This years Teaching Matters Conference, held in Hobart over two days, focused on a return to the grass roots theme of ˜Sharing Practice".
Keynote Speaker Jarrod Green inspired those in attendance with his dynamic and frank discussion of his journey through learning and teaching in tertiary education at the University of Tasmania. Jarrod explains:
"Every student graduating from university has a story to share of their journey through tertiary study. For each of us, key moments define our experience of higher education and shape our evolving conceptions of ourselves as learners and as teachers. Speaking as a student and a peer facilitator, this address presents my personal autobiography of learning and teaching as it unfolded at UTAS. My experience has been powerfully shaped by opportunities to engage with other students and facilitate collaborative peer learning environments. Placing students at the centre of teaching and learning is a practice that not only positions students as independent learners but also resonates with the participatory culture of the twenty first century. If university learning environments are to remain relevant and engaging, both students and teachers will need to play a role in charting the educational journeys of the future."
Jarrod has played an active role in teaching and learning at UTAS, joining the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Program in 2008 as a Peer Leader in Chemistry. Since then Jarrod has worked as a senior PASS Mentor to provide ongoing support and training to interdisciplinary groups of Peer Leaders in the PASS Program. In 2009 Jarrod was awarded a National Outstanding Senior PASS Leader Award in recognition of excellence and contribution to student learning. Jarrod has been instrumental in the growth and development of the PASS Program at UTAS and is a highly valued member of the team.
Jarrod Green is a current UTAS student and has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree with first class Honours. After studying Journalism, Media and Communications, English, Chemistry, and Biochemistry majors, Jarrod completed his honours year in organic chemistry, researching the development of potential drugs for the treatment of traumatic brain injury. Jarrod is passionate about making a contribution to the field of science communication and education. Next year Jarrod will be joining the Shell Questacon Science Circus in Canberra and undertaking further study in science communication.
Teaching Matters is the major showcase for learning and teaching at the University of Tasmania. This annual conference began in 2002 and provides an excellent opportunity to discuss teaching practice, recognise success in teaching and learning, showcase innovations and engender enthusiasm for excellence in learning and teaching. Academics and professional members of staff are invited to attend to share, discuss and celebrate good practice in teaching and the support of learning.
Jarrod's keynote address can be viewed at http://www.utas.edu.au/teaching-matters/keynote