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July 2016

Join us on Tuesday August 2nd for a CRLI Methods workshop, Online, on-campus and on country professional development. It will be an informal talk with Melinda Lewis.

An informal talk about the affordances and constraints of designing and developing online professional development for teaching staff, within the context of the university systems & protocols, and through the content of cultural competence.

Bring your laptop, because participation includes a 'hands-on' experience, exploring the Educational Innovation program for teachers and the National Centre for Cultural Competence online modules launched on Friday 22nd July.

  • Where: CoCo Lab (Room 237, Education Builiding A35)
  • When: Tuesday August 2nd, 12.00-1.30pm
  • Participants should bring a laptop.
  • Are you interested in educational innovation? Engaged in research on learning? Want to collaborate with others on research and development that can improve learning opportunities for everyone?

    RSVP to attend our launch on August 2nd, and find out more about our work and how you can connect with us at the Centre. At the launch, you will be able to hear some of our research leaders speak about:

    • Our current research capabilities and future research directions

    • New ways of bridging between research, policy and practice

    • Ways you can engage more closely in the centre’s work

    Learn more about:

    • Our Special Interest Groups – how you can join existing groups or start your own SIG

    • Our program of events: seminars, symposia, workshops, Research Fest, etc

    • Opportunities to join in programs of collaborative research and development

    • Opportunities to network with our collaborators in leading research centres around the world

    Please RSVP to attend at
    WHEN: 2nd August 2016, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
    WHERE: Room 351 (the Large Lecture Theatre) in the Education Building A35, followed by light refreshments in Common Room 401.
    RSVP: before Mon 25th July at - essential for catering purposes. Light refreshments will be provided.

    We are currently seeking two Postgraduate Fellows to join our growing team at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI).

    • Complete your PhD in a thriving new research centre
    • Gain valuable research experience and help develop ground-breaking innovations in higher education alongside internationally-renowned colleagues
    • Part-time (0.5FTE), fixed term for 3 years, remuneration package $41K (which includes salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation)

    Postgraduate Fellows will need to enrol for a full-time PhD on a topic within the centre’s field of study. The positions are part-time (0.5FTE, Level A, Step 1) for three years from commencement, working 18.75 hours a week on a range of CRLI projects, supervised by a senior member of CRLI and with opportunities to work in, and publish with, a team of experienced and early-career researchers. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a PhD and to develop your research skills and research profile as a valued member of one of Australia’s leading research centres. Together, we will move research on learning and innovation forward, and help invent the future of learning.

    For more information see Postgraduate Fellows Ref 1174/0716 on the University recruitment site at

    Join us on August 3rd, when we restart our Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) Wednesday seminars for semester 2, with a presentation by Associate Professor Nina Bonderup Dohn; "Designing for transformation of situated knowledge.

    Nina-267.jpgNina will present on her and her colleagues’ current project, Designing for Situated Knowledge in a World of Change, supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research. Today's world is characterized by diversity, frequent change, and globalization, which requires people to traverse a range of different settings and to often use knowledge, learnt in one setting, in new contexts. But research in practice theory and situated learning has shown that knowledge is situated, i.e. acquires form and content from the context in which it is learnt. In this talk, Nina will focus on philosophical and design theoretical aspects of this challenge, discussing:
    :: What is involved in transforming knowledge from one context to another?
    :: Is it possible to design learning opportunities for others to support them in learning to transform knowledge across contexts?
    :: If yes, what would be design principles for such learning opportunities?

    Nina Bonderup Dohn is an Associate Professor in Humanistic Information Science at the Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark.

    Event details
    • When: 11.30am to 1.00pm on 3 August 2016. This is a brown bag event, you are welcome to bring your lunch to eat.
    • Where: Room 612 Education Building A35
    • This seminar will not be available online or recorded.
    • More information here.

    The CRLI Wednesday seminars (formerly CoCo and STL) run on most Wednesdays in semester and host local and international experts who present research on learning and educational innovation in an informal setting.

    Westpac is offering postgraduate scholarships for talented individuals. Applicants will be chosen for their potential to make a difference in the areas of Technology and Innovation, Enabling Positive social change or Strengthening Australia-Asia ties.

    Valued at up to $120,000 over 2-3 years, scholarships will be awarded annually for research or coursework studies at graduate level. Applications are open to Australian citizens and permanent residents who have completed an undergraduate degree within the last five years, or will complete in the year of application.

    For more details and how to apply see Closing date for applications is 31 August 2016.

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