Archives
November 2010

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

Monday 1 November/ Repeat Friday 9 November 2010

A Learning Society
Studying Forest Science on Campus in Mount Gambier

Moving to the city is not always an option for students in regional areas of South Australia. For this reason, Southern Cross University – based in Lismore NSW – has established a campus in Mount Gambier to enable students to study towards a Bachelor of Forest Science and Management. To find out more, Learning Works’ producer Tony Ryan spoke to Diana Lloyd, Green Triangle Forestry Coordinator with Southern Cross University in Mount Gambier.

Online Resources: Podcast

A Learning Society
From Paper Records to U-tube: The work of present-day Archivists

So what is an archive? And what is an archivist? Who can forget the Jedi Archivists in the Star Wars trilogy? And Travis Holland's first novel The Archivist's Story (2007) centred around an archivist in Stalin’s Russia in 1939. An archive may well contain documents, reports and publications, and a range of photographs. But these days an archive might also include online items, for example on u-tube, or corporate records in digital format. And how is the work of an archivist changing in this digital age? In Melbourne recently during the annual conference of the Australian Society of Archivists, Tony Ryan spoke with Catherine Robinson from State Records NSW about the work of archivists, and how these days, someone goes about becoming an archivist. See also www.archivists.org.au

Online Resources: Podcast

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read – Fallen, by Lauren Kate

“Fallen is a fantasy love story for young adults which fits my pre-requisite after reading the Twilight series. But instead of vampires and werewolves, this novel is about something different.” So writes Michelle Glasson from Salisbury Library Service in Adelaide, in this review of another good book for young adults to read.

Online Resources: Podcast; Transcript

Monday 8 November/ Repeat Friday 12 November 2010

A Learning Society
Building Literacy Skills for the World of Work

“Literacy: Momentum that Matters” was the title of the recent annual conference of SACAL - the SA Council for Adult Literacy. Tony Ryan spoke with three of the participants about their passion for the teaching of adult literacy programs, and about the benefits to individual students and to society, when their clients are able to move into the workforce. Also in the program, Dr Sue Shore for the Faculty of Education at the University of South Australia talks about the importance of literacy to our nation, and to early work on a project to build on stories from people involved in literacy programs over the years, either as participants or as teachers.

Online Resources: Podcast

A Learning Society
Building Better Boards

“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, (then) Chief Executive Officer of Our Community – www.ourcommunity.com.au First broadcast in May 2009.

Online Resources: Podcast

Monday 15 November/ Repeat Friday 19 November 2010

A Learning Society
Neighbourhood Centres – An Entry Point into Learning

It may be an ordinary-looking house in your suburb or town, it may be called a neighbourhood house or community learning centre, and it seems to be always busy. Then you are looking at one of over one thousand similar houses or centres around Australia, that play a very important part in helping people return to learning, begin to enjoy the benefits of volunteering, or even start on that pathway to training and to finding a job. Recently in Adelaide, representatives from all states met for the yearly meeting of ANHCA – the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association. During their meeting, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan spoke with Jan Brown, President of ANHCA and team leader of ten local neighbourhood houses to the south of Adelaide, Janice Mason, from Learning Centre Link in Western Australia and Vice President of ANHCA, and John Hooper, Executive Officer of Tasmanian Association of Community Houses and national secretary of ANHCA.

Online Resources: Podcast

Cinema Studies
Film Reviews – The Social Network

Learning Works’ regular film reviewer – John J McGowan – is back with another review of a current film. And if you are into social networking, or are wondering what social networking sites are all about, then this review of The Social Network may be for you.

Online Resources: Podcast Transcript

Monday 22 November/ Repeat Friday 26 November 2010

A Learning Society
Literacy and Numeracy - Students with a Refugee Background

Dr Jenny MillerMany young people with a refugee background arrive in Australia with minimal literacy in their first language, and many are unable to read or write any language. This impacts dramatically on the acquisition of English and school literacy. This is the view of Dr Jenny Miller, from the Faculty of Education at Monash University, our guest this week in Learning Works.

Dr Jenny Miller, Faculty of Education, Clayton Campus, Monash University

Online Resources: Podcast

 

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).

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 second of five short segments on building better boards and management committees, we hear from Jan McGuinness, then Director of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. First broadcast in May 2009.

Online Resources: Podcast

Monday 29 November/ Repeat Friday 3 December 2010

A Learning Society
Workforce Participation through South Australia Works

The South Australian Government has an important role to play in delivering labour market programs. Through a single but important objective of Workforce Participation, South Australia Works provides an alternative set of entry points into employment, vocational training and job search and thereby contributes to the objective of increasing workforce participation. See http://www.saworks.sa.gov.au

In Learning Works this week, Christa Christaki, Director of Employment Programs, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, talks with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan about the pivotal role of the South Australia Works strategy in facilitating learning, training and work programs. The interview also looks at the Building Family Opportunities - a program that aims to break the cycle of intergenerational joblessness.

Online Resources: Podcast

Arts Literature and Music
A Good Read - The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

”In January I went travelling through India with some close friends and their two children aged 6 and 8. Perhaps it was on one of our long road trips - or was it over a long pot of chai tea? – or while sampling yet another Indian sweet shop - that my friend and I began discussing the joy of sharing reading with other readers.” In Learning Works this week, Sandhya Burton from Salisbury Library Service reflects on how an unusual book club came into being, with the first meeting planned for this week, to talk about The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold, published in 2008 by Back Bay Books.

Online Resources: Podcast Transcript

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