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Curtin University
Note to staff

19 March 2014


Festival of Learning

I was very pleased to participate in last week’s Festival of Learning and would like to congratulate everyone involved in organising such a fantastic showcase of the innovative and high-quality education on offer at Curtin.

Across three days, there were more than 60 speakers and 29 iLecture and webstream sessions, as our academic staff exhibited a wide range of teaching and learning innovations, including the world class visualisation and 3-D virtual world technologies being used in our classrooms.

I was pleased to see so many staff and students in attendance, actively engaged in learning more about Curtin’s Learning for Tomorrow strategy.

The success of the festival was testament to the commitment and hard work of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Jill Downie and the input and support of her colleagues.

Curtin aims to reach one million learners globally by 2017 and the technology on display at the festival is a key platform towards reaching that ambition.

OzAPP Awards

The Curtin-sponsored OzAPP Awards were again a great success, attracting 180 applications from across the country and Southeast Asia.

The Awards were initiated by the University’s IP Commercialisation Office to identify the best new mobile, web and cloud computing apps.

I was delighted to hear that Curtin graduate Naomi Henn won the Student Edge prize for an app relevant to the student/education market, while the Curtin “Make Tomorrow Better” Prize (sponsored by the Australian Sustainable Development Institute) was awarded to Yugambeh Museum for an app to preserve Aboriginal language.

For more information, visit the OzAPP Awards website.

VC Forum

I would like to advise that my first address to staff, renamed the VC Forum, is scheduled for Wednesday 2 April, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre.

The address will be recorded and will be available via iLecture shortly after. Staff can send through questions in advance to

I look forward to seeing you there.

  1. Susan Fyfe March 19, 2014 1:33pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to send questions through in advance for the VC Forum. I look forward to it . I would ask however that , in the same way that we are transforming learning for our students , that the VCs “address” is also flipped , so that we receive content before the Forum and have the opportunity to consider and engage more fully in the Q&A .

  2. Mike Burbridge March 19, 2014 4:29pm

    Susan – what a brilliant idea. I love it!

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