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New Job!

This year I applied and was successful in gaining a new job as a sessional lecturer with Deakin University. The first trimester [11 weeks] was a simple into to photography subject, and dealt with a whole raft of issues I had not dealt with in nearly 15 years since photography had gone digital. The students were taught to use 35mm analogue cameras and shoot slide film. The results were then assessed using a slide projector. Lot's of memories came flooding back as I looked at slides that were either over or under exposed, poorly focus while also dealing with a jamming slide projector. This was a basic class and as such there was minimal preparation, but assessing was tricky as I was only one of several people working with the students and then only for a few hours.
Needless to say learnt a lot in the first trimester.

The second half of the year saw me teaching and lecturing in a new subject for both Deakin and myself. It was very challenging, as it was a theory only subject. The subject is called ACI 103, Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context. I gave a series of lectures running over the 11 week trimester, a first for me, and the technology alone was very nerve racking. Fortunately I settled in very quickly and really enjoy the whole series. I also ran a 1 hour seminar afterwards, this proved to be immense fun also as, I was pretty much given a very loose program to run and was able to ad lib extensively. To begin the seminar series however I used some of the PD tool offered by Deakin, to great success. The most rewarding seminar for me was, one that involved the students and their own phones. I asked them to pair  up and show each other the last picture on each others phones. They then had to guess why the picture had been taken. The results were then shared back to the class.

So all up this year has been very busy, preparing the lecture series required an almost tenfold amount of preparation for each lecture, and the seminars required a lot of work too. Initially I was worried about my ability to deliver but in the end it was immensely satisfying, I hope to get the opportunity to teach to again.


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