Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ascilite 2009 - day 2 - late afternoon sessions

Attended a mixed bag of sessions this afternoon.

Caught the tail end of presentation on a definition of digital literacy by Bronwyn Hegarty (otago Poly), Oriel Kelly (manukau institute of technology). An intriguing mix of skills proposed and discussed.

Thomas Duggan from Central Queensland University then presented on the Moodle support provided to indigenous Australian pre-undergraduate students. Focus on recognising the foundations of indigenous students and structuring on-line support material. Reveals a few constriants of Moodle including predominance of text based tools, no easy oral interface and intermediate tools required to bring support up to requirements.

Next presentation by Katherine Gilliver-brown and Marcia Johnson from University of Waikato on academic literacy development with multiple perspectives approach to blended learning. Reports on various interative computer assisted learning tools. Approach works with students, students are able to work automously so learning support able to progress with structural development.

Helen Cartner and Julia Hallas from Auckland University of Technology present the R2d2 model for online activities to teach academic language skills. this uses the read, reflect, display and do. This shows learners value the use of real-life activities assist the learning of academic skills. R2D2 model from Bonk and Zhang 2008.

Last paper for the day from Peter Strauss, AUT and Robin Goodfellow and Marianne Puxley from the Open University in the UK. This reports on work on providing contextualised and individualised on line writing support for postgraduate students. Contextualised online writing support (COWS)is a project which brings together a range of on-line tools and have acdemics provide a link to the specific discipline area.

A busy and varied day. Good to catch up with North Island staff developers. the conference dinner on tonight to continue with more convivial networking.

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