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 3 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…