Professional development opportunities - July

Published: Monday 23rd June 2014

Listed below are a number of upcoming 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 ext 2151.

Study support

The University supports staff learning - 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
Location Date Program
Sydney
Brisbane
Melbourne
Several dates - 2014 Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture
Explore what true leadership means in a Catholic context, and develop a deeper understanding of Catholic identity, ethos and mission and its integration in modern organisations.
National Several dates - 2014 Postgraduate SPLASH units
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.  Upcoming units include: Celebrating Liturgy Today: Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith and Jesus: Then and Now.
MelbourneWednesday evenings: 30 July – 20 August 2014

A Short Course in Jesus and the Gospels
An opportunity to explore the four Gospels and their understanding of Jesus:
*    What are the Gospels?
*    Why were they written?
*    What is their theological message?
*    How does each Gospel understand Jesus' life, death and Resurrection?
*    What are the similarities between the Gospels?
*    What are the differences?

Step inside the world of early Christianity with experts from the School of Theology at ACU.

Sydney
Brisbane
Several dates - 2014 Master of Business Administration (Executive)
The MBA (Executive) is designed for experienced managers and professionals who aspire to executive roles - critical and creative thinkers for whom ethical, informed and sustainable decision-making will define their management style.  The course is designed to allow each unit to be taught intensively over the course of 24 weekends.  Invest in your future and enhance your skills to progress your career. 

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)
LocationDate & TimeProgram
Melbourne15 – 16 July 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
Accidental Counsellor For The Tertiary Education Sector
Accidental Counsellor equips people who have no counselling experience with the skills to face issues that can arise when helping others. The course introduces a variety of methods non-counsellors can employ, from non-judgemental listening to referral to appropriate agencies. The program will use case studies from the tertiary sector to ensure relevance to all tertiary education professionals.
Canberra17 July 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
Essential Dashboards In Excel
Learn how to synthesise information into a logical framework, summarise it into a meaningful format, and then display the summary into easy-to-read tables and graphs.  This course takes you through the principles of good dashboard design, as well as the tools to implement and build a dashboard using your existing Excel tools and skills.
Melbourne17 July 2014
9:30am – 5:00pm
Developing Resilience To Change
Learn how to build your resilience and stay motivated during times of change.
Adelaide17 – 18 July 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
Accidental Counsellor For The Tertiary Education Sector
Accidental Counsellor equips people who have no counselling experience with the skills to face issues that can arise when helping others. The course introduces a variety of methods non-counsellors can employ, from non-judgemental listening to referral to appropriate agencies. The program will use case studies from the tertiary sector to ensure relevance to all tertiary education professionals.
Melbourne18 July 2014
9:00am –  1:30pm
Committee Servicing
Administering a committee involves a lot more than just taking minutes. Learn how to adapt your existing minute taking skills to a more formal committee setting. Increase your knowledge of how formal committees operate and how you can streamline your meeting's operation.
Adelaide21 July 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm
Cross Cultural Customer Service
This half-day event focusses on improving knowledge and understanding of how cultural factors and personal experiences may inform students' expectations, learning style, and interactions with teaching and support staff.  The session will focus on interactive engagement and extensive use of scenarios and case studies for participants.
Brisbane23 July 2014
9:00am – 4:30pm
Techniques For Managing & Resolving Difficult Situations
This workshop teaches practical take-away tools that can be used immediately to handle difficult situations calmly and effectively.
Sydney24 July 2014
9:00am – 3:15pm   
NSW/ACT Regional Conference 2014
The ATEM NSW/ACT Region is proud to present this year's conference on the theme of "Where to from here? The future of higher education". With advancing technologies, alternative methods of teaching and the influence and competition from MOOCS, this year's theme explores how our sector is rising to the challenges, and how professional staff contribute to its success in these ever changing times. Don't miss it!
Melbourne24 – 25 July 2014
9:00am – 3:00pm
The Organisational Developers Symposium
The 2014 Organisational Developers Symposium: "Communication, Collaboration, Credibility". Last year OD practitioners across Australia and New Zealand attended the first of these forums in Sydney. With guest speakers and a loose format to discuss the issues of real importance in the OD space, the group requested that this occur each year.

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. View ATEM's 2014 Training Calendar.  

LH Martin Institute
LocationDateProgram
Melbourne24 July 20142014 Higher Education Policy Seminars - System and Institutional Excellence
Australia has a fine higher education system, but new generation system policies and institutional strategies can make it excellent. How to further grow key strengths and value-add other priorities? Join Stephen Parker, Alan Robson and Phil Honeywood to discuss.
Online28 July - 19 September 2014

Leading and Managing Research
This subject provides an overview of key elements of research leadership and management in an institutional setting.

Online28 July – 19 September 2014

External Quality Assurance
An international overview of how different governments approach QA in tertiary education.

 

Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)
LocationDateProgram
Adelaide8 July 2014Disciplinary Investigations
This program focuses on the unique characteristics of disciplinary processes in the higher education sector and provides practitioners with a 'hands on' guide to dealing with allegations of misconduct/serious misconduct.
Adelaide15 & 16 July 2014Workplace Relations Practitioner
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.
Perth17 July 2014Disciplinary Investigations
This program focuses on the unique characteristics of disciplinary processes in the higher education sector and provides practitioners with a 'hands on' guide to dealing with allegations of misconduct/serious misconduct.
Brisbane23 – 24 July 2014Advanced Workplace Relations Practitioner
This program covers strategic industrial relations issues and case studies appropriate to senior practitioners.

View AHEIA's 2014 Training Calendar.

Online Training Library

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 5-10 mins to spare!

TopicDurationDescription
Up and Running with LinkedIn2h 8mBrad Batesole teaches you how to build a LinkedIn profile that promotes you and your accomplishments and establish a network with other professionals. Plus, learn how to join and create groups, share content you think will engage your network, and harness the power of search.
Getting Things Done47m 9s

David Allen walks you through his five-step process for Getting Things Done. He'll show you how to stay on top of your work and avoid feeling buried by it, while carving out space in your life to do more meaningful things. Learn how to capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage with tasks that are demanding your attention, and come away with a clear head and a clear focus.

Building Trust1h

Author Brenda Bailey-Hughes shows how to strengthen relationships within the three circles of trust. Plus, learn how to build trust in remote teams, repair lost or broken trust, and deliver an apology to speed the rebuilding process.

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