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This page lists a number of techniques that can be used to respond to the needs and priorities of rural and regional Victoria when teaching Deakin courses and units. Each dot point is followed by a link to one or more specific real-life Deakin examples highlighting ways in which that particular technique is already being used. Some dot points also include links to practical information from the Institute of Teaching and Learning about how to implement a particular technique within your teaching practice, and other relevant practical information about rural and regional issues.
|Technique||Deakin example||Additional resources|
|Encourage students to recognise and experience Victoria beyond the boundaries of Melbourne and other major cities.||
||The promotional website from the Victorian Department of Industry, Infrastructure and Regional Development encourages living and working in provincial Victoria, and includes film vignettes and case studies highlighting regional business and family life.|
Assist students to become familiar with the needs and priorities of rural and regional Victoria, as applicable. Particular techniques for achieving these ends include:
||How do I use case studies for student learning?
Teaching Tips from the Institute of Teaching and Learning
|Providing or referring to data sets or other material relating to rural and regional Victoria.||The Commonwealth Bureau of Regional Sciences provides an online 'Social Atlas of Rural and Regional Australia' using ABS population, labour force, education and training, families and households, and housing census data. Users can create and download customised data files.|
|Encouraging students to undertake assignments or research that responds to the needs of rural and regional Victoria.||
The National Centre for Farmer Health addresses the health and well-being of Victorian farmers, farm workers, agricultural employees and their families. It is delivered jointly by Hamilton's Western District Health Service and Deakin University's School of Medicine. Further information is available at: www.sustainablefarmfamilies.org.au/national-centre
Also, a report released in March 2010 by the Department of Sustainability and Environment entitled Regional Victoria, Trends and Prospects, provides an overview of demographic changes in regional (non-metropolitan) Victoria, exploring population change and the economic, social and environmental factors influencing these changes.
|Enabling students to interact, through their course, with professional bodies, community organisations or businesses in rural and regional Victoria.|