Tag Archives: Facilitation & teaching

Service-learning at retreats for children with special needs and their families

The Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement has just published a paper I wrote with some colleagues about service-learning in the context of the SNUG retreats. Abstract Volunteering, community service, service-learning and other forms of community engaged scholarship form part of … Continue reading

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A course on community capacity building

I love teaching a postgraduate course on community capacity building (SWRK6008). This year we have 64 students enrolled mostly from the Master or Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development, but there are also students studying Early Childhood Education, Educational … Continue reading

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Masters of Family Studies

We (the Family Action Centre at The University of Newcastle) are very excited to be offering a Graduate Certificate and Master in Family Studies. As far as we know it is the first time it has been offered in Australia. … Continue reading

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Possibilities in online learning

  This inspiring talk by Daphne Koller (Stanford) explores some interesting possibilities for online learning. I have a long way to go!

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A course on community engagement

I’ve recently returned from the Engagement Australia conference on university-community engagement.  Penny Crofts and I ran a roundtable on “Community engaged learning in an online environment: What happens when the subject is community engagement?” It was based on one of … Continue reading

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What are vertical and horizontal community engagement?

[Updated 21 July 2017] The more I read and practice, the more aware I become of the many dimensions of community engagement. One of these dimensions is vertical and horizontal community engagement. At a seminar in 2012, Alison Mathie from … Continue reading

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The first community capacity building class

As part of the postgraduate course I teach on community capacity building, there are workshops for students on campus. We had the first one today and there were 18 students (out of the 47 enrolled – most of whom are … Continue reading

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The Uni Semester is about to begin!

The Uni semester starts on Monday. I’m teaching three courses (or subjects) this semester: An undergraduate course on community engagement (HLSC2241) A postgraduate course on community engagement (HLSC6105) A postgraduate course on community capacity building (SWRK6008). Numbers are up significantly … Continue reading

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Orica

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Orica is “set to be rewarded with millions of dollars of taxpayers money to reduce its greenhouse emissions.” Orica has been making the news fairly frequently recently for a number of … Continue reading

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The importance of gatekeepers.

Two things have recently driven home to me the challenge of trying to engage people we want to engage, but who aren’t really interested. The first was when I was talking to a colleague about a physical activity and health … Continue reading

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