Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

2019 Webinars

Video recordings of the TELedvisors-SIG sessions listed below are available on the TELedvsiors-SIG website.

Academic Developers – who are they? 26 Sept

Of all the edvisor types, Academic Developers (ADs) are probably the most clearly defined in the research literature. Perhaps not surprisingly, as many of them work in academic roles and do the research. Join us for this month’s webinar with a focus on Academic Developers, which will focus on their work, position and attitudes. We will also explore the differences and similarities between ADs and learning designers and how we can all work together better.   Featuring Associate Professor Marina Harvey, UNSW.

Of all the edvisor types, Academic Developers (ADs) are probably the most clearly defined in the research literature. Perhaps not surprisingly, as many of them work in academic roles and do the research. Join us for this month’s webinar with a focus on Academic Developers, which will focus on their work, position and attitudes. We will also explore the differences and similarities between ADs and learning designers and how we can all work together better.

Associate Professor Marina Harvey, UNSW

Working on a CAULLT (Council of University Leaders of Learning and Teaching) project with a focus on Advancing Academic Development required the team to firstly define academic development. A working definition is shared as a point for starting discussion (and/or debate). The project also surveyed academic developers (N=46) nationally to learn about their professional development roles and responsibilities, needs and support. Some findings will be shared and examined in relation to the webinar participants’ lived experiences.

(Also leading the Advancing Academic Development project are Professor Jillian Hamilton, QUT and Dr Andrea Adam, UTAS)

Associate Professor Kathie Ardzejewska & Dr Alison Casey, University of Notre Dame

Kathie is the Manager of the Learning and Teaching Office. She and Alison, their Learning Technologies Developer will discuss how they work together and what they were looking for when recruiting.

Associate Professor Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury

Erik will discuss the daily work of an academic developer and how he sees the relationship between academic development, learning designers, e-learning, and educational technologists

Research Fireside Chat, 29 August

To celebrate winter time in our hemisphere, we are putting another log on, gathering around the virtual firepit and chatting research. The first section of the webinar will be an open mic of sharing research projects in progress or completed that relates to TELedvisor roles. The second section of the webinar will be a discussion on these two questions:

What are the research needs of this community?  What research could benefit edvisors most?

The EdTech Shark Tank, 25 July

Join us as we try something a little different for this month’s webinar. We will feature demonstrations from 2 early-stage startups in the Australian Education Technology space and provide advice from our audience of expert learning designer, education technologists and academics about these tools and the presentations.  There will also be opportunities to engage and connect with the founders, if you wish.

Khang Vo – ClassCom

Khang has 9 years of experience in education technology company with his previous role as CTO at Zappasoft and now CEO at ClassCom.  The idea for ClassCom came during his sessional teaching time at RMIT. With a background of both entrepreneur and academic, Khang always thinks about how to improve teaching and learning in his course. One day, he watched a video about another university using Live Chat and he immediately tried in his own class. After the success of the trial, he started developing ClassCom to help his peers initially, and later shared it with academics in other universities.  ClassCom is a messaging platform. Its mission is to help teachers provide personalised support to students quickly and at scale.

Nathan Sherburn – FLUX

Nathan is a PhD Student at Monash University in Melbourne Australia. His research is focused on how real time technologies can be used most effectively in University classes. Although he has taught in multiple first year units, he now spends his time developing teaching tools, working with lecturers, researching and (at the moment) writing up his Thesis. He has previously interned with HP Inc in California and is currently the CEO of a startup named FLUX whose mission is to bring active learning to lectures everywhere.  FLUX is a Classroom Response System-type interactive learning tool that improves student engagement. Loved by students and teachers alike, it’s the ideal tool to gauge student understanding.

Get Real: AR/VR/MR in Education. 27 June

Three dynamic presenters share their work in different areas of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality in the Education sphere.

Jaime Donally

Presentation: Experience to Creation with Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality
The growth of immersive technology has brought many new resources to our students to experience learning like never before. The engagement and enthusiasm have peaked and many of our students are eager to use more AR, VR, and MR in the classroom. While it’s easy to use these tools to capture our students’ attention, the shift from experience to creation is vital for their future skills.

Matt Bower

Presentation: Blended Synchronous Learning
Blended synchronous learning aims to unite on-campus and distributed learners in the same live learning experience using real-time technologies such as video-conferencing, web-conferencing and virtual worlds. The OLT Blended Synchronous Learning project compared and contrasted seven authentic cases of blended-synchronous learning taking place in Australian universities to derive an evidence-based framework for blended synchronous learning design. This presentation provides a brief overview of the cases and the design framework that emerged. Special attention will be paid to the creation of a Blended Reality environment where students in a virtual world interacted with students in the face-to-face classroom via their avatars. Findings will then be related to my more recent book “Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning – Integrating Research and Practice”.

Kevin Lucas with introduction by Kevin from Raminging, North East Arnhem Land.

Presentation: Virtual reality to build cultural understanding
The work from Kevin Lucas combines traditional storytelling techniques with the latest mixed-reality technologies. The project proposes a new method of two-way engagement between remote communities and cultural institutions to open up a new avenue to develop a better understanding of Indigenous culture. It is a multi-layered process-led documentary that reveals its narrative through customary and contemporary threads that highlight how a community is using its traditional knowledge and practices to realise its dream for a united and stronger future. The prototype concept centres on the larrakitj, a hollow log coffin used by the Yolngu of north east Arnhem Land in the funerary rites. The mixed-reality environment is used to explain the meaning and significance of the larrakitj designs and give the viewer the feeling of being right in the community through the virtual environment and the immersive soundtrack.

Learning Technologists: What do they actually do? 2 May

Edvisor units in our various institutions and organisations frequently house learning technologists and learning designers in the same space. It seems like a good time to delve a little deeper into the practices and skills of learning technologists. What do they know? What do they do? What’s the difference between them and learning designers? How do we work together? Is there an unofficial hierarchy of roles?

Join us as four members of the TELedvisors community explore some of these ideas and be a part of the discussion as we get to know each other a little bit better

  • Colin Simpson – Senior Learning Technologist, Swinburne University: Learning Techs in the literature
  • Kym Schutz – Educational Technologist, University of Adelaide: The role of the Educational Technologist in working with Educational Designers at Uni Adelaide
  • Joe Hayes – Ed Tech team leader, Faculty of Education, Monash University: How Learning Techs work with IT to implement technology and enhancements
  • Elaine Huber – Director, Educational Development in Business, University of Sydney Business School – Open discussion about learning technologists, roles, recruitment and hidden hierarchies

Engineering serendipity – Using network visualisations to identify collaboration opportunities, 30 May

An identified issue for TEL edvisors is being able to identify opportunities to collaborate for projects and research. Another is to define our community of TEL edvisors and their professional skills, expertise and experience.

Hans Tilstra, Sheryl Maher, Ian Thomas and Kate Mitchell will walk through an approach to network visualisation that could open up opportunities in this space, allowing individuals to ‘put themselves on the map’ and join the dots between themselves and others in a networked landscape. They will discuss what this might mean for both TEL edvisors work and roles but also how this process could be translated to other educational contexts.

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