Engaged Community Service


Idiom 23 Writers' Workshop

Idiom 23 Writers Workshop receives award

The Idiom 23 Writer's Workshop is a creative and cultural event which brings together local, interstate and international writers of all levels to share writing experiences and ideas annually.

The workshop was founded by Dr Liz Huf in the late 1990s and has since grown in popularity and respect over that time. Dr Lynda Hawryluk now coordinates the workshop, program, travel and visiting writers under the guidance and support of Liz.

The activity has provided Lynda with valuable teaching experience, workshop coordination skills and grant writing and research outcomes experience.

This year, 'A Weekend of Words' took place in May on North Keppel Island. Attendees of the writing workshops found encouragement and inspiration from staff and visiting writers and many have chosen to continue their education and have since enrolled in undergraduate creative writing subjects at CQUniversity.


Teachers Being Childwise

Teachers Being Childwise

The Teachers Being Childwise project involved developing a Professional Development Package for pre-service teachers and teachers of early childhood, primary and secondary sectors of schooling.

The program is based on a professional learning package aimed at enhancing the capacity of teachers and pre-service teachers in meeting the needs of the contemporary child in the classroom. This is accomplished by engaging teachers in shared sustained thinking about the teaching of morals and values and how to actively teach and model these behaviours.

The program was developed so that it sat within the theoretical framework with credibility for the education sector.

The program had three components; program design, industry partnership and engagement with teachers and the community.

Teachers Being Childwise had approximately 80 teachers from primary and secondary schools participating in the full program and negotiations are underway with education systems in Brazil, Sweden, China and New York.

International Engineering and Technology Education Conference

Speaker at International Engineering and Technology Education Conference

The International and Engineering and Technology Education Conference was initiated by CQUniversity in collaboration with three Malaysian Universities and was staged at Taylor's University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the beginning of the year.

The conference was attended by 130 academics and experts from 25 different countries in the Asia Pacific, North and South America, Europe and the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.

The mission of the event was to bring together international academics, professionals, researchers, students, employers and policymakers from around the world to interact with a wide range of stakeholders of engineering and technology education to discuss and share outcomes-based engineering and technology education competencies for 21st-century skills.

The conference demonstrated outstanding contributions to engagement by working collaboratively with universities in Australia and worldwide and the engineering education community.

Sea Dreams Gladstone Festival of Creative Arts

Sea Dreams Gladstone Festival of Creative Arts Program

Sea Dreams – the Gladstone Festival of Creative Arts – involved five public arts events during the last week of August 2011 with a diversity of artistic activity on a common theme relevant to the region.

Many members of both CQUniversity and the community were actively involved as either creative participants or patrons.

In the months leading up to the event, there was a high-profile public launch and several workshops.

The week prior to the festival, Andrew Wallace conducted a creative writing workshop and there was also a public launch, an 'Afternoon for Actors' event held at CQUniversity campus with prospective actors exchanging ideas, a workshop on theatrical staging and a magical mystery tour for painters and photographers.

During the festival week visual art and photographic portrait exhibitions were on display, a ballet, dance and music performance was held along with a workshop by internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator David Cox and his wife Betty Beath.

Sea Dreams involved multiple events relating to the arts of dance, drama, music, writing, photography, painting video and film in an effort to stimulate interest in the arts at all levels across the community.