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.