Invitation to participate: PASS and Peer Learning Conference 2019
2nd – 3rd October 2019
Excellence and Innovation: The Future of Peer Learning
In its 15th year of operation, PPLC is a dynamic event dedicated to sharing of best practice around operating peer learning programs and attracts staff and peer leaders from Universities across the Asia – Pacific region. This year the event will head home to the beautiful seaside city of Wollongong. Set on the beach, it is the perfect location to enjoy time as a team and celebrate all things related to peer learning programs. This year the theme is Excellence and Innovation: The Future of Peer Learning. The PPLC is an opportunity for students, program coordinators and university leadership to connect around the use of peer to peer learning in higher education. It is a chance to share innovations, ideas and challenges related to recruitment, training, innovative facilitation techniques, marketing strategy, technology, evaluation, reporting and so much more. The most exciting part of PPLC is the high proportion of students who attend – at least 50% of delegates are student leaders, who actively design and deliver a large proportion of the workshops.
The conference key note speaker line up represents an exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of our thinking around the use of peer learning activities. Associate Professor Kelly Matthews (University of Queensland) who is a leader in the Students as Partners space, will challenge participants to think about the nature of partnerships with and between students and ask what makes a “genuine partnership” in programs. Kelly aims to stretch thinking around the role of students. Emeritus Associate Professor David Arendale has dedicated his life’s work to understanding postsecondary peer cooperative learning and is author of a comprehensive annotated bibliography of research in this space. As dedicated first year educator for many years, David is dedicated to practicing what he preaches in terms of student centred design. David is currently leading an international group of peer learning practitioners to develop Course Based Learning Assistance Guidelines which serve to provide generic guidance for peer learning programs. This work will be shared at PPLC.
Call for submissions are now open, closing 4th July. There are four submission types – refereed papers, workshops, speed talks and poster presentations. All staff and leaders of PASS and Peer Learning programs are encouraged to submit – the program is truly an opportunity to share and grow knowledge and the experiences of all programs are valuable. It is a great opportunity to encourage Leaders to reflect on practice, develop an idea, create a submission and gain experience in a conference environment. Call for submissions can be found here <https://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/pass/conference/overview/index.html>
Each year, the Australasian Peer Leader Awards recognising outstanding student leadership in peer learning programs. The categories include Outstanding New PASS Leader, Outstanding Senior PASS Leader, Outstanding Peer Leader and Outstanding Peer Educator Team. Nominations are shortlisted by national cross – institutional panels and judged by a senior colleague, in the USA. This award series is open to any student who is currently studying in an Asia Pacific University and is working in a PASS or peer learning program. Nominations packs can be downloaded here <https://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/pass/conference/leaderawards/index.html.