These Professional Development opportunities will be held Thursday 19th November and Friday 20th November are an additional cost to attend. Please book during registration.
Presenter: Professor James Arvanitakis
When: 1030-1130 AEDT, Thursday 19 November 2020
The move to online education during the pandemic challenged much of what we do as educators. In this workshop, we will discuss how to move from a sense of ‘just getting it done’ to an experience of empowerment. As part of this session, please have with you a subject outline/learning guide/curriculum outline to workshop and discuss.
Professor James Arvanitakis (PhD) the Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Western Sydney University. He is also a lecturer in the Humanities and a member of Western Sydney University’s Institute for Cultural and Society, having recently spent 12 months at the University of Wyoming as the Milward L Simpson Fulbright Fellow.
In 2015, James founded The Academy at Western Sydney University – an Honours College – that received an Australian Financial Review Higher
Education Excellence Award (2016). In 2016, he established Western’s Graduate Research School and was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) 2018-20.
James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching, receiving the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award (2012) and names an Eminent Researcher by the Australia India Education Council (2015).
James is an Honorary Fellow at the Australian India Institute since 2016. He has over 100 publications and his latest book is Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in India and Australia (2019). He is a regular media commentator often seen on the Drum and News24.
Presenter: Associate Professor Shanton Chang
When: 1300-1430 AEDT, Friday 20 November 2020
With much of the education moving online, there is now a ‘digital campus’ in play where students interact with each other and with staff, seek out or encounter crucial information while living at home. Yet, not much is well known about the diversity of the digital experiences of our international students. This workshop seeks to explore some of the concepts around these digital experiences and invites participants to think about their practice and online engagement with students.
Associate Professor Shanton Chang is Associate Dean (International) at the Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne. He was a past Vice-President (PD) of ISANA and has previously convened 4 ISANA National Conferences. He was also a co-chair of the Internationalisation of Curriculum Special Interest Group of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) between 2013-2015.
He has received a number of awards including a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2011 for “Excellence in providing students with cross-cultural learning experiences through internationalised curricula that builds cultural awareness and promotes peer-learning among students from diverse backgrounds”. He also received the IDP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian International Education in 2000, and has been an ISANA Life Member since 2015.
In 2016, he co-founded the Victorian Working Group on International Student Employability (VicWISE). He has been involved in building the internship program at the university, mentoring students, and engaging with industry partners to enable positive graduate outcomes for students. He continues to keep in touch with industry partners and alumni, to understand the needs and expectations of employers. He has spoken publicly at many forums on International Student employability.
He is also a researcher on the information behaviours and needs of international students, and on teaching and learning across cultures. He has been invited to present on these topics at multiple forums in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. He has numerous publications in this field including the latest co-edited book – “Digital Experiences of International Students: Challenging Assumptions and Re-thinking Engagement”.