Presenting at 'Engagement Australia'

La Trobe, in partnership with Engagement Australia, proudly supported James McLean, a third year student from the Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning, to attend the Engagement Australia Conference - Next Steps: Community Engaged Learning, 9-11 July. James presented at a Student Showcase session, where students from across Australia highlighted their engaged learning experiences. James spoke eloquently at the session, and his insights were greatly appreciated by the 170 delegates who attended.

The presentation was prepared by James with assistance from Tracy de Cotta, entitled Empowerment through participation: Community Engaged Learning in regional and international communities, which showed examples of three community based projects undertaken in his studies including in Sri Lanka, Lake Boga and Castlemaine in a poster format. James discussed the importance of experiential learning in international and local planning and development settings, and how working with the community can develop skills of students and impact community outcomes through a partnership approach. James showed how the 'planning program at La Trobe empowers students through innovative ways of participating in community engagement'.

Ms Joanna Shaw, Coordinator International Student Services, La Trobe International, presented sessions on international student engagement in Melbourne’s north.

Next year’s conference: Next Steps: Engaging for Tomorrow Today will be at the Australian Catholic University’s Fitzroy campus, 15-17 July 2013.

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