When Vickel Narayan was at school, he was in the bottom 5% of his class.
“I didn’t like to sit and listen to the teacher’s speak. I was bored, but I did feel like I could do better.”
In high school, Vickel came across a couple of teachers who introduced him to a different way of learning, which he has never forgotten.
“They didn’t speak at the class, but actually tried to involve us in the process of learning and that stuck with me. We were involved in experiments and practical learning. That year I moved from the bottom 5% to the top 5% in my class.
“I thought, can you imagine how many more students could benefit from this style of teaching? What difference would it make?”
Vickel completed a Bachelor of Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of the South Pacific. He moved from Fiji to New Zealand in 2000, and still this idea remained with him.
Vickel has recently completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile learning from Murdoch University, Perth. He says he wants to change the way we think of modern classrooms.
“I want to give every individual learner the opportunity to experiment and create things, not just listening to lectures. I think it will make a huge difference for students.”
Education to succeed
With his passion for education, coupled with an alignment to technology, Vickel came to AUT in 2013 as the Learning and Teaching Consultant for the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
“Education is very important to me. I have always believed in giving back, especially to communities, just to make a small difference. I’m in a fortunate position where I’m able to help people, so I do.”
In his position, Vickel’s focus is on mobile devices and social media and how to use these tools in learning and teaching.
“No one day is the same and no scenario is the same. It’s a challenge and that is the biggest motivator for me as I am constantly learning.”
Vickel loves the pragmatic, innovative approach that his team has, as well as the wider vision of AUT.
“We are always trying new things, we are not bound to one system or one way of doing things – which technology is able to offer us.
“I believe technology plays a big part in this and in how we define ourselves as a university.”
Last updated: 07-Nov-2017 11.51am
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