The Masterly RSD Symposium was attended Wednesday 23 September 2015 by an enthusiastic 100 participants and presenters.
The day was kicked off by Trevor-Tirritpa Ritchie, a Kaurna man from the University of South Australia, who gave us a rousing welcome to Country in three languages; Kaurna, English and digeridoo.
Sabine Schurer and Nayana Parange; Colin Sharp and Stephanie Eglington-Warner; and Robyn Davidson; the SA core who organised and ran the symposium, welcoming people and setting up.
We had an interactive session early on to enable the audience, who had diverse experiences of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework, to engage in an activity normally given to undergraduate and masters students in order for them to derive the facets of the RSD in their own words. This activity required people to consider the similarities and differences between Aboriginal Peoples’ traditional living skills and contemporary research skills.
Representatives from NSW/ACT (Assessment and RSD), Vic/TAs (Collaborative Conversations with the RSD), Queensland (Work Skill Development and RSD) and the whole SA core Masterly RSD group each presented 5 minute ‘Pecha Kuchas’ to entice the audience to attend their breakout session. The audience then chose one of these sessions to attend:
Following Lunch, Professor Derrick Armstrong kicked us off with an overview of his impressions, as a DVC (Research) new to the University of the South Pacific (USP), of the University’s implementation of the RSD over the past 4 years. Then Heena Lal provided us with an institution wide look at this RSD role-out at USP since 2011.
Then we had a wonderful tag-team, with Sotiana Mele, a Masters student, and Rev. Dr. Keith Morrison, a Masters course coordinator, both of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, presenting on Culturally appropriate use of the RSD in the USP context.
After the fantastic USP presentations, the audience was required to form groups of six, where each person was assigned one of the RSD facets, and had to join up with the five other facets. Groups formed then raced outside into the glorious Spring afternoon sun.
Each team then presented their case as to why the facet they chose was most important. This team analysis and argument is a great way to ‘re-animate’ facets of the RSD with students who have encountered them in earlier studies, but may have forgotten them.
Pausing only for a quick launch of the RSD Masters website, which houses the emerging work of each state and territory’s clusters…
… Professor Phil Levy, PCV (Student Learning) made some closing remarks and presented Coconuts, symbolically representing valuable contributions from USP, to all the Presenters resident in Australia.
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Thanks to all of you who made the event such an amazing day!