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April 2014


Join us on April 30 for a CoCo seminar by Associate Professor Richard Walker titled “Learning through after school activities and homework” .

To what extent do after school programs and homework activities lead to beneficial learning experiences in school and to enhanced achievement outcomes?

This seminar will base some answers to this question on research reviewed in the recently published book by Horsley and Walker (2013) Reforming Homework: Practices, Learning and Policy. Answering the question involves considering sociocultural and other research concerning after-school programs developed for ethnically and socioeconomically diverse students. It also involves a synthesis of research findings concerning homework and achievement. The seminar will offer a sociocultural framework for thinking about after-school and homework activities and will suggest ways in which after school learning experiences can be improved for all students.

Dr Richard Walker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. He teaches educational psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has been awarded several Excellence in Teaching Awards for his teaching in this field.


Join us on April 23 for a CoCo Seminar by Dr. Frances Di Lauro titled Writing with Wikipedia in Multi-Campus and Multicultural Contexts.

The 2012 TurnItIn White Paper reported that a large percentage of similarity matches do not necessarily result from cheating, or poor citation practices. In some cases the cause can be an excessive reliance on the sources word choices. It is crucial that educators teach new knowledge literacy to their students and to engage them in knowledge creation and transmission that is ethical and respectful. Writing for Wikipedia is an Open Educational Practice that offers students opportunities for educators to cultivate ethical research and writing practices, while their students engage in participatory writing on a global writing environment. Students engage in writing partnerships with diverse sets of communities beyond the academy, including underrepresented groups, and in helping to produce information, broaden their awareness and knowledge of other disciplines and epistemologies.

Dr. Di Lauro has been teaching writing and rhetoric in blended modes since 2007 and joined the Writing Hub to assist students with academic writing through courses and workshops. In 2011 she represents the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on the University’s eLearning Committee and is developing formative and summative assessment tasks for use in new high tech, collaborative learning spaces. She recently convened a symposium on the use of Wikimedia projects in higher education, and is currently developing the first Australian Wikipedia Education Program.

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The CoCo Seminar Series provides a venue for national and international experts to share and disseminate their current work on topics related to the sciences and technologies of learning; fostering the formation of a scholarly community of academics, postgraduate students and people interested on learning technologies and education. The seminars are hosted by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition CoCo Centre and run most Wednesdays during term time from 11:00 to 12:00 in Room 230 at the Education Building, Sydney University.

The seminars are often streamed online using Adobe Connect. Seminars can be attended live by accessing a virtual room at this location Please note the seminars are in UTC+10:00

Since 2012 the seminars have been recorded (at discretion of the presenter) and currently we have an archive of over 30 seminars. You can find our digital archive here.New files will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back often.

Upcoming seminars:
April 23:: Frances di Lauro, TBA
April 30:: Associate Professor Richard Walker “Learning through after school activities and homework”
May 14:: Dr. Paul Ginns, Fang-Tzu (Agnes) Hu and Michael Tang, Getting the point: Embodying cognitive load

For further information on the Seminar Series, or if you would like to subscribe to our Seminar announcements, please contact Sadhbh Warren

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