Thank you for attending sessions

Thank you

Many thanks to all who participated in the 2019 Festival of Learning.

Recordings of sessions (where available) are linked below. Other resources are available on request.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact Emma Barwick

Festival of Learning 2019

Festival of Learning Award Ceremony and Dinner

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

Highlights from the Festival

Opening Address, Welcome to Country, Panel: Global Mobility and Learning Innovation

Monday 4th November, 8.45am – 10.30am, Council Chamber

Welcome to Country: Anthony Kickett, Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Opening Address and Welcome: Professor Jill Downie, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic

Panel – Global Mobility and Learning Innovation: Ms Barbara Lung, Director, Curtin International; Associate Professor Khoa Do, School of Design and the Built Environment; Mrs Hannah Wilkinson, Director, Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Law; Ms Jane Grono, Manager, Student Mobility.

"Queering the Curriculum: Practical Curriculum Queering in the Tertiary Context"

Tuesday 5 November, 1.30 to 2.15pm. 501.201

Presented by Dr Bri Mckenzie:

A growing proportion of students in our education systems identify as same-sex attracted, intersex or gender diverse but very few have experienced educational approaches and content that are inclusive of their lived experience. Within this context, educators internationally have recognised the need to ‘queer curriculum’ in order to make our pedagogical approaches more inclusive.

In this interactive session I will share what I have learned through the process of queering Curtin’s History program and provide practical advice on how to bring queer pedagogical approaches to teaching in the tertiary context. This will be a workshop style session ideal for those who want to get started with curriculum queering or for those already implementing queer approaches who are willing to share their experiences in the interests of mutual learning.

 "From time to time: synchronous and Asynchronous - Enhancing feedback in (Architectural) Design"

Tuesday 5 November, 2.15-3.15pm, 501.201

As part of the Faculty of Humanities presentations, Francesco Mancini and Tanja Glusac (with Steven Feast and Elizabeth Strauss for part 2).

This presentation focuses on two technology-based strategies to enhance students’ feedback and participation in Architecture Design classes.

Part 1 – The first case (Master, face to face mode) integrates the use of distributed learning spaces and technologies with experiential learning (learning through making) to provide Architecture Design students with effective formative feedback in real time within a visually stimulating learning environment. The traditional “desk critique” process, typical of traditional one to one teaching in Studio model, is enhanced and expanded through the use of digital tools allowing the whole cohort to actively participate in weekly presentations and review of their work. The visual feedback is then recorded and sent to students for reflective practice and action.

Part 2 – The second case takes advantage of the integration of social media which support visuals within traditional Blackboard. Friendly renamed as ePinup, the application Social Buddy allows to create closed groups where students can upload their work to date and get formative feedback from both staff and peers. Epinup has been tested on mobile platforms and has proven to be an excellent real-time feedback device, which allows peer review in a highly -and friendly – social learning space. The recording of the event allows to rethink the narrative and the evolution of projects, make comparison to analyse students’ progress and have an immediate benchmark against precedents. Epinup has been quite successful online, and a shared epinup platform between second year Design online and face to face units has been successfully tested in 2017 and 2018.

It is envisioned that both strategies can be merged together in a model which is scalable as it is applicable, with proper technological support, to online/blended delivery mode through distributed learning networks.

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"Enhancing employability and career aspirations in high achievers"

Enhancing employability and career aspirations in high achievers – PowerPoint presentation

DR Sonia Ferns (PhD Candidate, MEd, BEd, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems) Sonia is Science Curriculum Academic Lead with the responsibly of working with the Science and Engineering Faculty to ensure all degree programs encompass quality outcomes for students. From 2013 to 2015 she led the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) strategic project. The WIL project encompassed both curricular and co-curricular aspects of the student experience with the intention of enriching graduate outcomes through enhanced exposure to the world of work and authentic learning experiences evidenced by meaningful assessment.  Models of industry and community engagement were a key theme in the project, aligning to Curtin’s aim to be a preferred provider of graduates by employers. She incorporates a collaborative leadership model and an evidence-based approach to ensure success and positive outcomes for staff.  Sonia was a Project Leader in the high profile, strategic Curriculum 2010 (C2010) project at Curtin from 2007 to 2009. To ensure sustainable and systemic change across the Institution, she was required to provide strong leadership and implement streamlined operational processes.  Sonia previously managed academic delivery across regional locations and was Dean Teaching and Learning for the Division of Resources and Environment. She is on the Board of Directors for the Australian Collaborative Education Network. Sonia’s areas of interest include curriculum design, facilitating change and work-integrated learning. Sonia was a member of the lead team for the OLT project: Assessing the impact of work-integrated learning (WIL) on student work readiness and a project team member for several OLT projects: She is currently leading the OLT project Developing strategies to maximise industry contribution and engagement with the WIL experience. Sonia is on the editorial board for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. She is an active researcher in WIL and curriculum design and has published extensively.


Contact us

For more information on Curtin’s Festival of Learning, please contact Emma Barwick at

Festival of Learning archive

Browse the programs and speakers of previous festivals.



2018 Festival of Learning program [.pdf 234KB]


Keynote speakers have been invited to lead proceedings on the opening day (Monday 5 November), and will be 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 will take place Monday 6 November to Friday 10 November. The theme for this year’s festival is 50 Years of Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

The Festival of Learning will bring together experts in higher education, industry personnel, alumni, students and Curtin staff from all campuses. The week will 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 will also be held on the Friday to recognise and celebrate the 2017 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching award and citation winners and Curtin Academy Fellows.

Lock it in your calendar! It’s sure to be an exciting week with many opportunities to network with colleagues and to share best practice across faculties.



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: