Learner-centred approaches in design education

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Introduction My First Six Months (MF6M) is a learning and teaching initiative that was recently implemented in three first year studio courses in Industrial Design. The project introduced students to learner-centred teaching approaches in their first semester to set them up for independence as learners in these courses and their future studies. MF6M aimed to incorporate learning and teaching practices … Read More

Open Educational Resources and Practices

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Featured image: Theory and practice of teaching art by Arthur Dow 1857-1922 Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) are one of the specialities within the College of Design and Social Context’s Digital Learning team. We have a combined 50 years experience in the field. This post is prepared primarily for the RMIT Library, who in recent meetings have expressed interest … Read More

A sad passing

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Reposting Paul Gough’s original post, in memory of Adrian Miles and Ed Montano (link goes to some really innovative work Ed had us in to do with him in 2015). In my northern mind, February begins to mark the passing from one season to another. It is so, so gradual, incremental, barely perceived, sensed in the shift in the lightness of a … Read More

Double the Learning

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Researchers at John Hopkins University have found that if you slightly vary the learning activity each time, then learning can be improved. To quote Science Alert from a post on 30 November 2017: The researchers figured this out by getting 86 volunteers to learn to a new skill – moving a cursor on a computer screen by squeezing a small … Read More

Incite/Insight Forum

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Last year, DSC launched “Incite/Insight”, a learning and teaching forum for disseminating good practice, enabling scholarly conversation and sparking ideas.The forum has continued this year, targeting VE and HE teaching staff and focuses on inspiring teaching. On October 18th 2017 over 30 staff came to discuss what online engagement means in their teaching contexts. Offering insights into their practice, the discussion … Read More

Students as Co-Elaborators

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I was lucky, thanks to Arthur Shelley to be able to attend some of the Melbourne Creative conference this week. A number of  leading Knowledge Management experts including from NASA and Cirque du Soleil presented. A highlight for me however was Jean-Charles Calliez. Jean Charles is a lecturer in genetics in the 3rd year degree at the Catholic University of … Read More

Badges: identify talent and brand by association

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Brownie and a cub compare badges. Photo by Paul Hourigan on Wikimedia Commons

Here’s the summary of our longer paper. Please see the full paper (linked and embedded below) for references and discussion supporting this summary: In 2015 we used RMIT University’s Graduate Futures Careers Fund to pilot badges as a possible way to improve the employment prospects of graduates from the Advertising Degree. Through iterative action research we developed, tested and reviewed: … Read More