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Hooking Students into Learning

20 July 2022
ONLINE via Zoom Meetings

Join Tamara Cousins & Alexandra Vardis for this brand-new webinar that explores practical ideas you can take back and embed into your teaching practice.


Looking for ideas on how to hook your students into learning; create interest, maintain engagement and activate learning?

As trainers/instructional designers/curriculum developers/L&D managers, successful student engagement in our training is paramount to progression and completion.

The planned sequencing of learning and teaching activities can stimulate student engagement and activate learning, but what are the key characteristics of an effective and engaging training session?

The sector is learning to use ‘anticipatory sets’ to hook learners in and activate learning.

Join us this July for an interactive Zoom event where you will be involved in discussion, sharing of practice, working in small groups and undertake a reflective practice component.

Key topics covered in this webinar 

  • Key characteristics of an effective and engaging session
  • High Impact Teaching Strategy Structuring Sessions
  • Defining ‘anticipatory sets’ and application to sessions to engage students and activate learning
  • Ways to incorporate anticipatory sets into sessions

NB. Can't make the session?

We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

20 July 2022
11:00am - 12.30pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
11:00am - 12:30pm (AEST: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
10:30am - 12:00pm (ACST: SA)
10:30am - 12:00pm (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 10:30am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • Trainer/Assessors
  • Training Managers
  • Curriculum/Resource Developers
  • L&D Managers

What to expect

Presented by Tamara Cousins & Alexandra Vardis, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint (in PDF format)
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resource 
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Alexandra Vardis

Alexandra Vardis is an Instructional Coach in the Professional Teaching Practice team at Melbourne Polytechnic. Alex has been an educator at Melbourne Polytechnic since 2005, teaching primarily in youth programs, first in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and then in youth EAL/AMEP - Young Adult Migrant Education Courses (YAMEC).  She then spent a number of years as Program Leader of foundation youth programs. Alex believes that all students should have the opportunity to achieve in education, regardless of their background or life circumstances. In her role in Professional Teaching Practice (PTP) Alex guides and supports teachers to be more skilled and confident in their teaching practice, so they can enable students to realise their learning goals.

Tamie Cousins

Tamie Cousins is an Instructional Coach in the Professional Teaching Practice team at Melbourne Polytechnic. With 18 years’ experience as a dedicated, passionate, and innovative educator across Secondary, Vocational and Higher Education, she has an in-depth knowledge of the adult learning environment. In her role as an Instructional Coach at Melbourne Polytechnic, Tamie partners with educators to support and develop their teaching practice through the implementation of evidence-based, high impact teaching strategies.  Tamie is committed to a learner-centered approach to education, fostering learner engagement, curiosity, and lifelong learning skills.

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Feature available in this Zoom session)
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenters before the session, please email

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