Webinar: Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT): forging connections

This webinar is on the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching, or MELT for short, and begins the conversations around the open-access Springer book of the same name. The MELT not only foster, but rely on, the professional judgement of teachers to design and implement learning that students get their teeth into…. (continues below)

Date: 2 December 2020

Time: 2.30pm-3.30 pm Adelaide (4-5 am Coordinated Universal Time)

Presenter: Dr John Willison https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/john.willison

Register: https://adelaide.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrfu-vrzIrHNPZMslD6ogQ37wW6mLE8qoJ

The first mechanism for this teacher engagement is adaptation of one’s own MELT, so that it is fit-for-context. It was not an academic decision to create that mechanism but an organic one. As the archetypal MELT, the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework, was piloted and evaluated in numerous universities from 2006 to 2016, what emerged alongside the use of the RSD were frameworks based on its parameters but adapted by educators to fit their context. These models included the Work Skill Development framework, the Clinical Reflection Skills Framework, the Optimising Problem Solving framework; the Digital Skills Development framework, Research Mountain a song for ECE and the i-Talitali framework out of the University of the South Pacific. These and other MELT, as we called them retrospectively, share the same parameters but use appropriate terminology and configuration to speak into their context. The combination of something in common, something different is one of the features of the MELT that can help forge connections across disparate contexts to help students see, not a lot of individual educational trees, but their own forest of learning.

This webinar introduces the MELT and the Open Access Springer book by that name. Some of the authors of the above MELT will briefly discuss the thinking underlying the development of their model.

All the above models have been published separately and are also in the MELT book. You might want to browse the book in advance of the webinar https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-15-2683-1
See also http://www.melt.edu.au
For further information about Dr Willison: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/john.willison

MELT, for a fluid sense of purpose in education?

The open-access Springer book, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching: Connecting Sophisticated Thinking from Early Childhood to PhD, spans not only educational sectors but learning paradigms and subjects/disciplines.

The book uses the seven questions of MELT as its seven chapters’ titles.

Chapter 1 ‘What is our purpose?’ concludes (p25):

The billion human brains that will be born between 2023 and 2030 need something different from the learning and education that has occurred so far across 100,000 years of human history. That billion will inherit the leadership of the earth somewhere from 2040, with all of the accumulated problems caused by humanity until that time. Those billion need diverse learning environments that resonate with their complex learning capacities, that connect to multiple educator perspectives and theories, and that enable them to address local and global issues in ways that do not cause more problems than they solve.

But do you think the broad adaptation and use of the MELT can help forge those connections and instill a greater sense of purpose for education in the coming years? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

Connecting curriculum-integrated research in Teacher Education to critical thinking, problem-solving, and teaching skills.

This post is especially for you if you are attending the workshop at the Virtual Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference, 1 July, 2020: 1.15pm-3.15 pm ET:

Connecting curriculum-integrated research in Teacher Education to critical thinking, problem-solving, and teaching skills.

The word document for the workshop can be downloaded before it starts Word doc for CUR conference workshop

The Presentation PDFs are: Connectingcurriculum-integrated-research_ WIllison_Tiala_Palmer_2020 and Connectingcurriculum-integrated-research_ WIllison_Tiala_Palmer_2020Part2

URL for Answer Garden in the workshop https://answergarden.ch/1124599

The MELT website is www.melt.edu.au

MELT book, Open Access book published by Springer https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-15-2683-1

We hope to hear your questions during the Q&A for the workshop.

Feel free to write further questions or comments here during and after the workshop.

Sylvia, Ruth and John





MELT, the open access Springer book

MELT, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching, has been published by Springer as Open Access.



In counting and Accounting, zoo visits and Zoology, single subjects and STEM, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching- or MELT for short- are for fluid, connected and sophisticated thinking early childhood to PhD.

Maybe this is too expansive, but we’ve got a lot of problems, and we need a better way of connecting people’s thinking about them across the years of education, areas of study and approaches to problem solving, critical thinking and researching.

The MELT share and ask seven questions, and these are used to structure the book’s seven chapters. Chapters use a story, an example from history or current cases of use to bring the concepts in MELT to life. Each chapter features a title page in cartoon format, with Einstein, a young child and a beaver, each making utterances that epitomise aspects of the chapter.

In the foreword I claim the skills that 6 year olds playing in a tree by the seashore in a Pacific village are the same as those that PhD students need and use. What changes is the level of sophistication, depth of content knowledge and degree of rigour required, but the cognitive skills and affective elements are the same in nature.

But what do you think? I’d love you to comment about the above, or any feature of the book.




Facilitating the development of students who think critically & creatively

Here are some resources for Facilitating the development of students who think critically & creatively, based on the Masterclass webinar run by School of Education, University of Adelaide, 15April, 2020

1. The Critical and Creative Thinking Brainstorm


2. The webinar powerpoint with with audience contributions embedded


3. The recording of the 90 minute webinar


Breakout groups were asked to adapt their own version of the Critical and Creative Thinking Brainstorm

  • Please stick for now to the idea of the 6 facets (questions) and the pentagon shape
    • This is for communication purposes and potential connections
  • Be ready to report back in 10 mins. Share screen, use voice. Tell us the changes
  • Title
  • Centre
  • Change in verbs

For various documents and examples of The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching


Based on this webinar, how appropriate do you think MELT, used creatively and adapted appropriately, is for developing  your students’ critical and creative thinking?

Feel free to comment here.