Whenever you get a bunch of interested people together to
discuss ideas, it will always succeed
We held our Learning and Innovation forum at the Northern Sydney Institute
on 18 September. Of all the wonderful presentations and displays, the
most important and rewarding elements involved conversation.
Every presentation, from Dan
Haesler to Professor
Shirley Alexander, including Pauline Farrell (via video), and
multiple sessions with NSI staff, was well attended and
enthusiastically received. Every display of hi-tech from 3D printing
to giant interactive displays was amazing. Yet it was when we reached
the "any questions?" part of each session that the true gems
appeared. That was when people started presenting their own views,
when a two-way interaction started to happen. That was when the day
moved from enjoyable to inspiring.
Whenever you get a bunch of interested people together to discuss
ideas, it will always succeed. So I guess that's the way for education
to always succeed.
Shirley Alexander spoke at great length around the design of spaces
at the new $1.5 billion UTS campus – no lecture theatres, all
collaboration spaces – all conversation.
Dan Haesler's presentation featured interactivity between the
audience, himself and Twitter. It was more like a conversation.
And our panel of students, teachers and learning co-ordinators was
all conversation as well. From start to finish.
So when we're planning the future of teaching and learning, whether
it's online, blended, or on-campus, I think we know what will work
best. Just get a bunch of interested people together to discuss ideas.
(Note - this is an edited version of a
post that was published on the TAFE NSW Innovation Network website on
21 September 2014.)