WCLA 2019 Symposium


The Spot, Level 2 Multipurpose Room (Room Number 2.002)


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The WCLA will run its annual symposium on Tuesday 8th October from 9.30am to 3pm. The theme is “Engaging academics and students in improving teaching and learning in business education”. The symposium will address the challenges in changing teaching practice to deliver flexible and high quality learning experiences. It aims to provide meaningful discussions about initiatives targeted at improving the student and teacher experience, such as experiential learning (including work-integrated learning); pursuing innovations in assessment; using new technologies and Canvas. Our keynote and workshop will be delivered by Dr Cigdem Talgar (Associate Vice Provost), Northeastern University. This year’s symposium will include a panel debate on the topic “Students are our customers. We should customise our teaching around student needs”, and also feature some of our academics leading the way in teaching in FBE.

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Keynote Presentation:

Experiential Learning at Scale:  Preparing Learners for a World of Constant Change  (Dr Cigdem Talgar, Northeastern University)

The world that our learners will be landing in upon graduation is rapidly changing, creating a need to rethink how we engage them with learning while they are at university. At Northeastern University in the United States, we are approaching this challenge by advancing our signature experiential learning model in a way that treats all experiences our learners might be having as key learning opportunities. In doing so, we have created SAIL, the Self-Authored Integrated Learning Platform, a learning environment throughout the entire institution that mimics learning in the real-world, where learning happens everywhere.  The goal being the development of flexible and agile learners who can meet the demands of constantly changing world.  Introducing this change has had meaningful implications for academics, learners, alumni and for staff who engage as educators, all of whom are key members of a learning network at the university.  This talk will reveal insights gained from such an institutional effort as well as key directions we hope to take this approach to learning.

Symposium Workshop:

Experiential Learning in Practice (Dr Cigdem Talgar, Northeastern University)

Research in the learning sciences and beyond speak to the value of experiential learning in creating a lasting impact for learners. This impact includes both the disciplinary skills as well as the key 21st century skills that learners need for success in the fields they have chosen to follow.  However, teaching from an experiential mindset requires that we think differently about the learning environments that we create for our learners, including the way we frame the knowledge structures we engage them with and the ways in which we provide feedback.  During this workshop, we will take a hands-on approach to integrating experiential learning into your teaching, from considering the entire learning landscape you offer your learners to micro-experiences that you can provide for them.

Key Note Speaker Bio:

Dr Cigdem Talgar, Northeastern University

Dr. Cigdem Talgar is Associate Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at Northeastern University in the Boston, Massachusetts. A cognitive psychologist by training, her areas of expertise are in attentional processes in teaching and learning, experiential learning and educational innovation to support robust learning environments. Dr. Talgar has published on topics around high impact learning practices such as reflection, self-authorship, self-directed learning, and inquiry-based learning. At Northeastern, Dr. Talgar leads the Self-Authored Integrated Learning Initiative, an institution-wide effort to better prepare learners for a world of change augmented by artificial intelligence. Prior to her new role at Northeastern, she has been responsible for faculty development, assessment and research into experiential learning through the development and direction of the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, the Academic Assessment Group, and the Research Institute for Experiential Learning Science.

Presentators: Experiential and innovative practices

Sean Pinder

Sean is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Head of the Department of Finance. His journey as an academic has seen him evolve from a vibrant young academic, confident in his teaching to a middle-aged man trying to reconcile his personal teaching objectives with what students say they want. Sean has a long history of involvement with on-line learning having co-developed (with Professor Paul Kofman) the Essentials of Corporate Finance Specialisation, a series of five Massive Open Online Courses that were established in partnership with financial services firm BNY Mellon and offered via the Coursera platform. Over 150,000 students from around the world have enrolled in the specialisation.

Dr Charles Sevigny

Dr Charles Sevigny is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiology and the Director of Digital Learning for the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Melbourne. After completing his PhD in functional neuroanatomy in the Department of Physiology at UoM in 2012, he became a teaching specialist with a focus on technology-enabled active and blended learning. In 2018 he launched the Virtual Reality Learning studio, developing VR applications for Biomedical Science education and deploying them to cohorts of over 1200 students. He now oversees the Digital Learning Hub in the School of Biomedical Sciences which uses technology to enhance learning and collaboration, with a focus on enabling digital fluency. In 2014, he was voted “Lecturer of the Year” by students at the University of Melbourne and in 2017, won the University’s David White Award for Teaching Excellence.

Sharon Soltys

Sharon Soltys is currently the post-graduate Work-Integrated Learning Lecturer at Melbourne Business School in the Faculty of Business and Economics. She is responsible for post-graduate experiential learning subjects including domestic and global business practicums and for-credit internships. Prior to this she was a lecturer in the Department of Accounting with teaching experience spanning a range of subjects in management accounting and control across undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Prior to commencing an academic career, Sharon worked as a financial accountant for TEAC Australia, Financial Controller with The Modern Group, as well as other organisations including Qantas and Victoria Police.