Leadership skills still Alive

Leadership skills and professionalism are boxes students must tick when applying for jobs.

Now, University Of Wollongong students are being given the chance to improve on their skill sets with the upcoming Alive Leadership programs.

Six students will receive a sponsorship to attend the high-class workshops and learn life skills that will be transferable to their personal, professional, student and work life.

Senior Manager of Operations Nik Milosevski and Coralie Fleming from the Centre Of Student Engagement, have the details.

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Registrations for the program program close thursday the 27th of March, and applications close on Friday.



UOW’s Casual Classroom


Why UOW holds presentations at the Brewery

Beers and banter will combine with cutting edge research tonight as the University of Wollongong takes teaching to the Illawarra Brewery.

Uni in the Brewery’ aims for a relaxed and participatory environment in which community members and students can hear presentations by prominent UOW Researchers. The sessions are free and begin at 5:30pm.

The sessions are an initiative to connect UOW research with the wider community. UOW Research Promotions Assistant Melissa Coade says taking the event off-campus is key to reaching a wide range of people.

“By changing the venue, we can change the format so it feels more welcoming. The Brewery is a popular place for people to gather and we can capture a wide cross-section of people”

But it’s not only the audience that can reap the benefits.

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The Academics

Ms Coade says that in addition to getting their research out into the general public, academics get the chance to crystalize their work and deliver it outside of the academic context.

“This gives academics an opportunity to stand back, digest and present in a different way”

Dr Lezanne Ooi who will be presenting in June, agrees that it is important for academics to share their work with the public.

“It helps to remind us why we are doing what we’re doing… The more you talk about it with people who aren’t necessarily in your field, the more it helps with cementing things in your mind.”

And the Brewery isn’t a bad choice of venue.

“A beer always helps,” she laughs.

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Dr Lezanne Ooi Photo source: http://smah.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@sci/@biol/documents/mm/uow130154.jpg

UOW Academic Professor Lesley Cooper has an expert interest in combining community engagement, research and teaching. Her book Fieldwork in the Human Services co-authored by Lynne Briggs, outlines the conventionality of the classroom.

“Classroom learning comprising lectures and tutorials has a certain degree of uniformity, predictability and transparency.”

 Dr Ben Maddison will kick off this year’s presentations. His talk will feature stories of exploration in Antarctica 100 years after Sir Douglas Mawson completed the pioneer expedition.

Uniform and Predictable? Don’t think so.


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Adult Education from orthodox to diverse

1. From the 1940s to 1960s adult education was seen as:


Adults undertaking education were presumed to have ‘missed out’ in earlier childhood. “One right form of education” was the dominant ideology. *

2. In the late 1960s education began to cause:


 Thus education was provided to address inequality. Those who did not receive education were seen as:


The need for new education models, different from the schooling model arose. Adult education became specifically for adults and not just a repeat of primary education in the remedial form. *

3. From the 1980s it was all about:


It became understood that different kinds of education were needed. Instead of education being the norm, or a source of inequality, education was seen instead as an:

Individual pattern of learning. *

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*Rogers A, Horrocks, N. 2010 Teaching Adults (4th Edition) Berkshire, GBR: Open University Press, 2010.






Written: Alice Matthews

Audio: Kirstie Chlopicki