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ALISON CEO Urges Educators to Engage with Technology

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ALISON CEO Mike Feerick urged all educators to engage with technology, when he joined a lively TV-style panel discussion  at Melbourne’s RMIT University in December.

Mike visited RMIT - a global university of technology and design – as part of a series of speaking engagements in Australia.

RMIT held a Festival of Learning and Teaching to focus on the use of technology and social media in educational institutions. Tools from videocasting to Google Drive to virtual labs and classrooms, were discussed in detail by experts in the area of educational technology.

A novel part of the Festival was a panel discussion based on the hugely popular Q&A show, screened weekly on ABC Television. The event invited members of the public to gather the views of Mr Feerick and other education experts on the topic of ‘Teaching’s Future: Face-to-Face or Facebook?’

Dr Judy McGannon from Design and Social Context (DSC), RMIT University, chaired the panel, on which Mr Feerick was joined by Futurist and former Minister for Science the Hon. Barry Jones AC and social media whiz-kid, formerly of Monash University, Samantha Vardanega.

Commenting on Q&A session, Pauline Porcaro, Educational Developer - Inclusive Teaching Project at RMIT described Mr Feerick's contribution as "a breath of fresh air".

"Mike spoke with passion on why educators must engage with technology and move into the 21st century if we are to inspire accessible learning," she noted. "His analogy of the speedy change from horse and carriage to the motor car, drove home the message of how modern education is now sitting on the edge of momentous change; it's time to get off the horse and speed ahead!"

RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education and outcome-oriented research. The college is a leader in engineering, accounting and finance, computer science and information systems, communication and media studies, psychology, education, law and economics.

RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, Australia, two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, Spain. It also offers programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Spain and Germany, and has industry partnerships on every continent.

The university's student population of 82,000 includes 28,000 international students, of whom 17,600 are taught outside of Australia.

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