Every year the Centre for Learning and Teaching hosts ECUlture, a teaching and learning conference where staff are invited to present unpublished educational research, case studies, and best practice showcases, as well as network with each other. Our theme is usually related to a priority that we have been supporting during the year.
This year, our theme is "Meaningful student success: A focus on what works for retention and employability", and staff are invited to share how they are supporting student success in their curriculum, their teaching, or their leadership. The day is intentionally designed to allow early career academics, or mid to late career academics who have previously not presented or published on their teaching practices or student outcomes, to share their research in a safe, non-judgemental environment and receive feedback on their strategies, methods, and outcomes. We then encourage and support presenters to submit papers or presentations to the West Australian Teaching and Learning Forum the following year. The forum is affiliated with HERDSA – a highly recognised association with an annual conference and a journal. The TLF serves as a stepping stone for staff to become more engaged with associations such as HERDSA, ISSOTL, etc.
Sustainability and environmentally friendly practices are at the forefront of consideration for ECU. Our Sustainability Policy sets the strategic scope of our commitment to environmental sustainability, setting an example of environmental responsibility by establishing and maintaining processes of resource conservation, recycling and waste reduction within the University.
It is very common to have a lot of waste at large events so to help cut back on this waste, and to further our sustainability approach at ECUlture 2018, a refillable water bottle will be offered to each participant with refill stations provided for use throughout the conference. We will also continue to use eco-friendly food containers and plates and have the "Guidebook" conference application again this year to save on printed programs. Join us in a reducing waste and respecting the planet and what it provides to us.
Feedback from last year’s ECUlture included this remark from an Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning: “I just want to say well done to you and your team on a fantastic ECUlture. Most of the presenters from my School are early career academics and were very nervous so the friendly and supportive ECUlture vibe was great. They all reported having a positive experience and they are keen to present at the next [State-wide] T&L forum at Notre Dame”.
ECUlture is now in its 12th year and as more staff recognise the importance of discipline-based educational research for improved teaching and learning outcomes, the event is becoming increasingly popular - last year we had 195 attendees.
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