2nd ACU Learning and Teaching Conference 2012 - Engaging students

The theme for the second ACU Learning and Teaching Conference on 27 July 2012, held at the Stamford Plaza Airport Hotel, Sydney, was 'Engaging students'. The conference was designed to encourage the exchange of ideas and to foster communication and collaboration within staff at Australian Catholic University and beyond. It was a chance to share local, national, regional and global perspectives on student engagement and extend their learning and teaching research on this theme.

The conference subthemes were:

  • Engaging students through assessment
  • Engaging students with technology
  • Engaging with student diversity
Conference delegates had the opportunity to participate in workshops on learning and teaching issues and to reflect on their professional practice.

Professor Gilly Salmon

Keynote speakers

(The keynote speakers and presenters were selected as authorities on some of the major changes in the higher education sector, given that many of the learning and teaching issues on student engagement are shared at the national and international level.)

Professor Gilly Salmon, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning Transformations), Swinburne University of Technology.

Keynote: Mapping the Future for Learning - a Hitchhiker's Approach

"A journey to the near future of learning with a practical approach to creation, this keynote glances back to look forward through three lenses: Openness, Digital Connections and Mobility, asserting that the future for knowledge and learning will be very different from the past. It's up to each and every one of us to create viable and desired futures for learning and teaching, and this keynote suggests some pathways to such futures. "

Professor Gilly Salmon Bio (PDF File, 72.4 KB)

Associate Professor Hamish Coates

Associate Professor Hamish Coates, LH Martin Institute, The University of Melbourne

Keynote: Engaging students in higher education: Strategies and insights for ACU

"Higher education is moving into an era that requires engaging a much larger and more diverse number of students. This calls for effective strategies and insights that are efficient to develop, implement and review. This keynote draws on insights from several international and national studies which highlight work taking shape in countries and universities around the world, and offers practical options for teachers, academic coordinators and support professionals."

Associate Professor Hamish Coates Bio (, 39.1 KB)


2nd ACU Learning and Teaching Conference 2012 program PDF File, 74.6 KB)


Engaging Students: Proceedings of the 2nd Australian Catholic University Conference on Learning and Teaching (PDF File, 1.4 MB)


These proceedings contain the published keynote presentations, workshop overviews and papers from the 2nd ACU Learning and Teaching Conference 'Engaging Students'.