2020 VALBEC Conference

​In 2020 let’s celebrate the people we teach – their lives, interests and aspirations. As teachers and providers across diverse delivery environments, we find ways for all learners to feel welcome and capable of acquiring the skills they need.

There are so many ways of identifying learners: cultural – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, migrant, English-background; by their socio-economic status – lower socio-economic; by their past history of education or employment – disengaged youth, adult returning to study, unemployed, retrenched. Individuals get ‘lumped’ into their cultural/economic box. It’s convenient but perhaps the individual’s journey can get a bit forgotten.

In 2020 we would like learners AND teachers to tell us about the journey.


2019 VALBEC Conference

2019 VALBEC Conference banner

The 2019 theme – Resilience: connect, educate, empower – invited us to celebrate and explore how teachers and students achieve in education.

  • Connect – with colleagues, community and students to succeed in a new skill, or lay down the foundations for something new
  • Educate – by the development and delivery of good learning experiences for students or staff.
  • Empower – demonstrate how learning has enabled students or colleagues to utilise their resilience to achieve their goals.


2018 VALBEC Conference

2018 Conference

Workplaces are said to be in the middle of a ‘fourth industrial revolution’, following the earlier transformations brought about by steam, electricity and digitisation. It is often referred to simply as ‘Industry 4.0’. The emerging ‘smart’ factories in Industry 4.0 increasingly rely upon automation augmented by artificial intelligence, the crowdsourcing of tasks, and the use of freelance workers engaged in micro-tasking.


Conference pics – who can you see?

2017 VALBEC Conference

As teachers, we are continually learning from our students and working to improve our practice and learner outcomes. At the same time, we seek to expand our knowledge about teaching and learning in adult language, literacy and numeracy.

This conference will explore how and what we learn as teachers and how this is transferred into the classroom.

The following questions will be explored:

  • What informs our decision-making and practice in learning about teaching?
  • What does evidence-based research tell us about teaching adults?
  • How do we know we have made a positive impact on adult LLN learning?
  • How do we continue to learn about different approaches to learning and teaching?

This day will also provide us with lots of information sharing and new skills from workshops, networking and keynote speakers.  At the 2017 conference, we encourage teachers to reflect on their own learning as well as the learning of their students.

2017 Conference program

2017 Conference presentations

Pics below by Michael Chalk

2009 Conference

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2008 Conference

2008 conference logo

2007 Conference

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2006 Conference

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