Video Method HDR working group (2019)

Please join us for a new Video Methods HDR group co-hosted by Creative Agency and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC).


This monthly group provides colleagues (with special attention to postgraduate students) with opportunities to engage with a diversity of video and film theory, and to discuss their own developing work, methodological concerns and interests, in a supportive environment. Please note: this is not a curated workshop series, but rather an open group for exploring and sharing information related to working with video in research contexts. 

Facilitator: A/Professor Anne Harris

WHERE: RMIT Bldg 6, level 4, Rm 6 (06.04.006)

WHEN: 3:00-4:30pm, last THURSDAY of every month

The first meeting is scheduled on May 30th, 2019.


HDRs (and others) from any discipline or university are welcome. 

To RSVP or any questions:

Creative Ecologies: Fostering Creativity in Secondary Schools (2017)

This study investigates and compares elements of creativity in secondary schools and classrooms in Australia and Singapore. Statistical analysis and qualitative investigation of teacher, student and leadership perceptions of the emergence, fostering and absence of creativity in school learning environments is explored. This large-scale international study (n=717) reveals the impact of teacher behaviours, teaching environments and school leadership approaches that promote and impede the enhancement of creative, critical, and innovative thinking, organisation, and curriculum structures. Implications for Australian schools and teaching urge for secondary education to challenge current, practices, pedagogies and environments, arguing for school-based strategies and considerations that enhance creativity and critical thinking and the fostering of creative ecologies within Australian schools.

Creative Capacities (2013)

Hampton Park Secondary College + Monash University

In term 1, 2013 HPSC and Monash University joined forces on an arts project based on student ASPIRATIONS. 


The project included 8H, 8A, Mrs. Koehler, Ms. Patti, Mr. T and Monash University Staff.


Students raised their aspirational awareness through visits to Monash University, Dandenong Law Courts and Chisholm. 


The Creative Capacities project has been connected to the students' learning outcomes in the classroom. A mural has been painted celebrating the project and the diverse and multicultural nature of the school. 

Professor Shirley Brice Heath


22 May 2014

Scienceworks Museum, Melbourne, Australia

Diamond Series: Education conversations in the community (2014)

SAILing Into Uni (2012)

SAILing into Uni was a video-based project in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne, Australia that addressed pathways into university for refugee-background young people from Afghanistan and South Sudan. The project worked in two ways: first, in collaboration with 7 young people, short ‘public service’ clips were made to highlight and celebrate the educational achievements of these young people, and a series of ‘film fragments’ made to ‘talk back’ to universities about how they can better support students from refugee backgrounds. Secondly, over 100 young people from those communities were shown the public service clips and were interviewed about whether it made a difference to see young people from their own cultural identities celebrated for their educational achievements.


The project was a collaboration between Monash University Faculty of Education, Faculty of Nursing and the community organisation Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) program (2011). This project is ongoing as a partnership between Monash University and SAIL in order to address pathways for Sudanese students in Australia.  For more information on SAIL, go to:

Culture Shack (2012)

Culture Shack was a gathering of young people (ages 16-25) from the western suburbs for arts workshops conducted by local, national and international artists from Melbourne, Alice Springs, New York City and Montreal, with an eye to creating pathways into further education. Culture Shack offered workshops in playbuilding, physical theatre, digital animation and sound composition, video, slam poetry and hip hop.


Culture Shack grew as an initiative of Dr Anne Harris, Lecturer, Victoria University. All Culture Shack workshops were free and all workshops were designed to link to a TAFE Certificate III in Creative Industries. 


As part of the program a symposium was held on called Artful Practices: A Community Conversation

Teaching Diversities (2011)

Throughout 2011, the TD research team conducted a community consultation on how to better support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) young people from / in multicultural communities.


This project was conducted in 2 parts: part one was a community consultation across Victoria, Australia, which resulted in the Teaching Diversities report included here, in which the young people talked about the dual marginalisation they experience due to both racism and homophobia, and the artforms they would choose to address these issues in any public pedagogy project.  During Part 2 of the project, the young people worked with a professional animator to produce the stop-motion animation, CALDPlay. Created for web release, CALDplay addresses some of the major concerns these young people are navigating in their everyday lives.


More support and information on being multicultural and queer can be found at