Whether it be in local TeachMeets, team meetings, or impending international conferences, the teacher librarian’s confidence is soaring thanks to her new postgraduate qualification from Charles Sturt University. 

Keen to enliven her expertise and bolster her skill-set in a formal capacity, the educator from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne signed up to an online Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) course. 

It was a career move that has paid dividends. 

“I needed a challenge, it had been 20 years since I’d last studied so, so it was just that part of my career where I was thinking ‘hmm, where do I go now,’” Malbon shares. 

Although the internet was largely a futuristic concept when Malbon was last roaming the grounds of a tertiary intuition, she says she slotted back into the academic world with relative ease.  

“Because I was fairly confident with using technology I didn’t find the transition to using online spaces all that difficult … Returning to writing in an academic sense, was a bit tricky to begin with, but the feedback really helped and I finished up quite enjoying it,” she laughs. 

Having dipped her research focus into meaty topics such as ‘how do we navigate this new world of online information and knowledge?’ as well as looking at the importance of digital citizenship in schools and how to use online networks to swiftly disseminate knowledge, Malbon feels her curation skills have reached a whole new level. 

“[It’s also been about] opening my eyes to different ideas, and reminding myself you have to challenge some of those ideas and theories. So just don’t accept everything at face value, challenge your thinking, that’s something that I’ve applied [at school],” she adds.

This June, Malbon shared some of her newfound insights at EduTECH in Sydney – just one of the opportunities that has sprung up post graduation.