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December 2012

In August, members of the Laureate team facilitated a Design Day as part of the Water in the Landscape project. We have now produced the first in a series of working papers (available for download). Four groups participated, using a variety of tools (for more detailed information about the set-up see the Design Studio website). This paper focuses on one group of five high school students. They used a white-wall (see the Design studio) and a tablet computer (iPad).

The findings were the result of the work of a multidisciplinary team (Kate Thompson, David Ashe, Pippa Yeoman, Dewa Wardak and Martin Parisio) contributing to the analysis of multiple streams of data (video, audio, and photographs). These findings helped to provide understanding of learning by design, learning outcomes, the use of tools, and methods for analyzing the processes of learning.

Overall, learning by design was found to be effective; promoting higher order skills such as collaboration, problem solving and creativity. The understanding of the intersections of social interactions of students, the physical and digital tools, and the development of design ideas, is vital to the on-going design of learning by design projects.

In 2013 we will apply this analysis to the other groups and develop a framework for learning by design activities.

The working paper and an executive summary are available for download

Harbour_Fireworkssml.jpgThings will be quiet here for the next two weeks, as the University of Sydney closes from December 19th to January 1st (inclusive) for the holidays.

We'll be taking a bit of a break but will return in the new year with more events, news and discussion on the sciences and technologies of learning. It's been a big and busy year for the network. We'd like to say thank you to everyone who joined us, whether we saw you at conferences or seminars, or worked with you on projects and papers, or chatted with you in person or online.

Wishing you all a very happy holidays, and looking forward to seeing you in 2013!

Melinda Lewis sml.jpgThe short paper co-authored by CoCo PhD Candidate Melinda Lewis with Jason Lodge from Griffith received the best concise paper award at this year’s ascilite conference in Wellington. Well done!

Title: Pigeon pecks and mouse clicks: Putting the learning back into learning.
Authors: Jason Lodge (Griffith University) and Melinda Lewis (University of Sydney).

Every two years the Australian Research Council carries out a national assessment of the quality of university research - all fields of research in all universities.

In the 2010 research assessment, the area in which Learning Sciences and Learning Technology research is located (FoR1303) scored 4. (This equates to research which is 'above world standard'.) The 2012 research assessment results were released today and once again we have been awarded a 4 for the quality of our work. Congratulations to all concerned.

Collabsml.jpgCongratulations to Dr Karl Maton and his fellow researchers who were recently awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant for their proposal, "Pedagogies for knowledge-building: investigating subject-appropriate, cumulative teaching for twenty-first century school classrooms".

To succeed in today's knowledge society, young people need to quickly grasp the organising principles for building different forms of knowledge. This interdisciplinary project explores how teachers marshall the resources of modern classrooms to apprentice students into subject-specific principles for knowledge-building in Science and History.

Research will start in 2013, and run for three years, building on the previous groundbreaking 'DISKS' project. For more information on Karl's research see here (offsite).

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