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1 Panel Discussion: How do we enable opportunities for lifelong learning? Education Professor Sally Kift Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) James Cook University

2 learn·ing /ˈlərniNG/ Noun The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study, or by being taught. Knowledge acquired in this way. Synonyms knowledge - scholarship - erudition - science - lore learn·ing /ˈlərniNG/ Noun The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study, or by being taught. Knowledge acquired in this way. Synonyms knowledge - scholarship - erudition - science - lore learn·ing /ˈlərniNG/ How to enable learning opportunities?? learn·ing /ˈlərniNG/ How to enable learning opportunities??

3 Enabling Opportunity: The Five (5) As Awareness Information, advice & guidance Aspiration Encouragement, informing/ raising expectations Achievement Good learning (and teaching), scaffold for success, motivating Affordability Uni/learning for all, financial support, open source Access Accessing & signposting to support & pathways Awareness – information, advice & guidance Aspiration – encouragement, informing/ raising expectations Achievement – good learning (and teaching), scaffold for success, motivating Affordability – Uni/ learning for all, financial support, open source Access – accessing & signposting to support & pathways

4 JCU: The Why. Thanks to Ms Kylie Davis, JCNN Editor

5 21,000 students; 5,000 staff; 4 Faculties Campuses: Townsville, Cairns, Singapore & Brisbane Study Centres: Mackay, Mt Isa, Thursday Is, Atherton & Malanda Student Diversity Indigenous 4.3% Low SES 20.3% Regional/Remote 24.0% First in Family ~60% International 30.4% James Cook University

6 University outreach and engagement Many and varied foci to stimulate interest in learning – EG, Outreach with current federal government funding –  School partnerships  Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander engagement  Pathways and enabling Focus on engagement:  Across 500,000 square kilometres  54 identified Priority Schools; [>100 schools – Years 5/6 to Year 12 (transition points)]  8 Community Hubs [Post-school leaver & adult; school]

7 Scope and Scale Across both Projects, key “scope and scale” considerations underpin approach to design, delivery and resource allocations:  Geographic footprint – Delivery across an area spanning 500,000km 2  Remoteness and isolation of priority partners  Scale of deliverables: - Number of schools & partners - Stakeholder identification and respectful relationship building - A framework across Y5/6 to Y12; Post-school & Adult cohorts - Framework v. flexible provision to meet diverse partner needs  Delivery obligations v. short HEPPP timeframe for implementation - Design underpinned by existing research & good practice - Action Learning approach, ongoing evaluation informing practice in real time  Scope of, and issues identified with conducting, research and evaluation - Collaborating with e.g. QLD consortium, TCI, partners - Contribution to national conversations o 500,000 square kilometres o 54 identified Priority Schools; [>100 schools] o 8 Community Hubs: eg Charters Towers; Mt Isa, Thursday Is, Atherton Tablelands, Northern Peninsula Area, Cassowary Coast. Slide courtesy of Emma Thomas, JCU

8 University outreach and engagement Framework, Toolkits, Initiatives, Resources: eg  Forums for input, advice and feedback/sharing  Activities and resources to support engagement [Human; online and face-to-face]  Student ambassadors and other role models  Professional development/ capacity building for key influencers  Formal partnerships and working frameworks with 1) Schools 2) Communities  Residential camps

9 Get Into Uni Y10 Camp: some data (2012) Comparison of Participant Evaluations Pre- and Post- Camp % of Student participants rating “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” I think the Camp will help me with schoolwork The Camp was a good idea for me! The Camp got me more motivated for school The Camp has encouraged me to think about University Slide courtesy of Emma Thomas, JCU

10 Recent display for Earth Hour

11 Sea level rise demonstration

12 https://twitter.com/dkernohan/status/ /photo/1

13 Learning &“MOOCs”

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16 Research about Our Region: The State of the Tropics Over the past half-century the Tropics has emerged as an increasingly critical region. More than 40% of the world’s population now lives in the tropics and this is likely to be close to 50% by The region generates around 20% of global economic output and is home to some 80% of the world’s biodiversity. The State of the Tropics Report … will answer a very simple question: “Is life in the tropics getting better?” The Report will analyse a range of environmental, social and economic indicators to answer this question. The analysis will shine a bright light on a variety of key issues and provide a foundation for policy makers, geopolitical analysts and other stakeholders to examine in greater detail the tropics and the major issues affecting it.

17 Programs designed to increase opportunities, particularly for under- represented groups, to access, participate and success in university education. Many pathways Diploma of Higher Education Tertiary Access Course TAFE qualifications Prior work and learning experiences Support and help available Financial help available

18 Panel Discussion: How do we enable opportunities for lifelong learning? Thank you.


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