Tip of the week

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015

Listed below are a number of professional development programs and networking events available across the tertiary education sector in March.

Staff are encouraged to review learning opportunities and to liaise with their supervisor if they are interested in participating.

Please register through the links provided. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ryan on ext 2151.

Study support

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, 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.

Master of Business Administration (Executive)
Sydney, Brisbane and NEW in Melbourne: Six start dates in 2015

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)


Managing Committees and Minute Taking
Melbourne: 6 March 2015; 9.30am to 5pm

The role of a committee executive officer in universities is not just about taking minutes, but understanding the full committee cycle, from the establishment of a committee and its Terms of Reference, to preparing agendas, taking and writing minutes, completing follow-up action items and preparing reports and agenda items.

Effective committee management is crucial to enabling individuals and groups to work productively and accomplish their objectives. This practical session will help executive officers understand their role and enhance the skills required for managing committees in universities. Examples and activities are based on university committees at the department, faculty and central levels. The course also incorporates instructions on using Adobe Professional software and managing large amounts of committee documentation.

The Changing Higher Education Workplace: Panel Discussion
Melbourne: 25 March 2015; 2pm to 5pm

Higher education is not just about education and research. Higher education institutions are also workplaces for over 70,000 staff. The workplace is changing and for higher education this is a double edged sword. For those working in higher education the workplace is in a state of constant change and challenge. For our students the workplace that they will enter is developing a new paradigm. What are these changes and can the sector both accommodate its own workplace challenges and yet help prepare the next generation for the workplace that they will enter?

Join ATEM Bass region colleagues as we come together for a panel discussion on the changing higher education workplace. This networking event will bring together three speakers with expertise in guiding higher education institutions, staff and students through workplace challenges.

Writing a Winning Business Case
Sydney: 26 March 2015; 9am to 4pm

Learn business case writing with training from a professional communicator.

This business case writing workshop outlines practical ways to plan and write an effective business case, efficiently, saving time and resources. This course is for any professional or business seeking to attain funding by using business cases. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their own business case in class and seek real-time feedback.

The course includes:

  • the seven elements of clear communication
  • how to apply the clear communication principles to achieve writing efficiency
  • practical business case writing tips
  • the benefits of writing business cases for your business.

It is suitable for professionals and businesses who need to write business cases and for individuals who would like to learn this new skill.

Sharpen Your Editing and Proofreading Skills
Melbourne: 27 March 2015 9:30am to 5pm  

Sharpen your editing and proofreading skills is a practical training course for experienced writers in the workplace.

The course aims to consolidate and extend participants' knowledge of and skills in editing and proofreading workplace documents. These documents may include correspondence, reports, and communications and publicity material in both print and online environments.

Workshop goals

By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • understand the role of editing and proofreading in the writing process
  • create workplace documents that are reader-centred
  • identify and fix common problems in writing
  • edit for clear, concise and readable prose
  • create style sheets and apply house style to documents
  • proofread more accurately
  • feel more confident when editing and proofreading.

* ATEM has introduced the Priority Place Program for some events, to improve the flexibility and accessibility of courses. These events will run once a minimum number of attendees have registered. You can register your interest for these courses by paying a small holding deposit. Once there are enough registrants, ATEM will schedule the activity and give you a month's notice of the date and venue. Attendees will then be invoiced for the balance of the course fee.

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 2015 training calendar.

LH Martin Institute


Managing Tertiary Education Teaching and Learning
Taught entirely online from 2 March to 1 May 2015 

This online subject provides students with an overview of the key elements of managing effective student learning in tertiary education, including areas such as:

  • international trends in mass-scale, cross-border and online tertiary education
  • new market entrants and new business models in the provision of tertiary study
  • introducing new information and communication technologies to teaching and learning
  • designing and assessing student learning
  • managing student expectations
  • assessing and improving teaching quality
  • internationalising the curriculum.

Institutional Governance in Tertiary Education
Taught entirely online from 2 March to 1 May 2015

This online subject provides students with an overview of the key elements of effective institutional governance in tertiary education, including:

  • the legal basis of the institution and its charter or mission
  • roles and responsibilities of governing bodies and executive officers
  • defining mission, setting strategy, developing policy
  • managing stakeholder relations
  • delegations, decision making and committee processes
  • systems for ensuring legal compliance, financial control and risk identification
  • types of risk such as strategic, financial, compliance, operational, reputational
  • performance information and accountability reporting.

Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)


Workplace Relations Practitioner
Perth: 25 to 26 March 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 is important for staff working at the 'coalface' of university workplace relations.

Topics covered

  • employment law
  • employment contracts
  • policies and procedures
  • employment legislation
  • awards
  • workplace agreements
  • termination of employment

View AHEIA’s 2015 training calendar.

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/.

See some suggested videos below, or 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.

Up and Running with Office 365
Duration: 1 hour and 59 minutes

New to Office 365? David Rivers shows how to set up accounts and team sites, upload and share files, as well as manage mail, contacts and calendars with the Outlook Web App.

The Practicing Photographer
Duration: 6 minutes

Photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration.