ACAP leaders and students explore innovation at NPI Conference

Posted by on 13 December 2016

On November 4, the NPI group of colleges including the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Health Skills Australia (HSA) and the Navitas College of Public Safety (NCPS) held its second biennial conference. There were 118 faculty and students in attendance.  The ACAP’s Dean, Dr Scott Dickson, had the challenging job of selecting and designing a conference program from the 75 submissions received. Fifty-five papers were chosen for symposium-style presentation, up from 33 at the inaugural event held in 2014.

“Presentations from research students within the schools of Counselling and Psychological Sciences at ACAP added to the depth and diversity of the presentations,” he said.

Four categories separated the conference’s program into interest areas within the theme: Innovation and Engagement for Learning, Health and Wellbeing.

Research teamwork 

Most sessions contained joint-presentations where teachers, staff or students had partnered in research to explore a contemporary issue in teaching or learning. The high number of jointly presented papers highlighted the prevalence of professional co-operation across the Colleges and the value given to information-sharing across campuses and disciplines.

“Collaboration was a significant feature of many conference presentations and is reflective of the highly integrated scholarship that is taking place throughout the colleges,” said Dickson.

“There were submissions from teams of researchers across all schools and functional units such as student learning support and learning technology services. Such teamwork is encouraging and is indicative of the highly integrated nature of academic work at NPI.”

For more information download the 2016 NPI Conference program and Abstract Booklet here