Archives
May 2009

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 4 May / Friday 8 May 2009

A Learning Society
Building Better Boards – Program 1 of 5

“Strong organizations are driven by strong boards – boards that are organised, efficient and knowledgeable. Good boards get your group moving on the right road. Bad boards make your group lose its way.” (From the Board Builder Conference program – Our Community 2009). In Melbourne recently, Learning Works’ producer/presenter Tony Ryan attended the 2009 Board Builder Conference and spoke to some of the presenters, and also to some of the participants. In this the first of five short segments on building better boards and management committees, we look at just some of the strategies which will ensure that your board is “organised, efficient and knowledgeable”. Interviewed in this first program is Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, Chief Executive Officer of Our Community – www.ourcommunity.com.au

Online Resources: Audio

A Learning Society
Let’s Talk Secret Codes – Program 2 of 7

“Despite our assumptions about the literacy skills of Australians, not all adults have the skills they need in order to participate fully in the emerging knowledge economy and to build these generic literacy skills. The findings of a national adult literacy survey were released at the end of 2007, revealing that almost half of the adult population does not have adequate literacy skills for everyday life and work. (Making Literacy Everybody’s Business. Report and Action Plan, September 2008, Government of South Australia. The full report is available on http://www.saworks.sa.gov.au) In the second of this repeat seven-part radio series, we continue our exploration of some of the outcomes of the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ABS 2007).

Online Resources: Audio

Cinema
Film Review - Duplicity

“Bad movies are those that you go along to see with a reasonable expectation of some satisfying entertainment, but which then turn out to be time-wasting, and money wasting, disappointments.” Our resident reviewer John J McGowan reviews the current film Duplicity.

Online Resources: Audio Transcript

Monday 11 May / Friday 15 May 2009

A Learning Society
Building Better Boards – Program 2 of 5

“Strong organizations are driven by strong boards – boards that are organised, efficient and knowledgeable. Good boards get your group moving on the right road. Bad boards make your group lose its way.” (From the Board Builder Conference program – Our Community 2009). In this the second of five short segments on building better boards and management committees, we look at just some of the strategies which will ensure that your board is “organised, efficient and knowledgeable”. This week – induction, and board/staff relations. Interviewed is Jan McGuinness, chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Online Resources: Audio

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
Falls Prevention – an Education Strategy

In 2008, Adult Learning Australia in Canberra was funded by the ACT Government to prepare a Study Circle on falls prevention. Aimed at older Australians, the resource has proved to be very popular. Janie McOmish from Adult Learning Australia in Canberra speaks to Tony Ryan about the project.

Online Resources: Audio

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – October, by Richard B Wright

The publisher (Harper Collins Canada) describes this work as “a haunting coming of age story and a contemporary portrait of a man still searching for answers”. This book is in the Readers’ Collection – Adult Book Discussion Service at the Salisbury Library Service in Adelaide. The reviewer is Katherine Hajdu.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 18 May / Friday 22 May 2009

A Learning Society
Building Better Boards – Program 3 of 5

In this the third of five short segments on building better boards and management committees, we are looking at just some of the strategies which will ensure that your board is “organised, efficient and knowledgeable”. With a focus on legal strategies and the beginning of a more detailed look at the role of the Treasurer, this week’s contributors are Kate Fischer, Senior Lawyer with Pilch Connect (Victoria) and Peter Hanlon, Group Executive, Retail and Business Banking with Westpac.

Online Resources: Audio

Adult Learning in Action
The 2008 Ministerial Declaration on Adult Community Education

Over the years, there have been many reviews and reports on the place of adult community education in Australia. In December 2008, the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations issued a Ministerial Declaration on Adult Community Education, on behalf of the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education. In this studio interview, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks with the Acting CEO of Adult Learning Australia Ron Anderson, about the key role that Adult Community Education (often referred to as ACE) plays in Australia today.

Online Resources: Audio

Monday 25 May / Friday 29 May 2009

A Learning Society
Building Better Boards – Program 4 of 5

In this program, we are looking at just some of the strategies which will ensure that your board is “organised, efficient and knowledgeable”. With a more detailed look at the role of the Treasurer, this week’s program features Heather Thompson, the award-winning treasurer of the Granger Surf Life Saving Club in suburban Adelaide.

Online Resources: Audio

Cinema
Film Review – Angels and Demons

Learning Works’ resident film reviewer John J McGowan says in the introduction to this review “You’re probably somewhat surprised to hear me talking about this movie given that it is a kind of sequel to The Da Vinci Code - a movie which I have often said on this program is one of the worst movies of all time.” To find out more, tune in to Learning Works this week, or check out the text and/or podcast of this review on the website.

Online Resources: Audio Transcript

Adult Learning in Action
Broadband for Seniors

Broadband for Seniors is an ambitious plan by the Commonwealth Government to provide access to broadband in many locations around Australia. The project will ensure that many older Australians, who currently have limited or no access to internet technology, will be able to access and use computer technology. Janie McOmish from Adult Learning Australia visited Adelaide recently and recorded this interview with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan.

Online Resources: Audio

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