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

WA Teaching and Learning Forum 2019

Theme: Vision & Voice


For queries, please contact Events by Evelyn:
Phone - 0412 864 486
Email - [email protected]

Thursday 31st January to Friday 1st February, 2019.

Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle campus. Building ND4, Corner Cliff & Croke Streets, Fremantle.

About the theme:
The 2019 theme, Vision & Voice is one that hopes both to capture and to inspire ideas about the future of learning and teaching in higher education from an inclusive perspective. It seeks to tap into burgeoning ideas in the sector concerning what sort of future our graduates will face and how this might affect approaches to learning and teaching; how to equip and inspire university educators, and how better to involve (and hear) student voices in university planning and delivery.  Perspectives that might be considered for workshops and presentations might include:  how globalisation is changing the demographic of both academics and students across the sector; the significance of the first year experience in achieving ultimate success; indigenous representation and the power of storytelling to enhance understanding and empower change; new international markets and what this might mean for academic and service delivery; industry and patient perspectives and their impact on teaching; the challenges for leadership to create, guide and implement an effective vision for the future of learning and teaching in WA.  

These suggestions are not exhaustive, and you are invited to think broadly!  Your university representative to the TLF committee would be a great person to use as a sounding board for your ideas, or to provide some early feedback on your proposed presentation. Contact details of committee members are provided below.  Where appropriate, presenters are encouraged to be as interactive and collaborative in their presentations as possible.

Committee Members:

Ainslie Robinson [email protected] (The University of Notre Dame)
Meredith Willmott [email protected] (The University of Notre Dame)
Sophie Benson [email protected]  (The University of Notre Dame)
Clare Alderson [email protected] (The University of Western Australia)
Sarah Veitch [email protected] (Murdoch University)
Audrey GESTE [email protected] (Edith Cowan University)
David McConnell [email protected] (Curtin University)
Evelyn Whitfield (Events by Evelyn - [email protected])


Keynote Speakers

Professor Ian Solomonides is Vice President, Learning and Teaching at Victoria University in Melbourne where he is leading the implementation of a variety of initiatives related to technology enhanced learning and teaching, academic quality assurance, enhancement and management, and access to higher education for a wide range of 21 Century students.

Ian was previously director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at Macquarie University in Sydney and was an executive member and president of the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Developers until April 2016.

Prior to arriving in Australia in 2006, he was program leader for furniture and product design degrees at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

Ian is a qualified and award winning teacher, holds a PhD in engineering education and maintains research interests in higher education - especially student experience and engagement. You can find some of his observations, usually about higher education, on Twitter where he appears as @solfella. More information here.


Associate Professor Jon Yorke is the Academic Registrar and Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Learning and Teaching at Curtin University.

Biography to follow.

Key Dates

Submission of abstracts, workshops and posters - EXTENDED

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Early bird registration close

11 January, 2019


31 Jan-1 Feb, 2019


Please regsiter here.

Early bird


Full registration


Single day registration




Student single day


Call for submissions 

This year there are 4 categories of submissions; presentation, workshop, poster and a Nuts and Bolts session. Please see futher information here.

Nuts & Bolts session template here.

How we're being sustainable

With conference-sized events it's easy, and very common, to have a lot of waste. To help cut back on this waste, we have adopted a new approach in 2019. One refillable TLF water bottle will be offered to each participant and a refill station provided for use throughout the Forum. We will also have the "Guidebook" conference application, again this year to save on printed programs. Another aim is to use sustainable crockery, cutlery and glassware, wherever possible. We have also found that having 'grazing table' at the end of the first day is a great way to reduce the amount of plates being used.

Other suggestions to make this yearly event more sustainable? Please let us know!

Testimonials from the 2018 Forum

The feedback for the 2018 Forum was fantastic overall. Here are a few comments from some 2018 attendees.

"Fun and informative conference with like-minded people!"

"A great way to hear what other people are doing and find time to think about SoTL."

"Worthwhile use of my time; culture of collegiality; key note was brilliant; welcome to country was fantastic; catering was excellent."

"As a Teaching Academic, I thoroughly enjoy attending the T&L forum, as it helps me to develop my career as a TA in Scholarship of teaching."

"Very welcoming, open environment where people with passion for teaching and their students come together to discuss hot topics of the era."

"Great to be at NDU at last - excellent forum!"


We'd like to thank our sponsors for their contributions and commitment to the WA Teaching and Learning Forum.