Using digital and visual methods to enhance student voice, agency and leadership.

Presented by:  Kathryn Coleman, PhD

for the: Science of Learning Hub’s Lecture Series 2019


This lecture will explore the potential of visual and digital methods to encourage discussion, collaboration, reflection, creation and curation. Using digital and visual methods inside and outside of the classroom not only provides a learner with the opportunity to speak but also gives them a chance to be heard, develop literacies and skills needed now and for the unknown future as agents of change. Gazing forward into education in this new century, the digital demands new ways of learning and teaching with and through visual culture, creativity and critical engagement with digital and visual practices and pedagogies. This digital turn has pushed the need for me to highlight in learning, teaching and research across sectors that education needs to focus on building cross-cutting digital and visual literacies and capabilities that explicitly teach creativity and criticality. The Victorian curriculum, in response to the new Australian Curriculum, asks that we all incorporate learner capabilities that include critical and creative thinking. The curriculum authority claim that they are inextricably linked and when taught explicitly, invite metacognitive thinking. “Thinking that is productive, purposeful and intentional” (VCAA, 2016). I propose that through visual and digital methods education can support identity development through becoming. Becoming learner through being in the world through creative and critical thinking. How? Creating, curating and documenting the learning journey through personalised, reflective, selfdirected, critical and deep sustained learning 

But what are digital and visual methods for learning? How can we enhance participatory opportunities for student voice, agency and leadership? How can digital and visual methods assist in the design of our classrooms and contribute to the culture of our classrooms, and our schools? What collaborative learning can we do with/as/through digital and visual methods for everything from ideation to implementation? How can we utilise digital and visual methods such as 

  • Multimedia artefacts 
  • Podcasting  
  • Digital video tools 
  • Portfolios 
  • Open Badges 

to enhance student voice, agency and leadership? 

About the Presenter

Kate’s work focuses on the integration of digital pedagogies and digital portfolios for sustained creative practice and assessment. She is a lecturer at MGSE in Visual Arts and Design Teacher Secondary Education. Kate’s praxis includes taking aspects of her theoretical and practical work as a/r/tographer to consider how teachers and students use site to create place in the digital and physical. As an artist and art educator, Kate is a World Council Representative for the South-East Asia Pacific Region for the International Society for Education though Art (InSEA) and co-editor of the open access Journal of Artistic and Creative Education. 


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