2010 presen­ter fol­low-up – Wil­li­am DeJean

In the second of our catch-ups with presenters from TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2010, we’re talk­ing with Dr Wil­li­am DeJean, the award-win­ning edu­cat­or at the fore­front of bring­ing the AVID pro­gram to Aus­tralia.

William DeJeanSo what was TEDx­Can­ber­ra like for you?

It was an incred­ible oppor­tun­ity to be around people who are work­ing to make the world a little bet­ter.  There was a pos­it­ive energy that filled the room the entire day, which I con­tin­ue to carry with me today.  In addi­tion, it was an hon­our to have the time to share one of my pas­sions in edu­ca­tion, AVID Aus­tralia, at TEDx­Can­ber­ra.

Did being a part of TEDx­Can­ber­ra make a dif­fer­ence in any way to your life or work?

People from the United States and through­out Aus­tralia have let me know they have watched my TEDx­Can­ber­ra present­a­tion online.  In addi­tion, hav­ing my present­a­tion online has been an invalu­able pro­fes­sion­al resource for col­leagues who are inter­ested in AVID.  Telling people that I was able to present at TEDx­Can­ber­ra has helped pos­i­tion AVID to be heard with­in the wider edu­ca­tion­al com­munity.

What have you done since TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2010? Any new pro­jects?

Interest in AVID con­tin­ues to grow.  Since TEDx­Can­ber­ra, Vic­toria Uni­ver­sity in Mel­bourne has got­ten involved with our work and has helped estab­lish another AVID pro­gram in their region.  They will begin AVID in 2012.  We also have had a lot of interests from Macquar­ie Uni­ver­sity, schools on the cent­ral coast of NSW, and through­out the Albury/Wodonga region.  We will be host­ing our second AVID Aus­tralia Sum­mer Insti­tute dur­ing the first week of Decem­ber, with regis­tra­tion open­ing next week.

The Fed­er­al Government’s goal is to widen par­ti­cip­a­tion of uni­ver­sity enrol­ment to under­served com­munit­ies through­out Aus­tralia.  If any­one knows any­one in the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment who could sup­port our efforts with AVID, please send the fli­er their way!  We believe AVID will sup­port these efforts.

Will you be try­ing to make it to Can­ber­ra vis­it us again this year?

Unfor­tu­nately I can’t make it there this year.  Bum­mer.

William’s TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2010 talk is below.

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