Online Teaching Design Masterclass
Schools in Queensland are currently facing a severe shortage in recruiting trained design and technology teachers. Over the past few years, many of these teachers have retired. With limited opportunities for people to undertake initial teacher education in design and technology, we have a situation with a growing number of job openings and no one to fill them.
The Design And Technology Teachers’ Association (DATTA) is working with our partners to develop longer-term solutions to this crisis. However, we understand that schools need support now, as more and more teachers from other learning areas (art, science, etc) are being called on to deliver the design and technology curriculum. We also know that the problem is even greater for schools in regional areas.
A unique opportunity
To ease this burden, and following on from the success of the program in Victoria, we would like to offer DATTA Qld members the opportunity to participate in a highly sought-after professional development course to upskill into this teaching gap and improve current skills while reigniting your passion for teaching.
The Masterclass will be delivered by Peter Murphy, former president of DATTA Australia and DATTA Vic who has been delivering annual Teaching Design Masterclasses since 2019. Peter is a coveted speaker and leader in design and technologies education. He is a lecturer at La Trobe University and Southern Cross University on the Bachelor of Technology Education and a regular contributor to state and national curriculum development.
The course is designed to help upskill existing teachers to teach Design, out of field, in an effort to address the teacher shortage in the industry.
Participants will be introduced to a wide range of topics*, including:
- Teaching the design process
- Emerging technologies
- Modelling & prototyping techniques
- Classroom Management & OH&S
- Developing curriculum for Years 7–10
- New approaches to the new design syllabus
- Precious plastics
- Teaching STEM in D&T
- Tackling real-world problems
*NOTE: This is not a program to train teachers in the use of machinery and tools. It is intended as a means of support for educators faced with delivering an unfamiliar curriculum and offers an approach to developing programs teaching the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills without the use of the usual power tools and machines found in the Design & Technologies workshop. DATTA’s main priority is to advocate for a governmental response to the need to grow the number of opportunities for initial teacher education in Design & Technologies.