RMIT’s Dr Jason Downs has exhibited his work on a Living Learning Laboratory and its potential for engaging students, industry and academics.
Downs, from the School of Management, recently presented a poster outlining the experience of a Living Learning Laboratory at the Universities Australia conference.
Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the poster presented by Downs was one of only 18 posters chosen for the conference.
Co-authored by Dr Jacinta Ryan and Professor Sandra Jones, the poster illustrated the teaching-research nexus that can occur from the design of a Living Learning Laboratory that engages students, industry and academics in industry-defined, real-life, real-time wicked problems.
The learning design that underpinned the laboratory integrated New Generation Learning Spaces and digital platform technologies to engage students in learning that developed their research skills as well as opening up opportunities for global connections.
“As an early career academic exhibiting the poster at the Universities Australia conference provided the opportunity for me to speak to Vice-Chancellors and other senior university leaders,” Downs said.
“It also enables us to make valuable connections with senior industry representatives and so extend impact of the project.”
Director of the Centre for Business Education Research at RMIT, Professor Sandra Jones said: “It is important that early career academics are encouraged to demonstrate their research as different artefacts”.
“Such opportunities to disseminate information provide valuable feedback to the funding bodies, in this case the Australian Business Deans Council.”