Learning and leading in higher education

1 JANUARY 2003

Around 150 academic staff at CSU will have their leadership in tertiary learning and teaching on show this week when they meet for the CSUED 2009 conference at CSU at Albury-Wodonga.

Around 150 academic staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will have their leadership in tertiary learning and teaching on show this week when they meet for the CSUED 2009 conference at CSU at Albury-Wodonga.
 
With the theme Learning and leading in higher education, CSU staff will share their work in university teaching and learning, especially as they continue to develop blended and flexible learning programs for educating the professions.
 
Director of the University’s Flexible Learning Institute, Professor Mike Keppell, says academics involved in university learning and teaching can be leaders and to show leadership in university learning and teaching, regardless of how they are employed.
 
“Leadership that is spread around the organization is a core principle in helping change learning and teaching at CSU. Empowering leaders across the University is central for achieving this goal.
 
“At this conference, CSU staff can show innovation in their normal subject and course teaching as well as being involved in national and international research and development projects,” Professor Keppell says.
 
Three key speakers will aim to inspire discussion among conference participants on the latest trends in tertiary education:
 
  • Dean of Teaching and Learning at the Curtin Business School, Professor Christopher Brook, will address Community Development in Online Learning and Teaching. Professor Brook is particularly interested in learning spaces, flexible and blended learning and the use of online environments for teaching and learning. He will deliver the opening keynote address on Thursday 26 November, starting at 10 am.
  • Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University in Edmonton, Canada, Professor Terry Anderson will talk on the latest challenges offered in online learning in a key address titled Teaching and Learning beyond the garden wall: The opportunity and challenge of Web 2.0 tools. Professor Anderson will talk about the emergence of connective thinking in the new online environment, and what this means for communication, involvement and teaching programs in distance education.
  • Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition at The University of Sydney, Professor Peter Goodyear, will present a speech at the conference dinner on Thursday night, 26 November, on design-led learning. Formerly director of the renowned Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology at Lancaster University in the UK, a research group which became one of the most successful learning technology research centres in Europe, Professor Goodyear is a Senior Fellow with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). He is particularly interested in the changing nature of teaching in higher education, especially how such teaching can be more principled, professional, enjoyable and effective.
The CSUED 2009 Conference, funded in part by the ALTC, will be held on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November, in the Learning and Teaching Hub at CSU at Albury-Wodonga, located off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

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