#edtech talks: Jane Gavan

19 May 2017


How can we develop confidence and maximise engagement from students who have English as their second language?

In 2016, Dr Jane Gavan led senior design students at the University of Architecture, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, through a design and make project, Factories as Studios. Materials were donated from 6 factories for use by 27 designers who worked together to develop product prototypes that were exhibited to an audience of public, industry and creative stakeholders.

A key challenge of this project was communication – the average level of English comprehension of this group was in the mid (developing) range. In order to maximise engagement, in-class mobile phone text messaging was initiated between teacher and the group. The outcomes showed that this approach built student engagement, trust and deeper course satisfaction. The data also collected generated valuable feedback for analysis of group characteristics.

Dr. Jane Gavan is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, working from the Studios of Sculpture and Glass, as well as in the Foundation Program. She held the role of Associate Dean Learning and Teaching of Sydney College of the Arts from 2007-2012. Her research includes understanding the interrelationship between designers and artists and their engagement with industry and manufacturing and other work communities, particularly in raising the rate of innovation. Her expertise in leadership, teaching and research in design, visual arts and business will be taking her back to Vietnam for Factories as Studios, Phase 2 in 2018. Jane was a recipient of a 2016 Strategic Education Grant from the University and is currently working on an Open Learning Environment (OLE) on Understanding Creativity, to be launched in 2018..

Event details

  • 19 May 2017
    12.00pm - 1.00pm

  • Rooms 218, Level 2, Fisher Library South (F04)

  • Free

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