Resilience Program

A program for enhancing staff and student resilience

 

Resources

Resilience related resources from around the world

 

Case Studies

How enhancing resilience improves learning and student experiences

 

About

More on the Enhancing Resilience initiative

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Resilience Program

The resilience program was originally put together with the help of an Australian Technology Network (ATN) grant. The aim was to help academic staff understand their own resilience so they could, in turn, help students enhance their capacity for resilience.

For an overview of the program please listen to this webinar. A zip file containing all the program files can be downloaded here, or individual components via the below links.

Materials in this resilience program are available under the Creative Commons ShareAlike license.

1. Facilitator Guide

A comprehensive guide to implementing the staff resilience program.

Facilitator Guide

2. Pre-Program Materials

Use this flyer template to advertise the particular dates and context for your resilience program!

Flyer

Documents for participants’ reference folder:

Action plan

Folder cover page

Folder spines

Folder tab inserts

4. Post-Program Materials

Use this certificate template to recognise the participation and effort of your resilience program participants!

Certificate

Resources

These resources range from articles to TED talks to entire web sites; all of them in some way useful to enhancing resilience.

Click one or several filter buttons to find resources of your choosing. Options will automatically appear below. To remove a filter click it to de-select.

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Case Studies

CURTIN UNIVERSITY

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School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology.

Queensland University of Technology

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School of Public Health

University of South Australia

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School of Health Sciences

About

About this Program

Developed through a collaboration between Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of South Australia, Enhancing Resilience is a comprehensive professional learning program that aims to build staff capacity to embed resilience into the higher education context.

This multidisciplinary program looks to develop agile and resilient staff who have a shared understanding of resilience, see the value of building student resilience, and have the capabilities to model and teach resilience and embed resilience in curricula.

The learning outcomes of the program include:

  • Enhance your understanding of resilience and leadership
  • Enhance the resilience of your students (and yourself)
  • Develop your capabilities to lead curricula change
  • Develop an action plan, and where relevant, develop this plan into a scholarly project

To facilitate its flexible delivery and broad adoption, the program consists of five core and two optional modules that focus on resilience, leadership and management. Peer coaching and mentoring are also included to facilitate sustainable change. The program culminates with participants’ developing an action plan to embed resilience in curricula and/or co-curricula student experiences. All program resources, including a comprehensive guide on how to facilitate the program, are available on this site.


Definition of resilience

Resilience is a dynamic process of positive adaptation in the face of adversity or challenge. This process involves the capacity to negotiate for and draw upon psychological, social, cultural and environmental resources.


Project Team

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Associate Professor Margo Brewer
Project and Curtin Lead

Associate Professor Margo Brewer

Margo is the Director of Practice and Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University in Western Australia. She is a speech pathologist and life coach with extensive experience as a clinician, clinical educator, academic and project manager. Her research is predominantly in the field of interprofessional education and resilience. Margo has won multiple teaching excellence awards including a national Office of Learning and Teaching award and the International Best Practice award at the World Business Capability Congress in 2012. Margo is an inaugural fellow of the Curtin Academy.

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Sonia Ferns
Project Team (Curtin)

Sonia Ferns

Sonia manages the Course Design team which is responsible for the quality and design of all courses at Curtin University. From 2013 to 2015 Sonia led the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) strategic project to establish an institutional framework for WIL at Curtin University, and is a Director on the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Board. Sonia has worked on several national projects on WIL and has published extensively on industry engagement and WIL. She works collaboratively with an international consortium of WIL researchers. Sonia is currently undertaking her PhD.

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Assoc. Prof. Sharon Maresse
Project Team (Curtin)

Associate Professor Sharon Maresse

Sharon is the Deputy Head of School, Molecular & Life Sciences and teaches in the Medical Radiation Sciences at Curtin University. She has 30 years of experience as a medical radiation science professional, including a background in both academic and clinical research and 16 years as an academic. Sharon’s research interests include workplace adversity, new graduate resilience, transition to professional practice and medical radiation science workforce development.

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Alan Reubenson
Project Team (Curtin)

Alan Reubenson

Alan holds a Bachelor of Science (physiotherapy) as well as a Master of Clinical Physiotherapy degree. His current position is the Director of Clinical Education at the Curtin School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science where he leads the fieldwork curriculum for Physiotherapy. He has 20 years of experience in the physiotherapy field, the majority of which has included fieldwork supervision and/or coordination. Alan has been awarded Faculty, University and National teaching awards for his involvement as the Curtin physiotherapy project lead on the National Health Workforce Australia Simulation Project (2013-2015). Alan is currently undertaking his PhD.

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Brooke Sanderson
Project Team (Curtin)

Brooke Sanderson

Brooke holds a degree in Speech Pathology and a Master of Business Administration. Brooke is currently the Director of Clinical Education for the speech pathology program at Curtin University. Brooke is committed to advancing the scholarship of health professional education; her current research activities are in the area of student resilience and the expectations of the millennial learner. Brooke is a national University accreditor for Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and member of the Board Director of Speech Pathology Australia.

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Dr Gisela Van Kessel
UniSA Lead

Dr Gisela Van Kessel

Gisela is a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and has a research interest in socio-ecological resilience and student wellbeing. She is particularly interested in the roles of self-regulated learning, decision making and social support in health and wellbeing of students.

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Dr Sue Barnard
QUT Lead

Dr Sue Barnard

Sue is a clinical and counselling psychologist working in the Student Counselling Service at Queensland University of Technology. She has recently completed her Doctoral thesis which examined the effectiveness of a resilience seminar on campus, students’ perceptions of psychoeducational seminars and developed a readiness to engage instrument. She develops programs, facilitates workshops and lectures on resilience and wellbeing within curricula and co-curricula activities.

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Bernadine Cooper
Project Team (QUT)

Bernadine Cooper

Berni holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Hons and various Higher Education and Coaching certificates. Berni is the Strategic Lead, Career Development & Engagement within the Student Success Group at Queensland University of Technology. She has developed a number of initiatives at QUT to enhance students’ resilience and employability skills: an online growth mindset module and associated staff development workshops; a student peer coaching program; and a suite of employability tools such as a university-wide employability framework and associated online learning experiences and resources for student self-access and academic use embedded in curriculum.

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Dr Murray Lane
Project Team (QUT)

Dr Murray Lane

Murray is the Student Success and Retention Developer in Queensland University of Technology’s Learning and Teaching unit, promoting and creating initiatives that support staff and students towards more effective outcomes. Murray’s role includes curriculum review and advice, staff capacity building through workshops and online resources, direct support for course and unit coordinators and the development of evaluation strategies.

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Prof. Fiona Naumann
Project Team (QUT)

Professor Fiona Naumann

Fiona is a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Queensland University of Technology within the Faculty of Health. Fiona was the founding chair of the Clinical Exercise Education Group, has chaired the Exercise and Sports Science Australia Accreditation Council and has been a past president of the Council for Heads of Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (CHESMS) which represent the National University body. In 2016, she was awarded a Fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia in recognition to her outstanding contributions to the profession, and in 2017, was recognised as a Principle Fellow within the Higher Education Academy and awarded an Australian Teaching and learning Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Fiona has research interests in the field of clinical teaching, learning and assessment, interprofessional practice, resilience and digital learning in Higher Education.

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Dr Caroline Rueckert
Project Team (QUT)

Dr Caroline Rueckert

Caroline is the Director of Student Success at Queensland University of Technology and has over 10 years of leadership experience working across three continents in the field of student engagement and development. Caroline’s research is predominately in the field of international education, student partnerships, self-efficacy and ethics of care. Caroline has won multiple leadership awards, including the Rising Star in International Education from the British Columbia Council of International Education.


The project team would like to acknowledge the contribution of our project manager, research assistants, administrative assistant, external evaluator, members of the expert reference group and other project contributors listed below.

Project Manager: Michelle Donaldson

Research Assistants: Alice Carter (Curtin University), Millie Watson and Sarah Edney (University of South Australia), and Omar Abdelrahman (Queensland University of Technology)

Administrative Assistant: Sandie Pritchard

External Evaluator: Dr Helen Flavell

Expert Reference Group: Professor Ian Shochet, Nigel Gribble, Michelle Rogers, Dr Keri Moore, Dr Sue Beltman, Dr Gillian Hatt, Dr Julie Howell  Dylan Heywood (Curtin Student Representative), Jordan Piggott (Curtin Student Representative), Evangeline Fenech (QUT Student Representative), Ali Dulfika (QUT Student Representative), Ellen Messenger (UniSA Student Representative) and Isobel Waters (UniSA Student Representative).

Other project contributors: Mandy Miller (Instructional Designer), Andrew Reid (Programmer), Andrew Taylor (Graphic Designer, Web Developer) and Mick Tate (Cartoonist).

Contact Us

Send us a message


Curtin University
Associate Professor Margo Brewer
+61 08 9266 9288
M.Brewer@curtin.edu.au

Queensland University of Technology
Dr Sue Barnard
+61 07 3138 2383
sue.barnard@qut.edu.au

University of South Australia
Dr Gisela Van Kessel
+61 08 8302 2551
Gisela.VanKessel@unisa.edu.au

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