At the University of Queensland, AustLit is used as platform for the development and publication of student work. Here are a few examples of the outcomes that students have created.
In 2015 and 2016, the UQ Teaching and Learning initiative, Technology Enhanced Learning Scheme, provided funding to develop a new platform specifically for student work. The AusArts @ AustLit platform is under development and will be made public by the end of 2016.
Watch this space!
Below are some examples of student-led research outcomes using the AusArts and AustLit platform.
In 2016, and with funding support from the Ian Potter Foundation, AustLit was involved in the discovery, rehabilitation, and production of a play by Australian playwright, novelist, and literary agent, Dorothy Blewett (1989-1965).
The grant allowed UQ's Dr Stephen Carleton, the convenor of the Practices of Performance course in the School of Communication and Arts, to employ the highly regarded producer, director, and dramaturg, Sue Rider. Sue worked with the students to produce, for the first time in 55 years, Blewett's play, The First Joanna : A Play in Three Acts, which was discovered in the University of Queensland Library's Hanger Collection of Australian Plays as a part of a digitisation program underway in 2016. The students not only produced and performed the play, in June 2016 at the Geoffrey Rush Studio at UQ, they undertook research into the life and times of Dorothy Blewett and into the production history of her plays. Read a blog post about the event here.
Thanks to the generous permission of Blewett's literary executor and nephew, Mr Michael Rice, the play will shortly be available in full text through AustLit, alongside Blewett's other successful play, Quiet Night and her two novels Vision : A Novel and Pattern for a Scandal.
Below are some examples of the students' research outcomes. Their work was undertaken in the early phase of rediscovery and it should be remembered that research into Dorothy Blewett's life and literary career is continuing (2016-). As more is learned about this neglected Australian writer it will be added to her records on AustLit. The findings in these works are likely to be superseded. However, these essays and exhibitions demonstrate the students commitment to sharing the results of their work.
These outcomes have also been assisted by a Technology Enhanced Learning Scheme grant from The University of Queensland.
STUDENT RESEARCH OUTCOMES
Rebecca Agius: Performance History of Blewett's Play
Courtney Farrar: 'The First Joanna': Australian Theatre in the 1940s
Charlie Gardner: Blewett and Relevant Contemporary Themes
Didi Leslie: Dorothy Blewett Performance History
Kazz Maunder: Theatre History of 'Quiet Night' & 'The First Joanna'
In 2015 Dr Stephen Carleton's Honours Students undertook a historiographical research project exploring one element of nineteenth century Australian theatre history. A particularly interesting example can be explored below:
— Discover the life and work of Amy Horton: The 'Queen of Burlesque' by Regan Lynch.
The third year undergraduate course Research Methods sees students undertake a semester long research project relating to an aspect of Australian cultural history based on archival material held in the UQ's Fryer Library, which collects Australian cultural material. Students work in small groups to create an exhibition communicating the results of their research.
Student outcomes 2014
Students in 2014 explored the lives and times of some important Australian writers and subjects. Below is a selection of their achievements:
— Eunice Hanger: playwright, theatre director
— Peter Pinney: travel writer, filmscript writer
— Billy Jones: poet and artist
The course is convened by Kerry Kilner, Director of AustLit, so perhaps the students had an unfair advantage! But their work speaks of the dedication to and engagement with the subjects of their research and the valued experience of creating a publicly available outcome of their work.
Dr Allison Holland, curator of the Visual Arts Curating and Writing course, also uses AustLit to allow her students to develop the equivalent of an exhibition catalogue.
Here are some fine examples of 2014 work (2015 outcomes will be available before the end of the year):