Rebels Up the Front

4 mins reading ‘No one listens to experts anymore…’ These words were spoken by Tracey Slatter, Managing Director at Barwon Water, at a recent Geelong Communications and Marketing Professionals Network event sponsored by the City of Greater Geelong. The sentiment matches something that I – and no doubt countless others – have been grappling with…

Finding New Ways

6 mins reading We need to get better at telling stories. These words were spoken recently by a manager in the teaching and learning space to a large group of tertiary educators. The immediate context was Virtual Reality, though I have a feeling the statement was intended to apply more broadly. No one in the…

Building Community

2 mins reading and 8 mins viewing Yesterday’s podcast conversation with Emily Wade focused in part on the theme of creating online learning communities for and alongside students. This is increasingly a pedagogical necessity amidst diversifying study patterns and behaviours, and a widespread sense of isolation experienced by a large number of students (and not…

Authentic Performances

9 mins reading and 12 mins viewing Recently I wrote about the themes of being visible and being on camera, both of which raise the important question of how to do so in an ‘authentic’ way. You’ll notice I used inverted commas around that word (and you’ll see me do it a lot), as the…

Being on Camera

8 mins reading and 10 mins viewing Yesterday’s blog on the benefits of Being Visible raises the question of how one might best do this in the medium of video. Over the years I’ve done a lot of things right and I’ve gotten a lot of things wrong, so I thought I’d take you through…

Let Them Choose

3 mins reading The first time time I witnessed the power of enabling student agency was when I was in Grade 5. Of course, I wasn’t able to conceptualise it as that until a long, long time after I left primary school, but looking back on it now, that’s exactly what I had (accidentally) accomplished……

Speaking of Students

2 mins reading Last week I participated in a workshop about digital literacy. A diverse group of university managers, learning designers, academics, and student representatives had some really insightful conversations about how learning needs to be re-framed in these digital times. One problem I recognised in a few presentations that ‘set the scene’ for this…