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Submissions due Sunday 1st Sept 11:59 pm AEST

Slowposium formats

The Slowposium will involve sharing some kind of resource tied to a Third space theme which people can asynchronously access in our Slowposium Moodle site and add their thoughts to in a discussion forum or by other means. (If you have an idea outside of this, please let us know). The Slowposium is aimed for anyone working in any area of the tertiary education third space. These will be grouped by theme and new resources and activities will be released daily.

If you would like to see how we envision the Slowposium working, visit our Slowposium exemplar (Access as a guest – this is view only)

These could include:

  • Recording of a presentation / podcast / discussion
  • Article / Blog post / Other writing for discussion, feedback or community annotation
  • Creative piece – images, video, songs, poetry etc with a third space theme
  • Interactive multimedia – e.g. H5P activity, Twine interactive story, etc
  • Something making use of Moodle tools or plugins
  • (or other)

Symposium formats

The Third Space Symposium (Sun Dec 1) will take a slightly more conventional approach, with presentation and discussion type activities in the morning and some practical sessions in the afternoon. The symposium is focussed specifically on people working to enable teaching in roles such as learning designer, educational technologist and academic developer (and similar).

These could include:

  • Short presentations (10-15 mins)
  • Pecha Kucha presentations (20 slides x 20 seconds)
  • Discussion activities
  • Other format of your choosing


Working in the Third Space in tertiary education is shaped by a diverse range of factors. We are keen to include contributions covering all facets of the third space experience. These are some possible topics but we are open to others.

  • Working as a [insert role here]
  • What are third space roles and what do they do?
  • What are our professional and ethical values?
  • How can we expand understanding and valuing of these roles?
  • How do Third Space practitioners work together?
  • Third space practitioners in research
  • Ability to participate in the wider L&T Third Space community
  • Self-care and avoiding burnout
  • Creating a supportive community
  • Working with organisational structures and change
  • Social Capital and Relationship Building
  • Developing Third Space practitioners – Formal/Informal options
  • Getting a seat at the table – Contributing to decision making 
  • Working with institutional IT teams 
  • New options for Career Progression and Pathway
  • Contestation, Reconciliation, Reconstruction – changing HE 
  • Enabling Research Collaborations in the 3S 
  • Understanding Academics 
  • Getting on the same page as institutional management 
  • Balancing Academic Freedom and Meaningful Change 
  • Showing your value: demonstrating expertise 
  • Developing confidence in your competence 
  • Recognition and Rewards 
  • Building resource collections 
  • Establishing Legitimacy 
  • Academic belonging in the Third Space – is it a ‘step down’? 
  • Is being an Academic the pinnacle of Higher Education? 
  • Identity Plasticity – taking different shapes based on context 
  • What is a Third Space Identity? Are we Fluid by Definition? 
  • Practical strategies for affecting change in organisations 
  • Professionalisation and Accreditation – pros and cons 
  • Is writing in/for the Third Space different? 
  • Why are Educational Technologists so invisible? 
  • Differences between working in small and large institutions 
  • Strategies for collaborating between faculty and central units 
  • What are the differences between working in a role as an academic or a professional staff member 
  • What different theories tell us about living and working in the 3S 
  • How do we measure our contribution to improving learning and teaching and demonstrate our value?