This year Curtin University’s annual celebration of learning and teaching will focus on the evolving nature of education in the online space.

Join us for a fully-online experience of free seminars, demonstrations and workshops, where the leaders and innovators of learning and teaching will share their expertise.

To Register

Live, interactive sessions will be held online using Blackboard Collaborate. Check the program for more info.

All participants can register through EventBrite:

Curtin Staff can self-register into the Blackboard Organisation: Festival of Learning 2020


Please check back regularly for updates!

Contact us

Please direct your queries to or to 9266 4296.

Festival of Learning archive

Browse the programs and speakers of previous festivals.





The Festival of Learning was held from the 4-8 November 2019. Each Faculty was given an allocated time and day to showcase their area’s contributions to the theme of “Innovation and Excellence,” including our Global campuses who joined us via live streaming.


The festival culminated in a dinner and award ceremony with keynote speaker Mr Neil Kavanagh, Chief Scientist of Woodside Energy, and the VC Prof. Deborah Terry.


Congratulations to the following recipients:

Curtin Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Dr Magdy Elnashar, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Dr Billy Sung, School of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Law
Dr Joel Howell, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences

Curtin Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Mrs Kate Duncanson, School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology
Dr Sukanta Roy, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin Malaysia

Curtin Academy Fellow – New Inductee

Dr Janie Brown, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine



2018 Festival of Learning program [.pdf 234KB]


Keynote speakers were invited to lead proceedings on the opening day (Monday 5 November), followed by parallel conference-style sessions on related topics:

  • Monday 5 November 2018 Morning Plenary Session: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into the Curriculum. Presented by Associate Professor Peter Anderson, Director, Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit, Queensland University of Technology
  • Monday 5 November 2018 Afternoon Plenary Session: Developing an industry supported micro-credentialing framework. Presented by Dr Darien Rossiter, Principal Advisor to the DVC Education, RMIT

Dr Darien Rossiter’s biography below.

Darien Rossiter is Principal Advisor to RMIT University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Vice-President. She leads the new University-wide micro-credentialing program aimed at improving learners’ employability, career outcomes and life skills.

With extensive experience and insights in complex organisational contexts, including higher education vocational and defence training environments, she has successfully managed leading change initiatives delivering “whole-of-business” programs in the design, development and delivery of online education and learner support.

Darien’s involvement in the ecosystem of digital credentials and micro-credentialing has put her at the forefront of global thinking to align innovative learning design, key industry expertise and an integrated technology approach.

Darien has published widely and presented at a number of international conferences in Australia and abroad and in 2018 was appointed as a member of the ICDE Working Group on the Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials.

Associate Professor Peter Anderson’s biography below.

Associate Professor Peter J. Anderson is from the Walpiri and Murinpatha First Nations in the Northern Territory. He is currently both the Director of the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit at Queensland University of Technology and National Indigenous Research Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). His research theorises the understandings of the organisational value of academic freedom in Australian universities and also more broadly in the polar south. His research spans the areas of organisational leadership, Indigenous peoples’ education, and teacher and academic professional development.


Join Faculty and campus-led sessions throughout the week i.e.

  • Tue 6 November: 12 to 3pm | Faculty of Business and Law and Curtin Malaysia
  • Wed 7 November: 2 to 4pm | Faculty of Humanities and Curtin Mauritius
  • Thu 8 November: 2 to 4pm | Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Faculty of Science and Engineering and Curtin Dubai
  • Fri 9 November: 12 to 2pm | Faculty of Health and Curtin Singapore

Recipients of 2018 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards, Curtin Awards for Higher Degree by Research Supervision, HEA Fellowships and new Curtin Academy Fellows will be recognised at the Curtin Awards and Fellowship Ceremony to be held on Monday 5 November 2018.



View the 2017 program [.pdf]


The 2017 Festival of Learning took place from Monday 6 November to Friday 10 November. The theme for this year’s festival was 50 Years of Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

The Festival of Learning brought together experts in higher education, industry personnel, alumni, students and Curtin staff from all campuses. The week was be filled with activities and opportunities to learn about innovations in learning and teaching including:

  • Keynote presentations from Associate Professor Matt Bower from Macquarie University on Learning for the future
  • Beauty and the brutalist – visual storytelling
  • A teaching hackathon
  • Live case teachings
  • Indigenous innovations in teaching

A special event was held on the Friday to recognise and celebrate the 2017 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching award and citation winners and Curtin Academy Fellows.



View the 2016 program [.pdf 652kb]


The 2016 Festival of Learning was held over three days, Wednesday to Friday 4-6 May. The Festival commenced with an opening event in the Engineering Pavilion, attended by approximately 80 people, and provided an opportunity for staff and students to ‘experience’ first hand, some of the amazing tools that are available to enhance the learning experience.

Our guest speaker Wayne Mackintosh, Director of the Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation and the UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER, visiting from New Zealand, provided the plenary session kicking off the 37 sessions attended by 561 staff across the 3 days. The Festival celebrations concluded with the presentation, by the Vice-Chancellor, of 12 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) awards and citations, and official close of the Festival. Overall, 705 people participated in one or more of the Festival activities.



View the 2015 program [.pdf 1MB]


The 2015 Festival of Learning was a huge success with more than 130 activities held over five days across the Bentley campus. The week opened with a sausage sizzle in Wesfarmers Court and finished with the presentation of the Curtin Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching at the John Curtin Gallery on the Friday afternoon. In between staff and students met in both formal and informal settings to discuss the Curtin learning experience, and share ideas and experiences.

Favourite Festival Moments

The winner of our ‘Favourite Festival Moments’ competition with 23 entries in total is Ms Dorcas Chis from Legal and Compliance Services for this picture of the Oculus Rift demonstrations held at the HIVE during the Festival. The prize for the Favourite Festival Moments competition was 16G iPad Mini and $20 iTunes voucher.



Media downloads

Festival program:

Festival speeches:

Launch speeches

Festival of Learning launch speech by Curtin University Vice Chancellor Professor Debbie Terry
Curtin University announced plans to reach one million learners globally by 2017 through redesigning the way it delivers education. The official launch of Curtin’s Learning for Tomorrow strategy was held on 12 March 2014. In this video Vice Chancellor Professor Debbie Terry explains the University-wide strategy.

View Vice Chancellor Professor Debbie Terry’s speech [.pdf 62kB]

Festival of Learning media launch speech by Deputy Vice Chancellor Education Professor Jill Downie
Learning at Curtin University is on “your terms”! Personal, collaborative, innovative, richly interactive, flexible and, above all, global. This is Learning for Tomorrow at Curtin. This is the transformative approach to learning and teaching that will cement Curtin’s reputation as a recognised international leader in education.

View Deputy Vice Chancellor Education Professor Jill Downie’s speech [.pdf 51kB]

Industry speeches
Former student speeches

The Festival of Learning:

Festival of Learning 2014 highlights
Curtin University held a Festival of Learning, 10-12 March 2014, to showcase innovation in teaching and learning and officially announce its plans to reach one million global learners by 2017. See highlights of the hands-on expo in the Guild Courtyard.

Three dimensional gaming in education
Curtin Business School lecturer Torsten Reiners demonstrated his work with 3D virtual worlds as part of Curtin University’s Festival of Learning in March 2014. This technology has applications in all areas of education and will be invaluable in Curtin’s plans to make its educational expertise available to students anywhere in the world.

Festival materials: