Traditional teaching forms under the microscope

25 July 2014

The aim of the latest Blow up the Lecture panel discussion is to encourage the community to think about ways ANU can provide future inspirational learning experiences, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington says.

Professor Hughes-Warrington will host the next Blow up the Lecture panel discussion at 5.30pm on Tuesday, July 29 at the Centre for China in the World.

During the discussion, staff, students, alumni and the wider community will have the opportunity to hear from four panellists – MIT Director of Digital Learning, Professor Sanjay Sarma, Dr Joe Hope from the Physics Education Centre at ANU, ANUSA Education Officer Laura Wey and St Clare’s College student Caitlyn Baljak.

The session will be moderated by 666 ABC Canberra radio presenter Genevieve Jacobs.

“It makes sense that we should draw upon our finest resource at ANU—its staff and students—to chart educational innovation,” Professor Hughes-Warrington says.

“It is not surprising that ANU is now developing a position of leadership in innovative methods of learning and teaching across the campus and via online channels to Australia and the world.”

Professor Hughes-Warrington says the discussion is also about highlighting some of the ways academic staff have moved outside the square on teaching styles that include creative studios, labs, and student-led seminars.

“We have an extraordinary range of options open to us that reflect disciplinary and research excellence. It is time to celebrate those approaches more, and to encourage staff to continue the innovations,” she says.