May 2010

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

Monday 3 May/ Repeat Friday 7 May 2010

A Learning Society
Collaborative Learning in Regional Australia

Sharing an educational site, and also sharing some facilities, makes good economic and community sense, especially in regional areas where opportunities for learning may not always be as great as in our capital cities. And this is what has happened in the regional city of Mount Gambier, in the south east corner of South Australia, where two universities – the University of South Australia, and Southern Cross University - have negotiated space and a sharing of some facilities - with the Mount Gambier Campus of TAFE South Australia. To find out more, Learning Works’ producer Tony Ryan spoke to David Mezinec, Campus Manager of TAFE SA and Dr Sarah Mott, Head, UniSA’s Centre for Regional Engagement, both in Mount Gambier.

Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
The Flinders University IMMERSE Program

One of those acronymns used widely these days in our workplaces, IMMERSE is an integrated multidisciplinary model for education in rural settings and is offered in Mount Gambier through Flinders University. Byron Harfield from Mt Gambier City Council introduces this item, which also includes Associate Professor Jennene Greenhill from Flinders University, and students Ashlee, Jenna and Katrina.

Online Resources: Audio

Cinema Studies
Film Reviews – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Date Night

John McGowan reviews two current films.

Online Resources: Audio Transcript

Monday 10 May/ Repeat Friday 14 May 2010

Dr Tony HollandA Learning Society
Older Workers – Staying in the Workforce

It’s often said that the only constant in today’s workplace is change! What are the challenges facing older workers as they face organizational change, and possible redundancy? Our guest this week is Dr Tony Holland from the University of Technology Sydney.

Online Resources: Audio

Justice and Legal Issues
Law and Justice in Your Community – Part 1 of 2

SA Commissioner for Victims’ Rights Michael O’Connell is chair of the South Australian Law Week Committee. In this first interview, he speaks about Law Week in SA, and points to some of the events coming up in the next few days, including The Law Week Trial, The Courts Open Day, and the Walk for Justice, with SA’s Chief Justice, John Doyle AC. Details are online

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 17 May/ Repeat Friday 21 May 2010

A Learning Society
Studying Forest Science on Campus in Mount Gambier

Moving to the city is not always an option for students in regional areas of South Australia. For this reason, Southern Cross University – based in Lismore NSW – has established a campus in Mount Gambier to enable students to study towards a Bachelor of Forest Science and Management. To find out more, Learning Works’ producer Tony Ryan spoke to Diana Lloyd, Green Triangle Forestry Coordinator with Southern Cross University in Mount Gambier.

Online Resources: Audio

Justice and Legal Studies
Law and Justice in Your Community – Part 2 of 2

The theme of Law Week 2010 is Law and Justice in your Community. Chair of the SA Law Week Planning Committee, Michael O’Connell (SA Commissioner for Victims’ Rights) gives details of some of the events during this week.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read - “I Am An Emotional Creature”

The sub-title gives some insight into this book – “The Secret Lives of Girls Around the World”. Sarah Knight, from the Salisbury Library Service reviews this recent book, written by Eve Ensler.

Online Resources: Audio Transcript

Monday 24 May/ Repeat Friday 28 May 2010

A Learning Society
Professor Ruth Deakin Crick and Learning Power

While in Adelaide recently, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan interviewed Professor Ruth Deakin Crick from the University of Newcastle about her work on the UK-based Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) project, and about learning power in the context of schools, the workplace and for lifelong learning. The seven dimensions of learning power were then identified. The interview ended with her comments on what makes an effective 21st century learner. Professor Deakin Crick was in Adelaide to address a group of 130 teachers in Adelaide. See below for a link to her powerpoint presentation. Dr Deakin Crick is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol in the UK.

Prof Ruth Deakin Crick,  Helen O'Brien & Noel MifsudPictured at the Ruth Deakin Crick presentation in Adelaide are Helen O’Brien (Assistant Director, Catholic Education Office Adelaide), Professor Ruth Deakin Crick, and Noel Mifsud (Principal, Christian Brothers College Adelaide).



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A Learning Society
Health Literacy and Social Capital

Making links between the teaching of adult basic literacy skills and improving knowledge of a student’s health and wellbeing is a research topic of interest to Dr Stephen Black. In Sydney recently, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan caught up with Dr Stephen Black at the University of Technology Sydney to talk about this, in the context of building social capital. As well as the mp3 audiofile of this interview, below is a link to one of Dr Black’s publications, through NCVER.

Online Resources: audio

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Monday 31 May/ Repeat Friday 4 June 2010

A Learning Society
Flexible Learning in Mount Gambier

How do we customize learning in different ways to ensure that young people who have left school early for a variety of reasons, but who now want to continue their education, have flexible learning options to work towards gaining their SACE – the South Australian Certificate of Education? At Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier, Case Manager Joe Moriarty and Principal Pam Ronan speak to PBA FM’s Tony Ryan about this very successful Flexible Learning program and the importance of close links with TAFE as these students also work towards gaining workplace qualifications, following gaining their SA Certificate of Education. We also hear from flexible learning program students Jess and Lisa who tell of their learning journeys and of the role that the flexible learning program has had in helping them return to learning.

Online Resources: Audio Part 1 Audio Part 2

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