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Recognising, inspiring, and shaping academic development practice

The 2019 Advancing Academic Development Event and Good Practice Awards

were held 6th November 2019: QUT Brisbane Australia


Good Practice Videos


Academic Development focuses on good practice and enhancing practice for all the dimensions of teaching, learning and scholarship. Academic development aims to develop teaching, curriculum, and leadership of teaching to in turn support high-quality student learning. Higher education staff who support academic development may be referred to as academic, educational, or professional developers. [Mårtensson, K., 2014]

The Advancing Academic Development project aims to establish how we might effectively support Academic Developers (ADs) to build capabilities, establish national networks, and share good practices. Alongside research into the needs and views of ADs, and what senior university leaders may support, in 2018 a national professional development event was convened to test and evaluate a new facilitated model. Proving to be highly successful, a second event was held in 2019.

The 2019 Advancing Academic Development Event  featured keynote speakers Jade Kennedy, University of Wollongong,  speaking on Jindaola: An Aboriginal approach for academic and curriculum development and 

Dr Allan Goody, President International Consortium for Educational Development speaking on: An international perspective: roles, issues and challenges of Academic Development.

Professional development workshops on defining a mission for Academic Development and evidencing impact, were complemented by and presentations on innovative academic development practice across Australasian institutions and the presentation of the 2019 Australasian Academic Development Good Practice Awards. 

2019 Australian Academic Development Good Practice Awards Finalists presented PechaKucha style presentations:

  • Dr Chie Adachi and team, Deakin University:

Transforming Digital Learning – A MOOC for Digital Learning Professionals


  • Associate Professor Andrea Carr and Dr Jo-Anne Kelder, The University of Tasmania:

Everyday Scholarship Engaging Every Teacher


  • Janet Frizzarin, The University of Queensland:

UQ2U – Blended and Active Learning Program


  • Miriam Bennett, Victoria University:

Student Partners in Academic Development


  • Dr Catherine Moore, Edith Cowan University:

An Assessment Approach to Academic Development


  • Colleen Ortega, The University of Adelaide:

Program Enhancement Partnership


  • Dr Anna Rowe, The University of New South Wales:

Academic Mentoring at UNSW


  • Professor Kerry Shephard and Dr Vijay Mallan, University of Otago:

The New Academic Staff Conference __________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Adrian Stagg, University of Southern Queensland:

Learning Communities that Support Open Education Practice


  • Associate Professor Kathryn Sutherland and team, Victoria University of Wellington:

Ako in Action: Co-constructing Learning and Teaching with Students and Staff _________________________________________________________________________________________________​


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