HEA Assistant Director - Professional Learning, Alison Robinson-Canham delivered a keynote address on approaches to professional learning and development at ANU (Australian National University) during a visit which also included an HEA Fellowship Forum and HEA Fellowship Reviewer training.
Over 70 delegates from universities from across Australia and New Zealand attended the symposium organised by ANU. In her keynote Alison explored the connection between personal development activity undertaken by individuals to enhance their own skills and advance their career aspirations, and the potential for professional development to influence the reputation and practice of an entire professional community, and ultimately improve professional practice for the public benefit. Later she joined an HEA Fellowship Forum, attended by 50 of Australia’s growing number of Fellows. Over 50 colleagues also attended a reviewer training session led by Alison.
Alison Robinson-Canham said, “It was great to meet colleagues from a diverse range of universities and it was particularly interesting to hear from the 17 universities represented about how they are engaging with the HEA, whether through Fellowship and accreditation, or using the Professional Standards Framework for induction or promotion schemes. It’s very positive to see the global community of practice growing, raising the profile and status of teaching in Higher Education. There’s a huge amount we can learn from each other and I’m excited to see how the international professional community shapes the future of higher education practice to meet local and global needs.”
There are now well over 2000 HEA Fellows in Australasia and nine subscribing institutions
Australian National University
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Auckland University of Technology
University of Tasmania
University of Adelaide
University of the Sunshine Coast
Since this story was published, The University of Sydney has become a an HEA partner; as has private provider Navitas, which has its headquaters in Australia.