NAEEA provides a webinar series to foster the exahnge of ideas and support collaboration and cooperation across the sector. Many of the webinars are recorded and made available online.


Towards a Critical Enabling Pedagogy – how collective action research has impacted teaching in Higher Education

his webinar will outline how collective action research has impacted on teaching across South Australia’s largest enabling program, and informed the development of a critical enabling pedagogy.

Critical enabling approach embraces diversity and student lifeworlds, sets challenging tasks, fosters belonging and is grounded in an ethic of care. It challenges a deficit view of students, and counters the traditional end of the HE pedagogical continuum which assumes a transmission approach (Fiore & Rosenquest, 2010). As student bodies become increasingly diverse in part due to the success of the Widening Participation agenda, critical enabling pedagogy provides an approach which both embraces and serves this diverse cohort, including those in undergraduate programs.

In this webinar we will present how two years of collective action research in one Australian university has transformed teaching practice and united a group of educators in their pedagogy, resulting in enhanced student outcomes, and the forthcoming release of an edited book on the lessons learned.

Date: TBC – Stay tuned!

Supporting students to meet learning outcomes: generative AI and assessment in enabling education

The primary purpose of assessment is to provide evidence that students are meeting learning outcomes by promoting student learning. Generative AI (genAI) tools such as ChatGPT have raised concerns about students using such tools to complete assessment tasks, potentially compromising the assurance that assessment tasks are providing an indication of student learning. At the same time, however, genAI presents educators with an opportunity to reflect on their assessment practices, and possibilities for preparing students in an age of genAI to understand and engage with these tools ethically and authentically.

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Enabling the enablers: Professional development for peer leaders to enhance the learning experiences of enabling education students

This presentation from Dr Min Pham discusses the impact of a series of professional development workshops for peer leaders to enhance the student learning experience at an Australian enabling education institution over the period of four years (2019-2022). It discusses the impact of these workshops on peer leaders’ professional development and, more importantly, on enhancing the learning experience of students participating in Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). The presentation also highlights the effect of this initiative on curricular and teaching practices.

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This webinar was held in July 2023.

Increasing Access and Opporunity: Nesting Enabling Programs in Senior Schooling

Nationally, a persistent and significant link exists between socioeconomic status and university participation. Enabling programs play an important role in addressing such educational inequities, transitioning proportionally more students from equity groups to university than other pathways (Li, Carroll and Jackson, 2023).

A distinct and growing offering within the education landscape are enabling programs delivered within the senior years of secondary schooling, with diversity in approaches adopted by universities offerings such programs. With the University Accord focused on increasing access and opportunity, understanding the design and impact of these unique enabling programs is pertinent.

Hear from University of Southern Queensland and Edith Cowan University on the development of two school-based enabling programs, including successes, challenges and lessons learned.

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This webinar was held in June 2023.

Teachers as Learners: Indigenising curriculum for enabling students

At the university of Tasmania (UTAS), the Unit Coordinators of UPP014 Writing in Practice set out to rewrite the curriculum to improve engagement, imbue cultural knowledges, and focus on critical reading and writing.

Adopting one of UTAS’s core values of a place-based education and applying it to strategy of indigenising the curriculum (Guerzoni & Walter, 2020), hower, we as Unit Coordinators faced several challenges in terms of our methodology. As non-Indigenous educators, we needed to revisit our own teaching philosophies and ensure proper process around consulting with key Indigenous knowledge-holders has been followed.

Hear from Rory Jeffs and Lisa Amerikanos as they share their journey of changing their pedagogical approach, taking a discomforting but necessary position of ‘vulnerable’ learners alongside students to achieve a more culturally sensitive curriculum.

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The webinar was held in June 2023.

Educative culture of Academic Integrity: PD & initiatives at UniSA College

This presentation will explore the educative approaches to develop Academic Integrity in Higher Education. These approaches have been developed and deployed at the UniSA College. The practices, processes, initiatives and staff professional development around a culture of Academic Integrity will be shared.

The presenters, Dr Anthea Fudge, Tamra Ulpen and Dr Snjezana Bilic, were awarded the 2019 Australian Awards for University Teaching – Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

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This webinar was held in October 2021.

Research development & collaboration within Enabling Education

This is the first session of the Research Development and Collaboration (RDC) Special Interest Group (SIG) for 2021, which has been in recess due to COVID and the various significant impacts on Enabling Educators over this time.

This is an opportunity to get together and reconvene discussions about research development and research collaborations in the field.

Facilitated by Dr Anna Bennett (UoN) and Dr Jo Hanley (UoN) this event was held in September 2021.

The SCU 6-week teaching & learning model: students' & tutors' experiences

Illustration on books and pens on a desk.Southern Cross University has introduced the 6-week model of learning and teaching. This NAEEA webinar will share some initial experiences.

Dr Suzi Syme and Dr Liz Goode present on key lessons learnt from staff and initial findings from student focus groups about their experience of the new teaching model.

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This webinar was held in July 2021.

Yarning CIrcles: A richer learning experience

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Yarning circles are an authentic Aboriginal pedagogy method. They facilitate a sense of belonging by providing a safe space to explore ideas and opinions, whilst building relationships between participants.

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The webinar was held in May 2021.

Enabling Pedagogies for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

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Teaching and learning is experienced very differently by students from various culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD).

Educators need to engage all students through relevant pedagogies. This webinar will discuss important ideas about engaging all students through appropriate pedagogies.

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The webinar was held in April 2021.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and teacher experience through Covid-19

This webinar will discuss The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and teacher experience through covid-19. Discussion will focus around Indigenous pedagogies and the “8 ways of Indigenous learning”, and how these were adapted and changed to cater for an online learning environment. 

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This event was held in October 2020.

Supporting Staff Mental Wellbeing in Enabling Education

In this webinar, we’ll identify some of the challenges we face as enabling educators (e.g. the emotional labour demands of our work; the accidental counsellor role) and share some strategies for supporting our mental wellbeing.

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The webinar was held in August 2020.