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Supporting learning through real world projects and technologies

Cathy Farrell, lecturer in Media Studies, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday – 3rd February 2010 in room M421,

Marylebone Road

2.00-4.00 with lunch from 1.30pm.

Cathy, who has recently won the Australian equivalent of a National Teaching Fellowship for her approach to student engagement and innovative assessment, will talk about her approach to sourcing and running real world projects.

She takes a constructivist approach in developing modules, such as one on e-culture and another in mobile and micro film technology, which emphasise how technology can support students’ development of criticality and innovation. Her approach is to give students opportunities to take part in real world problems and controversies. This might be through internet research and blogging, working with communications companies, or advising community groups on effective communication through blogging and film making, which she sees as an increasingly important skill in communications industries. Her students develop both a critical and a practical edge, to enhance their employability.

Cathy has brought samples of student work and links to web materials. The seminar should be of interest to anyone who has or wants to start using technology and real world projects as a means to students’ taking more responsibility in the curriculum.

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