Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion (BLCSI)
The BLCSI program is an innovative executive education program for educators from Saudi Arabia. The program components included: orientation, English language, school experience, professional learning, school immersion, individualised guidance and mentoring and a two week intensive course on ‘Introduction to Competency-based Education’.
The BLCSI program is underpinned by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s (MGSE) clinical teaching approach that connects theory, professional knowledge and classroom experience. The program provides participants with access to the world-leading experts in educational research within MGSE and hands-on experiences through immersion in Victorian schools. Its strength lies in the partnerships with schools where the Saudi teachers observe and model effective teaching practices that improve student learning, and share expertise about what works and what does not. The capstone projects undertaken by the participants ensures that the learning does not just reside with individual participants but is extended through capacity building and knowledge sharing with peers at their schools, directorates and communities in Saudi Arabia. The BLCSI program continues to contribute to the Saudi Arabia’s ambitious education reform agenda and also create opportunities for policy exchange, research collaboration and policy consultation.
India and Australia agree to promote cooperation in the field of disability
Originally published by the Melbourne Disability Institute
Both Australia and India are at the forefront of improving the lives and well-being of people with disability. In 2013, Australia began rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the largest social policy reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s. In a similar effort to improve the lives of people with disabilities, India passed a progressive bill titled the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPDA) in 2016 and in 2015 launched a campaign called ‘Accessible India’.
President Kovind was at the University to deliver a lecture titled ‘Australia and India as knowledge partners’.
During his visit, the President signed an MoU which has kick-started a collaborative project to develop a co-designed course aimed at equipping community level workers to respond effectively to disability in under-serviced communities in India. The project is responding to a shortage of allied health professionals in India and has proposed an innovative solution: the recruitment, effective training and deployment of many more Community-Disability Inclusion (CDI) workers. The course will be designed to train local people and equip them to respond to the rehabilitation and inclusion needs of people with disability living in the community.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia chooses Melbourne experts to transform education
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has chosen the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) to lead a large-scale transformation of the curriculum for its 36 000 schools.
The Ministry of Education will collaborate with University of Melbourne researchers to deliver a competency-based learning program as part of its new educational program designed to strengthen the Kingdom’s capability as it assesses the economic challenges of the 21st century.
Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick has been leading this stream of research with a growing team of talented researchers and PhD students.
Twenty government schools around the United Arab Emirates have been involved in the study which has included wellbeing survey responses, focus groups with school leaders, teachers and students, school observations and a physiological index of one’s ability to relax using the latest technology in electrodermal activity (skin sweat) and gamification (challenging and interactive screen-based games).
Kyrgyz artist in residence
The Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education provides a platform from which research and professional networks grow, not only within Melbourne, but across Australia and in collaboration with other Arts Observatories within South East Asia. The Observatory provides avenues for deep engagement and affiliation across this network, and serves as an umbrella for classroom teachers, arts educators, artists and researchers to collaboratively explore arts practice. The Kyrgyz, one of the ancient people of Central Asia, have rich traditional arts and crafts. As part of the Observatory last year they hosted ten artists and designers from Central Asia, Kyrgz Republic. UNESCO has safeguarded Kyrgyz traditional felt carpets as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’.
Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre
The Philippines is facing a rapidly changing education system, associated changes in assessment and curriculum systems at national, regional and local levels, and a need for empirical data on curriculum innovation and implementation. The Assessment Research Centre is the Australian academic partner for the Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre (ACTRC), and has a long-standing partnership between the University of Melbourne and the University of Philippines.
ACTRC is a sister centre in Manila and has a up to 10 projects operating at the one time advising the Philippine education system. The Centre seeks to inform the Philippine system of education through curriculum, teaching and assessment research that is based on empirical studies of curriculum innovation and implementation.