On 28 April, the UC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2017-2022 was launched, which included an objective to ‘embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and pedagogies in the University Curriculum.’ Now, a UC project designed to contribute to achieving that objective has been accepted into a national initiative on Connectedness Learning emanating from the Graduate Employability 2.0 program developed under an OLT Senior Teaching Fellowship by Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock from Queensland University of Technology.
Connectedness is at the core of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, pedagogy and occupation. The UC project, ‘Indigenous Perspectives on Connected and Networked Learning: Towards Holistic Connectedness Pedagogies’, will investigate means by which Indigenous ways of knowing, learning and relational connecting might be melded with contemporary progressive teaching practices and opportunities of digital connectedness, in ways that could enrich the learning experiences of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike.
The UC project is one of six chosen for the program, from 46 expressions of interest from universities across Australia. Each team will be mentored by Dr Bridgstock and will share their work at a GE2.0 roundtable in Adelaide in early 2018, and contribute a chapter to an edited book in 2018.
The project leaders are:
- Aunty Roslyn Brown, Elder in Residence, as Project Elder and Consultant
- Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy, as Project Director
- Dr Peter Copeman, Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning, as Project Manager