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Professional Development

In addition to regular small school and committee based professional development sessions, the Transition project has initiated several major professional development opportunities for staff wishing to engage in discussion and learning around the student experience.

Pacific Rim Conference on First Year Experience
Developing a critical mass of staff with expertise in the First Year Experience is a goal of the Transition Project. To help achieve this goal, each year ten sponsorships worth $1,000 each are provided to academic and general staff to attend the Pacific Rim First Year Experience Conference.  In order to broadly disseminate the information from the conference, each staff member must write and present a report to their respective Faculties and Divisions on their return. These reports will be made available on the Transition web site. Each sponsored attendee is expected to commence or further develop a first year experience project and present this at the following year’s conference. Read the reports from last year's conference attendees.

Successful FYE Conference sponsorship applications for 2011 have been announced, see Transition News for more information.

Professional Development
The Student Engagement Forum was held in Wagga in September 2010 and attracted over 140 staff. The feedback on the forum has been very positive and there is evidence of first year enhancement initiatives occurring as a result of the presentations and discussions during the forum. Staff were particularly appreciative of the opportunity to hear the Deans speak on the Student Experience. The presentations, photos and feedback for the forum are available at http://www.csu.edu.au/student/transition/forum/index.htm

FLI Teaching Fellowship
In conjunction with the Transition project, FLI have established a fellowship centred around the First Year Experience. The focus of the Teaching Fellowship is on developing the digital and information literacies required for successful study at CSU. While the key audience will be students from a low socio-economic status (LSES) background, it is anticipated that the outcomes of this research/project will have wide reaching benefits for all students. For more information contact Merilyn Childs.

If you would like to organise a professional development session related to the Student Experience or Transition please contact Liz Smith at elsmith@csu.edu.au or 02 6338 4325.