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Tuesday, October 30 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Online learning and the student perspective

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new: Recording of Carol's keynote

This keynote will review some examples of what has and hasn’t changed over the last few decades, including some personal experiences, and will raise some questions about the future, for discussion. Past: Computer-based educational games, simulations and role plays have been around since the first digital computers. Improvements in speed and ease of access, with increasing complexity, have created radically different types of knowledge and learning over the last few decades. But has the student learning experience kept up with this? Present: We now have mobile devices, global connectivity and instant access to digital media. Even science fiction writers who predicted these technologies have often underestimated how fast they became a reality in day-to-day life. Most of our university campuses have technology-rich collaborative learning spaces. Recent data from students at Western Sydney University gives us an idea of what has and hasn’t changed. Future: Looking forward to the next few decades, perhaps we should be less timid in our integration of new types of knowledge into our educational designs. Are we ready for different types of cognition, different modes of ‘reading’ and different ways of defining and assessing learning?


Carol Russell

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Learning Transformations, Western Sydney University
Dr Russell has a PhD from the University of Leicester, an MBA from The Open University [UK], and originally studied science at the University of Strathclyde. Now part of the Learning Transformation team at WSU, she maintains close links with UNSW where she had previously worked in... Read More →

Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm AEDT
Veritas Building, Room 301.1.19