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Facilitating sustainable, long-term enhancement of learning and teaching in WA universities.

Teaching and Learning Forum 2015

Theme: Teaching and Learning Uncapped

The Teaching and Learning Forum is an annual conference, held in Perth, Western Australia initiated in 1992. The 2015 Teaching and Learning Forum, the 24th year of the Forum, continues the tradition of bringing together educators from Western Australian universities and colleges and beyond to discuss, share, and develop their ideas on issues confronting teaching and learning in the Higher Education sector.

This 2015 Forum encourages conversations on teaching and learning to continue but with an emphasis on the theme of “Teaching and Learning Uncapped” to reflect the implications of the national political and social agendas, as well as the possibilities afforded by educational technologies and innovative teaching and learning practices.  The importance of such conversations at the local, national and international level is heightened not only by the global competition, but as well the innovative ways by which courses are delivered to students across the globe.  It is therefore imperative for teachers to uncap their classrooms and their teaching to embrace the opportunities and challenges that face us with a future of uncapped student numbers and fees. 

The 2015 Forum is being hosted at The University of Western Australia from the 29-30 January 2015. Forum delegates will have the opportunity to attend paper sessions and participate in workshops on learning and teaching issues and to reflect on their professional practice.  Teachers in tertiary education, early career, casual, sessional and part-time staff as well as students are strongly encouraged to attend.

We look forward to meeting you at the University of Western Australia.

Key Dates

Submission of papers for review NOW CLOSED
Submission of abstracts and workshops NOW CLOSED
Early-bird registration NOW CLOSED
Forum 29-30 Jan

Program Outline

Thursday 29 January

Registrations 8.15am-8.45am
Plenary Session 8.45am
Parallel Sessions 11.00am
Sundowner 5.30pm

Friday 30 January     

Registrations 8.15am-8.45am
Plenary Session 8.45am
Parallel Sessions 10.00am
Close 5.30pm

Abstracts and timetable

Timetable (pdf also available)

Registration- NOW OPEN

Registration is provided by Conference Online. The online registration form enables you to make individual or a group booking of up to 5 people. For group bookings, please be aware that the invoice will be sent to the first person registered in that group.

Payment is by credit card ONLY. Click here to register.

Please note registrations will NOT be available at the Forum.

If you have any queries about registration, please contact Rebecca Stuart-Coombe.

Early bird registration NOW CLOSED.

Registration closes 28 January 2015, however places are limited so we encourage you to register early.
Registration Options Early Bird Registration -NOW CLOSED     $265
Full registration     $325
Day registration     $205
Full student registration     $140
Day student registration     $70


The University Club of Western Australia
Hackett Drive
Entrance #1
Carpark #3

Please be aware parking places are available on a "first come first serve basis" in student parking bays, as indicated by the yellow signs, and is free in these bays.The closest yellow bays to the University Club are P1, P4, P39 and The Boatshed P38 located on the corner of Stirling Highway and Mounts Bay Road . For all other bays please pay appropriate fee. Please plan your trip to avoid disappointment.

Keynote Speakers

The Teaching and Learning Forum Committee 2015 is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Brett Freudenberg from Griffith University (Australia) will be giving the keynote address on Day One of this year's Forum. Brett’s expertise is evidenced by a Fulbright scholarship (2006), as well as over 40 refereed publications involving scholarship of learning and teaching, international comparative law and the taxation of business forms. The quality of Brett’s research is represented in 15 articles published in A rank journals. Brett’s effectiveness as a teacher has been recognised through five national awards (including the award of two Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citations: 2008 & 2011, and the Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) award for Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration). He is also a meticulous and rigorous scholar in learning and teaching with numerous refereed publications in the areas of work-integrated learning (WIL), self-efficacy, generic capabilities and information literacy.

In 2009 Brett was invited to present his PhD research findings to the Australian Treasury as part of the Henry Tax Review. Also his PhD was awarded the CCH-ATTA Doctoral Prize which saw it published as a book in 2011: Tax Flow-Through Companies. He has also successfully conducted research grants for CPA Australia and Arts Qld.

The Teaching and Learning Forum Committee of 2015 is pleased to announce that Professor Deborah Terry Vice Chancellor of Curtin University will be the keynote speaker on Day Two of the 2015 Forum, Friday 30 January. Professor Terry is Vice-Chancellor and President, Curtin University, a position she took up in February 2014.  Prior to this appointment she was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Queensland (UQ) and held a number of senior positions at UQ from 2000 to 2013.

Professor Terry is a graduate of Australian National University and has a PhD in psychology. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and is currently President of ASSA and Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies. She also sits on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Office of Teaching & Learning, Department of Education, is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychology, and previous Chair of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

Call for Papers-NOW CLOSED


Applications are invited for travel subsidies (maximum of $500) to present a paper at the upcoming Teaching and Learning Forum being held at UWA on 29-30 January 2015.

A major criterion is the expectation that you will disseminate to others in your region.  Staff who are members of an OLT-funded project will not be eligible as travel funds should be covered within the dissemination budgets of such projects.

Proposals should cover the following and not exceed 1.5 pages.

  • Your name, contact details and university;
  • The title and abstract of your paper;
  • Estimated cost for your return trip or partial claim of flight costs;
  • A short outline of how you would further disseminate issues raised at the event with staff in your regional area;
  • Signature of Head of School or School Dean and the applicant.
  • Send proposal to Rebecca Stuart-Coombe ([email protected]), WAND Project Committee.

Previous Teaching and Learning Forums

For information, abstracts and papers from all previous forums please see the Teaching and Learning Forum archives.

We are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2015 Teaching and Learning Forum;




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