Published: Monday 27th April 2015
Listed below are a number of professional development programs and networking events available across the tertiary education sector. Staff are encouraged to review learning opportunities and to liaise with their supervisor if they are interested in participating. You can register through the links provided.
If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ryan on extension 2151.
The University supports staff learning and eligible staff can apply for Study Support for a nationally-recognised award course of study from a public or private provider (subject to eligibility criteria). For more information on Study Support visit the HR website.
Australian Catholic University
Postgraduate SPLASH units
National: Several dates in 2015
SPLASH units are master's level units and may be used as credit towards a Master of Theological Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. Interested participants may also audit (not for credit, no assessment) these units for their personal interest. They are delivered in intensive mode and are available nationally via video conference. Upcoming units include: Evolution, Ecology and God, and Celebrating Liturgy Today: Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith.
Theology short courses
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney: Several dates in 2015
Want to learn more about Christian faith in educated and accessible way? Interested in exploring theology but aren't able to commit to a degree? The Short Course program is just the thing! Suitable for parishioners, teachers, youth groups, university staff and students, and the general public. Explore the heart of Christianity and consider questions important to faith in a relaxed group setting. Our short courses enable you to learn from ACU's leading theology and philosophy scholars.
Postgraduate study discount: Faculty of Law and Business
Postgraduate courses starting May 2015
The Faculty of Law and Business is offering a 10 per cent discount to current ACU staff enrolling in any full fee-paying postgraduate studies commencing on 9 May 2015. For professional staff, now is a great time to commence your business postgraduate study and enjoy the benefits of the 10 per cent fee discount, in addition to any ACU Study Support (as per above) that you may receive. Talk to us about a flexible postgraduate study program to suit you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details available here.
A number of postgraduate courses, such as the Master of Business Administration (Executive) are available. ACU Financial Accountant Rajan Wijey studied the MBA (Executive) and encourages interested colleagues to explore their options for further study
"I have found studying the MBA Executive in weekend intensive mode works well with my work commitments at the University. I really enjoy the boardroom style course delivery which encourages cross pollination of ideas. I travelled to New York for a study tour last year which was an enriching experience I shall never forget. It also provided great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals."
The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is for teachers and other educational professionals who want to improve their tertiary teaching and gain formal qualifications in post-secondary education. Offered by ACU's Learning and Teaching Centre, the GCHE is open to degree-qualified academic and professional staff members who are directly involved in teaching.
Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)
Professional Presentation Skills
Brisbane: 7 May 2015 from 9am to 5pm
Delivering a brilliant presentation needs effective planning, choosing the right delivery method, outstanding content, use of technology and communication skills. This professional development course provides in-depth knowledge and skill building in the planning, preparing and delivering of an engaging presentation. The use of the specific tools and techniques for presentation creation and delivery enable you to give powerful presentations every time.
Perth: 14 May 2015 from 8.30am to 12.30pm
This half-day interactive workshop will have a practical focus on implementing change from two points of view:
- When you are the initiator, and
- When you are responsible for implementing change initiated by other parties/departments (eg policy changes, new work practices/processes, etc, but excluding large-scale or whole-of-institution change).
The workshop will provide good practice change implementation skills and knowledge, but will not examine enterprise agreement processes. Typical change implementations in this context may result from, for example, department/school restructures, the introduction of new technology or work processes.
The workshop will address the following:
- Influencing others – upwards, across and below.
- Key communication skills and strategies.
- Maintaining team cohesion and performance in the lead-up to change, during the change period and after the change implementation.
- Relevant change models and psychological factors.
Melbourne: 28 May 2015
Let's face it – stress sucks! It sucks the joy and excitement out of life. But there is a solution. In the Stress Less Laugh More! workshop, renowned comedian and speaker Anthony Ackroyd shows you how to move out of stress and into positivity, creativity, happiness, fun and success. Humour, laughter, play and positive energy help us stress less and enjoy more. Laughter helps us access vitality and creativity, improves our communication and connection with others, lets us express who we truly are and makes life a joyful experience.
Here's the really good news – you can learn the skills and strategies that will increase the levels of humour, laughter, play and positive energy you experience on a daily basis.
ACU holds a corporate membership with ATEM, which allows staff to attend programs at a reduced rate. When registering, indicate that you work for ACU and you will be entitled to the Affiliate rate.
LH Martin Institute
Visualising feedback: Students' interpretation of learning analytics dashboards
Melbourne: 13 May 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Learning analytics offer the new ways to be able to provide feedback to students on their performance and engagement with learning. One such method is through dashboards within learning management systems, yet little is currently known about how students may interpret and respond to feedback delivered in this format. In this seminar, we will present the results of a recent research study which explored students' interpretation of feedback visualised through a dashboard in two subjects at the University of Melbourne. Issues and recommendations for teachers considering delivering feedback to students in this way will also be discussed.
Learning Analytics Research Group Showcase
Melbourne: 27 May 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
The University of Melbourne's Learning Analytics Research Group was formed in 2013 and has since established an international reputation for research in this field. In this seminar the work of four researchers from this group will be showcased. These studies demonstrate four different perspectives on analysing student data emerging from the Coursera MOOC platform and the University's learning management system. Together they provide insight into how learning analytics can be used at the University to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)
Workplace Relations Practitioner
Adelaide: 6 to 7 May 2015
This two day program introduces participants to the higher education industrial relations environment, including underlying legal concepts, the various industrial instruments and the practical application of both.
The program focuses on what's important for staff working at the 'coalface' of university workplace relations.
- Employment Law
- Employment Contracts
- Policies and Procedures
- Employment Legislation
- Workplace Agreements
- Termination of Employment
Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behavior
Melbourne: 19 May 2015
This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour, including a range of approaches and techniques for dealing with specific behaviours in the workplace.
The program will:
- Review the impact of very difficult behaviour.
- Identify common characteristics of very difficult workplace behaviour.
- Describe and prepare strategies for managing different types of behaviour.
- Discuss the common internal and personal challenges that difficult behaviour creates for the manager, management team, other staff and the organisation as a whole.
Recommended for all university staff, especially those dealing with difficult behaviour and managing workplace conflict. The program is very beneficial for those responsible for managing others, and/or working in human resources.
Online training library
Provided by Lynda.com
ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at http://lynda.acu.edu.au/.
Below is a summary of new videos recently added to the online training library that may be of interest to you. To browse the whole library, log in using your ACU staff username and password. Interactive exercise sheets are also available to some topics so you can practise your new skills.
Don't have time to watch a whole video? No problem – the videos are broken into useful sub-topic chapters, so you can still brush up on some quick tips even if you only have five to 10 minutes to spare!
Managing To-Do Lists
Duration: 41 minutes and 27 seconds
Discover top techniques for tracking to-dos on paper as well as apps for effectively managing your digital to-do lists. Organisation expert Suzanna Kaye explains how to approach to-do lists and prioritize items using various proven techniques. She then explores the top five apps for digital to-do list management, exploring their strengths, weaknesses and functionality.
Top 10 Apps for Enhanced Productivity
Duration: 44 minutes and 29 seconds
Get more done, reduce stress and find more time for what really matters with organisation expert Suzanna Kaye's top 10 favorite apps for improved productivity. See how to get voicemails transcribed, manage multiple calendars, track expenses, sign PDFs electronically, and more. The course shows the apps in action, provides tips for leveraging their best features, offers cool alternative uses and mentions other related apps.
Solving Common Project Problems
Duration: 1 hour and 5 minutes
When you're balancing the triple constraints of project management (cost/quality/time) and trying to accomplish something new, problems are bound to crop up. In this course, project management trainer Chris Croft shows how to solve the most common problems that arise when working on projects. By breaking these issues into four major categories—people problems, quality problems, cost problems, and time problems—he provides helpful advice and techniques for how to handle them.
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