Invention through Exchange: Designing a New Learning Model for the Creative Disciplines in Vocational Education and Training

By Christine Robertson, Vicki Molloy and Victoria Versteege.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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How do educators work within the traditional boundaries of their institutions to prepare students for employment in the rapidly changing creative industries? This paper reports on an action research project that utilized a model designed to support new approaches to teaching and learning in creative disciplines. Using Amado and Ambrose’s model for a transitional approach to change, a group of further education practitioners in the vocational education and training sector of a leading Australian University, worked together over several months to create a space for collaboration. The purpose of the project was to investigate new ways of delivering programs in the creative industries, and ways of supporting both educators, administrators and students in the vocational education sector to use collaborative approaches to teaching and learning practice. The experience of the participants’ journey through the project provides a model of practice that is initially confronting, but also fluid, flexible, immediate and responsive – the kind of approach that contemporary creative work environments demand today. The findings of the project suggest that teaching teams, when provided with a ‘facilitated collaborative space’ are able to meld critical ideas and emotional responses to meet changing educational and industry agendas. New and creative work paradigms are now the norm in industries such as film and television, multimedia, music production, fashion and interior design. They require multi-skilling and the capability to adapt. This collaborative approach to creative learning foreshadows new trends in understanding creative work practice in the contemporary world.

Keywords: Collaborative Teaching Practice, Experiential Learning, Creativity in Vocational Education and Training, Reflective Practice

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.159-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 548.848KB).

Christine Robertson

Associate Director, Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Christine Robertson is currently the Associate Director Vocational Education and Training, Design and Social Context RMIT University. She has extensive experience in workforce development through vocational education and training and has developed a range of innovative enterprise training partnerships with both government and community based agencies. She has undertaken a range of education and development projects in regional, rural and remote locations in Australia and the South Pacific Region. Her current research interests include creating new learning experiences in workplace settings.

Vicki Molloy

Director VET Programs, School of Creative Media, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Vicki Molloy is the Director VET Programs in the School of Creative Media at RMIT University. Before joining RMIT she worked in the film and TV industries and in screen culture in roles including Director Creative Media, Australian Film Commission and Executive Director Australian Film Institute. She is currently researching Australian television policy.

Victoria Versteege

Director of Programs TAFE, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Victoria is currently an academic manager in the School of Design (TAFE) at RMIT University. She has had 20 years experience in education and has managed her own creative practice in Interior Design and Decoration. This experience has provided an understanding and desire to meet the needs of learners and industry and has forged her interest in facilitation of participative work practices. Victoria is a fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute and is currently presenting workshops for industry practitioners and educators in the area of creative colour application.


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