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June 2013

Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning

Free book from the UK OU on Technology Enhanced Learning

http://bit.ly/tel-advances

The book presents a range of research projects which aim to explore
how to make engagement in learning (and teaching) more passionate.
This interactive and experimental resource discusses innovations which
pave the way to open collaboration at scale. The book introduces
methodological and technological breakthroughs via twelve chapters
to learners, instructors, and decision-makers in schools, universities,
and workplaces.


The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute and the EU TEL-Map
project have brought together the luminaries from the European research
area to showcase their vision of the future of learning with technology
via their recent research project work. The projects discussed range
widely over the Technology Enhanced Learning area from: environments for
responsive open learning, work-based reflection, work-based social
creativity, serious games and many more.

Fotolia_44019078_XXS.jpgThe Reclaim Open Learning network has announced an open learning innovation contest inviting innovators whose work embodies the principles of connected learning to submit their stories and experiences for consideration.

This work might involve running online or offline courses, activities, learning programs, study groups, or hybrid classes or out-of-school (extra-institutional) activities having to do with independent learning and volunteer work. The contest focuses on independent learners and those who work with them mostly at the postsecondary level.

Winners will receive a $2000 honorarium and be invited to present at a summit on Reclaiming Open Learning at UC Irvine on September 26-27, 2013. Entries are due August 2, 2013.

To enter, see their website at http://open.media.mit.edu/contest.html

Reclaim Open Learning is a collaboration between the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UC Irvine and the MIT Media
Lab. More information can be found on their website.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a MOOC Research Initiative, managed by Athabasca University. There is currently a call for outline proposals for small research projects (10-25k USD). Further details and suggested topics are at the MRI website

For STL network members - ideas about potential proposals and proposer teams are being formed on the University's Yammer platform in the STL Group space.

Deadline for the two page outline proposals is 7th July.

This event has been postponed to Semester 2, 2013.

A CoCo Seminar by Shannon Kennedy-Clark titled “It was a successful troll – an examination of the grammar of trolling”.

SKC.jpg In this presentation, the grammar of trolling and the linguistic strategies, both overt and implied, which participants in computer-mediated communications use in trolling and subversively redefining the online space for playful purposes will be examined. The strategies used by the targets of trolling, either individually or collectively, to (attempt to) repair damaged conversations and reclaim the space will be outlined.

When: 19 June 11.00am - 12.00pm. (Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments.)
Where: Education Building (A35), Room 230.
No RSVP is needed, just turn up on the day.
More information at University events' page.
This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/

STL researchers are delighted to announce a major new publication, the Handbook of Design in Educational Technology, which will be published on July 30th, 2013 by Routledge.

HBEdTechsml.jpg The book, which features the work of several STL researchers, provides up-to-date, comprehensive summaries and syntheses of recent research pertinent to the design of information and communication technologies to support learning. The book is a compendium of expert advice about each stage in the process of designing systems for use in educational settings; from theoretical foundations to the challenges of implementation, the process of evaluating the impact of the design and the manner in which it might be further developed and disseminated.

The volume is organized into the following four sections: Theory, Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. More than forty chapters reflect the international and interdisciplinary nature of the educational technology design research field. "This book is the result of a huge undertaking by some of the best researchers in educational technology from around the world." Say Peter Goodyear, co-editor of the Handbook. "It is very pleasing to see members of the Sydney STL network feature so strongly in the author list."

The book will be published on July 30th 2013 by Routledge and contains chapters by Peter Reimann, Martin Parisio & Dewa Wardak, Judy Kay & Sabina Kleitman, and Peter Reimann & Kalina Yacef. Among the co-editors are Peter Goodyear and Rose Luckin, one of STL international collaborators.

The book is available for order now, and a 20% discount can be secured by using the code IRK69. (The 20% discount is only available on titles ordered directly from the website, until 31st December 2014, and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.) More information can be found at Routledge website.

SPR100.jpgWant to know more about publishing your research or putting together a book proposal? Join us on June 26th when Springer Science+Business Media editors Nick Melchior and Bernadette Ohmer discuss the best ways of getting into print.

There will be an informal short presentation on publishing your research and how to develop ideas from research into a book proposal. This will be followed by a general discussion along with the opportunity to discuss specific publishing ideas. Nick is Senior Publishing Editor in Education for Australia & New Zealand and Bernadette Ohmer is Publishing Editor in Science Education, Educational Psychology, Vocational and Professional Education.

When: 26 June 11.00am - 12.00pm. (Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments.)
Where: Education Building (A35), Room 230.
More information at the University events' webpage.
This seminar will not be available online.

Congratulations to STL lead researcher Associate Professor Janette Bobis who has been awarded a Thompson Fellowship for her project - Strengthening the evidence-base in support of ambitious teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Improving the effectiveness of mathematics teacher education is at the heart of many recent government initiatives. Embedded in such initiatives, is the need for establishing an evidence-base of ambitious (or high-leverage) teaching practices, structures and ideologies that make a positive difference to the enhancement of mathematics teaching and learning. The need for a comprehensive evidence-base that can be used to reshape initial and on-going programs of teacher education and teaching practices has been a central concern of my personal research agenda for more than a decade. It was a driving force behind my ‘practice-based’ program of research at the initial teacher education level (e.g., Bobis, 2007) and for my most recent ARC project (Empowering Teachers of Mathematics). The proposed work emanates from two ARC-funded research projects and will effectively work towards strengthening and expanding this agenda to an international level.

The Thompson Fellowships are named after Isola Florence Thompson, one of the first women graduates of the University of Sydney. The Fellowships aim to promote and enhance the careers of academic and research-only women at the University by providing opportunities to develop and strengthen their research.

Peter_Sloep.jpgLast year we had the pleasure of meeting another Peter, Peter B. Sloep from the Open University in the Netherlands. This week I came across his blog which lead me to his Scoop.it, via my twitter feed. I’m always on the lookout for interesting commentators and have worked hard to train my Zite feed to keep me in good reading. Whilst this has been informative it leaves me feeling like a consumer of information of varying degrees of quality.

In an attempt to find a way into conversations I have tentatively begun blogging and signed up with twitter. Together they provide me with a space in which to ‘say’ something, a soap box of sorts (WordPress) and a very useful message board (twitter) – but I have yet to learn how to harness them as tools for conversation. I thought this was my shortcoming. That was until I read 'A year of content curation' in which Peter describes the missing link, the ability to go beyond recycling, to add value:

“As a content curator I want to go beyond mere filtering and collecting, I want to explain why something is striking to me, to put it in the context of the Scoop.it topic on networked learning as a whole, and even to take an explicit stance on some issue or other. For academic topics such as mine voicing such an opinion probably adds much value.”

I highly recommend both his blog and his Scoop, not just for their content but for what we can learn from his example.

Fotolia_27029802_Subscription_sml.jpgAs a precursor to this year’s 2013 Teaching Colloquium, a symposium on MOOCS and the student experience of blended learning will take place at the University on the 8th of July from 12 noon to 5pm.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) is hosting the event, which is sponsored by the University of Sydney Association of Professors and STL.

Themes will include the challenges, opportunities and risks created by MOOCs and the student experience of blended learning for research-intensive, campus-based Universities. Key speakers are: Professor Diana Laurillard of the London Institute of Education; Professor Peter Goodyear, Australia’s first ARC Laureate in Education; and Mr Andrew Norton of the Australian Grattan Institute, along with other speakers knowledgeable about the student experience of blended learning and MOOCs in the future of Higher Education in Australia.

The program and more details of the event will be made available shortly. Register now at http://sydney.edu.au/elearning/pd/MoocSymposiumRego.php, as spaces are limited.

rf_discuss.jpg Join us on June 12 for a CoCo Seminar by Minkang Kim and Derek Sankey titled Theory and metatheory in developmental science.

Human development has a long pedigree in teacher education, much of it influenced by cognitive development theory (Piaget) and social cultural theory (Vygotsky). Both have provided theoretical perspectives on the nature of learning. Recently, however, mainstream human-development studies have been undergoing considerable change, partly as a result of challenges from neuroscience, but much more fundamentally in regard to the prospect of establishing an overarching metatheory for human development, prompted by dynamic systems theory. Yet this shaking of the theoretical foundations has hardly begun to permeate education.

When: 12 June, 11.00am - 12.30pm. (Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments.)
Where: Education Building (A35), Room 230.
More information at the University events' webpage.
This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2

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