UnMarked: Symposium program

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Co-curricular projects and their unique learning opportunities.

9.15 Welcome: Noel Maloney, 2015 Innovation Teaching Fellow; College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University. 

9.30 Keynote: ‘UnMarked and Remarkable’
Professor Joy Higgs AM, Co-Director, Strategic Development, The Education For Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University.

The concept and reality of curriculum go far beyond the planned, the predictable and the overt. Students learn both because of, and often in spite of, the visible and stated curriculum. The concept of co-curricular projects fits within this space of opportunity for learning beyond the common and required curriculum agenda. Today, we are entering this creative space to consider how educators across the tertiary education arena can harness the potential of co-curricular learning through the design of opportunities for students to participate in projects and experiences that expand their learning in creative and unique ways. How do teachers and learners deal with the challenges, as well as the potentially unlimited opportunities, created by implementing co-curricular projects. When we think of employability the question is: will students learn more and gain more employability capabilities through co-curricular projects?

10.00 Q&A

10.20 Morning tea

10.40 Discussion Groups: (Each group will comprise a short presentation of the project, and then facilitated discussion.)

Nine Slices
A creative writing project with students from the Bachelor of Creative Writing, Associate Degree Professional Writing and Editing, and Diploma of Photo Imagery, which was part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Facilitator: Associate Professor Francesca Rendle-Short, Co-Director non/fictionLab, Co-Director WrICE (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange) School of Media and Communication, RMIT University.

Occupying a new site each year, Index is a public exhibition, event and forum upon the Interior. It is a grand collaborative project between students, academics, trades and industry. Showcasing student’s major projects it provides a valuable transition between the academy and their future practice exposing them to the complex realities and compromises involved in designing and producing a live project.

Facilitators: Anthony Fryatt, final year coordinator, and Roger Kemp, program director, Bachelor of Interior Design, School of Architecture + Design RMIT University.

SYN Media
community media organisation run by people under the age of 26, located on RMIT’s City campus, which provides a range of co-curricular opportunities for RMIT students and others.

Facilitator: Tess Lawley, General Manager of SYN Media and RMIT alumna, Bachelor of Communications (Professional Communication).

11.30 – 12.30 Panel discussion:

  • Bronwyn Clarke, Rachel Wilson (Academic Project Leaders, The Belonging Project, which mobilises the ethos of belonging to develop a holistic, discipline-based model for student engagement across the formal and informal curriculum.)
  • Stephanie Holt (Co teacher, The Photography Book, a collaborative co curricular project between RMIT writing and photography students.)
  • Gavin Ingham (Facilitator, RMIT Screen Network, a student run uni wide network for media students.)
  • Sally Brooks, (Manager of the team that looks after the RMIT LEAD and Student Ambassador programs and that recently launched Future Edge, a program that recognises RMIT students’ co-curricular experiences.)
  • Joy Higgs (Director of the Education For Practice Institute and Strategic Research Professor in Professional Practice at Charles Sturt University.)

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

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JOY HIGGS is Director of the Education For Practice Institute and Strategic Research Professor in Professional Practice at Charles Sturt University. She has worked in higher education in Australia and internationally for over 30 years. Her primary role is the advancement of professional and practice-based education through collaborations in research, scholarship, student supervision and education. She has produced over 400 publications including 32 books on professional practice, research and education. The Education For Practice Institute leads the advancement of professional and practice-based education, including workplace learning, at Charles Sturt University. At Charles Sturt University the Institute has a key role in the University’s strategic initiatives around promoting Learning for Life and Work.

Dr FRANCESCA RENDLE-SHORT is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication, co-director of nonfictionLab and WrICE. She is an award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist. She was an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa and was showcased in the 2015 Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy at the VCA.

ANTHONY FRYATT and ROGER KEMP share a collaborative practice that through the act of making explores a contemporary understanding of interior design. Their inclusive approach frequently uses scenic strategies to produce complex, indeterminate interiors. Ultimately this encourages inhabitants to resolve their own interior experience through the act of performative participation.

TESS LAWLEY is General Manager of SYN Media, a not-for-profit media organisation run by a community of young people. SYN provides training and broadcast opportunities for people aged 12-25 across FM and digital radio, online and TV platforms. Tess also volunteers as a Board Member for the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and as a presenter at Melbourne community radio station Triple R. Tess has seen first hand the huge benefits that making media can have on a young person; going from a teenager who never rocked the boat to an outspoken 20-something with a passion for getting young voices heard.

BRONWYN CLARKE is Director of Programs in the School of Media and Communication and her research focuses on best practice models of selection and retention for Creative based programs.

RACHEL WILSON teaches in the Media program in the School of Media and Communication and her research focuses on digital archiving practices and the student experience.

STEPHANIE HOLT is the Program Coordinator for RMIT’s Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing (PWE). With over twenty-five years experience as an editor, she teaches specialist editing and publishing subjects, and is particularly interested in fostering learning through collaborative projects. This year she has developed a range of collaborations between PWE and Photo Imaging.

GAVIN INGHAM is currently in his last year of the Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting at RMIT. This year, he is president of the RMIT Screen Network; a student-run organisation that equips members with skills for successful film and TV careers. The Screen Network also provides connections to professional screen organisations

SALLY BROOKS is Manager, Career Development Education, RMIT, Vice-President of the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (NAGCAS) and Advisor to the RMIT Chapter, Golden Key International Honour Society.

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