Although meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals might seem like a lofty task, Satine finds ways to incorporate it into her everyday work. Goal 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, is part and parcel of Satine’s approach to accessible and inclusive education, incorporating it into her teaching at JCU.
Finding your ‘people’ can be a tricky but important task, but Satine says this feeling of belonging is the very essence of inclusion. This work is something that she does in all of her classrooms. “It’s really important for us to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for students where they can feel included,” she says. “The core message of inclusive education is that we really want everyone to feel like they belong in society.”
Satine says she has specifically designed assessment in her inclusive education subject that promotes inclusive teaching strategies, and creates a community of teachers dedicated to this cause. “One particular assessment for pre-service teachers requires them to video themselves modelling an evidence-based practice to support students with a disability,” Satine says. Evidence-based practice means putting teaching strategies into action that are supported by academic research.
The assessment takes the pre-service teachers’ knowledge and skills to another level by asking them to put their inclusive teaching strategies into action. “As part of the assessment task, they have to train their peers on how to use this teaching strategy, so, they’re essentially teaching their peers how to improve education,” she says.
But sometimes it can also be fun and games for Satine. “Myself and some of the other lecturers participated in the ‘Fix your Content Day’ Challenge back in May. We didn’t win first prize, but we’re aiming for that next year!” Satine laughs.
Fix Your Content Day is a 24-hour global challenge to create more accessible and inclusive digital learning content. In 2021, JCU came second in the Asia Pacific region and was awarded in the Bronze Club for its efforts.
"In our subjects here at JCU we promote the Sustainable Development Goals. We demonstrate an approach to quality education at the higher education level, but also use it in training JCU students to be teachers."
JCU Lecturer Dr Satine Winter