Building Relationships Project

The Indigenous Learning facilitation team will engage and build relationships with their local university / Tafe to deliver the Australia qualification unit (1.4 & 2.4) to support the Master of Applied Teachers and Learning Support teachers who are required to engage in these units to achieve the qualifications required by their course.

The Storyteller game, created by Glenn Shea, has been under development for
nearly 20 years as an educational resource. In practical form, the game has been
utilised in over 200 different organisations since 2004 – including education,
community, justice, health - with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal

Since 2016 Deakin University has developed particular experience in the use of
the game, developing a five- to eight-week module for high achieving students
from under-represented schools in the Geelong/Bellarine region through their
Aspire program. This has been a resounding success in increasing awareness,
knowledge and understanding of Indigenous history and culture within the
student groups.

The game, and experiences around it, has also been successfully embedded in
the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching Unit ECN729 and ECN728.

Through the alignment of The Storyteller, pre service teachers and academics
are provided with an opportunity to explore and understand histories, cultures
and contexts facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This has been delivered by Glenn Shea at IKE / NIKERI in partnership with Deakin and uses an
approach that engages students using applied learning pedagogies.

Other relevant intensive use of The Storyteller experience at a tertiary level has
included six years of application at VUT in the Community Service area with
students at Cert IV/diploma level and in professional development of staff.