The course is Introduction to Event Management, and the students are a wonderful group of young Aboriginal students who are also employed under the Australian traineeship program.
A couple of weeks back, Cass and I drove to the Sport and Recreation camp at Point Wolstoncroft http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/pointwolstoncroft/index.asp where we met with and enrolled the students. To give the group the opportunity to test their skills, interest and team building ability, we had a lot of fun doing warm-up activities.
The activities went like clockwork and the young people made a huge impression on both of us. They got right into the case study and pretty soon they came up with some excellent ideas to answer the questions associated with it.
These students demonstrated they really understand the adage ‘there is no I in team’. They worked together, encouraged each other, and in no time at all, they became a fully integrated team who knew how to get down to business and come up with the goods.
I’m fortunate to have the chance to work with such intelligent, committed and revved-up young men and women. I know we're going to have a lot of fun in the Virtual Classroom and the outcomes will demonstrate success with a capital s.
Our Virtual Classroom is based on true multi-media activities. We've already broadcasted our first podcast, and we've uploaded course notes and assignments. The V.C also has a photo gallery, a notice board and heaps of other stuff. In a few weeks we'll be using video streaming and students have the option to create assignment videos and online slide shows.
With the introduction of the virtual classroom, course work has never been more interesting and exciting. And the big plus is, the more the students use the technology, the more confident they become and the stronger their vocational skills get.
I’ll keep you posted on our progress. This is teacher/student partnership at its best.
PS: A colleague sent me an ePoster for the RSVP Event conference that will be held at the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour on July 17 & 18.
Registration is free, but places are filling quickly. Thought you might be interested so I’ve added the link for online registration.