Learning and Teaching

Second Wednesday: Creating Engaging Learning & Teaching in the Digital Age

The Second Wednesday events include lively debate, presentations, short interactive talks and panels which focus upon how learning and teaching is changing in light of digital technologies. The events bring together external speakers and Murdoch University colleagues to share, discuss and debate learning and teaching issues, challenges and trends.

Check the calendar for the latest schedule of Second Wednesday events.

Second Wednesday WA University Learning and Teaching Summit

Wed 14th October, ECL 2.031

The event will focus upon discussion around the future of learning and the role that blended and online learning plays in the education landscape. Will all learning be online in the future or will face to face learning still be valued in 2020?


Event schedule:

12-12.30pm Lunch and Networking
12.30-1.30pm Panel presentations
1.30-2pm Q&A session with audience

All are welcome for this special event, the last in the Second Wednesday 2015 season. The event will be particularly interesting for academic and professional staff, researchers and students, business and community representatives.

Past Events

‘How can we use social software and digital culture to inform our practices?’

Wed 12th August, ECL 2.031

As part of the continuing conversation in support of learning and teaching at Murdoch the next Second Wednesday event will be held in August. The event is entitled, ‘How can we use social software and digital culture to inform our practices?’ and aims to explore how social media and digital content are changing the expectations of our students and changing the way we teach. Speakers from industry and from the university sector as well as students will be invited to present to the community.

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Learning Spaces in the Digital Age

Wed 10th June, ECL 2.031

Speakers include: Steve Dickson (Senior Executive Director, Murdoch), Lucas Pevy (Learning Technologies Manager, Pearson).

Where we teach and learn can have a significant impact upon our student experience. In general the use of our spaces is moving away from large lectures towards smaller group work, team teaching and activity led learning. To support this, the university has a vision to upgrade our spaces, providing more flexible reconfigurable spaces for our teaching. We also have a commitment in our strategy Changing Minds and Lives to improving the quality of our digital spaces including upgrading our learning management system and providing more opportunities for educational technology support and training.

This event will discuss our physical and digital spaces and to outline our vision for the future learning spaces at Murdoch University.

How Do We Retain our Students in the Digital Age?

Wed 13th May, ECL 2.031

Speakers include: Dr Chris Creagh, Dr Peter Irwin (Curtin University), Dr Raphael Pereira (Curtin University), Tim Martin (Student Services: Murdoch University) and Rachel Esler (Student Advisor: Murdoch University)

Retention is an annual theme for Murdoch University, and this event will ignite debate and discussion around this theme in terms of challenges and opportunities.

The event will explore our newly developed retention strategy, the role of student support, the efficacy of PASS programmes for student support and signal new strategies for engagement. The debate will be chaired by Prof Sara de Freitas and aims to bring together students and staff to explore how we can better support an enriched student experience. We will explore themes of ‘students as partners in learning’ and learning analytics as new approaches for engaging our students.