I have been looking forward to the start of the new semester at the University of Canberra.

I really enjoy the opportunity to have face to face meetings with students. Yesterday I met a group enrolled on an Australian Sports System unit. Most of the 220 students on the unit were at the first meeting.

I am extremely sensitive to personal differences in learning environments and am acutely aware that a lecture theatre is not everyone’s choice. I smiled when I saw this chair in the lecture theatre:


which takes the notion of a captive audience to an extreme.

I have been thinking about this first meeting for over a month.

As with all my sporting experiences, I arrived at the room very early (there was no preceding use of the room).


I made sure the projector was working and as usual I played some classical music through the speakers for any students who arrived early.

I had shared two versions of my presentation with the group through the University’s Moodle platform. I used the second of these to suggest a problem based approach to understanding the Australian Sports System.

The session lasted 40 minutes which was longer than I anticipated.

Every time I present to an audience, I think I am talking with my family. This makes every opportunity personal for me as everyone in the audience is loved by their family and I feel extremely fortunate that I have access to that.

I was delighted that two students in the class were from Braidwood and that they were able to say hello in person.

I liked the noise as the group was leaving and, as with every time I meet students, I thought about how to blend the collective with the personal.

I see immense opportunities to transform education by supporting personal learning environments and to celebrate this personalisation with moments of being part of a group (real and virtual).



  1. Hi Keith I would have liked to have been present as your talks are always interesting no doubt it would have been a great introduction to the unit and UC for the students.
    Many thanks.
    John D.

  2. I too have had the privelege of feeling the transformational energy in face to face meetings with students. Especially at the beginning of a new pathway to knowledge. I enjoyed your narrative Keith.

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