The Open Classroom Scheme invites colleagues to share in teaching practices through observation and discussion. The Open Classroom Scheme aims to:

  • recognise the diversity of teaching styles utilised across the University.
  • promote discussion on teaching and student learning outcomes.
  • showcase a variety of teaching styles, practices and classroom spaces.
  • provide staff with an opportunity to observe teaching in a classroom other than their own.

Further details on the Open Classroom Scheme are available here.

Meet the 2016 Open Classroom Teachers.


Semester 2 2016

HIST2015 Maps and Dreams: Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australian HistoryObject-based learning

Dr Catherine Kevin

An evolving teaching method in tertiary institutions, object-based learning, offers a platform for building subject specific knowledge and developing core skills for work such as collaborative learning, creative and reflecting thinking and cross cultural competence. A team member of an Office for Learning and Teaching Seed Project and University Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant, Catherine will outline the adaptive pedagogical model and provide a broad overview of how object-based learning is being utilised in a short discussion prior to the seminar. Participants are then invited to participate and observe a two hour seminar.

1pm, Tuesday 30 August, Rm008 Social Sciences North Building
(Please arrive at 12:45pm for a short introductory discussion on object-based learning)


Online teaching tools

Dr Antonella Strambi

In this one hour discussion Antonella will talk about, and show, some of the online tools (including Memrise, Thinglink, Kahoot and Trello) that are used in her teaching. Antonella teaches Italian and Applied Linguistics and loves experimenting with tools that support and encourage student engagement in an online environment. This is an open discussion, encouraging the sharing of expertise and adventures with online teaching tools.

Discussion (1 hour)
12:00 – 1:00pm Wednesday, 7 September, Rm1300 Physical Sciences Building


Semester 1 2016

PSYC1101 Psychology 1ATeaching large (200+) classes

Dr Lydia Woodyatt

Psychology 1A is a large (200+) first year class, necessary to complete a major sequence in Psychology. Much of the content is still delivered in traditional lecture and tutorial settings but many efforts are made to engage students through questions, group discussion, and activities.

Lecture (1 hour)
3:00pm Thursday, 10 March 2016, Education Building, 1.01 Lecture Theatre
3:00pm Thursday, 5 May 2016, Education Building, 1.01 Lecture Theatre

Tutorial (1 hour):
4:00pm Thursday, 10 March 2016, Social Sciences South, 149 Lecture Theatre
4:00pm Thursday, 5 May 2016, Social Sciences South, 149 Lecture Theatre

INTR3001 Australian Foreign PolicyProblem based learning – simulation scenarios

Dr Maryanne Kelton and Verity Kingsmill

This intensive topic, taught at Victoria Square, involves the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials, former foreign decision makers and the Career Employer Liaison Centre in two international relations simulations. The purpose is to provide students with situations in which they apply their international relations knowledge. The teaching team for this topic were the recipients of a 2014 OLT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and a 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

1:.30-5pm Friday, 18 March, room 1, city campus
9:30-12noon Friday, 1 April, room 1, city campus

INTR9056A Timor-Leste – Challenge of a New State in the Asian CenturyMixed mode attendance

Professor Susanne Schech

Taught at Tonsley and live streamed this intensive topic explores the political, economic, cultural and social challenges of the youngest state in Asia, Timor-Leste. Themes cut across international relations and international development with students applying their knowledge in a complex policy scenario. There are two parts to this intensive topic: a conference component (19-20 April) and a simulation workshop (21-22 April), and both components are live streamed with a back chat line. Guests are welcome to participate face-to-face in the first two days of the intensive (conference component), and online through live stream in both components.

Intensive Conference (face-to-face or online through live stream)
3:00pm – 7:00pm, 19 – 20 April, Tonsley Park, G.32 Tonsley Theatre 2

Intensive Policy Simulation Workshop (live stream only)
3:00pm – 7:00pm, 21 - 22 April (to participate online you will need Skype, FLO and microphone/sound)

BIOL1102 Molecular Biology

A/Prof Karen Burke da Silva , Mrs Narelle Hunter , Dr Masha Smallhorn and Dr Jeanne Young

The BOL1102 teaching team have selected the classrooms identified below to demonstrate the variety of teaching strategies they employ to actively engage students in learning. Significant student engagement and input was sought in the design of these teaching strategies and activity outcomes. The result is a series of classroom activities that are fun and present materials using analogies that allow students to make connections between common experiences and topic content.

Guest can choose to have an active or passive role in these classrooms. However, the teaching team feel an active role will be more valuable to understanding the benefits of the teaching strategies being employed and the actual student experience.


All held in Biology Discovery Centre, Level 0, Lab 3
9:00 – 11:00am Wednesday, 16 March
9:00 – 11:00am Thursday, 17 March
9:00 – 11:00am Thursday, 31 March
9:00 – 11:00am Wednesday, 18 May
9:00 – 11:00am Thursday, 19 May
12:00 – 2:00 pm Wednesday, 1 June
9:00 – 11:00am Thursday, 2 June

SCME1002 Convergence CulturesMedium Stakes Writing to Learn Activity in First Year

Associate Professor Karen Vered

During a 1-hour tutorial, in small groups, students exchange draft reading responses, comment on one another’s work, discuss the advice with peer reviewers, and consider how they will revise their responses with peer feedback. The tutorial concludes with each student sharing with the large group how they will proceed with revisions. Reading responses are to be 450-500 words.

The reading selection:  Shaw, Frances (2013) “’Walls of Seeing’: Protest Surveillance, Embodied Boundaries, and Counter-Surveillance at Occupy Sydney.” Transformations Journal of Media & Culture. No.23.

The response prompt: Discuss how the dance of surveillance and counter-surveillance between police and protesters during re-Occupy Sydney (Shaw, 2013) might have drawn mainstream media attention away from the economic and social concerns that protesters sought to highlight.

Tutorial (no more than 2 visitors per session):

4:00 – 5:00pm Tuesday, 17 May, SSN239 
3:00 – 4:00pm Wednesday, 18 May, HUMN121
4:00 – 5:00pm Wednesday, 18 May, SSN239
1:00 – 2:00pm Thursday, 19 May, HUMN101
4:00 – 5:00pm Thursday, 19 May, SSS016
1:00 – 2:00pm Friday, 20 May, S239

Teaching entirely online to mixed student cohorts

Dr Greg Carey

In this one hour discussion Dr Greg Carey talks about his experience teaching mixed cohorts (local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate) entirely online. Experiences of engaging students in online group work and discussion will be shared. A FLO topic will be presented and the tools utilised within it to maintain strong relationship with students discussed. Greg teaches in the areas of inclusive technology and the transition to adulthood of those with a disability.

Discussion (1 hour)

11:00am Friday, 3rd June, Rm 1300 Physical Sciences Building