Associate Professor Miriam Tanti has recently been appointed as the inaugural Campus Dean Strathfield at the Australian Catholic University. She is also the Acting Head of the School of Education in NSW and the ACT at ACU. She prepares both undergraduate and postgraduate preservice teachers to teach in contemporary learning environments, through the meaningful integration of digital technologies. In addition, she has worked with schools and school leaders to develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Problem and Project Based Learning frameworks and Action Research.
Associate Professor Tanti completed her PhD through the University of Sydney. The PhD, and subsequent research, has focused on developing a Slow educational framework that presents a vision for sustainable learning. She is currently writing a book titled Slow in Education due for release late 2019.
Information and Communication Technology in Education
Miriam is a lecturer in Education and Information and Communication Technology, with a particular focus on the way technologies can be used to enhance teaching and learning. ICT is an unavoidable topic in education today and is a feature within every school agenda. Especially in the area of ICT teachers have been identified as having critical roles in establishing and maintaining ICT integrated learning environments. Miriam&rsquos aim with the education based units, both undergraduate and postgraduate, is to ensure the students, future leaders and drivers of ICT integration are exposed to new pedagogies, learning styles, ways of learning with ICT and some of the challenges that they are going to face in schools. Whilst the theory is important empowering each student to take the theory and apply it into the teaching and learning environments is of equal importance.
Students will also be exposed to a wide range of emerging technologies available on campus and will have the opportunity to increase their expertise as they learn to utilise such technologies to engage the learner
Miriam is currently coordinator of the ACU Link Program, a program that involves engaging with school communities in developing and implementing strategies to attract more students from socially and economically disadvantaged regions to university. This role involves increasing the awareness and understanding among students in targeted schools, the nature of tertiary study and preparation and delivery of material to engage the school students.
Further to this Miriam is also involved in the Step Up Into Teaching (SUIT) program that involves school students studying University units as part of their HSC.
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