Initial concepts

by stronged

The Media and Communications Honours program at RMIT University involves the implementation of a major research project. Students may decide to develop either a theses or major project accompanied with an exegesis to explain the process of such an undertaking.

Over the Christmas break leading up to the beginning of semester one I managed to draw out two kernels from my grey matter to develop and see which will be robust enough to withstand the processing of ‘higher learning’.

First draft:

1. With the increasing Westernisation of young Indigenous Australians in communities throughout Australia, elders are finding it difficult to pass down cultural traditions to continue the long line of their peoples cultural identity. This fractured inter-generational relationship is a product of generations of destructive cycles beginning from the days of colonization. Arming the younger generation with tools to firstly capture their own lives digitally, and secondly the lives and practices of the elders in their community, will renew a dialogue between both generations. An online interactive portal where the end product can be archived and woven together in an interactive documentary will further establish a setting and context for further discussion and solidification of the communities’ cultural identity.  

2. Traditional modals of education within primary and secondary institutions restrict the engagement of students of various learning capabilities (i.e. kinesthetic, auditory, visual).  As a result of this, many students either dislike the process of learning – the primary focus of such institutions – or are unable to connect with the information due to narrow standardized testing.

Employment of creativity within the pedagogy of each subject has long held the key to provide opportunities for all learning types to engage in the intake of information. Chief proponent of creative education, Sir Ken Robinson implores there needs to be a shift in the structure of education modals for all students to be included in the practice of learning.

The paper seeks to discuss the various uses of interactive multi-platform media in the use of implementing creative approaches to different pedagogical paradigms in the hope of engaging all learning types.

 In orientation we were all given a timeframe to redraft these concepts, stripping from them all assumptions and honing in on what we think is the most important element within the investigation. It seemed apparent that I am most interested in using technology as a tool to bridge the gap in society issues; Whether it be Indigenous affairs or pedagogy.