The annual Australian College of Applied Psychology, Health Skills Australia and Navitas College of Public Safety conference was held at the Hyde Park campus in Sydney on the 30th October 2017. The theme was Educating the 21st Century Professionals: Learning, Teaching and Scholarship.
Thirty sessions were presented to 78 members of the colleges, and other institutions, during the one-day event. Conference Academic Chair Professor Mike Innes presented his paper, Teaching the Professional in the Present Century: Learning to ‘play’ or ‘playing’ to learn?
Topics were selected for their relevance to preparing the professional educator through the development of educational technology, and preparing graduates for professional life from the learners’ perspective. Ten students from ACAP’s Discipline of Psychology also presented their papers, in the conference’s research-based learning stream.
Teaching for tomorrow’s workplace
The keynote speaker was Professor Stephen Billett, from Educational and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Queensland. He presented his research on the development of guidelines for educators to enable the integration of practice-based experiences into the higher degree experience.
Professor Billett proposed that today’s education challenges prompt a careful consideration of what should guide and drive professional preparation programs, and the educational practices necessary to develop adaptable and responsive professionals for the 21st century.
“The task of preparing professionals for working life has perhaps never been more demanding and complex,” he said.
“The requirements for occupational practice are constantly changing, the circumstances of their enactment increasingly diverse, expectations by students, workplaces and governments are ever-growing, and lengthening working lives means that initial occupational preparation needs to equip graduates for ongoing development.”
View the event’s full details on the conference webpage.