CENTRE FOR LEARNING AND SCHOLARSHIP SKILLS: TRAINING

The training arm of the centre offers professional development for faculty, research students and the broader higher education community, such as skills training in teaching, marking, curriculum design, engaging with diversity and online learning.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

CLASS contributes to the Professional Development Workshop Program of the College, which is coordinated by the Learning and Teaching Committee. The topics are developed in consultation with the academic staff and are generally run as workshops to develop skills in teaching and showcase best practice. The professional development program of the College is available to full-time, part-time and sessional staff. Several of the current Master of Theology students have also been employed as tutors, so are also part of the staff professional development program. Workshops are recorded and can be viewed by all full-time, part-time and sessional staff.

The goal of the Professional Development Workshop is to develop the skills of the academic community and disseminate best practice. Opportunity is also provided at the Professional Development Workshops to showcase new ideas and innovations from within the faculty. A specific professional development opportunity also provided to all AC academic staff (whether full-time, part-time or sessional) is funding to obtain the Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. 

AC WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP FORUM PROGRAM

The AC Women's Leadership Forum Program was started by Prof Lily Arasaratnam-Smith in 2018, to provide a forum for inspiring women faculty and female HDR candidates through talks from senior female leaders in academia. From Vice Chancellors to CEOs of not for profit organisations, the speakers in this series shared not only their expertise but also lessons learnt in their person journey as female leaders. The AC Women Faculty Lunch series has also collaborated with the Avondale Women’s Network to co-host a couple of events. 

Research Roundtables

Women's Leadership Forum Program

Professional Development Workshops

Pedagogy in Digital and Online Learning

Dr Ron Hannaford (6 February 2018, Parramatta Campus)


Christianity in the 21st Century: The most Christian and most Confusing

Prof Rikk Watts (7 February 2018, Hobart Campus)


Professional Development for AC Applied Social Science Sessional Faculty

Dr Rebecca Loundar (7 February 2018, Hobart Campus)


Classroom Culture and Communication Competence

Prof Lily Arasaratnam-Smith (16 February 2018, Brisbane Campus)


Pedagogy in Digital and Online Learning

Dr Ron Hannaford (15 March 2018, Perth Campus)


Classroom Culture and Communication Competence

Prof Lily Arasaratnam-Smith (21 March 2018, Melbourne Campus)


Academic Promotion

Prof Ann Brewer, Newcastle University (9 April 2018, Parramatta Campus)

Research Supervision

Assoc Prof Matthew Anstey (10 April 2018, Parramatta Campus)


Pedagogy in Digital and Online Learning

Dr Ron Hannaford (23 April 2018, Hobart Campus)


Education Faculty - Inclusive Education

Margaret Howard, Voni Howard and Megan Dredge (27 April 2018, Parramatta Campus)


Higher Education Governance and Growth

Rev Dr David Perry (14 May 2018, Finland HETPA)


Basic Instructional Design

Dr Ron Hannaford and Vijendra Lal (28 May 2018, Parramatta Campus)


Assessment and Marking

Assoc Prof Jennie Bickmore-Brand (4 July 2018, Parramatta Campus)


Classroom Culture and Communication Competence

Prof Lily Arasaratnam-Smith (12 July 2018, Perth Campus)


Pedagogy in Digital and Online Learning

Dr Ron Hannford (24 July 2018, Melbourne Campus)


Pedagogy in Digital and Online Learning

Dr Ron Hannaford (26 July 2018, Brisbane Campus)


Writing for Publication

Speaker TBA (3 October 2018, Parramatta Campus)


Classroom Culture and Communication Competence

Prof Lily Arasaratnam-Smith (9 October 2018, Hobart Campus)


Education Faculty - Spiritual Formation in the Classroom

Professor Rikk Watts, Rev Bob Frisken, Dr Ted Boyce, Jason Poon, Ps Dean O'Keefe (21 April 2017, Parramatta Campus)


Simplifying Work

Andrew Mellor (4 May 2017, Parramatta Campus)


Writing for Publication

Professor John Oetzel, University of Waikato, New Zealand (8 June 2017, Parramatta Campus)


Improving online: Innovation and Excellence

Andrew Youd, Danielle Carter and Jorge Pena (26 June 2017, Parramatta Campus)


Pentecostal Pedagogy

Ps Dean O'Keefe (20 July, Perth Campus and 31 August 2017, Parramatta Campus)


Education Faculty - Growing STEM Skills

Joe Helg, Felicity McClure, Jacob Strickling, Peter Muddle (6 October 2017, Parramatta Campus)


Grant Writing

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie University) (25 February 2016, Parramatta Campus)


Academic Promotions

Prof Paul Oslington (5 April 2016, Parramatta Campus)


Education Faculty, Student Professional Development Day

Stephen Brinton, Dr Jim Twelves, Dr Daniel Thornton, Helen Blanch (15 April 2016, Parramatta Campus).



Research Supervision

Prof Neil Ormerod (Australian Catholic University) (23 June 2016, Parramatta Campus).


Increasing Student Engagement in Online Learning

Andrew Tennikoff (15 September 2016, Parramatta Campus).


Strategies to Engage Students in the Classroom

Jennie Bickmore-Brand (2016, Perth Campus).


Classroom Management: Chaos or Calm

Dr Kevin Petrie, Rosie Harriott, Deb Taylor, Matthew Green (7 October 2016, Parramatta Campus).


Research and Strategies for Output

Prof Tony Williams (Avondale College) (1 December 2016, Parramatta Campus)

Awards and Higher Degree Research Courses

Excellence in Teaching Awards 

AC is committed to excellence in learning and teaching across all courses of study. These awards aim to recognise and reward teaching staff who demonstrate creativity, innovation and excellence in teaching and scholarship. The awards reflect the Australian Awards for University Teaching that recognises quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning. Recipients, with the support of their institutions, further contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching through ongoing knowledge sharing and dissemination.

Previous Recipients

  • Andrew Youd, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016 
  • Adam White, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
  • Lily Arasaratnam-Smith, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
  • Jody Sisley, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2017
  • Daniel Thornton, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2018
  • Jim Twelves, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019
  • Emma Austin, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2019
  • Robyn Wrigley-Carr, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020
  • Grant Buchanan, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2020


Additional Resources:


Community Engagement Award

AC Community Engagement focuses on collaboration between AC with community groups and organisations to achieve mutually agreed goals that advance the AC mission and meet community needs. The purpose of AC Community Engagement is to build capacity, improve well-being, and produce just and sustainable outcomes in the interests of individuals, the AC community and the broader community. It serves the common good, particularly for those most marginalised or disadvantaged. These awards are conferred at the annual AC graduation ceremony.

Previous Recipients

  • Kevin and Glenys Hovey, Community Engagement Award, 2018

Additional Resources


Distinguished Alumni Awards

AC is committed to honouring its distinguished alumni through two separate awards: Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Distinguished Alumni Award. These awards are conferred at the annual AC graduation ceremony.

Previous Recipients

  • Rev Dr Andrew Evans, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015
  • Pastor Brian Houston, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016
  • Pastors Cyril and Evelyn Westbrook, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017
  • Pastor Alun Davies, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2018


Additional Resources


Kevin and Glenys Hovey Missions Award

This award will be given to an AC graduand who has made a significant contribution to mission concepts and the advancement of the cause of the Great Commission in cross-cultural contexts through their research and writing while at AC; has made a significant contribution to AC’s cross-cultural ministry engagement; or has contributed substantially to field mission ministry prior to coming to study cross cultural ministry subjects at AC. This award is conferred at the annual AC graduation ceremony.

Previous Recipients

  • Amanda Fitzgerald, 2017


Additional Resources


Parker Biblical Studies Award

This award will be given to an AC graduand who has made a significant contribution to biblical studies through their research and writing while at AC or has the highest GPA of the biblical studies/ancient language graduate cohort. This award is conferred at the annual AC graduation ceremony.

Additional Resources

AC offer three Higher Degree Research (HDR) courses:

A list of all courses offered by AC is available on the College website.