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Events and News

Digital Learning Week

For two weeks in March, UniSA hosted some of the world’s leading researchers in digital learning and learning analytics. There was a range of exciting events including lectures, panels, workshops, learning café’s and the return of the very popular teaching and learning breakfast series.

It truly was a unique chance to engage with a renowned group of leaders in the field of digital learning in higher education.  You  can continue to learn from these experts and their research, experience and thoughts. Every event was recorded and these are available from the Digital Learning Week website.

To get you re-acquainted here are three keynote presentations.


Associate Professor Carolyn Rosé: From Data to Support of Social Interaction for Learning in MOOCs, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

Professor Dragan Gasevic: Technologies to support self-directed learning through social interaction, University of Edinburgh

Professor George Siemens: The future of learning: Digital, distributed and data-driven, University of Texas Arlington

Teaching Awards & Career Development

SANTPEN is the ‘Promoting Excellence Network’ for tertiary institutions in South Australia and Northern Territory. It is funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) and offers activities in relation to OLT programs (e.g. teaching awards, grants, fellowships).

On Tuesday 17 May 2016, SANTPEN will run a 3hr workshop on ‘teaching awards and career development’ and you’re invited to attend.The workshop will outline the different sorts of university and national awards on offer and then focus on the key elements of developing robust, competitive applications.

The guest speaker is Dr Peter Denney, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, who is a recipient of Griffith and OLT citations and awards for teaching excellence. Peter’s experience will be invaluable when it comes to your own thinking about teaching awards and career development.

Places are limited and the event is open to all SA institutions. Coffee will be served from 8:40-9:00am with a light lunch from 12:00-12:30pm.

For more information contact Dr. Gavin Sanderson or you can register here

Teaching & Learning Events

Learning Café

Learning Breakfasts

Learning Webinars

Learning cafe

The Learning Cafés are a great way to get hands-on with emerging technology, and grab a free coffee at the same time.

Held in the Aroma Café you can actually see the technology in action and talk to us and your colleagues about how it might be used in teaching.

There is no need to register, just come along and discover the future. (But don't forget to add the dates to your calendar).

Date to be advised The next Learning Café will be at City West. Date and time will be announced soon.

Learning breakfasts

Once again the Learning Breakfasts will feature local, national and international speakers; thought-leaders and expert practitioners in innovative teaching.

Learning Breakfasts will be conducted in new collaborative teaching spaces; but, these events can also be attended via virtual classroom, and they're recorded.

TBA Zac Woolfitt (Inholland University of Applied Sciences),Video Teaching: An essential skill for lecturers in the 21st century.Registration details coming soon.


26 May The Teaching Innovation Unit’s Language and Literacy Team present What are digital Literacies in Higher Education?Registration details coming soon.

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Throughout the year we will host online webinars which you can attend from anywhere with an internet connection. Most weeks, these webinars will be on a Friday 12-1pm, although check the schedule to find out all the dates and the topics. There is no need to register, you can simply join via the link below.

Link to join the Webinars

Instructions to get you connected (PDF 630kb opens in new window).

Upcoming webinars:

6 May

Introduction to virtual classroom 


13 MayCourse design tips 


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Technology training 

Need help with learnonline? Here are three options, in order of urgency:

learnonline training

TELE sessions

Digital Toolbox

Staff training on computers

learnonline sessions are designed to meet the needs of staff who are new to learnonline teaching and learning systems, as well as seasoned users who want to incorporate other learnonline applications into their course delivery.

Training sessions include:

  • Designing your course site;
  • Types and uses of activities and resources;
  • Assessment and marking;
  • Multimedia development;
  • Virtual classroom, ePortfolio and other tools.

See the full list of sessions, times and to register

TELE (Technology Enhanced Learning Experimental) sessions profile new technologies and provide anMan holding futuristic phone opportunity to experiment. The TEL team don't have all the answers; but, will facilitate sessions to provoke thought and promote conversation. Each session will include afternoon tea so registration is essential to assist with catering.

TELE sessions include:

  • Video editing and animation;
  • Virtual reality;
  • Classroom response systems;
  • Broadcast applications;
  • Alternative tools for content creation;

TELE sessions will be hosted in the TEL suite JS6-15.  See the full list of sessions, times and to register

This is about all that technology out there that isn't part of UniSA's learnonline suite. Some tools and apps are excellent, some are really bad. 

In the Digital Toolbox we look at a variety of tools and apps and let you know which ones we think might be useful.  The Toolbox includes things like:

  • Social media learning;
  • Privacy and security;
  • New apps and tools for learning
  • Time savers
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You might like to visit us in the TEL Suite at JSB 6-15 and we can show you what's available.

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Higher Education news



Where to find the latest news.


Universities Australia

Times Higher Education news

The Australian Higher Education

Grattan Institute

Campus Morning Mail


Inside Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education


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Recorded events 

If you can't attend a Teaching Innovation event, don't worry because we have recorded all of them.

> View the recordings

And remember to check out the recordings from this year's Digital Learning Week