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Keynote announcement: A/Prof Carol Hayes on innovation and empowering students

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We are delighted to announce the first session for TELFest 2019. When thinking of ANU academics who would be a good fit to speak about innovative teaching practices, our whole team immediately thought of Carol. This session will be in the format of a fireside chat, where Carol will be interviewed by the moderator and the audience invited to join the discussion.

Innovation is a journey, not a destination: Empowering students to own their learning

Associate Professor Carol Hayes, College of Asia and the Pacific

New technologies can enable innovative approaches, but also problematise traditional delivery models. With lecture recordings and volumes of content easily accessible online, the role of the lecturer and the classroom have shifted. In this keynote, Associate Professor Carol Hayes will share her experience in navigating this shift and how she is transitioning from a delivery model to an interactive model of teaching. Carol will explore how a blended approach can create new spaces for rich face-to-face engagement in class, and support effective teaching to diverse student cohorts. In this way, students are empowered to take control over their own learning. Join us for this “fireside chat” style session, with audience discussion, to open TELFest 2019.


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A/Prof Carol Hayes SFHEA
ANU Distinguished Educator
CAP Associate Dean Student Experience
Co-Chair, ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme
Japanese Studies, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Associate Professor Carol Hayes is an innovation leader and early adopter in developing and supporting flexible and online learning within Asian Studies at the ANU, pushing boundaries in technical innovation to make language learning more exciting and student oriented. The rapid growth in technology in recent decades, has enabled Carol to include a number of digital elements in her teaching, including digital storytelling, interactive audio and video quizzing, target language Voice Board forums, online placement testing, flipped lessons, advanced eText development and online components within final examinations. These initiatives are now well embedded not only in the Japanese language program but more broadly across the language teaching in CAP and into the ACT senior secondary sector.

Carol Hayes specialises in Japanese cultural production including literature, film and popular culture. Her research interests include modern Japanese poetry and the portrayal of social/cultural issues in literature and film. Carol’s research also includes Japanese language teaching methodologies and practice, particularly e-Teaching and e-Learning with a focus on flexible, online learning, student motivation and Japanese language acquisition.

We hope you can join us for this inspiring opening talk at TELFest. The call for papers will be opening very soon, along with more workshop and speaker announcements.

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