Possibilities Unlocked: The Annual ACAP Conference

ACAP seeks to foster a vibrant, diverse and supportive research environment. Quality research and quality teaching are complementary, and are distinguishing features of learning cultures in higher education. As an extension of the research function, ACAP hosts an annual conference to showcase educators and their research endeavours. ACAP has a proud history of educating students with skills for making a difference, and the conference aims to bring together the ACAP learning community including students, academics and teaching staff, together with managers, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers from the broader community.

We welcome you to Sydney for the 2020 conference

This years’ conference is focusing on preparing human services graduates with the cultural competencies required to work with the contemporary Australian population. Confirmed keynote speaker is Dr Jaclyn Broadbent from Deakin University (other keynote speakers will be confirmed soon).

The 2020 conference will be held on 3 and 4 September 2020 at the Australian College of Applied Psychology Sydney campus, conveniently based in the Sydney CBD. Enjoy hearing about cutting edge research to support excellent outcomes in higher education and the broader community, innovative ideas across our disciplines, as well as networking with colleagues and partners from our industries and communities.


Date & Time

Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th September

Location & Venue

ACAP Sydney Campus

Important Dates

16 Mar 2020 – Call for Papers Open
10 May 2020 – Call for Papers Close
11 May 2020 – Registrations Open
12 Jun 2020 – Author Feedback
13 Jul 2020 – Draft Program Available
23 Aug 2020 – Papers/Poster drafts due
23 Aug 2020 – Registrations Close
3 Sep  - Conference
4 Sep 2020 - Conference

Keynote speaker

Dr Jaclyn Broadbent, Deakin University

Dr Jaclyn Broadbent is Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning), the Course Director for the Psychology Honours course as well as the 1-year UG bridging program in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University.

Jaclyn has taught large classes (1500+) for nearly 10 years. She is passionate about providing high-quality, authentic learning experiences that engage and retain students and support them through their learning journey.

Her interest is in developing innovative, cost-effective solutions for challenges associated with the experience of first-year students, final year students, online study, and teaching large classes.

Jaclyn has over 40 journal articles and book chapters published/in-press. She has won several prestigious teaching awards, including an Australian Award for University Teaching (2016), Deakin University Teacher of the Year (2016), Desire2Learn Teaching Impact award (2014), and citation from the Office of Learning and Teaching for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2012).