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Exploring e-learning practices across the disciplines in a university environment

This TLRI project explores ICT/e-learning practice across a number of disciplines and with students from diverse backgrounds. Noteworthy is that it assembles a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, practitioners and students from different faculties across the university to investigate and enhance pedagogical practices within blended and virtual learning environments. The research has been designed to address issues of tertiary-level pedagogy, e-pedagogy and research with the goal of building e-learning capacity, leveraging pedagogical change, and closing participatory gaps for students and lecturers.

Four case studies were undertaken in 2009, while an additional four cases have been added in 2010 for a total of eight. The range of disciplines in which the research is being conducted now includes Education; Screen and Media; History; Applied Linguistics; Earth and Ocean Sciences; Tourism; and Engineering. In addition, a variety of open source, proprietary and free sofware tools are used by the researchers and include for example, Panopto, Audacity (for creating files for podcasting), Google Earch and GIS, Windows Media Player, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), SolidWorks and mobile Adobe Connect.

Project outputs

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B., & Khoo, E. (2011). Exploring eLearning practices across the disciplines in a university environment. Wellington: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. - PDF - 197.02 KB

Johnson, E. M. (2010). Cross-Discipline Collaborative Partnerships for Pedagogical Change in a Technology-Supported University Environment. Presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference, Toronto, Canada, 25 June 2010.

Johnson, E. M., Hight, C., Falloon, G., Strang, P. (2010). Cross-Discipline Approaches to Pedagogical Change in Technology-Supported Tertiary Teaching. Presentation at the Distance Education Aotearoa New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference, Wellington, 25-28 April 2010.

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B., Lange, W., Hight, C. (2009). Leveling the playing field: Exploiting technology to enhance tertiary learning. Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (Ascilite), Auckland, 6-9 December 2009.

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B. (2009). Dream-Catcher in ICT: Creating a Web of Collaboration. Presentation at the Department of Applied Language Studies, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, 18 September 2009.

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B. (2009). Dream-Catcher in ICT: Creating a Web of Collaboration. Presentation at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 16 September 2009.

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B. (2009). Dream-Catcher in ICT: Creating a Web of Collaboration. Presentation at the Association for Learning Technology (ALT-C) conference, Manchester, UK, 9 September 2009.

Innovations Online: Cross-discipline Studies of New Approaches to eLearning. Presentation at the Waikato Centre for eLearning conference (WCeLFest), Waikato University, 4 February 2009.

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