Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Herdsa2009 - day 2 concurrent sessions 1

Attended 4 sessions this morning. First one presented by Pauline Hagel, La Trobe University on collaborative inquiry using learning projects based on communities of practie. Value of doing this was to support different forms of participation, have distributed leadership, define commitment, be responsive to different interests, allow for small 'wins', provide opportunities to stop and review practice and act as a break fromm teaching routines.

Second, a short session from Marj Kibby (University of Newcastle) on embedding research into first year work of media / film studies using a structured workbook supported by a Blackboard site.

Then an inspirational session from Heather Sharp (University of NSW) & two students, Linda Stanley & Marie Hayward (University of South Queensland). During their undergraduate year, these students worked on a book chapter which was published along with paper for this conference. Collaborative work was supported via a Wiki (wetpaint). The whole project was framed using the eight cognitive benefits proposed by Steinberg & Kinchloe (1998). This is a concept that I will think through & use with the Diploma in Adult Ed. students.

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