Meet Carly Osborn, the new Learning Manager at Makers Empire

Makers Empire is delighted to announce that Doctor Carly Osborn recently joined the company as Learning Manager. Carly is an educational impact specialist, with a background in research and development of community engagement and education projects, and a focus on using new technologies for meaningful learning.

Prior to joining Makers Empire, she was a postdoctoral research fellow and education outreach specialist for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia’s largest ever humanities research centre. Carly began her career as a school teacher and is passionate about empowering kids to be creative and critical thinkers.

Carly’s many career highlights include: awarded PhD in 2015 with Doctoral Research Medal, the University of Adelaide’s highest PhD honour; SA Emerging Historian of the Year, 2014; author of bestselling philosophy primer ‘The Theory of Rene Girard’; co-developer with Monkeystack of VR computer game, The Vault, which was awarded Best Console/PC Hardcore and Best Indie Game at Game Connection, Paris 2018.

Carly, what drew you to working in the education sector and what do you find most rewarding about it?

“I became a classroom teacher because I had some inspirational teachers who made me who I am. They supported my love of learning and made me passionate about classrooms as a place for discovery. There’s nothing like guiding a student towards an ‘aha’ moment, when the light goes on and you see them beginning to run with an idea. It’s wonderful. I moved from being a classroom teacher to working in educational consultancy because I wanted to make a bigger difference in Australian education. My vision is to impact the way that teachers engage with their students in thousands of schools globally.”

What do you think are the most important skills, mindsets traits and characteristics today’s kids need to develop?

“I want my daughter, and all of her generation, to be confident as creators and agents of change, not just consumers. To see themselves as powerful, to make the world they want to live in. This requires resilience, critical thinking, and empathy. Without these things, students become rote learners. Shallow learning is not adequate preparation for the future of our world.”

What are you most excited about in terms of working at Makers Empire?

“Supporting classroom teachers. I think it’s impossible to overstate the value of teachers, whom we entrust to teach and guide our children. And teachers work so hard! They deserve top quality support to enable them to serve their students, to grow as professionals, and to lead their colleagues. I’m so excited to get into schools with groups of teachers and help them achieve all those things.”

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