Andrew Douch is a practicing teacher of 20 years, and is a biology teacher and the ICT Innovations Leader at Wanganui Park Secondary College, in Victoria, Australia.
He has won a number of awards for his work with emerging technologies in education in recent years, including an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation and the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year.
In this interview Andrew discusses how the use of online educational technologies have the power to transform traditional class interaction and teaching practice. He discusses the concept of the “flipped classroom” and how his own use of podcasting has enabled students to listen to content previously presented during class time when and where they want freeing up class time for learning support. He also discusses the importance of creating a sense of community, sharing, collaboration & digital literacy amongst learners and teachers.
The Thought Leaders Series comprises a range of interviews with Australian and international individuals who are leaders and innovators in fields relevant to flexible educational practice. The podcasts are part of the Designing for Flexibility program designed to support VET practitioners who are seeking to add greater flexibility to their learning designs and training programs.