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Third Award this year!
The Men and Sheds program, broadcast on PBA FM in Adelaide in Learning Works on Monday 7 March, has gained second place in the Radio – Best Current Affairs segment/series, in the 2011 OPSO Media Awards, presented in Brisbane on Monday evening. The awards this year attracted 1500 entries from around Australia. Full details of the national awards are attached.

Thanks are due to David Helmers, Executive Officer of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and Professor Barry Golding, University of Ballarat, and to the great people who agreed to be interviewed in the Community/Men’s Shed at the Aldinga Community Centre, south of Adelaide.

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As always, without the willing participation of committed and passionate people in the adult community education sector, and support from the SA Government, this and other programs in the Learning Works initiative would never have been possible.

Natural Resources Management Grant
PBA FM is pleased to advise that a grant has been secured, to produce a short radio series, for early 2012, on aspects of the important conservation work being done, mostly by volunteers, in and around the Adelaide Hills, to the east of the city of Adelaide. More information in due course.

Another Award
Presented by Raymond Garrand, chief Executive of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, during the official dinner to mark the launch of Adult Learners Week 2011. The clear glass plaque reads: “Presented to Tony Ryan, in recognition of your significant contribution to the Adult Community Education Sector. From the Government of South Australia.”

Commendation for The Law Spot
On 22 July, The Law Spot, produced at PBA FM in Adelaide, was recognized in the 2011 Archbishop of Adelaide Media Awards. These awards are designed to “recognise reporting which shows a commitment to truth, balance, fairness and community service.” More...

The end is where we start from
This quote is from Four Quartets (Number 4) by English poet T S Eliot, and is a good way to begin to tell you that sadly the weekly Learning Works programs have now ceased. The final programs were broadcast in week beginning Monday 20 June 2011. The production team of Producer and Presenter Tony Ryan, Web Manager Barb Campion, along with PBA FM Manager Denise Guest, thank all contributors and listeners for ongoing support and contributions over these six years.

The good news is that the Learning Works website will remain active for some years, so do click here for some hundreds of audio files (mp3) relating to lifelong learning.

Producer’s Reflection
For further information about this radio and internet initiative from 2005 to mid-2011, written by producer and presenter Tony Ryan, click here.

A Comment from Ron Anderson
Ron Anderson was national CEO of Adult Learning Australia from 2004 to 2007 and then again throughout 2009-2010. To read his retrospective, click here.

Your Comments
Many very much appreciated emails have been received as Learning Works comes to an end, with comments on what has been achieved in over six years of this project. Here are the first four – slightly edited and with names removed.

For the full list of comments to date, please click here.

“Congratulations on your contribution to ACE in South Australia through the Learning Works program. We have been fortunate to have your experience and passion to promote our sector, and issues that impact on so many in the community. Wonderful reflection piece Tony!” (Adelaide)

“I was saddened to learn that Learning Works will conclude. I join the many who will congratulate you on your great achievement with this program. I read your Reflection article with great interest and found your career path fascinating. I join you in agreeing that lifelong learning needs to harness the media in innovative ways. Congratulations and good wishes.” (Brisbane)

“It's understood that you need to pull up stumps on a great body of interview work, Tony but many good innings yet on other pitches. Thanks sincerely for your support and kind words over the years.” (Melbourne)

“Thank you for this wonderful work and for the great messages you have conveyed with such clarity and professionalism. Thanks for your encouraging and perceptive conversations with me more generally over coffee and more focussed in the studio.” (Adelaide) ……..


All details and podcasts are now online for the month of April. Did you miss the award-winning Mental Health interview with Ann Deveson? Or our Social History special on The Spanish Flu of 1919? There were also two items on the Federal Government’s Broadband for Seniors initiative, and another item on Rural Women’s Learning in Later Life. And finally, an inspirational interview with Professor Jack Cross from UniSA. Details and podcasts for the whole month of April can be accessed here.


Unlocking Community Power and Creativity is a repeat item from 2010, with Brian Smith, Executive Officer of the Local Community Services Association in NSW. More also on Law Week 2011, with Michael O’Connell, Commissioner for Victim’s Rights in South Australia, and chair of the Law Week Committee in SA. And a special program later in the month to mark 98 years of the Workers Educational Association in SA – quite a milestone. Details and podcasts can be accessed during the month here.

A Learning Society

Barry GoldingOn Monday 7 March at 8.30pm in Adelaide (GMT +10’ 30”), Learning Works takes a close look at Community Sheds, with a special focus on the important role that these sheds play in providing men who may be depressed because they are unemployed or coping with early retirement or the loss of a life partner, with a safe place to relate to other men whilst involved in learning new skills and also learning to talk and share with other men. The program includes interviews recorded at the Community Shed at Aldinga, a beachside suburb south of Adelaide (South Australia), and then an extended interview with Professor Barry Golding from the University of Ballarat, and the Executive Officer of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, David Helmers. The program is repeated on Friday 11 March at 9am in Adelaide (GMT +10’ 30”)

Professor Barry Golding
University of Ballarat

For earlier interviews with Professor Golding on the topic of older men’s learning, go to the Learning Works Archives section, and then go to programs broadcast in June 2009.

The Deep Space Centre, Canberra
Deep Space Station, CanberraAnd on Monday 17 January, an extended interview with Glen Nagle, Communication and Outreach Manager, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Tony Ryan was given a guided tour of this internationally important Deep Space Centre, including into areas usually out of bounds to visitors. This is a science and technology special not to be missed. Their website is http://www.cdscc.nasa.gov/

Just one of the dishes at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

Learning Journeys in the Tertiary Education Sector
This week in Learning Works, Professor Roger Harris, from the School of Education at the University of South Australia reflects on some recent research on the learning journeys of students in the tertiary education sector. See more

The Law – Young People, Schools and Parents
Summer is a great time for parents to catch up with some of the issues around young people, rights and responsibilities, and “our connected kids” – including issues around mobile phones and internet safety through to cyber-bullying, and including some very practical suggestions for parents.

This is a repeat of the 2009 13-part series on some of these legal issues. There’s also a one page Fact Sheet and Discussion Guide for each of these 13 programs, on the Learning Works website. The Law – Young People, Schools and Parents was produced at PBA FM in Adelaide, with support from the Law Foundation of South Australia.

A Learning Society

Hut Community CentreThree community centres in and around Adelaide have been featured in Learning Works recently – Wandana Community Centre in Gilles Plains, The Summit, a new community centre at Norton Summit in the Adelaide Hills, and The Hut, a community centre located in the former Aldgate railway station. See program details in our Archives section for February and March.

The Hut Community Centre, at the former Aldgate Railway Station in the Adelaide Hills

John McGowan“See you in the back stalls! “
Happy (Special) Birthday, John McGowan!

For the past six years, John McGowan has become a familiar voice on Learning Works, signing-off his movie reviews with the phrase: “I’ll see you in the back stalls.” Read more..

Colin Theale with Tony RyanMeet Colin Thiele
Colin Thiele, the much loved South Australian educator and children’s author, died at his home in Brisbane in 2006. Learning Works producer Tony Ryan visited Colin at his home back in 1996, and recorded an extended interview. Courtesy of the Australian College of Educators (www.austcolled.com.au) Learning Works will feature six short extracts from this oral history interview, as part of our summer season of programs.

Colin Thiele and Tony Ryan in Brisbane in 1996.

Celebrating Adult Learners’ Week
Again in 2010, Adult Learners Week provides an opportunity to celebrate adult learning in its many forms across the state. Learning Works will mark ALW with an interview with the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, the Hon Jack Snelling MP, and some interviews with award winners, presented at a dinner to mark the beginning of Adult Learners Week. Link to August Archives

Murray Bridge MuralLearning in Regional South Australia
This has been an ongoing theme in Learning Works since April. Coming up in September are items on the work of TAFE SA in Murray Bridge in providing flexible learning options for students across a wide area of South Australia. And we visit a vibrant community learning centre in Murray Bridge.

This is just part of a wonderful mural at the front of the Murray Bridge Community Centre.


Professor Rosemary JohnstonMore on Multi-Literacies
Another on-going theme relates to literacy, with several items recorded recently at the University of Technology Sydney. One of the interviewees was Professor Rosemary Ross Johnston (pictured), who spoke on A Literate Nation and on some of her work with schools around Maitland on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. And Associate Professor Hermine Scheeres (UTS) spoke to Learning Works about health literacy. For details see Archives June and July.


Professor Rosemary Ross Johnston (UTS)


Victims of Global Environmental Change
Michael OÇonnel, Prof Kieran Munday and Tony RyanFor broadcast and online in Week Beginning Monday 14 June, this is an interview that would be of interest as a discussion starter in all sectors of education - schools, adult community education, TAFE and universities. Professor Kieran Mundy from the Tokiwa International Victimology Institute in Japan recently visited Adelaide to speak about Victims of Global Environmental Change.

Pictured here are Michael O’Connell (SA Commissioner for Victims’ Rights), Professor Kieran Mundy and Tony Ryan (Learning Works, PBA FM).

Professor Ruth Deakin Crick and Learning Power
While in Adelaide recently, Professor Ruth Deakin Crick from the University of Newcastle speaks about her work on the UK-based Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) project, and about learning power in the context of schools, the workplace and for lifelong learning. For mp3 audio, go to May Archives

Skint – Making Do in The Great Depression
School children line up for free soup during the Great DepressionWhile it was a period of terrible hardship for many, the Great Depression was also a time when people showed incredible ingenuity to survive and make ends meet: including thrifty ways of reusing and recycling commodities, and growing vegetables. Soup kitchens were set up in school yards, and many hundreds of families were forced to shelter in caves or build their own humpies on the city fringes and along the coast. In Learning Works on Monday 7 June, we visit this very important social history exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.

School children line up for free soup during the Great Depression, Sam Hood, 2 August 1934

Highlights from April
Individuals in organizations learn on a daily basis. But do organizations learn? To find out more, we invited Dr Paddy O’Toole, Associate Dean, School of Education at Flinders University, to PBA FM for an interview on organizational learning. Another recent program about community learning was recorded at the Mount Barker Family House, in the Adelaide Hills. Then Manager Rosemary Rodrigues is also chair of the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association of SA. You can hear these and other April items online in April Archives.

Highlights from March
March was a very varied month. Check this out in March Archives for items on Balancing Work in our Lives, with Professor Barbara Pock, UniSA; Literacy – Working with First Nation People, with Michelle Eady University of Wollongong; Building Resilience in Early Career Teachers, with Dr Anna Sullivan, UniSA; and Adult Literacy – Building Strengths in Us All, with Dr Peter Waterhouse.

Francesca BeddieThe Iceberg of Informal Learning
Monday 8 February

This recent program was of interest to many listeners and has been widely publicised across Australia. The interviewee was Francesca Beddie, General Manager Research, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). You can hear this item again, by going to our Archives for the month of February.

Abilities for AllAbilities for All – 128 Success Stories
Monday 22 February

An education initiative, designed to help South Australians with a disability achieve long-term sustainable employment, culminated in Adelaide last week with the graduation of 128 participants from vocational courses. The ‘Abilities for All’ program, funded by the Government of South Australia, is targeted at those who have multiple barriers to learning and achieving their potential and are disconnected from their communities.

You can hear this item again, by going to our Archives for the month of February.

Bedford trainer Simon Cho, pictured second from left, with graduates Jodie, Deborah and Luke - we hear from all three about their participation in this course

Barbara PocockBalancing Work in Our Lives
Coming on Monday 1 March

An extended interview with Professor Barbara Pocock, Director of the Centre for Work + Life, at the University of South Australia. Further details on this website shortly.


Back on air - 18 January
After a short recess, Learning Works returns to PBA FM at 8.30pm on Monday 18 January. The Learning Works team thanks our supporters in 2009, and we look forward to bringing you some good radio in 2010.

Some early items in 2010
In keeping with our commitment to providing a range of interviews and reviews on topics in areas such as Health, Science, The Arts, Social History and Justice Issues, our early programs in January 2010 include a project in SA to film the story of John Paterson McGowan – Hollywood’s First Australian (18 Jan and 1 Feb) and Adelaide musician Andy Salvanos and the Chapman Stick (18 Jan).

We’re broadcasting a full length program for Australia Day – not looking at those events associated with the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney, but at some of the earlier maritime history off the coast of Western Australia (25 Jan).

Catherine Speck with Tony Ryan

Associate Professor Catherine Speck is interviewed by PBA FM’s Tony Ryan about the new online Art History course, devised by the University of Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia.


In February, highlights include details of a new online Art History course being introduced by the University of Adelaide in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia (1 Feb); and interviews on literacy with Dr Peter Woodhouse (Melbourne) and Michelle Eady (University of Wollongong).

As they say, all this, and more, in Learning Works in early 2010.


Now Online - Building Better Boards
Courtesy of Our Community, Learning Works’ presenter Tony Ryan attended the annual Building Better Boards conference in Melbourne in February, where he recorded several interviews about the importance of management committees and boards in the not-for-profit sector. In these difficult times, the need for effective management committees is even more important, especially in the context of financial management. This five-part series is now online as podcasts.
Click here for Program 1
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Coming Soon – Men’s Sheds – with Associate Professor Barry Golding
Associate Professor Barry Golding from the University of Ballarat in Victoria is leading a team of researchers looking into the learning that occurs through the participation of older men in a range of community-based organisations. In this extended Learning Works interview, Barry Golding speaks about men’s learning in organizations such as fire and emergency services, and ambulance and surf rescue organisations where it is often a matter of life and death. Community men’s sheds also provide productive and positive spaces for some older men. This whole program with Associate Professor Barry Golding on current research into Men’s Shed will be broadcast on Monday 15 June, and will be online within a few days.

Barry Golding
Caption: Associate Professor Barry Golding, photographed recently in Adelaide.

Coming Soon – The Digital Age in Schools
Organised by the Australian College of Educators, the Digital Fair held at Geelong Grammar School in Geelong, Victoria from 15 to 17 April 2009 provided many opportunities for delegates to exchange ideas, update information and skills, and develop an awareness of recent advances in emerging technologies. The Digital Fair attracted key decision and policy makers at primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions as well as government agencies, classroom practitioners across all sectors and levels, school leaders and ICT experts. For Learning Works, Tony Ryan attended this conference and recorded several interviews on the digital age and education. This whole program on digital technologies in schools will be broadcast on Monday 29 June, and will be online within a few days.

How to get your school moving and improving
In this interview, Professor Steve Dinham speaks with Learning Works’ Tony Ryan about what research has revealed about what really works, and adds value to our schools. Click here for audio file

Building Better Boards
Courtesy of Our Community, Learning Works’ presenter Tony Ryan recently attended the annual Building Better Boards conference in Melbourne, where he recorded several interviews about the importance of management committees and boards in the not-for-profit sector. In these difficult times, the need for effective management committees is even more important, especially in the context of financial management. This five-part series begins on Monday 4 May, and each program will be online during the week of broadcast.

Decisions Decisions
The first unit of three community legal education programs – on medical decision-making and young people - went to air from Monday 16 February. All three programs are now online as mp3 audiofiles, along with some additional discussion starters. Check out the Archives section, for the months of February and March. Decisions Decisions is produced at PBA FM with assistance from the Law Foundation of South Australia.

The Debt Trap in Hard Times
Yes, we live in difficult times. A recent interview in Learning Works focused on managing your finances in hard times. The interviewee is May Shotton, counselor with Relationships Australia in Adelaide. To hear the interview in full, click here, or go to Online Resources.

Abilities for All – A SA Success Story
In February, the SA Minister for Employment Training and Further Education, the Honourable Paul Caica, presented awards to a large group of students, studying through the Abilities for All project, a highly successful program providing accredited workplace training for hundreds of South Australians with disabilities. The full Learning Works segment on this event is now online – click here.

Hon Paul Caica MP
Minister Paul Caica presenting the Abilities for All certificates.

Meet Dawn Kelson, Coordinator, Gawler Community House in SA
Dawn’s learning journey is inspirational – from someone who came to this community house after a long period of social isolation, to become the centre’s coordinator.

Gawler Community House
Photograph shows Dawn Kelson, with office manager Stephen Tovey, in front of the Gawler Community House welcoming artwork in their foyer.

Learning Works photographs
You are invited to check our growing Learning Works photo gallery – a small way in which we can express our appreciation for the many people who contribute to Learning Works.

Adult Learning Australia – Quest Magazine
Learning Works team appreciates the support of Adult Learning Australia. See the recent Summer edition for a three-page spread on Learning Works. Their website is www.ala.asn.au

Learning Works - February 2009 Welcome to another year of Learning Works. Now in production for February are items on young people and the law (see below), managing your finances in difficult times, the new Compulsory Education Age in South Australia, building a learning community at Mawson Lakes, and Men’s Health and Wellbeing. John J McGowan returns with his monthly review of new films, and staff members from the Salisbury Library Service are also back with some good books to read. All that and more, as they say, on Learning Works.

Decisions! Decisions!
Law FoundationStarts Monday 16 February

In many aspects of our lives, making decisions can sometimes be difficult. When the best interests of our children are at stake, medical decision-making can be quite difficult for parents and guardians and for young people themselves. In these three short programs, Tony Ryan speaks with Dr Tamara Zutlevics, Patient Ethicist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. This is the first unit of programs in 2009 produced at PBA FM with support from the Law Foundation of South Australia.

The Best of Learning Works
With a month of repeat programs, we trust you will enjoy hearing some of the most popular Learning Works interviews from 2008. Or visit our website to see the many new audiofiles added in recent weeks. New programs will commence in the third week of January.

Another Learning Works Award
Hidden FacesA Learning Works item won a Finalist Award in the Media Category of the 2008 Dr Margaret Tobin Awards for Excellence in Mental Health, The Hidden Faces Revealed item, from April 2008, featured several young refugee students from African countries, at the launch of the Hidden Faces Revealed Exhibition. The Awards were presented by the Hon Jane Lomax-Smith, SA Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, during Mental Health Week, October 2008.
Participants in the Hidden Faces Revealed program, with Learning Works’ presenter Tony Ryan

SA Minister launches Secret Codes CD

Paul Caica MP and Tony RyanThe Honourable Paul Caica MP, South Australian Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education photographed (left) at the launch of the Let’s Talk Secret Codes CD, with PBA FM Project Manager Tony Ryan. As well as broadcast on many community radio stations around SA, the seven mp3 audiofiles from the CD will be progressively available online from Monday 15 September.


Naomi MadsenMental Health – A popular program
The Learning Works program, broadcast in week beginning Monday 8 September, has been of interest to many listeners. Naomi Madsen (pictured below) spoke about the nationally-available Mental Health First Aid training program. If you missed the program, go to our Archives link on this website, and click on September programs, to hear the program as mp3 audio. For copyright reasons, we are unable to include any music used in the radio broadcasts.


Bob ConwayCelebrating Teachers in Australia

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in Australia on Friday 31 October. In Learning Works in week beginning Monday 27 October, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan speaks with Professor Bob Conway, Dean of Education at Flinders University, about teachers in Australia today, the challenges and joys in teaching, the changing nature of the teaching force, and change in many other ways to the teaching profession. Also in this program, the voices of three Flinders University student teachers are heard – Alex, Tash and Sam – speaking about teachers who influenced them in their own schooldays, and why they have chosen teaching as their career.

Photo above: Professor Bob Conway, Dean of Education at Flinders University


Now a finalist in the 2008 Dr Margaret Tobin Awards for Excellence in Mental Health, The Hidden Faces Revealed item, from April 2008, is being repeated this week as part of PBA FM’s contribution to Mental Health Week.

Photograph shows some of the project team members.


Let’s Talk Secret Codes
Beginning Monday 15 September 2008

Sue ShoreSouth Australia continues its innovative work in adult literacy with the launch during Adult Learners Week of the CD Let’s Talk Secret Codes: Building Lifeskills Through Literacy. The 76 minute CD, consisting of seven short radio programs, complement the statewide focus on the importance of multi-literacies, by providing topical information for radio listeners through up to 20 community radio stations around SA, as well as providing discussion starters for training and/or community organisations on the role of literacies in developing skills for life.

Topics include prose and document literacies, health literacy, financial literacy, visual literacy, literacy and the world of work, and a broader perspective on literacy in Australia today and the challenges faced as we engage with recent OECD survey data from Australia’s Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey, issued through the Australian Bureau of Statistics in late 2007.

Dr Sue Shore, from the Centre for the Study of Literacy, Policy and Language Culture, School of Education, University of South Australia, discusses the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ABS 2007).

The Let’s Talk Secret Codes project is produced in the context of Adult Learners’ Week, and is presented by Tony Ryan, Project Manager with PBA FM – 89.7 FM in Adelaide, with support through the ACE and Community Partnerships Unit of DFEEST. Let’s Talk Secret Codes will be available online as mp3 audiofiles, from Monday 15 September – www.learningworksradio.com

Louise Bywaters and Pam Ronan MacKillop Oration, with Pam Ronan
Now online as text and audio
Pam Ronan, Principal of Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier recently delivered the 2008 MacKillop Oration in Adelaide. The MacKillop Medal is awarded every two years by the South Australian Branch of the Australian College of Educators, to acknowledge the contribution of a significant educator in this State. A slightly abridged version of Pam Ronan's address will be broadcast in Adelaide on Learning Works, on PBA FM, 89.7 on the FM band, at 8.30pm on Monday 14 July and repeated at 9am on Friday 18 July.

Photograph shows Pam Ronan (right) with former SA Branch President of the Australian College of Educators, Louise Bywaters.

Guy ClaxtonDeveloping Innovation in Young People

On Learning Works on Monday 28 April, our guest is Guy Claxton, Visiting Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education. Professor Claxton (pictured) is the UK’s leading expert on ‘learning to learn’, and on practical ways of developing young people’s learning and creative capacities. Learning Works’ producer/presenter Tony Ryan was in Tasmania recently for the National Conference of the Australian College of Educators, where this interview was recorded - Professor Claxton was a keynote speaker – www.austcolled.com.au

So what do students want of their lecturers?
A recent interview with Dr Tony Holland, from the University of Technology in Sydney, on his research into what tertiary students expect of their lecturers, has proved to be very popular. Broadcast in Week beginning Monday 17 March, this interview is now online in full as an mp3 audiofile.

Louise JohnstonCalling all Visual Artists
Entries are now open for the 2008 Adult Learners’ Week Art Competition – the closing date is Friday 18 July. In Learning Works in week beginning Monday 23 June, meet last year’s winner, Louise Johnston (pictured). The display of selected works will be held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide from 7 August to 8 September. For more information, call (08) 8463 4430.

Ranking Universities
Australia could lead the way by developing criteria to allow a nation’s university system to be judged and ranked. This is the view of Professor Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. Professor Høj is our guest commentator in Learning Works, on Monday 14 April at 8.30pm and repeated on Friday 18 April at 9am, on 89.7, PBA FM.

A Good Read
For broadcast in Week Beginning Monday 14 April, a staff member from the City of Salisbury Library will review some good books to read. Pictured is the first staff group from the Library to visit PBA FM in preparation for their contributions in the first half of 2008.

Shout, Share, Live, Unite!
National Youth Week, Australia’s largest celebration of young people, will take place from 5-13 April 2008. So what are some of the joys of being young today? And some of the challenges too, in their studies, their work and their families? National Youth Week is celebrated in Learning Works, on Monday 7 April at 8.30pm and repeated on Friday 11 April a9 9am. And there will be plenty of ways for young people to get involved in National Youth Week. Just go to the NYW website - www.youthweek.com

Rookwood Cemetry by train

From railway station to church!

This picture shows the mortuary station in Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney when mourners traveled by special train to the cemetery. Coming up soon in Learning Works, a fascinating social history item on how this Victorian-style building was demolished almost fifty years ago, and then rebuilt as a church in Canberra. In Sydney, Tony Ryan speaks with railway historian John Oates. For broadcast in week beginning Monday 24 March.

So what do students want of their lecturers?
An extended interview with Dr Tony Holland, from the University of Technology in Sydney, on his research into what tertiary students expect of their lecturers. For broadcast in Week beginning Monday 17 March.

A Good Read
Every four weeks from Monday 17 March, a staff member from the City of Salisbury Library will present a segment on some good books to read. Pictured is the first group from the Library to visit PBA FM in preparation for their contributions in the first half of 2008.


Simply the Best
To read about Tony Ryan’s address to the Simply the Best Conference at the University of South Australia on Thursday 11 October, click here.

Jill Benson

Refugees and Transcultural Health
Coming up in week beginning Monday 18 February, an extended interview with Dr Jill Benson from the University of Adelaide on her work in several overseas countries, and on how we in Australia might develop a better understanding of and respect for the cultural framework that refugees bring with them to Australia.

The University of Adelaide’s Dr Jill Benson

Louise Bywaters

Building Leadership in Australian Schools
In week beginning Monday 25 February, Learning Works features an extended interview with Louise Bywaters on new understandings of educational leadership. This is a not-to-be-missed interview for anyone involved in education, as a principal, teacher, parent or member of a school council.

Louise Bywaters, one of Australia’s leading educational leadership specialists, photographed at PBA FM in Adelaide for this extended interview.

Good News for Listeners in Rural South Australia
Selected interviews from the weekly Learning Works program on PBA FM will be sent on CD to a number of community radio stations across South Australia, every four to six weeks. So listeners in rural South Australia will not miss out.

And Good News for our Interstate Supporters Too!
The Learning Works website will continue to be updated with most of our interviews available as audiofiles. A special thank you to two national organisations that will provide regular updates on new materials going onto the Learning Works website in 2008 - Adult Learning Australia and the Australian College of Educators.

Ned Kelly – Australian Hero!
Coming up in week beginning Monday 11 February, an extended interview recorded at the State Library of Victoria on an Australian legend – Ned Kelly.

Learning Works Returns in 2008
After several repeat programs from our archives over the holiday period, we're pleased to advise that Learning Works returns on Monday 28 January at 8.30pm on PBA FM.

12 December
Learning Works continues over the holiday period

With some new material and a selection of items from our archives, Learning Works will continue over the festive season.

10 December
Thank you!

The Learning Works team and PBA FM wish to thank the following organizations for funding assistance during 2007. The ACE and Community Partnerships Unit, SA Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology; The Gamblers’ Rehabilitation Fund, through the Office for Problem Gambling, SA Department for Families and Communities; the Law Foundation of South Australia; and Adult Learning Australia, Canberra.

3 December
National Award to Milang Old School House Community Centre!

Congratulations to everyone at the Milang Old School House Community Centre – co-winner of the Adult Learning Australia Adult Learning Community of the Year in 2007.

19 November
A World Without Memory

This half hour special program was recorded in Alice Springs at the annual conference of the Australian society of Archivists. So what is an archivist? And what is the Memory of the World project? Available soon online in two parts as mp3 audiofiles.

12 November
It’s a Legal Matter – Behind the Wheel

Three short community legal education programs on some of the legal issues around driving a motor vehicle.
All three programs will soon be online as mp3 audiofiles.

10 November
Adult Learning Australia National Conference

ALA Conference Cairns 8 November
Held in Cairns Queensland 8 – 10 November 2007. Pictured during the Conference are Professor Victoria Carrington (UniSA), Tony Ryan (Learning Works), and George Papallo OAM (CEO of Macquarie Community College in NSW).

5 November
Digital Natives?

If you are a teacher or parent and are not familiar with this term, check out this week’s commentary by SA educator Clark Ross.

Online Resources script. mp3 audio

1 November
New Resources Online

Many new audiofiles and fact sheets have been added in September and October.

Click here for September, or click here for October.

22 October
World Teachers Day

So who is entering the teaching profession in 2007? Tony chats with Wendy Teasdale Smith about new teachers entering our schools in 2007. Click here for the fact sheet.

20 October

As the My Gambling Story project is nearing completion, click here to read Tony Ryan’s overview of this lifelong learning radio and internet initiative. And click here to access the six programs and the six fact sheets, as they are added over the next few weeks.

10 October

Tony Ryan attended the 2007 Australian Society of Archivists annual conference in Alice Springs in August. Click here to read his report. And watch this space for a special program on the work of the archivist, in Learning Works on Monday 19 November.

14 August
Adult Learners’ Week programs

All six programs, produced at PBA FM in preparation for Adult Learners’ Week 2007, are being added to this website as they are completed. To access the programs and related information, please click here.

6 August

To see a larger version of this photograph, please click here.

At last, PBA FM is in the process of moving into our new studios. The photo shows our new premises (with the multi coloured front and the mast on the roof) which are in the Salisbury Centre, 19 Wiltshire Street Salisbury. Visitors to PBA FM to record interviews for Learning Works will, I am sure, be impressed. Congratulations to PBA FM Manager Denise Guest, Management Committee Chair Steve Brown and Treasurer Richard Walford for a job well done.

03 July
Media Awareness for Adult Educators

media workshop
Pictured is Producer/Presenter of Learning Works Tony Ryan, taken on 03 July during a workshop for Adult Educators on Getting the Most from the Media. The workshop covered preparing Community Service Announcements and Media Releases and handling radio interviews. The workshop was one of a series of PD events organised by the ACE and Community Partnerships Unit of the SA Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology, as part of the Adult Learners’ Week program in South Australia in 2007.

04 June
Introducing Learning Works
Learning Works is the new title for the weekly series Take Time, broadcast in 2005 and 2006. The Reference Group believes that this title more accurately reflects the lifelong learning focus of the weekly radio programs and the online resources on the website.

18 May
Discussion Paper - Saving Lives!

Your comments on this discussion paper are invited. To read the full paper, click here.

30 April
Taking time out till early July
Following a mid-year break, Learning Works returns in early July to PBA FM (89.7 FM in Adelaide). For regional and interstate supporters of Learning Works, most items are available as mp3 audio, for download just a few days after broadcast. The Learning Works website continues to provide a growing list of audio resources for use across Australia.

Updated 30 April
Film Reviews

Want to see a good movie at the cinema, or get hold of a good movie on DVD? Then see John J McGowan's Film Reviews, going back to early 2005.

26 April
Coming soon - My Gambling Story

From early July, My Gambling Story, several programs featuring the experiences of men and women with a gambling problem or whose families have been touched by gambling issues of other family members – partner, parent etc. Produced in conjunction with the Office for Problem Gambling, SA Department of Families and Communities, this series will be available on the Learning Works website, following broadcast on PBA FM in Adelaide.

26 April
Other new programs from July

Also from July, through a visit to one of Australia’s premier Botanical Gardens - in Adelaide - we look at the crucial role of volunteers in our communities. There’s also a new series called A Legal Matter, in conjunction with the Law Foundation of SA, and an item for all parents – on eating disorders. And as Adult Learners Week approaches, Learning Works will again feature stories about adult learning in action.

25 February
New Studios for PBA FM

After more than twenty years in a leased building behind the former UniSA campus at Salisbury, PBA FM will soon begin the move to new premises right in the heart of the City of Salisbury. The move should be complete by April/May. Salisbury Citizen of the Year and Station Manager Denise Guest just can’t wait!

Denise outside the new PBA Studios

To enlarge the photograph, click here

19 February
Learning Works Reference Group

PBA FM and the Learning Works team appreciate the advice and assistance of members of a small Adelaide-based Reference Group. For the list of members in 2007, please click here.

26 January
Learning Works online reaches Scotland

This article, to be found on CB Online, is based on a very moving email from far-off Scotland, from a woman who heard Tony Ryan's interview with Anne Deveson on mental health and young people. It is produced in this article with permission from the author and also from Anne Deveson in Sydney.

15 January
Starting again

The holiday season has not been a pleasant time for many communities around Australia, with high temperatures and many wildfires. In early January, Renmark in SA’s Riverland was hit by a very short but very severe storm, adding hurt to many already experiencing hardship through drought and consequent loss of income. Two items will be broadcast in February on how some residents are responding to these very real challenges. Click here for the interviews.

12 January
My Gambling Story

Learning Works has gained funding from the SA Department of Families and Communities for a series on problem gambling, tentatively scheduled for broadcast from May 2007. Also available online as mp3 audio, together with print based resources. Stay tuned!

12 January
Coming up in February

Professor Victoria Carrington on literacy, childhood and new technologies; Learning new skills, through BRACE in Ballarat Victoria; A community mentoring program on the Morning Peninsula in Victoria; Starting again in Renmark after a severe storm; Film Reviews, with John J McGowan; Rediscovering Australian Comics; and Aldo’s Story, arriving in Australia from Italy in the late 1940s. Subject to change without notice.

10 January
Meet Dennis Olsen

Star of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance Dennis Olsen talks about his career in G&S, in directing and performing in drama and opera, and his love of the music of Noel Coward. Broadcast in week beginning Monday 22 January and available online during that week.

03 January
Learning Works in 2007

For an overview of Learning Works early in 2007, click here to read the factsheet by Tony Ryan.

4 December
Tell us about bullying
The Learning Works team is currently researching a program for 2007 on bullying. If you would like to make a comment on bullying – having experienced it as a young person, a parent or teacher, or at work, or online, or from the perspective of a bystander – do write to Learning Works. All contributions will be confidential - withhold your real name if you wish, but we do ask that you mention your state. Some material may be used in our program, and a selection will appear on our website. Suggested length of contributions: Up to 350 words. Email learningworks@pbafm.org.au

November 15
Seven Minute Legal
In weeks beginning Monday 20 and 27 November, a two-part series on some legal responsibilities of boards and management committees. And in weeks beginning Monday 4 and 11 December, some legal issues that can arise with neighbours. Produced with support from the Law Foundation of South Australia.

Twelve Days in Japan
Students from Mawson Lakes Primary School in Adelaide have just complete an educational tour to Japan. For broadcast in week beginning Monday 20 November.

November 1
Australia's Wool Industry - A Short History
The full Learning Works program in week beginning Monday 6 November will be devoted to an audio tour of the National Wool Museum in Geelong.

10 October
Mental Health program an award finalist
The program Resilience Revisited, an interview with Anne Deveson AO, was a finalist in the 2006 Dr Margaret Tobin Awards for Excellence in Mental Health, awarded today by the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse in SA, the Honourable Gail Gago. To hear the program in full, click here

1 October
Learning Works – Progress Report
For a review of progress to date, click here

26 August
Quick links to recent funded projects

Learning Journeys finished August 2006 click here

Come and live with us Mum finished July 2006 click here

Learn @ Work finished September 2005 click here

18 August
Interview with the Hon Gary Hardgrave, MP
This special interview with the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education and Minister assisting the Prime Minister wil focus on his own learning journey, and the importance of adult learning to Australia's future. For broadcast in the week beginning Monday 4 September, now online and also on www.ala.asn.au

15 August
Re-imagining Educational Leadership - with Professor Brian Caldwell
During his August visit to Adelaide for the Australian College of Educators' ACE on the Road workshops, Professor Brian Caldwell was interviewed byTony Ryan. This extended interview will be held in two parts, in weeks beginning 21 August and 28 August, and will be of interest to teachers and school leaders as an ongoing professional development resource on this website, and also soon on www.austcolled.com.au

11 August
Coming up soon in Learning Works
Over the next few weeks in Learning Works, you can hear a full social history program on the National Wool Museum in Geelong, and a Learning Journeys program recorded in a men's shed for war veterans.

8 August
Seven Minute Legal
Come and live with us Mum

All ten programs in this Legal Education initiative are now online. Click here.

9 July
Teacher Professsional Development
Welcome to visitors from the Australian College of Educators. The interviews with Prof Christopher Day (UK) and with Greg Gebhart (NetAlert) will be found in the Online Resources section - click here. Your feedback on these two items as professional development resources would be greatly appreciated. Email please to Learning Works producer Tony Ryan.

10 June
Learning Journeys

Starting in the week beginning Monday 26 June, a new seven-part lifelong learning series with a selection of learning stories of individuals and communities, in the lead-up to Adult Learners Week in September. Funded through the SA Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology.

For further information as it becomes available, click here

22 May
Come and live with us Mum

With the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia, this ten-part series of short programs will help to raise public awareness of the issue of elder abuse and be a timely reminder that abuse of any kind, and in this instance, of older Australians, is not OK.

For further information as it becomes available, click here


Tony Ryan
Producer / Presenter Learning Works
PO Box 433
Salisbury SA 5108
Email learningworks@pbafm.org.au