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Reimagining education: Learning from COVID-19 panel discussion, led by Associate Professor Louise Phillips

On May 28, 2021 this recorded webinar at Southern Cross University explored:

COVID-19 catalysed significant changes across education sectors. In March 2020, we (a group of nine education researchers across four nations) initiated the Teaching & Learning in COVID-19 times study as a digital ethnography to listen to teacher voices and stories about their work and their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic (through an online survey). 624 teachers across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA shared their lived experiences of negotiating these changes.

From their accounts of rapid pedagogical change, innovation, novel partnerships, and enhanced questions of access and equity, we draw ideas as to how equitable quality teaching and learning can be moving forward.

Associate Professor Louise Phillips will provide an overview of the study and insights from the Australian respondents attending to the Australian education landscape and COVID-19 restrictions, along with key ideas for reshaping education to be equitable in an unstable world.

Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie will share how the current New Zealand government has espoused a strong commitment to the wellbeing of children, and explore ways in which New Zealand teachers’ responses demonstrated strategies for sustaining the wellbeing of children in their classes during the 2020 COVID-19 restrictions.

Dr Esther Joosa will speak to the absences and silences for children, especially those with diverse needs, and the arts in in Singapore through the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to acknowledge and develop a strong agenda for research and dialogue that includes the effect of technology in learning, innovation and inequality will be discussed.

Professor Cynthia Brock will discuss thematic analysis of the 307 US International Literacy Association teacher members’ responses to the survey with respect to the manner in which the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their work as literacy teachers and sheds light on ways we might (re)design literacy education for the future.

Dr Chris Campbell will discuss how educators learnt quickly the need to fully engage with digital tools and the importance of creating strong online relationships with students. Re-imagining higher education is complex and changing rapidly, with tensions between demands for flexibility and relationality.

Recent publications: 


Cain, M., & Phillips, L. (2021). Found poems and imagery of physical and social dis/connections in inclusive education during a pandemic. The kaleidoscope of lived curricula: Learning through a confluence of crises. 13th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Group 2021. Edited Collection. 

Phillips, L.G., Cain, M., Ritchie, J., Campbell, C., Davis, S., Brock, C., Burke, G., Coleman, K. & Joosa, E. (2021). Surveying and resonating with teacher concerns during COVID-19 pandemic, Teachers and Teaching, DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2021.1982691

Ritchie, J. & Phillips, L.G. (2021). Learning with Indigenous wisdom in a time of multiple crises: embodied and emplaced early childhood pedagogies, Educational Review, DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2021.1978396


Campbell, C. & Coleman, K. (2020). Connecting the dots: Digital tools for doing educational research on COVID-19 during a pandemic. ASCILITE Technology Enhanced Learning Blog 

Davis, S. & Phillips, L.G. (2020) Teaching during COVID 19 times – The experiences of drama and performing arts teachers and the human dimensions of learning, NJ, 44:2, 66-87, DOI: 10.1080/14452294.2021.1943838

Phillips, L. G. & Cain, M. (2020). Exhausted beyond measure’: what teachers are saying about COVID-19 and the disruption to education, The Conversation. August 4, 2020 https://theconversation.com/exhausted-beyond-measure-what-teachers-are-saying-about-covid-19-and-the-disruption-to-education-143601 

Conference Proceedings:

Coleman, K., Cain, M., & Campbell, C., (2020). Stories found within the learnings of teaching in COVID-19. Proceedings of the 2020 AIS SIGED International Conference on Information Systems Education and Research. 27.https://aisel.aisnet.org/siged2020/27/


Phillips, L.G., Ritchie, J., Joosa, E., Brock C. & Campbell. C. (2021, May 28).  Reimagining higher education. In. Reimagining education: Learning from COVID-19 panel discussion with Associate Professor Louise Phillips and team.Southern Cross University.

Cain, M., Coleman, K., & Campbell, C. (2020).Teaching and learning in COVID-19 times: New technologies, new relationships. Symposia presented at the Teaching Education and beyond Covid-19 Symposium, AARE Teacher Education symposium, Online. Online, 25th November.

Campbell, C., Coleman, K. & Cain, M. (2020).Recognising the Multifaceted Expressions of Knowing, EPIC2020 Presentation. https://youtu.be/fMhf67VohR0

Phillips, L. G., Coleman, K., & Burke, G. (2020). Teaching & learning in COVID-19 times study: an art & science collaboration. Humanities in the Regions 2020, Townsville, Australia. http://www.achrc.net/humanities-in-the-regions-2020/asynchronous-presentations/teaching-learning-in-covid-19-times-study-an-art-science-collaboration/








RN Life matters 7/12/21 9:06am-9:24am with Hilary Harper - https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/retaining-and-attracting-teachers-after-covid-19/13664466

Ch 9 News Adelaide – Will McDonald 5pm 6/12/21 (20) 9News Adelaide on Twitter: "New research has revealed the impact the pandemic has had on teachers. @WillMcDonald9 #9News https://t.co/FdBG4X0uZJ" / Twitter

ABC Drive Melbourne 6.10pm 6/12/21 - https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/drive/drive/13654412  from 2.42mins in

The Briefing 13/12/21 - https://omny.fm/shows/the-briefing-podcast/why-teachers-are-walking-out-of-classrooms

What was COVID-19's impact on teaching and learning in 2020? The Educator Online14 Jan 2021

Zooming in: Performing Arts teachers in time of COVID, The National Tribune, 

Biography of the project: This study aimed to listen to teacher voices and stories about their work and their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic (through an online survey), and bring teachers voices into the collation of strategies to inform education responses. It was approved by the James Cook University Human Research Ethics Committee (H8090) as well as at the other universities the nine collaborators work at. The broader project team consists of nine collaborators from four countries in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA who were also facing similar shifts in their teaching lives and practice/s during the pandemic.