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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 FREE Teaching and Learning Forum 2021 will be hosted virtually on 28th 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

After an unprecedented year with far-reaching impacts across the higher education sector, and in the spirit of giving back to the community that has supported and built the Western Australian Teaching and Learning Forum over the decades, the TLF organising committee is excited to invite you to join us as we unpack our 30th anniversary theme Pearls of Wisdom and reflect on the learning layered through the years of the TLF.

No payment is required. Register for free though this Eventbrite link to secure your position to attend and receive on-going communication, including a link to the event.

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.

We look forward to meeting you all online on 28th January 2021.

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)        

Lisa Cary [email protected] (Curtin University)

Shannon Johnston [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.


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

9 December, 2020 CLOSED    


28 January, 2021


The TLF is committed to delivering a virtual event experience that is as compelling and as engaging as ever. With amazing keynote speakers and 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. 

Register HERE.

Early bird

$100    FREE          

Full registration

$125    FREE  

Student full registration

$50      FREE

Program available here!

Download  Virtual TLF2021 Program

General information

The Virtual TLF 2021 will be conducted through Microsoft Teams. Registrants will be emailed a link prior to the Forum.