February 2010

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 1 February/ Repeat Friday 5 February 2010

A Learning Society
A Unique Art History Course

Catherine Speck with Tony RyanArt lovers everywhere will soon be able to tap in to the rich resource of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection and earn a postgraduate degree in art history from the University of Adelaide without relocating, thanks to a pioneering online study program developed by the two institutions. The new online art history courses will transfer the best of the highly successful on-campus model to an online environment. From February 2010, enrolled students will be able to log on via the internet to watch the Gallery Director and Curators delivering lectures in the Gallery’s collection and exhibition displays, and to view works from the collection in great detail. This interview with Associate Professor Catherine Speck from the University of Adelaide, pictured with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, was recorded on location in the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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Hollywood’s First Australian – Part 2

If you recall any of those early silent movies with railway trains steaming towards hapless actors tied to the railway tracks, then most likely the director was Hollywood’s first Australian – JP McGowan. Born in Terowie in South Australia and now almost forgotten by all but a few film historians, the story of John Paterson McGowan is soon to be the subject of a new Australian film based on the life of this trail-blazing South Australian. Today, Part 2 of an extended interview with Adelaide film director and author John J McGowan – any family relationship is as yet unproved. John is a regular film reviewer for Learning Works, and author of J.P. McGowan - Biography of a Hollywood Pioneer, published by McFarland & Company (USA).

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Monday 8 February/ Repeat Friday 12 February 2010

Francesca BeddieA Learning Society
Informal Learning

So you are just reading, or surfing the internet – maybe gardening or playing a guitar. All of these activities can fall into what is called informal learning. Learning is no longer considered to be an activity confined to a school or TAFE campus; rather it is increasingly recognized that we learn every day, at home, at work or enjoying a hobby or watching TV. Informal learning is the subject of this interview, with Francesca Beddie, General Manager Research, with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research in Adelaide – NCVER.

Informal Learning at a Glance -

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Social History
Shake Your Family Tree

So what do you know about the first arrival in Australia of your ancestors? For some, it may come as a surprise to know that their great grandfather jumped ship. Or maybe there is a convict among your ancestors! Developing research skills to explore your family history is becoming very popular, particularly with help now available through the internet.

On Tuesday 23 February, the National Archives of Australia in all states will hold Shake Your Family Tree - a day of activities to highlight the range of family history resources available through the National Archives of Australia, and to encourage Australians to unearth and preserve family treasures. PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks with Enid Woodley, Assistant Director in the Adelaide office of the National Archives of Australia. Further information:

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Monday 15 February/ Repeat Friday 19 February 2010

A Learning Society
E-Learning for Workplace Training

Annie FergussonAcross all industry sectors, large employers – particularly those with hundreds of employees – are more likely to have a high level of engagement with the vocational education and training (VET) sector and to use e-learning to deliver structured in-house training. The above information comes from the recently released 2009 E-Learning Benchmarking Survey. It also highlights the latest e-learning trends and attitudes in VET and allowed participants to learning in smaller businesses across Australia.

Our Learning Works guest this week is Adelaide-based Annie Fergusson, project manager of a national research project which looks at the use of technology in the vocational education and training sector. The interview also looks at the work of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. For further information, go to

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Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read - Espalier

Many Australians are into gardening. What do you know of espalier? And what is the place of espalier in our home garden, and also in our commercial gardens, including our market garden regions north of Adelaide? Angela Reimann from Salisbury Library Service reviews Allen Gilbert’s book, simply called Espalier – Beautiful Productive Garden Walls and Fences, published in 2009 by Highland House. Angela Reimann also sees espalier as a soothing ritual for the tired worker!

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Monday 22 February/ Repeat Friday 26 February 2010

A Learning Society
Abilities for All – 128 Success Stories

An education initiative, designed to help South Australians with a disability achieve long-term sustainable employment, culminated in Adelaide last week with the graduation of 128 participants from vocational courses. The ‘Abilities for All’ program, funded by the Government of South Australia, is targeted at those who have multiple barriers to learning and achieving their potential and are disconnected from their communities.

Abilities for AllLed by the Bedford Group, in collaboration with the Government of South Australia and the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (CANH), ‘Abilities for All is the only program of its kind to ensure South Australians with a disability have access to preparation courses to help find and hold down a job.

For Learning Works, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan attended the graduation ceremony and later spoke with Max Dyason, Chief Executive of the Bedford Group and Pat Armstrong, Coordinator, Glandore Community Centre. Also in this program are Bedford trainer Simon Cho, pictured second from left, with graduates Jodie, Deborah and Luke - we hear from all three about their participation in this course.

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A Learning Society
A Bilingual Everyday Australian English Picture Dictionary

Newcomers to Australia can experience real difficulties in learning English, especially if they belong to minority language groups. Through TAFE English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) in Queensland, an innovative project aims to produce in late 2010 a Bilingual Everyday Australian English Picture Dictionary.

This generic picture dictionary for beginner learners of English can be translated into whatever languages are needed by newly arrived immigrant groups, and also adapted for use in Aboriginal communities and in Adult Literacy programs. It will include over 1,000 words commonly encountered in everyday life in urban and regional Australia, accompanied by explanatory illustrations and, in the case of verbs and conjunctions, sample sentences.

At the 2009 ACAL National Conference in Perth, Tony Ryan spoke to Hazel Davidson about this resource which will assist Adult Literacy teachers and individual students.

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