Staff profiles

Project lead
Professor Paul Flatau
Centre for Social Impact
Business School
Team members
Claire Stokes, Katie Stubley

Project outline

The project uses the latest consumer mobile and 360° video technologies (GOPRO Omni 360° video camera) to immerse learners from the Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI) in different experiences of being homeless.

The aim is to provide CSI UWA learners with vital opportunities for experiential learning, which critically engage students in dealing with complex social issues; empowering them towards success in developing their social enterprise initiatives. The project is led by Professor Paul Flatau a world-leading researcher on homelessness and teacher in the CSI UWA undergraduate and postgraduate units.

The sensitivities surrounding homelessness means students at the Centre for Social Impact UWA lack the opportunity for structured experiential learning. Windows into Homelessness bridges the experiential learning gap by using the latest consumer mobile and 360° video technologies to immerse students in local experiences of homeless in a safe, authentic environment. Students use the new knowledge and perspectives gained from the experience for their major assessment, which is to design a social enterprise initiative that improves the lives of the homeless. This social enterprise initiative is then entered into the Big Idea competition hosted by the Big Issue Magazine and the successful applicant gets to build their initiative.  Online surveys, a critical reflection exercise and tutorial discussions are used to evaluate the effectiveness of the experience in motivating, engaging and enhancing the student learning experience and preparing students for the major assessment.

Further reading/links

Windows into Homelessness video created by Michelle Bunting & Luke C.Griffiths -

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