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UNSW Sydney

Quad G026

Kensington, NSW 2052

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A Connections Seminar & Workshop | Presented by Dr Yenni Tim & Dr Kevin Liu

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How do we strengthen our students’ work-readiness and equip them with career-focused skills? How can we better design our assessments to cultivate industry-engaged learning at scale?

Dr Yenni Tim, recipient of the Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation last year, along with colleague Dr Kevin Liu, will introduce the Sandbox Education Model, an authentic assessment model that incorporates real-world challenges in course assessments for all students – not just the select few who are lucky enough to go on placement.

Already, it has been implemented in six undergraduate and postgraduate Business courses across three Schools to promote practical learning. Over 1,200 students have successfully created solutions for industry problems - ranging from cyber security to retirement savings - with support and feedback from more than 75 industry experts from 16 leading industry partners.

In this special edition of Connections, Yenni and Kevin will first present on the rationale and the context of the Sandbox Education Model, followed by a practical workshop session on how to apply the award-winning model into action across disciplines. At the workshop, participants will work in groups to apply the model to their specific course & assessment examples.

Come and see how easy it can be transferred to any course and be empowered to design challenge-driven assessments that bridge the gap between industry knowledge and education.

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Please note: this is an internal UNSW staff only event.

If you are planning to join the workshop, you will need to attend in-person as the workshop session will not be recorded or livestreamed. Venue: Quadrangle G026, UNSW Kensington (Map)

For those joining online, please note that only the seminar will be recorded and livestreamed from 12-12:45pm. A link will be provided on the day of the event. Workshop sessions will not be captured.

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About the Speakers

Dr. Yenni Tim is a practice-driven researcher specialising in Digital Resilience. In the education space, Yenni is a multi-award winning educator who is committed to work with students to develop resilient skill sets that are needed for this rapidly changing environment. She pioneered the Sandbox for Education model and founded the Sandbox Education Program (https://unsw.to/edusandbox) at UNSW Business School to bring together educators and industry practitioners to co-create authentic curricula that expose students to the latest business and technological challenges in the industry.

Dr. Kevin Liu is the Undergraduate Program Coordinator of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW Business School. As an education-focused academic, Kevin is committed to empowering students by developing inspirational learning experiences through the integration of a career-focused educational approach and innovative educational technologies. He leads multiple teaching innovation projects at UNSW Business School and received multiple awards for developing innovative course and program that enhance learning. Kevin co-directs the Sandbox Education Program. He also pioneered the StoryWall formative assessment model, which has been adopted in over 25 courses at UNSW Business School to engages students as partners in co-creating authentic learning experiences and active online learning communities.

Example of Sandbox projects this year created by students - more information and credit to Sandbox Education Program

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Quad G026

Kensington, NSW 2052

Australia

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