Learning 2014 Festival – so far

I missed yesterday’s opening sessions as I arrived back from 26 hours straight travel from a Central American conference. Got to go to my first day of the festival today. First up was a ‘video-clipping’ workshop with David Litting from the UTS library- really useful. We learnt how to access different video archives through UTS library as well as various ways of clipping and posting discipline-specific videos. I have already found and included a great clip from Informit on the Santa Muerte cult in Mexico (Saint Death cult – don’t worry, it’s not what you think), which is a great instance of how popular culture works on different levels.

In the afternoon we had a workshop on “Interactive tutorials and seminars: why and how”. The workshop was in the new building 11 and its impressive learning spaces – wow!, is alI I can say. Staff were put through their paces by Peter Kandlbinder on running tutorials with collaborative technologies. We were placed in the position of students and we were awkward at times. We therefore have a ‘lot’ to learn in order to use these spaces and current pedagogies. Interesting how primary and secondary school teachers have to do a teaching diploma and teaching rounds before they are unleashed on students, but not university lecturers! The assumption is that we know (innately and intuitively) the best way to teach. Hmm. I plan to visit a primary and secondary school to learn from the masters!

Final reflection: the new learning spaces in UTS are cutting edge. They should not be allocated to teachers who are not prepared to learn how to use the technology and are not prepared to update their pedagogical method on collaborative group learning. It would be like giving strawberries to …


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