PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

These Professional Development opportunities will be held Tuesday 3rd December prior to the Welcome Reception and are an additional cost to attend.  Please book during registration. Non-Delegates are welcome to attend.

WORKSHOP ONE

National Code Tutorial Workshop

Presenter: Dr Paula Durance  

Costs

  • $190 Members (Attending the conference)
  • $300 Non-members (Attending the conference)
  • $230 Members
  • $350 Non-members

Where: Bayview Eden, Melbourne

When: 0900-1200, Tuesday 3 December 2019

Overview:

Education institutions enrolling international students have responsibilities for the welfare and support for their students, as well as for a number of third parties. Professional staff, community groups and related organisations who work with international students therefore need to be familiar to some degree with ESOS and the National Code 2018. The Code now has an accompanying instructional tool, the National Code Tutorial (NCT), developed by ISANA and International Education Knowledgebase during 2019. The NCT project was funded through the Australian Government’s Enabling Growth and Innovation Grants.

The session will provide:

  • An overview of the National Code
  • A discussion of some of the common issues that challenge practitioners when working with the Code.
  • An opportunity for participants to share their experiences and good practice applications of National Code requirements
  • A facilitated guide through the online NCT and time to complete assessment tasks

The workshop is intended for professional practitioners who would like an introduction to the National Code and its application to international student welfare and to students as consumers.

Please bring your laptop to this session.


Facilitator Biography:

Paula Durance is founder and Director of International Education Knowledgebase, an online repository of resources and advisory services for international education professionals. She is consultant and content developer in collaboration with ISANA for the Australian Government funded National Code Tutorial. Paula was ISANA National President from 2003-2006 and is a life member. Her doctoral research focused on the experiences of international students in Melbourne.

WORKSHOP TWO

Accommodation Workshop:  Pitfalls and practicalities

Presenter: Molly Bonnefin & Ben McCarthy

Costs

  • $150 Members (Attending the conference)
  • $200 Non-members (Attending the conference)
  • $200 Members
  • $250 Non-members

Where: Bayview Eden, Melbourne

When: 0900-1200, Tuesday 3 December 2019

Overview

Settling into appropriate accommodation is a major challenge and can make the difference between well-adjusted students or those who start off on the wrong foot and struggle to catch up.  This workshop will cover issues in supporting students and our practices including:

  • Rights and issues of students as consumers
  • Obligations of providers under the National Code and local legislation
  • Identify best practice approaches to supporting students and opportunities to meet student needs
  • Identify how to support ourselves as advisers through state and federal resources and networks

Who will benefit from this workshop:

  • Accommodation advisers
  • Student support staff

Facilitator Biography:

Molly’s special interests are in the fields of under age students, accommodation and assisting international students to integrate into life and study in Australia.  In her 17 years at Monash College, she led teams of advisers who provided engagement, activities and accommodation support to all students and guardianship to under age students.  Her experience includes 13 years of administrative and student recruitment experience at Chisholm Institute.  From 2009 to 2014 Molly chaired the ISANA Special Interest Group in Pre-Tertiary Students and Accommodation and since 2016 has been ISANA National Treasurer.

Ben has over 15 years’ experience working with students regarding housing, wellbeing and financial issues at the University of Melbourne and has a special interest in transitional issues students face when leaving home, particularly factors that affect student retention. Ben has long had a passion for tenants’ rights, having previously worked as a caseworker at Tenants Victoria for eight years, and was a presenter and part of the organising committee for the inaugural ISANA housing symposium.

WORKSHOP THREE

Foundations of International Student Advising 

Presenter: Mary Ann Seow

Costs

  • $150 Members (Attending the conference)
  • $200 Non-members (Attending the conference)
  • $200 Members
  • $250 Non-members

Where: Bayview Eden, Melbourne

When: 1300-1600, Tuesday 3 December 2019

Overview

While the growth of international education and international student enrolments has changed the way we provide services to students over the past decade, the principles of effective and accurate student advising remain key to successful student experiences. This session will outline the fundamental elements of effective student advising, and the required knowledge and skills to:

  • Successfully support students
  • Develop and deliver support programs and information
  • Seek out productive networks, and
  • Locate sources of information for professional development.

Areas covered will include working with culturally diverse student cohorts, the role of student advising in dealing with issues and critical incidents, meeting legislative requirements under the National Code, working effectively in the organisation and cultivating volunteer teams. The workshop draws on a number of case studies for participants to analyse and problem-solve. It is suitable for specialised advisers, teachers, administrators and other professional staff who work directly with international students. It is most suitable for people who have fewer than three years experience in international education. Some of the material used in this workshop was developed by Professional International Education Resources. 


Facilitator Biography:

Mary Ann Seow is the Immediate Past National President of the ISANA International Education Association. She served as National President for two terms from 2014- 2017 and has been actively involved in international education in Australia for over 15 years. Mary Ann provides consulting and professional training for the international education sector. Her passion lies in working in the international education sector and collaborating with agencies, student groups and peers to assist and support international students and to advance research and standards in international education.

WORKSHOP FOUR

Complying with the Code: Accommodation for younger overseas students

Presenter: Molly Bonnefin

Costs

  • $150 Members (Attending the conference)
  • $200 Non-members (Attending the conference)
  • $200 Members
  • $250 Non-members

Where: Bayview Eden, Melbourne

When: 1300-1600, Tuesday 3 December 2019

Overview

Ensuring that minors are appropriately accommodated requires a solid understanding of Standard 5 of the National Code and how it applies to your organisation.

This workshop will cover

  • responsibilities of providers in developing policies and procedures for selecting and monitoring third party providers such as purpose built student accommodation, Homestay, student hostels.
  • best practice approaches to the practicalities of meeting provider obligations in protecting student welfare at their accommodation
  • insights into what State tenancy laws may be relevant to Under 18s as minors

Who will benefit from this workshop:

  • Staff responsible for under age students
  • Accommodation advisers

Facilitator Biography:

Molly’s special interests are in the fields of under age students, accommodation and assisting international students to integrate into life and study in Australia.  In her 17 years at Monash College, she led teams of advisers who provided engagement, activities and accommodation support to all students and guardianship to under age students.  Her experience includes 13 years of administrative and student recruitment experience at Chisholm Institute.  From 2009 to 2014 Molly chaired the ISANA Special Interest Group in Pre-Tertiary Students and Accommodation and since 2016 has been ISANA National Treasurer.

Patrick Ashe has managed the Monash College Guardianship Service since 2016, and is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs designed to assist under 18 students from pre-arrival to turning 18. Encompassing operations oversight, strategic planning, retention and transition planning and critical incident management, Patrick leads a team that has provided guardianship services to almost 3000 students.  Patrick also manages the Monash College Student Engagement team which focuses on providing students with a sense of connectedness and opportunities to develop their social capital through a wide range of events and activities to help them transition to Monash University.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education. For more information, please visit the ISANA website.

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