The Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network

The Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network is a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous tertiary educators who are committed to improving their teaching and learning practices in Australian Indigenous Studies.

Australian Indigenous Studies is a contested field of study devoted to preparing graduates with a high degree of professional expertise to apply disciplinary knowledge in situations involving Indigenous Australians.

The teaching and learning network seeks to engage scholarly understandings of historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and to progress curriculum forms that demand quality learning experiences for all tertiary students.

The goals of the network are to:

  • Share and build models of good practice within the discipline of Australian Indigenous studies
  • Share the outcomes of teaching and learning research within the discipline Explore and address national higher education priorities in teaching and learning Australian Indigenous studies
  • Build relationships between scholars within the broad disciplinary field of Australian Indigenous studies
  • Build relationships with leading international Indigenous studies scholars, including those in New Zealand and Canada
  • Support the work of scholars within the discipline, including the development of early career researchers

Anyone with an interest in teaching and learning Indigenous studies is welcome to join the network.

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Through the Net by Aunty Denise Proud
Through the Net (2012) by Aunty Denise Proud
The painting illustrates the dialogue and collaboration occurring in the Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network. The circles are meeting places where discussions about learning and teaching occur. The two circles at the centre are the universities who established the network: The University of Queensland (blue and gold) and The University of New South Wales (red and black). The three circles above are the partners: University of Technology Sydney (black and white), Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (red, black and yellow), and University of Melbourne (blue and white). The two other circles are the network's critical friends: University of Wollongong (white and black) and Macquarie University (red and grey). The semi-circle shapes around each circle signify people sitting on the ground - coming together in dialogue; and the copper background; represents the earth, using copper as an element on which collaborations will be formed. The painting also represents the network as a work in progress. Just as other universities will join the network, there is scope to add to this painting over time to reflect this.
The curved, winding lines between the circles are Indigenous ways of knowing, teaching and learning in;Australian Indigenous studies; while the straight white lines are non-Indigenous ways of teaching and learning. This highlights that there are many ways to approach teaching and learning in Australian Indigenous studies. The lines are also pathways of communication between Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, and it is important to note that, in the spirit of the network, they are open. Knowledge can be shared back and forth, being shared between members of the network. This represents Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators working together, valuing each other's knowledge, and travelling the journey together to improve teaching and learning in Australian Indigenous studies.