Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability
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Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability

A Connectedness Learning Approach

Edited by Ruth Bridgstock and Neil Tippett

This book challenges the dominant ‘employability skills’ discourse by exploring socially connected and networked perspectives to learning and teaching in higher education. Both learning and career development happen naturally and optimally in ecologies, informal communities and partnerships. In the digital age, they are also highly networked. This book presents ten empirical case studies of educational practice that investigate the development of learner capabilities, teaching approaches, and institutional strategies in higher education, to foster lifelong graduate employability through social connectedness.
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Chapter 8: Indigenous perspectives on connected and networked learning: towards holistic connectedness pedagogies

Peter Radoll, Peter Copeman, Scott Heyes, Mary Walsh, Sam Byrnand, Brian Egloff, Lance Bartram, Kerani Cameron, Fehin Coffey, Sarah Falusi, Victoria Hales, Robert Liesagang, David Jolley, Catherine Lampe, Natalie Lutan, Joshua Naivalurua, Chilli Platt, Thomas Rigon, Caroline Wallace and Aunty Roslyn Brown


Historically, the value of connectedness in learning and work extends much farther back than the emergence of professions and digitally-mediated networks. Connectedness, as an intricate network of moral, spiritual and communal responsibilities, is at the core of Indigenous culture, pedagogy and occupation. Acknowledging this, the University of Canberra (UC) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2017_2021 espouses embedding of Indigenous ways of knowing, learning and connecting to underpin curriculum across the university, thereby conceivably enriching the experience of Indigenous students and non-Indigenous students alike. This chapter reports the piloting of Tyson Yunkaporta’s 8 Ways of Learning in three subject units to identify ways of productively blending contemporary university pedagogies and topologies with Indigenous ones, at the cultural interface. The outcomes indicated sufficient benefits to proceed confidently to a second phase, and introduced new factors for consideration in that phase.

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