Appointed last year, Director of Indigenous Strategy Shane Hearn didn’t want to leap straight into a strategy document. That’s because we as a University need to engage in a real dialogue about Indigenous access and participation, and create the whole of university partnerships that will pave the way forward. Enter our Indigenous Strategy Green Paper – quite possibly a sector first.
Some Talking Points for Learning and Teaching
The Green Paper is wide-ranging and its new strategic directions will touch most areas of the University’s work. Here are a few talking points around learning and teaching:
- Improving Macquarie’s performance in terms of attracting, retaining and graduating Indigenous students
- Exploring the expansion of online teaching opportunities for Indigenous students
- Creating an Indigenous cross-University curriculum
- Better fostering knowledge and understanding about Indigenous people and culture throughout our curriculum (Only 3.2% of Macquarie units included a reference to Indigenous perspectives in 2013).
- Incorporating Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into trans-disciplinary “big ideas” units
Read It (and give feedback)
As Shane says, the first thing you should do is read it.
Download the Green Paper from the DVC-A website, provide feedback (until 29 January 2016), and let the Walanga Muru The Office of Indigenous Strategy know how they can partner with your area.