At the nexus of learning and innovation
Oct
10
October 10, 5:00 pm
Where

Location: New Law School Annex Seminar Room 444, The University of Sydney

Cost: Free

RSVP: Not required

What will learning be like tomorrow? What are the frontiers of learning innovation that will drive this? How do developments in different disciplinary domains contribute to those frontiers? What kinds of research and development agendas should be pursued by researchers and innovators who work on those frontiers?

This seminar is a part of the Sydney Research Seminar series “Reimagining the future of learning innovation” and will focus on how developments in Higher Education Management practice and policy will shape the frontiers of learning in higher education and beyond. It will be co-presented by Dan Willis and Peter Bryant. The presentations will be followed by Q&A discussion with students and general audience.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Where

Location: New Law School Annex Seminar Room 444, The University of Sydney

Cost: Free

RSVP: Not required

How did I know if any of this was real? Exposing complexity and authenticity at the frontiers of learning innovation

The process and practice of designing an authentic educational experience is rent with complexity, both pedagogically and structurally. One of the most powerful form of authenticity is the engagement with and learning through creativity.  Higher Education can be a magnet for creative activity, freeing learners from the some of the rules of society that inhibit creative thought.  Technology and social media represent rich spaces and tools to facilitate creativity and authentic experiences to support learning through practice. However, there are risks attached to delivering and assessing through complexity at a curricular or learning level.  People can hurt in this environment; it can be traumatic, worrying, confusing, chaotic, frightening and challenging. Equally it an emancipatory, exhilarating and transformative.  These ‘dark sides’ of learning are often are often marginalised in both educational design and in the narratives of student experience.  Through case exemplars of creative practice in several universities, this presentation will pose a series of provocative questions about the efficacy of exploring the emotional and experiential gamut of authentic and complex educational experiences through the fringes and emerging horizons of technology, social media and pedagogical practice.

Bio

Associate Professor Peter Bryant is the Associate Dean (Education) at the University of Sydney Business School.  In that role he leads the innovation agenda for Education, including transforming the student and teaching experience.  He was previously the Head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), where he worked with academics, students and senior management to develop innovative approaches to education, curriculum and assessment design through technology. He has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing, a Masters of Adult Education and PhD in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. Peter is an experienced academic with over twenty-five years teaching experience in both the UK and Australia, in the areas of adult education, work-based learning, marketing and creative industries management. He is a Trustee of the Association for Learning Technology, which supports the professional and policy development of staff using educational technology. He is an experienced researcher, speaker and advocate specialising in pedagogical change, social media in education, the practices of making and community development and engagement in education and the creative industries. He co-leads the international Future Happens initiative, which uses innovative approaches to problem-solving and change management to engage the wider higher education sector in debates and research-informed conversations around technology, pedagogy and the future of the modern University.

 

Puzzles in the dark: complex substructures, interdisciplinarity and the rise of the 3rd space professional

Society is becoming increasingly complex at an accelerating rate, necessitating inter- and transdisciplinary techniques to tackle wicked problems that traditional disciplinary frameworks are struggling with. How do we successfully teach students these skills from within discipline-based university structures? Wrestling with this is resulting in interesting, organic evolutions in the roles and responsibilities of university staff as contribution becomes the new professional currency.

Bio

Dan Willis is the Head of Education of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, where he has overarching responsibility for the Faculty’s educational support structures, projects, strategy and technology platforms. Prior to joining Sydney, Dan was the Faculty General Manager of the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, and has spent many years working in education management with teams of academics from a wide range of fields. Originally trained as a writer, Dan now specialises in strategy, finance and infrastructure. He is a member of the NSW/ACT council of the Association for Tertiary Education Management.

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