September 2010

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

Monday 06 September/ Repeat Friday 10 September 2010

A Learning Society
Adult Learners Week – Murray Bridge Community Centre

Murray Bridge muralAs part of our celebration of Adult Learners Week (1 – 8 September), today we visit a vibrant neighbourhood house in Murray Bridge, some 80k from Adelaide on the main highway to Melbourne. And like in over ninety neighbourhood houses and community centres around South Australia, there are many stories in this centre that tell of successful learning journeys – from social isolation to involvement, from unemployment to work, and people who are building personal and work-related skills. PBA FM’s Tony Ryan is speaking with Pat Davies, chairperson of the Murray Bridge Community Centre, and also to centre workers Judith and Lainie. Why not check out your local neighbourhood house – there’s always lots going on, and the big welcome mat is always out.

Online Resources: Audio

Cinema Studies
Film Reviews – The Ghost Writer and Salt

“This is a tale of two thrillers. One of them is dour, dark and rather plodding, while the other is packed full of the kind of lightning-fast – but highly-improbable – violent action that tends to transform supposedly flesh-and-blood people into bullet-proof Super Heroes. The first of these movies is called The Ghost Writer - a title which is heavy with multiple meanings – and the second movie is simply called Salt - the surname of the key character.” So begins John McGowan’s review of two current films. This review – as both mp3 audifile and text – will be on the Learning Works’ website during the week of broadcast.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 13 September/ Repeat Friday 17 September 2010

A Learning Society
Managing Change in our Lives

How do you manage change? For many people, change – at work or in our personal lives – can be quite difficult and unsettling. Maybe you see change as a threat – or maybe an opportunity? Adelaide consultant Michelle Zweck reflects on change in her own personal and work life, and offers some very practical suggestions for managing change.

An extended version of the broadcast interview will be added to the September Archives, on Another Community Learning Resource from PBA FM, this interview could be very useful as a discussion starter in your neighbourhood house or community centre.

Online Resources: Audio (extended version)

Art Literature and Music
Heysen and Hahndorf

HahndorfThere are two rather special treasures in our Adelaide Hills – The Cedars, for many years the home of Sir Hans Heysen and his family, and the Hahndorf Academy. Portrait of a House, a current exhibition at the Hahndorf Academy, features works by Adelaide Hills artist Sheila Whittam, the focus is on the Heysen home. This exhibition at the Hahndorf Academy runs through to Sunday 19 September. In this Learning Works interview, Tony Ryan speaks with Melinda Rankin, Director of the Hahndorf Academy, and to Allan Campbell, Curator of The Cedars.

Online Resources: Audio


Monday 20 September/ Repeat Friday 24 September 2010

A Learning Society
Managing Work Life Boundaries

Creating a life that works in the flexible job age. That was the challenging title of an address given at the University of South Australia in Adelaide earlier this year, by Professor Ellen Kossek, from the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University, USA. For Learning Works, Professor Kossek also spoke with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan about the different ways that people manage work-life boundaries and take control of their working lives, and build more positive work-life relationships.

Online Resources: audio

A Learning Society
An Award Winning Family Literacy Program

At the end of August, the Salisbury Library Service won a major library award called the Jim Crawford Award for Innovation in Libraries. This prestigious award was for a family literacy program developed at Salisbury Libraries called ABC 30&3. The program is designed to improve literacy by assisting families while children are in their early years. Parents learn about reading to children and how to assist their early literacy development. The target groups are all in low socio economic areas where there are often low adult literacy levels. The program has also been adapted for use culturally and linguistically diverse groups. Sandhya Burton, Community Learning and Outreach Team Leader at the Salisbury Library Service, speaks to Tony Ryan about this award-winning family literacy project.

Online Resources: audio

Monday 27 September/ Repeat Friday 01 October 2010

A Learning Society
Learning with Information Communication Technology

The focus of this extended interview with Associate Professor Kathryn Moyle from the University of Canberra is on ensuring that, in the 21st century, learning is increasingly authentic and relevant. After looking at what we mean these days by acronyms such as ICT, and by words like innovation, Kathryn Moyle talks about the changing boundaries between school and home, especially the implications of 24/7 access to the internet. She touches on the range of implications for classroom teachers, and asks where do the rules of school end, rules which are changing as a result of 21st century technologies. How do we structure learning, so that students don’t plagiarise through ICT, but ensure that learning is authentic and relevant? As well as looking at changes in our schools, Kathryn Moyle also reflects on changing teaching and learning practices in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. Throughout our education systems, the focus is changing from teacher-centred teaching to student-centred learning. The interviewer is PBA FM’s Tony Ryan.

Online resources: Podcast Part 1 Podcast Part 2

Related publication: Moyle, Kathryn: Building Innovation: Learning with Technologies (Australian Council for Educational Research 2010).


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