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Screen Content in Australian Education: Digital Promise and Pitfalls

QUT Digital Media Research Centre

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)

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Join us for a forum that reports on the findings of The Australian Screen Content in Education Project

Classrooms across the nation are now nearly universally digitally capable. Teachers are newly empowered in their search for arresting, relevant screen-based material for their classrooms and have flocked to the ubiquitous, free resources available on YouTube, despite it, and other social media platforms, being restricted in some state education jurisdictions. A wide range of supplier companies seek to meet, or create, demand for Australian content, but only a few have mastered the complex nature of the education market and developed sufficiently robust, user-friendly and relevant platforms which can deliver at scale. Many traditional suppliers are struggling or have run aground in the new environment.

New methods of digital distribution and access, ever greater emphasis on screen-based curriculum content and pedagogy, together with the rollout of the Australian Curriculum and its requirement for media arts in primary education, do provide enhanced opportunities for screen producers and distributors, but only if they configure content and access to fit curriculum structures, themes and modes of ‘edutainment’ prevalent in today’s classrooms. The role of public bodies remains crucial. Screen content featuring Australian Indigenous themes is consistently popular.

This forum reports on findings from the ‘Australian Screen Content in Education’ research project funded by the Australian Research Council Linkages Program (LP130100031), led by Professor Stuart Cunningham and Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni of Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  It is one of the most in-depth explorations of the distribution and use of screen media in education ever conducted in Australia. The project has run from 2014-2016 in conjunction with our project partners Screen Australia, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).

The project report ‘Screen Content in Australian Education: Digital Promise and Pitfalls’ includes insights from producers and distributors, interviews with hundreds of teachers, students and industry representatives, and observations of classroom practice.  It contains recommendations to further develop opportunities for Australian producers and distributors, detailed case studies of how teachers use screen content and explores how the links between screen and education interests can be strengthened.  We will also discuss how key players outline their educational strategies.


 

The forum is free but registration is essential (morning tea will be available on arrival).

 Contact: Nicki Hall nicki.hall@qut.edu.au with any queries about this event.

 


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Building Z9 607 (level 6), Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology, Building Z9 607, Creative Industries Faculty, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane 4059
Kelvin Grove
Brisbane, Qld 4059
Australia

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)


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QUT Digital Media Research Centre

The QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) conducts world-leading research that helps society understand and adapt to the social, cultural and economic transformations associated with digital media technologies.

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