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One big thing
LINKING THE STRANDS Participants 6 staff and students One big thing (At the end of the workshop, participants were each asked to nominate one key thing that they would like to see) • Culture change from need to control knowledge to responsibility to share (eg from knowledge transfer to knowledge exchange • Take this unique opportunity to re-badge knowledge transfer as knowledge exchange and encompass a broad suite of interests in 4M’s information future. • Collaboration for knowledge exchange - within university (across strands) – with other unis – with commerce, government and business. For acceleration of research/teaching to innovation. • One big central place on campus where regular events promoted to bring – diverse faculties and students bodies together to share and learn from each other and relate as one community. • Recognise that the university is not a single entity but a locus for many communities that stretch across place and space. Linking the Strands scholarly information needs (This was broadly grouped during the workshop) Link • Linking or binding – these are not the same but briefing paper seemed to use interchangeably • Interwoven in GE • Quality of information and information skills. IP and sharing • Flexibility in IP • I’m no expert in this area, but ability for staff/students to make their work available through creative commons. • Thinking out loud /online can be very valuable for knowledge development • The university should not only plan for a diverse range of IP possibilities but also design and advocate for alternative IP possibilities. • Agile in response to client needs • Long term planning delivering continuous short-medium term outcomes Holistic plan • Holistic approach to planning student spaces for IT, collaborative learning, libraries, resources. Also applies to e-space. LINKING THE STRANDS • Uni to regard the whole of its campus as a learning, research and knowledge transfer precinct and plan the design of its spaces and infrastructures holistically in this context – not piecemeal as at present. • Knowledge exchange - staff to student, student to student, student to staff. • Requires common areas, simple information retrieval, access to resources, virtual spaces, physical spaces. • Breakdown of barriers created by time and distance. • Physical spaces that accommodate a variety of activities • Libraries provide good examples of these spaces because they are established in that role, have staff and resources (print, electronic, computers, copiers etc) • Need zoned spaces for many activities. • Acknowledge the use and value of new technologies within UOM eg facebook for research networks and graduate professionals. • Use the virtual spaces to more effectively extend the service of community – recognising the diversity of student locations to embrace them at the UOM community. Whole life of the University • Involve innovative and tech savvy students in diffusion of technology advances • Encourage academics to engage students in the process of knowledge transfer as part of their new gen courses, particularly later yea rand postgraduate students. Why campus? • Why come to the campus based uni? What is important about a campus based experiences? What should we build upon to enhance this experience to ensure that students come – place is important. Knowledge Transfer / Knowledge Exchange • Support research into developments in the way we think about knowledge and innovation to understanding and driving change more broadly. • Do we invite the community onto the campus and make us internal to the city of Melbourne as a social and cultural place? • Re-badge knowledge transfer as knowledge exchange • To support the whole idea of linking the strands • To relate knowledge exchange internally with research and teaching and learning and with external stakeholders. • Talk to broader range of stakeholders – not just those within the university. • Hub of learning and innovation that attracts contributions/engagement from other sectors (ie not just staff and students/those already affiliated) • How do we prioritise /understand the ’host’ role in the virtual domain in relation to resourcing online collaborations and access to them. • Link to knowledge and information rather than hold it. • Universities/partnerships – relationships with other universities – if the gest expertise is somewhere else, could Melbourne be known as somewhere that facilitate the best access to the best info/knowledge. LINKING THE STRANDS Suggested changes to assumptions (participants were asked if the planning assumptions used as a trigger for the workshop needed to be added to) • Learning community not only on campus • Defensive new of disrupting technologies [embrace, don't fend off] • Change, should anticipate it not fear it – it is opportunity not treat • Vastly improved access to information and possibility of sharing • Danger of piecemeal approach • Balance centralisation and the need for innovation.
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