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October 2013

The newly established Sydney Medicine and Health eLearning Network aims to support teaching, research and collaborations in technology-enhanced learning and teaching in health.

As a precursor of this new initiative an eLearning Showcase will take place on Friday, 29 November. This Showcase will highlight teaching and research initiatives in elearning from across Sydney Medical School, Sydney Nursing School, the Faculties of Dentistry, Health Sciences and Pharmacy, and all others working in the area of health.

Register to attend or share your research work at (regsitration for paper submissions closes on Friday 8th of November)


Join us on October 30 for a CoCo seminar by Manjula Sharma titled “The changing face of education: challenges and opportunities for educators”

When: 11.00am - 12.30pm (arrive at 10.45 for refreshments)
Where: Education Building (A35) Room 230

Associate Professor Manjula Sharma is the director of the University of Sydney Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IISME), heads the Sydney University Physics Education Research group and leads the Science and Mathematics network of Australian University Educators (SaMnet). Dr Sharma has written more than 80 articles for peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters in science and mathematics education, and has received repeated funding. Her work is recognised internationally through research partnerships and service on editorial boards and conference committees.She has been awarded the Australian Institute for Physics Education Medal in 2012, ALTC Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2008 and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006.
 She is currently an OLT National Teaching Fellow.


The Research Fest is our annual event inviting the community of researchers and practitioners in the sciences and technologies of learning to come together to exchange ideas, showcase work, form new collaborations, and catch up on recent innovations in learning and knowledge technology research.

It is a free event, open to all researchers and practitioners in the field of sciences and technologies of learning. If you'd like to take part (either presenting your research, or just attending), please register here

When: Thursday, 7. November 2013, from 10am to 4pm
Where: IT and PNR Buildings of the University of Sydney
Need more information? Please email Agnieszka Bachfischer at

Comments from Adelaide Uni's Associate Dean Teaching in Engineering/IT after discussions at GaTech at

From Gergia Tech's own computing education expert (and MOOC skeptic) Mark Guzdial discussing issues not just with CS subjects at


NYT gives lots of publicity to flipped classrooms, with teacher-generated videos (not MOOC material) especially in highschools. Reports of considerable improvement in outcomes. See
(Hat tip: marginal revolution blog)


STL team members are working with a team from the Charles Perkins Centre on evaluating the use of innovative spaces for learning and teaching at the University. Further news on this collaboration was recently published in the University Staff Newsletter.

This multidisciplinary collaboration brings together researchers from various disciplines including spatial design for learning, e-learning, and science-subject domains.


Join us on the 16th of October for a CoCo Seminar by Rafael A. Calvo, and Dorian Peters titled " Developing autonomy and self-efficacy with technology

"We're very interested in engaging in an interdisciplinary discussion on the issues of autonomy and how educators (and social workers and technologists, etc.) think we might design technologies (educational technologies and others) in ways that favour support for learner/user autonomy over compliance and control"

When: Wed 16th of October 11.00am - 12.30pm (arrive at 10.45am for refreshments)
Where: Education Building (A35) Room 230

Rafael A. Calvo is Associate Professor of software engineering at the University of Sydney and Research Program Leader at the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. He has a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and over 100 publications including the forthcoming Positive Computing with MIT Press and the Oxford Handbook on Affective Computing. Rafael is Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and an Affiliate of the Cambridge University Well-being Institute.

Dorian Peters is a designer, author, and specialist in user experience for learning and wellbeing. Her books include Interface Design for Learningto be published by New Riders in December 2013, and Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing and Human Potential forthcoming from MIT Press in 2014. She has designed for Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge University, Westpac Bank, ABC, and BMG Music. She writes regular articles on design for publications such as ACM Interactions, UX Matters, UX Magazine and A List Apart. She has a Masters in Multimedia Design from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s in writing and directing from Carnegie Mellon.

The video and audio files of the recent Symposium, MOOCs and the Student Experience of Blended Learning are now available for you to download here


Join us on Friday October 11 for a CoCo Seminar by Mary Hamilton titled " Messing with digital literacies: Textual practices in the new media digital landscape

When: Friday 11 of October 11.00am - 12.30pm (arrive at 10.45am for refreshments)
Where: Education Building (A35) Room 230

Mary Hamilton is Professor of Adult Learning and Literacy in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK and teaches there on a Doctoral Programme in E-Research and Technology Enhanced learning. Her research explores communication and interaction in the everyday textually-mediated social world and involves close analysis of how texts, both print and digital, are used within social encounters and how texts circulate within institutional settings. She is interested in informal learning across the lifespan and also in the globalisation processes of educational policy. See her full profile at

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