National Outdoor Education Conference
9th – 12th April 2018, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

The 2018 biennial National Outdoor Education Conference will be hosted by Outdoor Education Tasmania from April 9-12 in Hobart, Tasmania.

The theme of the 2018 NOEC conference is “Wisdom of the Past – Exploring the Future.”

Delegates will be invited to examine and engage with historical foundations of long-held traditions of outdoor education, such as nature, risk, adventure, skill development and social and interpersonal development. More contemporary constructs of outdoor education will also be presented and interrogated, including local place-based education, environmental education, sustainability education and social justice.

We look forward to engaging with a variety of delegates representing the diverse outdoor education sector –  teachers, academics, instructors, tourism guides, students, commercial operators, and government officials are invited to attend.

Tasmania has spectacular natural environment for interacting with nature and Hobart will offer both inner city venues and beautiful outdoor sites to run a diverse program. This conference will have a uniquely Tasmanian twist as we celebrate the proud history and tradition of teaching and learning in the Tasmanian outdoors. ​

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers have been confirmed. Click here for biographies.

  • Dr Mary Breunig
    Brock University
  • Dr Mark Leather
    Plymouth Marjon University
  • Dr Allen Hill
    ARA Institute of Canterbury

SPONSORS

Sponsors will be recognised as keen and vital supporters of outdoor education across Australia. Please click here to visit the sponsorship prospectus.

VENUE

Hotel Grand Chancellor

1 Davey Street
Hobart Tasmania 7000

Overlooking the Hobart Harbour, this polished hotel is a 12-minute walk from Salamanca Market and 15 km from Mount Wellington.

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KEY DATES

2018 Host

CONFERENCE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Dr Janet Dyment

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Deputy Head of School, Faculty of Education

Janet Dyment is delighted to be co-convening the 2018 National Outdoor Education Conference. Janet hails from Canada, where she spent years paddling northern rivers, dogsledding and cross-country skiing.  She spent countless summers working for the Canadian Outward-Bound Wilderness School and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

About 14 years ago, she crossed the big Pacific Ocean and found herself in Tasmania, of all places!  She’s spent that time working in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania in various roles.  In her teaching and research roles, she is passionate about understanding what ‘causes’ deep learning in formal and informal settings.  She writes regularly and sits on the editorial boards of key outdoor and environmental education journals.

She balances her work life by stepping fully into being a Mom of her two young boys.  They are often found hiking, camping, fishing, watching the sunrises, sleeping out under the stars, and continuing their quest to perfect the art of marshmallow roasting.

Todd Blackhall

Todd Blackhall has been leading the development and implementation of outdoor education programs at Hutchins School (in Hobart, Tasmania) for over twelve years. Prior to this he found himself in a diverse range of teaching and leadership roles, which included three years in the Torres Strait.

Todd’s vision is to inspire kids to develop their own spirit of adventure and reflect on personal growth through accepting challenges in the outdoors.  He is passionate about the value of professional networking and sharing resources and learning. As a practitioner Todd challenges colleagues to be innovative and creative when planning and delivering outdoor experiences.

Todd enjoys taking his family into the outdoors which, with the help of wife Mel, includes introducing camping, paddling and climbing to his two beautiful daughters.

“I am excited to welcome national and international colleagues to Hobart, Tasmania for 2018 conference.

Tasmania is a place to teach outdoor education in all its forms and we are very proud to have the opportunity to showcase this to delegates.

Tasmania has a proud history of outdoor education and it will be a fantastic setting to share knowledge, experiences and stories with OEA members from across the country and colleagues from abroad.”

About the Association

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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