Charles Sturt Stories

Do you have something to share? A burning question about learning? About higher education? Something you’d really like to discuss with colleagues? The Charles Sturt Stories channel has been created to help collate the experiences and opinions of the Charles Sturt University community – our staff, our students, our people.

Stories are being posted every day. Check them all out on our podcast channel and let us know if you have a story to share by emailing  We will keep adding stories while they keep coming!

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Our Stories so far…

  • In this episode, we catch up with Dr Kylie Press from the CSU Pt Macquarie campus. Kylie shares with us her recent experience with the annual Girls Day Out in STEM event for local school students in the region, including how COVID19 had forced some significant changes on the logistics for the day. 
  • This Podcast will explore themes which emerged from a cross-sectional survey about cultural competency knowledge of 101 health and social care academics. Three of these themes have particular relevance to maintaining wellbeing and building resilience, in what have been uncertain times during the Covid-19 imposed restrictions – reflection on self; enabling positive conversations; and building capacity. Covid-19 has highlighted the value of human relationships and connection. These survey themes speak to the importance of […]
  • The purpose of this Podcast is to discuss and reinforce the increasing emphasis on the need for cultural safety, which has become increasingly evident amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. A critical reflection on the meaning of cultural safety is timely for all staff across the institution and particularly in the context of conversations, collaboration and relationships in online spaces. Grounded in survey research from 101 health and social […]
  • The Division of Student Services promotes an embedded and integrated approach to literacy support that is considered best practice (Maldoni & Lear, 2016; Wingate, 2006; Wingate et al., 2011) and relies on collaboration between literacy professionals and discipline experts to be optimally effective (Harris & Ashton, 2011; McWilliams & Allan, 2014). The Academic Skills and Online Study teams work collaboratively with discipline experts within subjects to support the staged development of reading, writing, language, […]
  • It’s important to strike a balance between fulfilling the needs of academic staff who are designing engaging lesson plans and course content, while also meeting copyright and licensing requirements of online resources. Earlier this year, Librarians, Kate Allman and Jane Humphreys, assisted CCI academics, Dr Sam Bowker (Art History/Visual Culture) and Rachel Walls (Animation and Visual Effects), in providing easy access to films for students studying online, pre- and post-COVID. In Sam’s case, he […]
  • This podcast builds on ideas developed through a learning and teaching project more than a decade ago that explored the potential for podcasting as a learning and teaching tool at Charles Sturt. The 2010 Scholarship in Teaching project was titled 'Lessons from the "explaining voice": Radio broadcasting as a model for effective and distinctive educational podcasting'. It considered ways in which Faculty and Division staff on all campuses might work more closely with the […]
  • In this episode we catch up with Melanie Sugumaran (WPL coordinator for BTeach and Mteach student placements), along with Jon, Manori and Franca – students at Charles Sturt who have recently completed their practicum during COVID19. Join us as we chat about each student's prac experience during COVID, the challenges in securing placements in the 1st instance, remote teaching, cats zoom bombing and much more! 
  • In this episode we catch up with Celia Connor from the School of Agriculture and Wine Science. Celia talks through the transition that her face-face and distance cohort subjects needed to make, in order for the traditionally on-site pracs and subsequent practical exams to still be run during COVID19.
  • In this episode we meet the Tommy Griffiths from the Future Moves team, unpacking the changes that 2020 has had upon the normally face-face community engagement program.  To talk to Future Moves about how to get involved in some of their workshops, talk about creating engaging online content, and showcasing your course, contact: Instagram: @futuremoves.csu Facebook:
  • In this Charles Sturt story we meet Peter Vitez in his Blue Mountains 'bunker'. Peter is a digital media tech with the Division for Learning & Teaching who is heavily involved in creating interactive learning objects ('interactives') that go into our subject sites.