Home' Link : Learn Issue 2 Contents It's often said that it takes a community to raise a child.
Similarly, it takes more than one lecturer to produce work-
ready graduates. Students often learn best when they have
a variety of educators sharing knowledge with them. This is
particularly the case if some of these educators are respected
This is a philosophy that is permeating through many areas of
CQUniversity. Students are being inspired and motivated by
the very professionals they strive to be -- and it's having positive
benefits for all involved. An increasing number of programs
across a broad range of disciplines are exposing students to
some of the best Australian and international professionals in
their respective industries.
For more than a decade, Dr Steven Pace from the School of
Creative and Performing Arts has coordinated a project for
multimedia students, school students and other Central
Queensland residents with live master classes conducted by
visiting 'superstar' role models from digital media industries.
These Australian and international presenters have included
creative directors, visual effects artists, animators and others
who have worked at the top of their field on Oscar-winning
films such as The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King
Kong, Happy Feet and Avatar.
The project has since been endorsed as 'world's best practice',
resulting in Dr Pace receiving a Citation for Outstanding
Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian
Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). Dr Pace said the master
classes also lead to further learning activities which capitalise
on the interest and enthusiasm generated by the mentors, as
well as leading to students wanting to emulate the success of
"Since nearly all local multimedia students attend these
events voluntarily, the content of the presentations provide
a foundation for stimulating follow-up classroom activities
about topics such as 3D modelling, animation, project
management and more.
"The project has had a positive influence on students' views
about self-efficacy and the attainability of their career goals.
It has changed the way they think about how digital media
industries operate and it has given them an insight into the
future directions of their industry.
CQUniversity's creative disciplines are not the only areas
adopting mentorship into their curriculum. Engineering
academics also know first-hand the benefits that flow on from
active industry involvement.
CQUniversity has partnered with the John Holland Group
(a contracting, engineering and services provider) in the
Engineers for the Future program. Launched in 2010, the
program aims to prepare undergraduate engineering students
for the workforce. Through guest lecturing and mentoring
sessions, John Holland professionals are skilling students on
industry-relevant topics and keeping them up-to-date with
CQUniversity's Communities of Practice Champion for Work
Integrated Learning Ian Devenish said the program also allows
students to see the large range of employment opportunities
available to them upon graduation. "Students get to see the
academic concepts in context and it provides them with
confidence that the information they learn in our program has
industrial relevance. They also have the opportunity to discuss
career aspirations with their mentors.
It's this industry know-how that also benefits paramedic
science students, and is the reason why CQUniversity is giving
these students as much hands-on experience as possible before
they enter the workforce.
Through a range of interactive residential schools, work
integrated clinic courses and in-house mentoring from
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) staff, students are being
equipped with the skills and knowledge of how to deal with
an emergency situation. CQUniversity is also proud to employ
a range of Paramedic Science lecturers who have many years
experience and are still working in the industry.
best One of Australia's leading exponents of Cuban music Gustavo Cereijo
mentors CQUniversity Bachelor of Music students in Rockhampton.
Universities are calling on industry
mentors to inspire students, writes
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