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Early adopters rave about iChange impact

Early adopters rave about iChange impact

Published:07 May 2018

CQUni introduced the iChange social innovation orientation program in February 2018.

Across CQUniversity, enthusiastic changemakers have embraced iChange – and the early adopters are determined to get everyone on board the social innovation orientation program.

Launched in February, the free program is available to all commencing students and staff, with a roll-out to all students in Term 2.

With hundreds taking on the program, and already more than a hundred successful iChange graduates, CQUni is brimming with advocates for the inspiring learning experience.

New Bachelor of Nursing student Megan Johnston was one early enthusiast, taking on iChange just a couple of days into her studies.

“I was curious, and once I started unlocking the next unit, then the next, I just couldn’t stop!” she said.

Moving to Cairns from Alice Springs for her degree and to build on her career as a disability carer, Megan said iChange content around the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Indigenous social innovations was particularly interesting.

“Having worked for so long in the outback, and wanting to take my nursing back to remote locations eventually, it was really fascinating to hear how remote and Indigenous Australia has contributed to innovation,” she said.

It’s not just CQUni’s new faces who are embracing iChange, though.

A CQUni Council member since 2011, and now Deputy Chancellor, Dr Robyn Minchinton has previously worked with the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology, Melbourne University, Royal Melbourne Hospital, as Chief Scientist with the Red Cross Blood Service Queensland, and as National Innovation Portfolio Manager for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

So exploring social impact through iChange definitely appealed to the experienced innovator.

“I approached iChange with a background of too much formal education experience - mostly the ‘chalk and talk” type!” she said.

“iChange represents a new way of delivering educational content for CQUniversity, and supports our planned revolution in online delivery - I am a very visual learner, so the simple and dynamic graphics enhanced the presentations at every step.”

Dr Minchinton said she was particularly impressed with iChange’s student presenters Urusha Kansakar and Leslie Lowe, who both have experience starting social enterprises.

“The real passion, commitment and understanding of both Urusha and Leslie came across in every unit, and I was drawn into a real learning relationship with them,” she said.

“I’ll be recommending iChange to all the CQUni Council members!”

Featuring video-based content and a Moodle platform that can be completed in a few hours, iChange also also been praised for its fast-paced and fun style, as well as inspirational content.

The vast majority of respondents to the iChange completion survey have said they were more or much more enthusiastic about social innovation after finishing iChange.

CQUni will officially launch iChange on Tuesday 19 June in Brisbane, and looks forward to further adapting the program for community and industry use.

To take on iChange, visit cqu.edu.au/ichange, and stay tuned for Office of Social Innovation updates about student and staff opportunities to drive social change across CQUni.