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The 2020-21 Symposium-Over-Time

May 21 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

In the past, ICALLD has hosted an international symposium every two years (see here for details on some of these events). This year, in response to a changing and demanding global context, the members of the ICALLD committee decided to host a “symposium-over-time.” As such, there will be a series of one-hour professional development opportunities over the majority of the 2020-21 academic year, held approximately every two months. Hosts will come, in turn, from each of the member associations. (Note that because of the time differences across countries, the actual date shifts).

The Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL) host on 21st May, 2021

The Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL)

Event Title:

Updating the Australian University Register of Academic Language and Learning Centres/Units

Location:

The symposium will be held online via the Zoom platform. A link to the room will be added shortly.

Time:

Friday May 21 at 8pm AEST

Friday May 21 at 10pm in Auckland,

Friday May 21 at 6am in Toronto

Friday May 21 at 11am in UK

Presenters:

Dr Sally Ashton-Hay

AALL Vice President

Learning Experience Team, Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor

Southern Cross University

Mr. Alex Barthel

AALL Senior Counsel and Founding President

AALL Assistant Treasurer

Dr Amanda Mȕller

Senior Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Flinders University

Event Abstract:

The Australian University Register of Academic Language and Learning Centres/Units summarises the provision of Academic Language and Learning (ALL) services available across the Australian university sector. Information and data from 39 universities, government sources and ALL educators assisted production of the original AALL Register. This register was updated annually from 1993 to 2013, but it has not been updated since then. The aim of this AALL grant project was to update the Register in order to provide a current snapshot of ALL centres/units across Australian universities today. An online survey was used to ask how universities resource and support language and learning in the midst of the COVID pandemic and wide-ranging restructures. The findings compare and contrast recent changes as the presenters discuss the history of the Register, the AALL grant process, ethics and survey questions used to update the Australian University Register. The challenges encountered in navigating the current Australian university environment as well as current findings will be useful to inform policy makers, administrators and professional educators providing learning support in higher education. The Australian University Register will also be of interest to international associates who may wish to develop a similar register in their own country.

  • ATLAANZ will host the fifth and final in June, 2021 (date TBD).

How can I take part in the symposium-over-time?

It is our hope to create a welcoming, participatory environment where members of all associations can come together not only for professional development but for collegial support and community. As such, discussion, questions, and interaction are welcomed and encouraged at all symposium events.

Every symposium session will be available synchronously via web-conferencing; links will be sent out to member listservs in the weeks prior. Where possible, sessions will also be recorded for viewing asynchronously. Presentations and other resources will be uploaded to this website.

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