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Cathy Farrell

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Seminar Tuesday January 26th 2010 12.30-13.45 University of Surrey

This session will be streamed live from this page




Industry Partnerships, Community Engagement and ‘Real Life’ Learning Through Project Work.

Cathy Farrell, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.


As part of Swinburne University of Technology’s commitment to professional learning through project work, the Media Studies program offers a range of ‘real life’ learning opportunities to final year undergraduate students. The projects range from internal artefact creation through to working with leading corporations and local communities. This seminar will present a number of examples of successfully completed project work. Discussion will focus on the ongoing role of industry partners and local communities in providing and supporting student projects, and the supervision and assessment of student project work.


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Cathy a lecturer in Media Studies at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, was recently awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning - "For innovative incorporation of emerging technologies and social media into the classroom, providing relevant and engaging real-world learnig opportunities for students".


Her 2008 Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award (Higher Education) was presented for:

'her much valued contribution to educational programs at Swinburne - engaging students in a positive and productive learning experience using weblogs, computer and video games, mobile phones as cultural artefacts under academic investigation; providing diverse selection of assessment tasks to accommodate wide ranges of experience, through completing a number of projects within the Media Studies making it possible for students to apply the knowledge which they are meeting in the classroom to a variety of real world projects, many embedded in the community and industry - 2006 pilot program at Telstra's Internal Communications Department; blogs development for Southern Women's Action Network and a local politician; developed and convened one of the first project units to be delivered at FHEL in film making process, providing students with a better understanding of project management and a basic understanding of software like 'YouTube, Micromovies and Blogs' the success in meeting her educational objectives is strongly evidenced in the SFT and SFU data reports'






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