TATAL Workshop



Stuart Schonell (UTAS)
ss Stuart Schonell is the Senior Teaching Fellow for the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania. Stuart teaches in the areas of human resource management, human resource development and educational leadership and provides advice to the Faculty on curriculum development, change and compliance, and the development of lecturer’ teaching skills. Stuart has been with the University of Tasmania since 2009 and previous to this spent 10 years in the VET sector where he worked as a senior trainer, training manager and CEO. He has worked on state committees reviewing training packages and developed the Western Australian RPL tools in Training and Assessment for the Department of Education and Training. Stuart has considerable experience in SME management and prior to moving into the training sector owned and managed several businesses in Western Australia. Stuart researches in the training field and is currently undertaking a higher research degree researching the transfer of training from university to the workplace. Stuart has published papers on the use of live cases in business education, the use of technology in teaching and effective teaching practices in higher education.
Stuart is a member of the TATAL 2012 group, which commenced at the HERDSA Conference in Hobart, July 2012.

Geoff Treloar (ACT)
gt Dr Geoff Treloar is Director of Learning and Teaching in the Australian College of Theology. Part of his responsibility in this role is to foster and enhance learning and teaching across the 18 affiliated colleges of the consortium. Having taught at all levels of the Australian education system (schools, TAFE colleges, universities and private higher education providers), he remains enthusiastic about teaching and what it can do for teachers and the taught alike. As a Visiting Fellow in the Department of History in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales, Geoff is ‘research active’ in the modern history of Christianity and edits Lucas: An Evangelical History Review. He sees HERDSA membership as a way of bringing theological education into vital contact with the higher education sector at large. Geoff is a member of the TATAL 2012 group, which commenced at the HERDSA Conference in Hobart, July 2012

Coralie McCormack (Canberra)
CM Dr Coralie McCormack, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, specialises in capacity building for leadership in learning and teaching through institutional and national teaching awards, mentoring programs and teaching and learning communities of practice. Narrative approaches to teaching, evaluation and research are her passion. She is an active member of the HERDSA Executive, focusing her work on HERDSA Fellowships and the 2009 TATAL community.

Maria Northcote (Avondale)
MT Associate Professor Maria Northcote has been a HERDSA Fellow since 2013. In her role as the Assistant Dean, Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Education, Business and Science at Avondale College of Higher Education, she is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education, and professional development. She conducts research in teacher education, academic staff development, threshold concepts, online education and assessment. Maria has been employed at Avondale College of Higher Education in NSW since 2010. Before that, she worked at the University of Newcastle NSW and Edith Cowan University in Perth. Maria is a current member of HERDSA TATAL 2011

John Gilchrist (ACU)
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John Gilchrist is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University Academy of Law. He studied Arts and Law at Monash University and holds postgraduate degrees and qualifications from Monash University, the Queensland University of Technology, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra, (where he completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education). He has a background of more than 20 years teaching in law at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. At UC he was a CELTS Fellow, the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee of the then Faculty of Law and a convener and developer of higher degrees and units in the law program. In 2009 he was awarded a University of Canberra Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning over a sustained period.

Over the last two years Dr Gilchrist has has been devoted to researching in law, to supervising and managing research in law and to continuing his TATAL involvement. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, a member of the TATAL 2009 community, an ongoing member of the TATAL Literature Group and a facilitator of the TATAL 2012 community.


Location: Swinburne City Campus (Federation Room - Level 2, 196 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 3000 VIC, Australia) . How to get there

TATAL workshops develop cohorts of reflective practitioners. Participants reflect on and share learning and teaching experiences aligned to the conference themes while developing networks with practitioners from other institutions. TATAL has been running since 2008 and the collaborative and scholarly focus of TATAL has resulted in publications, grants and teaching awards for past participants. (Examples of publications include: Miley, F., Cram, B., Griffin, A., Kennelly, R., McCormack, C., & Read, A. (2012). Using stories in teaching. HERDSA Guide. Higher Education Research development Society of Australasia; and Gilchrist, J., Hancock, E., Islam, J., McCormack, C., & Northcote, M. (2013). Collaborative Mentoring - reflection on the role of TATAL in the aftershock of a HERDSA Fellowship Application. HERDSA News, 35(3), pp. 16-18)

During the workshop participants will begin to develop a teaching philosophy statement and teaching portfolio while sharing their experiences with colleagues. After the conference participants can continue the TATAL experience through facilitated Skype sessions with TATAL colleagues to continue to reflect on their teaching philosophy and portfolio, for individual improvement or beginning the HERDSA Fellowship process.

Melbourne TATAL takes place on Monday 6th July 2015 and includes a full day pre-conference workshop and a follow up breakfast meeting.
Participation is free for delegates also attending the main HERDSA conference (except for day registrations), but a pre-registration is compulsory.

What HERDSA Colleagues say about TATAL:
• “One of TATAL’s strengths is the mix of disciplines…”(2008 TATAL participant)
• “…about how we align our teaching with the scholarship of teaching.” (2008 TATAL participant)
• “Learning about teaching and learning in a supportive and stimulating environment.” (2009 TATAL participant)
• “Turning… problems into… effectiveness in teaching…”(2009 TATAL participant)
• “…reassurance and inspiration which has assisted my development of skills and confidence.” (2010 TATAL survey)
• “Opportunities to mentor and be mentored, to facilitate and be facilitated, to learn and to teach.” (2011 TATAL participant)
• “The workshop has enabled me to identify the components of a teaching philosophy and positioned me to develop my understanding of them.” (2012 HERDSA TATAL participant)

If you have any questions please contact Stuart Schonell (email).

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