As the activities of the eLearning Hub continue to expand, the two Project Officers – Tricia Valastro and Simon Miller - have been venturing outside Trinity College to investigate what is happening at other educational institutes. They soon learnt that there are many amazing learning spaces being created for students which encourage both collaboration and engagement. The role of instructor as the ‘sage on the stage’ in which students are passive learners is changing. Instructors are now taking on the role of ‘guide on the side’ and facilitating learning and encouraging students to take on a more active role in the learning process.
An example of this can be seen in the photo below which was taken at Ivanhoe Grammar. It shows how the configuration of the classroom and the technological equipment is changing to facilitate such changes. There are no desks and chairs, but rather different learning spaces in which students gather to discuss and create projects.
Another feature of the new learning spaces is the ‘helpdesk’ for students, staff and in some cases for parents who cannot access school newsletters etc.
One of the more impressive features of the TechCentre at Ivanhoe Grammar is the fact that the helpdesk is not just run by the teachers, students also volunteer their time to help out those in need. This interaction between teachers, students and parents creates strong support for the development of eLearning.
Finally, these schools, like Trinity College, have a Digital Leader Program for staff who investigate and contribute to their eLearning program and they also have a student Digital Leader’s Program which is the next something we intend to continue to research and investigate further, so once again – watch this space for updates!
Tricia Valastro & Simon Miller
(eLearning Project Officers, eLearning Hub)