Practitioner Workshops T1 2024

Practitioner Workshops are hands-on 1 hour sessions that highlight the perspectives and strategies of teaching staff at UNSW in the collegial environment of the Teaching Commons. Each session will introduce you to ideas for effective teaching and offer opportunities for hands-on interaction exploring how you can apply these strategies to your teaching context. The series will open with sessions run by many different academics and staff members from across faculties. 

Open to all teaching and education support staff participants often include academic staff, educational developers and technologists and Casual Academic staff. Don't forget to check out the Lightning Workshop series and Inclusive Teaching Workshop series for further opportunities.

Staff are asked to bring with them resources relevant to each session such as their course outline, a learning activity and the highest weighted assessment they are currently using in the course or an assessment they have identified an issue with.  
Please review the sessions below, select those that suit your schedule and complete the registration by submitting the form. Calendar invites for the sessions can be found via this link. You are welcome to register for as many sessions as you would like.

All sessions are held in the Teaching Commons in a hybrid format unless otherwise noted.


Term 1 2024 Session Schedule
  • 12.30pm Wednesday 14 February - Supporting Twice Exceptional Students
    • Presented by Dr Geraldine Townend (ADA)
  • 12pm Tuesday 27 February - Designing Stack Questions
    • Presented by Prof. Elizabeth Angstmann (Science)
  • 2pm Tuesday 27 February - Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TiLT)
    • Presented by Katrina Blazek (Medicine & Health)
  • 2pm Tuesday 12 March - The Sandbox Approach to Large-scale Industry Learning: Empowering Learners and Solving Global Challenges
    • Presented by A/Prof. Yenni Tim (Business)
  • 1pm Wednesday 20 March - Empowering Students to Learn through Failure
    • Presented by Dr Kelsey Burton (Business)
  • 2pm Tuesday 26 March - Team-Based Learning and E-Portfolios
    • Presented by Valerie Combe-Germes (ADA)
  • 1pm Monday 8 April - Designing and Implementing Oral Assessment
    • Presented by Meredith MacAuley (ADA)
  • 11am Tuesday 9 April - Empowering Students Learning Through Responsible Use of AI in Learning and Assessments
    • Presented by Dr Andrew Dymock (Business)

Designing Stack Questions

Tuesday 27 February at 12pm

Have you ever been scared to try STACK? This workshop is for you! In this workshop we will look at some of the awesome things STACK is capable of, why you may want to use it, and how to start coding STACK questions. You should come with a topic you would like to ask a question about. During the workshop participants will be provided with a range of templates for different types of questions STACK can ask. You will be helped to edit these to make one of these suitable for your context. This workshop is suitable for beginners, people with some experience may find it useful to see a range of different question types.


Image of Associate Professor Elizabeth Angstmann

Professor Elizabeth Angstmann (Science) is an education focussed academic in the School of Physics at UNSW. She was First Year Director from 2011-2023 before moving into the role of Higher Year Director. Liz has an interest in the appropriate use of technology in education and active learning methods. She has used the STACK question type to transform teaching and learning in Physics 1A. Her work has been recognised through the award of an Australian Award for University Teaching citation in 2018 and the prestigious Australian institute of Physics Education Medal.

Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TiLT)

Tuesday 27 February at 2pm

Success in higher education often depends on a student’s ability to navigate the “unwritten rules” of academia. As educators, we can support student success by clearly communicating our intentions for how to complete an assessment task. The Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TiLT) Framework provides guidance on how to improve the clarity of assessments by 1) explicitly stating the purpose of the assessment; 2) clearly describing the task; and 3) providing criteria for success. Benefits of transparent assessment include increased academic confidence and sense of belonging. While all students can benefit from increased transparency in assessment, previous work has shown that gains were greater for students from underrepresented groups. The TiLT framework is amenable to a wide variety of assessment types and subject areas.


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Katrina Blazek (Medicine & Health) is a Lecturer in Health Data Science, dedicated to fostering a student-centred learning environment in biostatistics courses in the School of Population Health. She recognises that students have unique needs and learning styles and tailors her instruction to accommodate diverse learning approaches. Whether teaching in traditional face-to-face settings, synchronous online classrooms, or asynchronous online modules, Katrina consistently creates equitable learning opportunities that meet students where they are at. Her commitment to sustainable teaching practices ensures that her instruction not only imparts knowledge but also cultivates lasting problem-solving skills and a deep understanding of biostatistics.

The Sandbox Approach to Large-scale Industry Learning: Empowering Learners and Solving Global Challenges

2pm Tuesday 12 March

This workshop introduces academics to the “Sandbox” approach to industry-engaged learning. The UNSW Sandbox Program serves as a platform for embedding industry partnerships directly into the academic curriculum, offering meaningful opportunities for academics to collaborate with practitioners and students in addressing real-world challenges. Specifically designed for academics, this session outlines the process of transforming various types of courses into industry-aligned Sandbox learning experiences. Participants will gain insights into the principles and practices that underpin the Sandbox model, learning how to utilise them to better prepare students for tackling the complex challenges of global society.


Yenni Tim headshot

Dr Yenni Tim (Business), is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Systems and Technology Management, UNSW Business School. She is the founder of the UNSW Sandbox Program, an initiative that empowers partnerships among industry practitioners, academics, and university students to co-design solutions for contemporary challenges.

Empowering Students to Learn through Failure

1pm Wednesday 20 March

Delve into an innovative pedagogical approach centred on cultivating psychological safety in the classroom, encouraging students to view failure as a catalyst for learning and development. Examine Dr. Kelsey Burton's teaching practices and unique Caveman Brain model — a framework imparting emotional self-regulation and introducing mindfulness techniques. Drawing from her background in professional development and leadership consulting, Dr. Burton offers practical strategies to redefine the educational experience. Join us in exploring transformative teaching methods that can redefine your students' educational journey, equipping them for a dynamic and successful professional future.


Kelsey Burton headshot

Dr Kelsey Burton (Business) is an education-focused academic at UNSW's School of Management and Governance with over a decade of professional development and leadership consulting experience spanning the United States and Australia. Her foray into academia began in 2014, marking the beginning of her teaching philosophy that is rooted in developing inclusive and psychologically safe learning environments. Today, her approach encourages students to view failure as a potent catalyst for learning and development, a mindset she passionately imparts.

Team-Based Learning and E-Portfolios

2pm Tuesday 26 March

Session abstract coming soon!



Valerie Combe-Germes (ADA)

Designing and Implementing Oral Assessment

1pm Monday 8 April

Oral assessments such as viva voce and interactive orals are becoming more common in higher education to promote academic integrity, authenticity and to foster communication skills. This workshop will explore different models of oral assessment and discuss principles for planning, scaffolding, and implementing this mode. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have time to workshop your ideas with your peers and education developers.


Meredith MacAuley headshot

Meredith MacAuley (ADA) is an experienced English language teacher and learning designer. She has designed and delivered a variety of oral assessments, notably in UNSW university pathway programs. She has also designed items and worked as a speaking examiner for international English language proficiency tests including TOEFL, Cambridge and IELTS. As an educational developer in ADA with Nexus, she is interested in how oral assessments could be integrated into various courses to assess discipline-based knowledge and skills.

Empowering Students Learning Through Responsible Use of AI in Learning and Assessments

11am Tuesday 9 April

Session abstract coming soon!



Dr Andrew Dymock (Business) is a Nexus Fellow and Senior Lecturer with the School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. He has previously worked with the Bachelor of Commerce Integrated First Year Program at UNSW, been a Casual Lecturer at UTS and is an Accredited Secondary Teacher. Andrew also has a background in both business and education, having practiced in Audit and Business Services and taught at a number of leading schools.