I recently heard that Sue Bandaranaike was at the WACE International Research Symposium in Stuttgart, to discuss upcoming research underpinned by the WSD framework. Sue has been a keen advocate for WSD-based research since co-developing the framework in 2009.
Her upcoming study, (a collaboration with Nicole Tardif and Patricia Orozco from Laurentian University) will aim to discover the skills, behaviours and competencies that constitute expertise in mining. The study will involve surveys with mining and exploration professionals, as well as HR representatives from mining, exploration and consulting. With 40% of employees in the mining and metals industries expected to retire in the next few years, this will be a timely piece of research, and a good example of putting the RSD into practice.
If you are reading this on 28 June 2018, it’s a good chance you are attending the second day of the SE Asia Design Research conference, hosted by Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. This is John from University of Adelaide writing. Welcome to the second keynote of the day, which is designed to MELT your mind and help you empower students for learning in Science, Maths and Technology. If you are not attending, feel free to read on, and you might want to visit the conference website http://seadr.unsyiah.ac.id/. The conference focus is research into the design of learning environments for science, mathematics & technology as disciplines and STEM as a whole.
This blog post provides a multiple choice question below. Please be ready to choose one of the six options when I give the signal. I suggest you wait till I deal with the ‘six facets’ of MELT before you choose, as I will explain each option in detail. If you missed the presentation (or want to review ideas) visit www.melt.edu.au and www.i-melt.edu.au
Discuss the question below with one or two others, but answer the question from your own perspective.
If you are a student currently, answer from your perspective. If you are teaching, consider a specific group of students.
Question: Of the six facets of MELT, which one is the most difficult for students (or you) when engaging in complex learning?
When everyone has answered, we will look at the results together (but you can preview them too).
I have been reflecting on takeaways from the 2017 I-MELT conference. Thank you John for a job well done!
At the conference I was able to reflect back on the journey that brought me to the conference. I recall that John Willison encouraged faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout to engage their librarians early in the process of implementing the RSD. This was a sound piece of advice. Our librarian, Jessy Polzer, was critical to the success of implementing the RSD at Stout. During the I-MELT conference I was able to connect with Lyn Torres of Monash University. I was struck by how similar her comments were to those of my library colleagues at UW-Stout. The RSD has strong ties and overlaps information literacy skills. Librarians are able to articulate this overlap and to guide instructors as they work to incorporate undergraduate research into the classroom. I am posting this comment to encourage you to connect with your librarian as you implement the RSD at your institution. They are an invaluable resource that will help in your efforts to integrate research and critical thinking skills into your courses.
With this being said, I invite you to review an online module Undergraduate Student Research: Creative and Critical Thinking at UW-Stout that was developed to help faculty learn about undergraduate research at Stout’s campus. This was a collaborative project made possible through our Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center and members involved in UW-Stout’s RSD Community of Practice. Please be sure to watch for our librarian, Jessy Polzer, as she speaks to ties between the RSD and information literacy. Feel free to take a peek at:
Join presenters from Victorian Institutions for a webinar on using the MELT (Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching) for Scaffolding Competency in contexts as varied as the Nursing Handover and learning in mathematics. This is the fourth webinar on the series on the various uses of the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching www.melt.edu.au
If you are running, or thinking of running, a Work Integrated Learning program, consider the following papers and the webinar run by Ray Tolhurst (University of Wollongong and Suzanne Schibeci (University of New South Wales)
The idea behind Ray and Suzanne’s presentation is that a conceptual framework- the WSD– can be helpful and even provocative to help students understand the thinking and action processes involved in Work Integrated Learning.
You might want to ask some questions re their use of the WSD, or some broader questions about WIL.
I am in a School of Education, and Education as a discipline has been doing WIL as long as their has been Teacher Education & Training- but use of the WSD is useful to unpack and understand the practices in Teaching Professional Placements. The same could be said for other areas that have a long history with placement, such Medicine & Nursing. However some disciplines have little WIL history and the WSD may be useful to help disciplines conceptualise major purposes and outcomes. In all cases the WSD can help students make their thinking processes visible- to themselves, their university supervisors, to their work placement managers and to future employers.
In the build-up to the International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT) 11-13 December 2017 we will feature papers on a variety of themes, and run webinars by groups from different states on these themes.
The two papers attached are on the theme of Evidence Based Decision Making:
Transforming teaching practices: A model to conquer Evidence Based Decision Making skills
Read the abstracts of the attached papers in advance of the webinar to be warmed up, so you can MELT in the webinar and find ways to MELT your classes.
Three questions that I am interested in your perspective on: how much difference in approach to evidence based decision making is there between disciplines or even within a discipline? What about differences in approach to teaching and learning EBDM? How useful are the shared parameters of MELT for sensible conversations about EBDM approaches?