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

VIRTUAL Teaching and Learning Forum

Due to the ongoing and uncertain COVID-19 situation, the 2021 Teaching and Learning Forum Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the Teaching and Learning Forum 2021 will be hosted virtually from 28 -29 January 2021.

The Teaching and Learning Forum (TLF) is an annual conference, held in Perth, Western Australia. The inaugural Teaching and Learning Forum was held in 1992 and included the five Western Australian universities. Each year since then, the Forum has continued the tradition of bringing together educators from across the higher education sector to share, challenge and develop their ideas about teaching and learning.

Theme: 30th Anniversary: Pearls of Wisdom

Despite going virtual this year, we are planning an exciting digital conference and look forward to meeting you all online in January 2021. We're celebrating our 30th Anniversary with the theme Pearls of Wisdom and there is no better time to reflect on the learning layered through the years of the TLF. In our 30th year we are seeking to reignite some of the excitement of the early teaching and learning forums and string together pearls of wisdom as we move forward into a new era of education.

Please join us in this inclusive space as we gather together to explore and disseminate Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), build networks and have conversations about the future of higher education.

The TLF committee warmly welcomes everyone involved in higher education teaching to attend. Experienced educators and researchers, early career academics, lecturers, sessional staff, tutors, and students are invited.

Committee Members:

Audrey Geste [email protected] (Edith Cowan University)

Tania Behr [email protected] (Edith Cowan University)

Ainslie Robinson [email protected] (The University of Notre Dame)        

Craig Zimitat [email protected] (Curtin University)

Lisa Cary [email protected] (Curtin University)

Shannon Johnston [email protected] (Murdoch University)

Ellen Greenham [email protected] (Murdoch University)

Mortigou Labunda [email protected] (The University of Western Australia)

Lucy Halsall [email protected] (The University of Western Australia)            

For queries: [email protected]

Events by Evelyn: [email protected]


Keynote Speakers

Thursday 28th January

Emeritus Professor Denise Chalmers                      The University of Western Australia       

Denise Chalmers, Professor Emeritus in the field of higher education teaching and learning at the University of Western Australia, was awarded an OLT National Senior Teaching Fellowship on recognising and rewarding university teaching in 2015 and an Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2014.

She has over 25 years demonstrated leadership in higher education, leading two university Centres of Teaching and Learning as Director and was a Foundation Director of the Carrick Institute (later ALTC) with responsibility for Awards, Fellowships and International Links. She has served as President and Vice President of the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) 2008-2014. She has initiated and led several institutional, national and international initiatives and projects including developing and embedding teaching quality criteria and indicators and promoting the use of teaching and learning performance indicators to guide decision making and resource allocation.

She is an active contributor to the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education through publications, leading successful competitive grants and projects, speaking engagements and working with networks and institutions nationally and internationally. She contributes to the national and international agenda on developing and enhancing teaching and learning and criteria, standards and indicators of quality in higher education.


Friday 29th January

Associate Professor Nicholas McGuigan                Monash University        

Nick is directly involved in applied research, focusing on the enhancement of educational programs of accountants. His research interests include student conceptions of learning, learning technologies, integrated thinking and creativity, innovation, systems design and regenerative economics. Nick has led and/or taken key roles in competitive research funded projects equating to just over one million Australian dollars, including Federal State level grants in both Australia and Germany.

He has received multiple Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards and a Vice Chancellors award for Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Nick has published widely in international accounting and education journals, presented at numerous conferences and been invited to present at research centres and professional organisations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He has held visiting academic positions in Germany, England and New Zealand and been appointed to various American Accounting Association (AAA) committees.

Nick is currently the Co-Chair of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Accounting Education Special Interest Group and is chartering an accounting futures project. Nick is an Associate Editor of Higher Education and Research (HERD) Journal, Issues in Accounting Education and Accounting Education.


Key Dates

Submissions close for abstracts, workshops and posters (EXTENDED)

9 December, 2020

Early bird registration close

8 January, 2021


28 - 29 January, 2021


Call for submissions 

This year there are 4 categories of submissions; Scholarly Teaching presentation, Practice Showcase presentation, Workshop and a Nuts & Bolts session. Please see further information here.

Nuts & Bolts session template and further information here.



The TLF is committed to delivering a virtual event experience that is as compelling and as engaging as ever. With amazing keynote speakers, interactive workshops and a day dedicated to presentations of scholarly teaching and best practice, you will find plenty of ideas, insight and inspiration.

The Forum sessions will be offered live with the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback. Additionally, all participants will have access to the recordings of all sessions for the following week, so you won’t miss out on a minute.

Register HERE.

Early bird


Full registration


Single day registration


Student full registration


Student single day


What does your registration fee cover?

Your registration fee covers the design and set up of this digital forum, organisation and promotional materials as well as cover administrative expenses.

Program will be available here! 

General information

The Virtual TLF 2021 will be conducted through Microsoft Teams.


To be advised.