CLeaR Fellows 2014 – Dr Ross McDonald
Encouraging interactivity across courses
Ross teaches social responsibility, ethics and sustainability in the Department of Management & International Business. He is a nationally awarded teacher and has recently been consulting with both the UN and the Royal Government of Bhutan where he has been designing foundation courses in positive values and resilient responsibility. Ross is particularly interested in models of educating based on collaboration across national and institutional boundaries. His latest book on Educating for Responsibility will be published in September.
Ross is interested in how the tertiary sector is going to adapt to rapidly changing times in ways that effectively empower young people to build a better world for themselves. He believes that the challenges involved raise fundamental questions about the on-going validity of key aspects of ‘education as usual’ including large in-class lecturing, mass debt-creation and an overwhelming concern with the past. During this year he would like to develop a forward thinking, blended educational package that mixes on-line delivery with collaborative in-class learning to create a viable, in-place alternative for extending learning beyond traditional institutional boundaries.