Workshop 3 - Talking About Teaching and Learning (TATAL)

The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Australian College of Theology, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Avondale College of Higher Education, Cooranbong, NSW, Australia

The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Good teaching takes time and commitment. Few teachers would disagree with this statement which also resonates strongly in the literature (McCormack & Kennelly, 2011). The TATAL (Talking About Teaching and Learning) workshops offer a rare opportunity for time-poor academics to devote productive periods towards their professional growth. TATAL positions participants' investigations of their own teaching and their students' learning within a scholarly framework (outlined in McCormack & Kennelly, 2011) to promote teaching excellence. The TATAL workshops seek to develop cohorts of reflective practitioners, who meet regularly to enhance their teaching and the learning of their students. At the 2014 Conference, the program will begin with a pre-conference workshop and continue with two sessions during the conference.

Following the conference the TATAL group or groups will continue, in a virtual world using Skype or a similar system, to finalise their teaching philosophy statement and to prepare a teaching portfolio. The decision to commit or not to continue meeting as a group can be made by individuals following the conference. The facilitators will provide materials and initial mentoring to support the on-going conversations.

Aim of the workshop and intended outcomes for participants

On completion of the HERDSA 2014 Conference TATAL workshops participants will have:

Outcomes as described by TATAL participants include:

TATAL presents opportunities for developing individuals and communities that can address the challenges of higher education within a globalised world

TATAL creates and sustains peer connections and enriches interdisciplinary connections across the global higher education community. The TATAL workshops bring together conference attendees from across disciplines, across institutions and across countries. TATAL also creates an environment within which to sustain these connections beyond the life of the conference (as evidenced by 2011, 2012 and 2013 TATAL conversation communities). TATAL groups that were established at previous have contributed to journal and conference publications, and individuals have been recognised and rewarded through teaching awards and HERDSA Fellowships.

Target Participants

All are welcome.

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