All Comers Welcome:

Educating for community and growth
Online: Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

What was intended for the conference in May needs some adjusting for the conference in December. What an incredible time we’re having! And it may well stay incredible well into the new year. By then we’ll be seasoned explorers of virtual pedagogy, and experts in engaging tired and stressed students.

The conference retains its title but now the methodologies and pedagogy available to practitioners has changed. There has been a shift in how practitioners’ ‘position’ themselves in the process of enabling students to learn. Unable to guide and respond to student feedback in ‘real time’, practitioners have had to adopt different roles – guides, mentors, online course designers… - and elicit student responses to show their learning, their questions and to keep them safe.

We invite you to consider these two propositions:

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Teachers as life-long learners.

Submitting an abstract

The Call for papers closes November 2nd

Your presentation may be

  • Pre-recorded or live
  • Power point with audio presentation
  • Panel discussion
  • Live presentation

All presentation types will have

  • Chat available during the presentation
  • A facilitator will be present to help respond and manage the chat

You may do a pre-recorded presentation and be in the chat room while your presentation runs so you can answer questions as they arise.

Presenters will

  • Receive technical support to assist with recording your presentation
  • Need to select the best application to use for their presentation
  • Pre-record their presentations as insurance against technical issues on Dec 2nd
What happened in ten weeks to change this student’s ability to learn?
Nikki hadn’t been to school for 18 months due to anxiety. After participating in the Animal Assisted Learning Program at Leopold Community Centre in 2019, she is now enrolled in a Cert III Disability Services. “Before this program I couldn’t go into another room without my mum being by my side, I have loved this program, I learnt so much about myself and I even made a friend, ”.
Student 2019

Have you heard about James who rarely left home to go out?

After a chance visit to his local Neighbourhood house he ended up helping some seniors with their digital devices.

 As a result he has just completed a Cert III Information Technology and Media and has a traineeship troubleshooting and teaching people how to use a variety of devices.

Student 2019

VALBEC gratefully acknowledges the support of Adult, Community and Further Education