Professional Development Day 2023 | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Friday 17 February 2023

Professional Development Day

Innovation in Learning and Teaching
You're invited to UniSC's exclusive Professional Development Day. You will hear from world-class experts from our region, learn about UniSC's innovation in learning and teaching, apply learnings in hands-on workshops, engage with leading professionals in their field with a Q & A panel, hear about UniSC's tertiary pathways, forward-focus programs and join in a networking opportunity. This is a free event provided by UniSC.

Event Details


Friday 17 February 2023


Registration from 9:00am

Commences at 9:15am

Concludes at 2:30pm


Innovation Centre

90 Sippy Downs Drive

Sippy Downs QLD 4556


Please see Parking at UniSC for more information.

Who should attend

Career advisors, school leadership and teaching staff


  • Gain accredited professional development hours in alignment with QCT professional standards.
  • Receive the latest updates about UniSC future-focused programs, initiatives and our plans for future innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Hear from special guest speakers, who are regarded as some of Australia’s foremost experts in their field.
  • Learn about the latest insights in the current issues and challenges facing the education environment.
  • You'll explore the use of the UniSC graduate attributes to design and constructively align curriculum to enable opportunities (including placements, projects, and other types of learning activities) for students to develop qualities and soft skills through each program level from:
    • Introduction to a discipline; building a sense of belonging and purpose: build skills, navigate, prepare and succeed.
    • Development of autonomy and mastery; developing competencies in discipline area: build capacity, extend networks; create a professional identity.
    • Supported transition into graduate employment or future study; consolidating networks: build advanced skills of an emerging professional.
  • Be part of the Q & A panel discussion with opportunities to ask leading professionals in their field.
  • Learn facilitator strategies, activities and behaviours support learning within the online environment and what are the affordances of education technology as a means of fostering online student engagement.
  • Expand your network of like-minded professionals.

Innovation in Learning and Teaching

9:00am Arrival at Innovation Centre  
9:15am PD Day commences  
9:30am Keynote speaker

Dr Alison Willis on The Secret Ingredient in Innovation.

Dr Alison Willis is a Senior Lecturer in Education. Her research investigates the effects disruption, stress and trauma on learning. Alison’s research interests include the roles of teachers in helping student overcome the effects of stress and trauma, learning in conflict and post-conflict environments, the effects of culture on learning, and the effects of teachers’ beliefs on student learning.

10:15am Morning Tea  
10:30am Breakouts Innovation in Learning at Teaching- applying practices to your career run by Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CSALT)
12:30pm Lunch  
1:15pm Q & A panel discussion

Including leading academic and professional guests:

  • Keynote speaker
  • CSALT 
  • UniSC Career Development 
  • UniSC Tertiary Pathways 
2:00pm Networking opportunity

Network with fellow peers, UniSC staff and guest presenters.

Campus tours available at request.

2:30pm PD Day concludes  

Registrations essential

Complete the form below and secure your seat at the event.

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