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January 2013

RC.jpgAssociate Professor Rafael Calvo will present a seminar on positive computing at the University of Cambridge, UK, on Feb 21st. Rafael will present as part of the Rainbow Research Group seminars' series, a graphics & interaction group in the Computer Laboratory at the university.

Digital technologies have made their way into all the aspects of our lives that, according to psychology, influence our wellbeing—everything from social relationships and curiosity to engagement and learning. By bringing together research and methodologies well-established in psychology, education, neuroscience and human-computer interaction, we can begin to cultivate a new field dedicated to the design and development of technology that supports wellbeing and human potential. More specifically, in this seminar I will present a summary of our current projects on Affect and Learning technologies. This will be followed with an introduction to our Human-Computer interaction work aiming to support psychological wellbeing. The suggested HCI framework builds on positive psychology and wellbeing literature, including that from neuroscience.

Rafael presents on Thursday 21 February 2013, from 11:15-12:15 in the Rainbow Room (SS03) at the Computer Laboratory. If you'd like more information, see here.

The journal Educational Psychologist released a special issue devoted to current research in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) (Vol 48, Issue 1, 2013).

keynote_kapur.jpgDr. Manu Kapur from Singapore will be visiting the University of Sydney this week, as part of an International Collaboration Award with the Virtual Worlds Project at the CoCo Centre and STL.

Manu is an Associate Professor of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore. Manu was most recently in Sydney when he was a keynote speaker at the CoCo-hosted International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS2012) in July 2012. You can see his slides and keynote video at the conference website.

He will be in Sydney from Jan 21-25. If you are interested in meeting Manu during his visit please contact his host, Professor Michael Jacobson.


Sloan-C is pleased to announce that the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) is now an open access journal. All volumes and issues back to the first edition in March 1997 are now freely available at JALN website.

nino.jpgOur first blog post of 2013 starts the year on a happy note; congratulations to Aninditio "Nino" Aditomo who has been awarded a PhD for his thesis, titled The role students' personal epistemologies in inquiry-based learning.

Nino undertook his PhD study at the CoCo Centre and was supervised by Professor Peter Reimann. In his PhD, Nino explores the nature of preservice teachers' science epistemology. More specifically, the project investigates (a) the kinds of ideas that preservice teachers have about scientific knowledge and inquiry; (b) the coherence and stability of those ideas; and (c) the role of those ideas in the planning and evaluation of inquiry-based science lessons. These aims are set in the context of a current theoretical debate about whether epistemic beliefs are best modeled as unitary cognitive structures (and hence should form a coherent theory and be stable across context) or as finer-grained, sub-symbolic elements (and thus should be more fluid and context-dependent). Different pedagogical consequences flow from each of these theorisation.


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