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National Student Engagement Conference: Enhancing Retention and Outcomes in a Competitive Environment

29-31 October 2012
The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park, Melbourne
65 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004

Engaging people in tertiary education has never been more vital for the sector and for Australia. With new regulatory and competitive contexts emerging here and around the world, there is an urgent need to be efficient, to grow and to improve. The 2012 National Student Engagement Conference brings together stakeholders from across the sector to discuss how Australian tertiary education can assure and enhance students’ engagement in effective educational practices to boost quality and productivity.

This conference covers
• policies which best advance quality in tertiary education
• how to measure and manage academic risk
• how academics can use technology to foster innovative engagements
• aspects of the student experience that could be publicly reported
• how student engagement drives reform.

Authoritative, imaginative and research informed discussion of these issues is vital for leading and managing opportunities for educational success.

Who should attend?

Leaders, managers and teachers from public and private tertiary education institutions, from government agencies, and from representative bodies, who have an interest in the standards and effectiveness of student learning.

Delegates have roles like Tutor, Dean, Supervisor, Policy Advisor, Professor, Fellow, Director, Vice-Chancellor, CEO, Head of Department, Director, Marketing Manager, Deputy/ Pro Vice Chancellor, Course Coordinator, Student Advisor, Student Support Manager, Lecturer, Diversity Coordinator and Demonstrator.

Conference benefits

  • Hear about the latest national and international policy and research on student engagement and experience.
  • Learn strategies for managing larger and more diverse student cohorts.
  • Discuss insights and findings from major national data collections and review benchmarking opportunities.
  • Build professional capacity and networks in new and emerging core fields of higher education.

Confirmed speakers

Correct as at July 2012.
  • Alan Robson, Chair, Teaching and Learning Standards Panel
  • Christine Asmar, University of Melbourne
  • George Brown, Think Group
  • Hamish Coates, ACER and LH Martin Institute
  • David de Carvalho, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE )
  • Leo Goedegebuure, LH Martin Institute
  • Martin Hanlon, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Ian Hawke, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • Richard James, University of Melbourne
  • Anne Jones, Victoria University
  • Gregor Kennedy, University of Melbourne
  • Sally Kift, James Cook University
  • Conor King, Innovative Research Universities
  • Denise Kirkpatrick, University of Adelaide
  • Kerri-Lee Krause, University of Western Sydney
  • Birgit Lohmann, University of Sunshine Coast
  • Sid Nair, University of Western Australia
  • Aleem Nizari, Council of International Students, Australia
  • Susan Page, Macquarie University
  • Caroline Perkins, Regional Universities Network
  • Alex Radloff, Higher Education Consultant
  • Jeannie Rea, National Tertiary Education Union
  • Mahsood Shah, RMIT University
  • Andrew Smith, Swinburne College
  • Vicki Thomson, Australian Technology Network of Universities
  • Beatrice Tucker, Curtin University of Technology
  • Ly Tran, RMIT University
  • Donherra Walmsley, National Union of Students
  • Nadine Zacharias, Deakin University

Dates and location

Workshop: 29 October 2012
Conference: 30-31 October 2012
Venue: The Sebel & Citigate Albert Park, 65 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004

Conference program

Download full conference program (correct as at 10 August 2012)

  • Monday 29 October, 9:00am – 1:00pm: Workshop
  • Tuesday 30 October, 8:30am - 6:30pm: Conference – Day 1. Includes an evening cocktail reception.
  • Wednesday 31 October , 8:30am - 5:00pm: Conference – Day 2.


Workshop A
e-Engagement: Using technology to engage students as higher education is transformed by eLearning
Monday, 29 October 2012, 9:00am - 1:00pm

This workshop will focus on understanding new patterns of student engagement as online delivery plays a greater role in university delivery models and students participate in more diverse ways. Participants will be invited to consider the ways in which technology might provide one avenue for building effective student participation and engagement. The goals of the workshop are to build a new conceptual model for student engagement that recognises the powerful academic and social connectivity of technology and to develop a set of practical strategies that institutions and academics might adopt. Participants will benefit from a deep exploration of new possibilities.


Richard James is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Participation and Engagement) and Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne. He holds a Chair in higher education and is a prominent researcher and commentator on higher education policy in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Gregor Kennedy joined the Centre for the Study of Higher Education in 2011 when he was appointed as the University of Melbourne’s inaugural Director of eLearning. Prior to this appointment Gregor worked in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University for over a decade and headed the Biomedical Multimedia Unit. He is a leading expert on trends in eLearning and student engagement with eLearning.

Conference Fees

Workshop A: $589 incl. GST
Main conference (Tuesday/Wednesday): $2173 incl. GST

Fees include coffee/tea and meals during the program and a cocktail reception on Tuesday, 30 October.



Telephone: +61 3 9277 5485


Mail: National Student Engagement Conference
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
19 Prospect Hill Road (Private Bag 55)
Camberwell, Victoria, 3124,

Changes and cancellations
ACER and LH Martin Institute reserve the right to alter the program without notice and are not responsible for any loss or damage or costs incurred as a result of substitution, alteration, postponement or cancellation of any event. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. No cancellations can be refunded.

More information

For further enquiries regarding this conference please contact Trish Freeman on +61 3 9277 5485 or via e-mail

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Jointly held by ACER
Jointly held by ACER