PD Fest Sydney 2023

Unlocking Potential: Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the AI era

UECA are pleased to present the UECA PD Fest on Saturday, 11 November 2023.

Join us for a transformative day of professional development where educators in the ESL industry will converge for a day of learning, collaboration, and inspiration.

Hosted by UTS College, this event is run by teachers for teachers, and promises to be a rich and rewarding experience for all.

The theme for the UECA PD Fest on Saturday 11 November is Unlocking Potential: Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the AI era.

Since the Covid 19 Pandemic and the transition from online to face-to-face teaching, we recognize the need for innovative, augmentative strategies that empower educators to enhance student performance. It’s about embracing a fresh attitude, refining your approach, and taking action to meet the evolving needs of today’s learners.

The program will showcase different approaches to delivering engaging and innovative content to enhance student performance. Discover how Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence and other cutting-edge tools are transforming traditional classrooms into immersive, interactive and engaging environments. 


  • Stream 1: Setting a clear Education Policy framework that promotes learner engagement and autonomy, leveraging the use of technology, AI etc in academically responsible ways
  • Stream 2: Structures that support student engagement in the academic learning environment
  • Stream 3: Accessibility and inclusion for all students in an AI world

Don’t miss this opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and map out best practice and approaches for students to succeed.

PD Fest 2022

PD Fest 2022
Adelaide · Brisbane · Melbourne · Perth · Sydney
‘Live’ Event – Saturday, 18 June 2022

“New realities, new challenges”

University English Centres Australia (UECA) are pleased to present the UECA PD Fest, on Saturday, 18 June 2022.

The UECA PD Day will bring together ELICOS teachers, academic managers and staff in 5 simultaneous events across Australia in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. The focus of the day is on reconnecting with colleagues face-to-face, reflecting on the past two years and turning to think about the new realities and new challenges for our sector as we move forward. Two plenary sessions ‘Adventure Thinking: Finding Calm in the Chaos’ and ‘Perspectives from the Sector: Beyond 2022’ will be screened across all locations and these will be complimented with localised interactive activities in each city for f2f participants.

Centre Hosts

Simon Futo
General Manager, ELC, The University of Adelaide

Ken Beutel
Executive Director, QUT College

Maxine Sahhar
Executive Director Academic at RMIT Training

Leanne Howarth
Manager, Teaching Programs

Katherine Olston
Director Centre for English Teaching + Learning Hub, The University of Sydney

NEAS is proud to be the Principal Sponsor of UECA’s Professional Development Events.

This UECA PD event is also sponsored by Bookery and Cambridge.

PD Fest Perth 2021

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University English Language Centres of Australia (UECA), and the Centre for English Language Teaching, University of Western Australia, are proud to present the UECA PD Fest Perth on Saturday, 20 November 2021.

ZOOM Registration Link

Please register for the ‘live’ event using the link below.


Through the theme Support, the event aims at providing professional development on a range of skills and strategies for supporting both teachers and students in these challenging times. It is a great opportunity to share ideas and insights with colleagues from different centres, through a range of synchronous and asynchronous presentations and interviews. It will include opportunities for participants to interact with colleagues across the sector.

Our plenary speaker is Dr Guy Curtis, a Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology at the University of Western Australia. He has worked as an academic for nearly 20 years, and his current research interests are psychological individual differences, leadership, and academic integrity and contract cheating. He will join us live via Zoom on Saturday November 20th to discuss academic integrity and how we can support students to do the right thing.

The Plenary will then lead into a Panel Discussion on what needs to be included in a Direct Entry Program, and ways we can be supporting students, from a range of perspectives.

The theme of Support will also be realised through asynchronous presentations in 2 streams.

Student Support:

  • Developing Language and Academic Proficiency: Skills, Strategies and tips to developing students’ language skills for university studies
  • Techniques for supporting the student’s well-being through the learning
  • Student engagement

Teacher Support:

  • I’ve not taught that before!!! Tips and strategies for changing into a new area/stream of teaching
  • Support in total well-being to keep teaching in challenging times
  • Teacher engagement
  • Use of badging, micro-credentials and gamification to motivate teachers

NEAS is proud to be the Principal Sponsor of UECA’s Professional Development Events.

This UECA PD event is also sponsored by Bookery and Cambridge.