Alice Springs Campus Report 

IDL demonstration (Alice Springs)

Teaching and Learning Week morning tea (Alice Springs)

Charles Darwin University’s recent Teaching and Learning Week and a Career Advisor’s Day are just few of the highlights over the past few weeks at Alice Springs campus.

Teaching and Learning Week

Alice Springs campus staff recently had the opportunity to share their favourite teaching tools during Teaching and Learning Week.

A morning tea was held to launch the ‘Tools of the Trade’ display in the library and on the CDU website.

Several staff also watched Childrens’ Services Coordinator Amanda Cawthorne-Crosby and one of her students deliver a lecture to staff in Casuarina using Interactive Distance Learning technology at the School of the Air in Alice Springs.

Library Photo Competition

The Library has launched a photographic competition and is inviting staff and students to capture vibrant images of the library environment as part of National Library Week. Entries close 12 May and winning photos will be displayed at a national conference in September.

Culinary delights on offer

The School of Hospitality and Tourism is about to commence its weekend cookery courses for 2006, with three well-known local chefs on board to take students on a culinary journey.

The classes are on Saturdays commencing 29 April, 9am to midday and cost $50, covering either Indian, Asian or Bush Tucker recipes.

The Desert Lantern, CDU’s training restaurant in Alice Springs had a very successful first week, with 80 diners on the opening night last Wednesday.

Industry comes to CDU

The School of Trades held a successful industry night at the campus earlier this month, with 18 representatives from automotive, electrical and construction businesses attending. Employers were able to speak to lecturers about their apprentices and find out more about training to suit local needs.

Careers Advisor’s Day

Careers advisors from each of the four secondary schools in Alice Springs spent last Monday at the campus sampling the Higher Education courses available and learning about the incentives CDU offers to attract and retain young people and build a strong skills base in the Territory.

The event was organised by Careers and Student Recruitment and focussed on making CDU the ‘preferred university’ for NT school students.

This was definitely the view of Bachelor of Engineering student Jeremy Grosbois, an Alice Springs school-leaver who moved to Darwin to study in 2005 with the help of a CDU accommodation scholarship. He told the Career Advisors via video-link that he chose CDU because the classes were smaller, more personal and lecturers “know and care for their students - not like the other big uni’s”.

The careers advisors said they benefited greatly from hearing directly from the lecturers teaching bachelor courses offered on the Alice Springs Campus.

Presentations were also given on Learnline, video-conferencing and the support services offered through CDU.