Middle: Creating Culturally Safe Teaching and Learning Spaces
Amy McHugh-Cole & Matthew Tyne

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

With 1 in 10 students at the University self-identifying as being from an 'equity cohort', the impetus for teachers is to create culturally safe, responsive learning spaces for all. These sp... [more]
1:00 pm
[2A3] Engaging consumers and actors to deliver education and assessments in the classroom: a pharmacy case study
Sarira El-Den & Claire O'Reilly

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

In this session, pharmacy educators will describe their experiences in engaging stakeholders (consumers and professionals) and actors to co-design and deliver education and assessments. We will provid... [more]
[2B3] Create your own Padlet adventure
Andy Smidt & Toni Stanford

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

Padlet is a popular and versatile tool that can be used to share information, visualise complex diagrams, provide student feedback and provide anonymous feedback. In this session, novice Padletters wi... [more]
1:15 pm
Q&A with speakers
Speakers from this track

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom
Q&A with speakers
Speakers from this track

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom
1:25 pm
Break and transition
1:30 pm
[3A1] Two-sided teaching: Managing large tutor teams and large student cohorts simultaneously
Madeleine Borthwick

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

In the Bachelor of Design Computing degree, we have experienced significant teaching challenges in the last 6 years, with a rapidly growing student cohort and relatively small staff team. Coordinating... [more]
[3B1] Connecting through collections: Object-Based Learning at the Museum
Jane Thogersen & Eve Guerry

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

Throughout 2021-2022, disciplines across campus have been responding to the need for meaningful face-to-face learning by taking their class to the Chau Chak Wing Museum for a curated Object-Based Lear... [more]
1:45 pm
[3A2] Zoonotic Viruses and Zoom: How the Pandemic Redefined Clinical Education
Smitha Sukumar

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

During the Covid-19 pandemic, dental teaching clinics were closed and students were locked out of clinical learning. Faced with lockdown, a group of clinical academics devised team a-based teaching ap... [more]
[3B2] Finding your way home: Redesigning how students and staff engage with information at scale
Peter Bryant & Elaine Huber

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

Prior to the pandemic, how engaged with students at scale was defined through a lens of modality; the affordances of space, of nodes of engagement, the capacities of a timetable, the levels of comfort... [more]
2:00 pm
[3A3] Team-teaching to enrich team-based experiential learning when transitioning from face-to-face to online learning
Eliza Wu

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom

This showcase draws on team teaching experiences in the Work-integrated Learning (WIL) and Capstone units delivered in the Business School during the pandemic. We discuss the best practices for enrich... [more]
[3B3] The BUSS1000 story: managing the anxious transition to university
Jane Kerr & Carmen Vallis

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

Lockdowns and large international cohorts (1000+) meant first year undergrad students in 2020/2021 could feel isolated and disconnected. We would like to share the BUSS1000 story and how we learnt and... [more]
2:15 pm
Q&A with speakers
Speakers from this track

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 273; Track A Zoom
Q&A with speakers
Speakers from this track

Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275; Track B Zoom

 

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Get further equipped for teaching

Around the symposium, a number of professional learning workshops will be run to further equip Sydney educators with the tools to redesign their curriculum, delivery, student support and engagement, and assessment approaches. They will be delivered by Educational Innovation with assistance from experienced teachers from across the institution.

  • Modular Professional Learning Framework winter school
    • Monday 11 July – M04 Curriculum design and constructive alignment
    • Tuesday 12 July – M06 Supporting student cohorts and teaching teams
    • Wednesday 13 July – M21 Supporting interdisciplinary learning
    • Tuesday 19 July – M01 Principles of learning and teaching, and M03 Inclusivity and diversity
    • Wednesday 20 July – M08 Engaging students in lectures and large classes, and M05 Assessment and feedback for learning
    • Thursday 21 July – M13 Designing for blended and online learning, and M14 Online tools for interactive and collaborative learning
    • Monday 25 July – M11 Microteaching
    • Monday 1 August – M09 Engaging students in small classes
    • Tuesday 2 August – M09 Engaging students in small classes
  • Student Relationship Engagement System (SRES) workshops – build stronger relationships and engage your students personally, at scale
    • Coming soon

Sydney educators can also book a 30 minute online consultation with an educational designer at any time.

More information

This symposium is being organised by the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio, and is led by Eszter Kalman, Alix Thoeming, Samantha Clarke, and Danny Liu. To contact us, please email educational.innovation@sydney.edu.au.