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ASCILITE Live! Webinar on doubling engagement with professional learning through choose-your-own adventure: the Modular Professional Learning Framework (MPLF)
19 May @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
Singapore 9am | Auckland 1pm | Other time zones
This University of Sydney team received an ASCILITE Innovation Award in 2021 and their presentation will highlight the team’s reimagined continuing professional development (CPD) program for educators: the Modular Professional Learning Framework (MPLF).
The MPLF allows instructors to choose their own adventure through 21 bite-sized two-hour modules on effective and applied teaching practices. Built in collaboration with faculties and subject matter experts from across the institution, modules model hybrid and blended teaching, promote reflection, and focus on evidence-based practical applications covering diverse concepts including student engagement, educational technology, inclusivity and diversity, peer review, groupwork, assessment, and even career development. Modularisation, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, allows educators to design their own CPD journey, and allows us to quickly adapt and share professional development. Educator engagement is up 75% with 3400+ module completions in two years, including uptake by two other institutions.
Samantha Clarke is a marine geologist and academic developer, passionate about learning and teaching. She has a strong background in student engagement, first-year transition to university, widening participation, and technology-enhanced learning. She has won international, national and faculty teaching awards for learning and teaching innovation and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. Sam is currently a Senior Lecturer (Education-Focused) in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio, Academic Co-lead of the MPLF, and Honorary Associate in the School of Geosciences.
Kimberly Baskin is a lecturer with the DVC (Education) portfolio and has extensive experience in developing professional learning courses for university educators. She currently provides coordination and design support for the University of Sydney’s flagship professional learning program – the Modular Professional Learning Framework – and the institution-wide Sydney Educational Fellowship Program, which supports staff to attain Fellowship to AdvanceHE.
Danny Liu is a molecular biologist by training, programmer by night, researcher and academic developer by day, and educator at heart. He works at the confluence of educational technology, student engagement, learning analytics/educational data science, pedagogical research, organisational leadership, and professional development. He has won multiple international, national, and university awards for learning and teaching, and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK.
Eszter Kalman started her career in academia as a neuroanatomist researching the neurobiology of pain disorders. While retaining some of her teaching in the discipline of neuroscience her substantive role is in academic development with a research interest in the effective use of technology. Currently a Senior Lecturer (Education-Focused) in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio, she is responsible for the first line of support for educators at the University of Sydney. Eszter is currently a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK.
Jessica Frawley has a multidisciplinary background spanning arts, social sciences and information technology. Her primary area of research specialisation is on understanding people’s lived experience with new and emerging technologies and using such understandings to inform future technology design and use. Jess is currently a Senior Lecturer in Academic Development and Leadership in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio, the Director of the Sydney Educational Fellowship Program, and an Honorary Associate in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. She has won national and university teaching awards for her work in student engagement and technology, and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK.
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