Curtin University hosts ‘tech tasters’ learning festival


Professor Jill Downie speaking at the opening of the festival last Wednesday.
Professor Jill Downie speaking at the opening of the festival last Wednesday.

A THREE-day ‘tech tasters’ learning festival took over Curtin University this week.

The exhibition ran from Wednesday to Friday and featured virtual reality goggles, 3-D printing and a pop-up maker space.

Curtin University’s academic deputy Vice Chancellor Jill Downie said the annual festival celebrated the creativity and innovation in teaching and learning.

“Curtin’s ambition is to be an international leader in higher education alongside some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and we’re making good progress,” Professor Downie said.

“Our goal was for Curtin to expand its reach beyond our local geographical boundaries and attract learners from all corners of the world.

“We wanted to be the most sought-after provider of higher education and we would achieve this by offering an innovative, richly interactive, personalised learning experience that is as authentic and rewarding.”

The Festival showcased how academics are beginning to adopt a new approach, using social media, digital gamification and practices like maker-spaces to enhance learning and stimulate creative thinking.