ACEN Virtual Summit 2020 wrap-up

To ensure that its members had continuing access to professional development despite COVID-19, ACEN made the decision to hold its first fully online two-day annual conference.

The Q&A bot that answers student queries in Microsoft Teams

We’re piloting a bot that uses artificial intelligence to build a body of knowledge about a unit so it can answer student queries.

Transition Pedagogy or panic-gogy: The first year experience of emergency remote teaching

Professor Sally Kift presented a talk that ranged widely across data, research and good practice frameworks to articulate what we needed most to learn from our experiences in 2020.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic staff at Deakin may need to transition their teaching practice online. For daily updates, resources and workshops please visit and bookmark the Transitioning Teaching Online website.

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Student Voice Series – Learning at Deakin University with Ella Longstaff

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