Dr Langford is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of the Arts and Media and has over 15 years experience as an engaging and innovative teacher.
Since joining UNSW in 2005, Michelle has successfully team-taught the large first year gateway course, Introduction to Film Studies, a course that consistently rates very highly with students. Michelle has embraced technology-enhanced learning and was one of the first in her School to adopt a blended approach by using a flipped classroom method. Her approach to assessment design aims to provide authentic learning experiences through which students learn to apply abstract theoretical approaches to real-world practice.
Michelle has extensive experience of leadership in learning and teaching, having served a four-year term as Deputy Head, Learning & Teaching in the School of the Arts and Media (2012-2016). Among her many achievements in this role, Michelle led major curriculum review and development across a wide range of disciplines, including Media, Music, Film, English, Creative Writing and Theatre and Performance Studies.
Michelle was the Deputy Director (Teaching Practice) of the Scientia Education Academy (2017 - June 2019).
Faculty level contributions
- Arts & Social Sciences, VCATE Committee
UNSW level contributions
- UNSW Scientia Education Academy
- AAUT Citation Selection Committee
- Iranian Studies Research Network, Co-convener
- Learning & Teaching Forum, 2017 Advisory committee
- Peer Review of Teaching
- Iranica Forum (Encyclopedia Iranica), Advisory Committee
In the age of digital uplift, teachers in the higher education sector are increasingly required to become media producers. However, few are actually trained in the field of audio-visual production and most have little knowledge of or background in the history and theory of the moving image. It is therefore crucial for educators in all disciplines to develop their audio-visual literacy. This is where the discipline of film studies can help!
In this lecture, Dr Langford will explore how theories and techniques of adaptation used in film studies can help us think through the complex task of transforming traditional modes of teaching for the digital age. Using lecture capture systems and screencasting to move lecture content online offer only a rudimentary solution.
We need to ask how we can re-think the very idea of the ‘lecture’ to make better use of moving image media. More specifically, how can we make use of the particular affordances of the audio-visual medium in a way that best suits the needs of our vastly different disciplines?