Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 2, No. 2 (2005)

From overhead projectors to microwave links: A personal journey of learning and teaching using an educational technology

Jo Luck, Central Queensland University, Australia

Abstract

This paper is a conceptually informed and critically reflective story of a personal journey with teaching, learning and research at a regional university. The metaphor of the Hero’s Journey (Campbell, 1993) is used to describe my learning and teaching journey. Christopher Volger’s (1998) twelve stage adaptation of Joseph Campbell’s mythological Hero’s Journey is used as a framework to provide a rich description of my journey as a university lecturer from the late 1980s to the present day. My journey describes the demands of the changing face of tertiary education in the integrated multi-campus university where I work. It is anticipated that other academics will be able to use aspects of my journey to help them form a model of teaching, research and personal learning to suit their unique circumstances. At the same time, the Hero’s Journey (Campbell, 1993; Volger, 1998) provides a richly nuanced and effective tool for collaborative critical reflection on our teaching, research and learning endeavours.

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