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I presented an invited paper at the ICAN and Mentoring statewide conference 2010: ‘Youth development: everybody’s business’ on the 26th August 2010.

The focus of my paper was on strategies for engaging students through creativity, innovation and ethics in practice-led research within the media studies curriculum. The presentation drew on a case-study based on a  first year undergraduate digital media course designed to engage learners through a media-rich curriculum where students are introduced to idea generation and creativity as they research a social issue, challenge their ethical positions and employ a mix of technologies to communicate their chosen topic to a diverse audience.

Further details about the conference are available from the ICAN conference brochure: http://www.ican.sa.edu.au/files/links/2010_ICAN_conference_broch.pdf

ICAN and Mentoring statewide conference 2010

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The ASCILITE 2009 conference was held at the University of Auckland from the 6-9th November, 2009. The conference theme  “Same places, different spaces” generated many papers focusing on topics such as blended learning, virtual learning environments, social spaces, mobile and work spaces: http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/auckland09/?m=Programme&s=Themes

I presented a paper based on trials of the use of the 3D virtual world, Second Life, for service learning in which my students undertook projects with disability and health related groups in SecondLife: http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/auckland09/procs/wood.pdf

I also co-presented a co-authored paper with UniSA colleague, Russell Fewster on practice led research in 3D virtual worlds within the performing arts discipline: http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/auckland09/procs/fewster.pdf

Student dancer and avatar dancers performing in Second Life

Looking forward to ASCILITE 2010!

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I presented at the ERGA 2009 conference on feedback and flexible learning  at Adelaide University on the 24th September. My presentation focused on the adaptation of our ALTC funded peer review instrument for use by students to facilitate reflective thinking through formative feedback and assessment.

ERGA is a cross-disciplinary community of educators promoting high quality University learning through evidence-based, practical approaches to teaching. The research group  is currently comprised of members representing several universities. At the University of Adelaide, members are from the five Faculties of the University of Adelaide and the divisions of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and VP (Academic and Research).

Further information about the ERGA Conference 2009: Feedback and Flexible Learning held 24 – 25  September: Lower Napier Building, University of Adelaide is available from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/erga/

I also presented a formal peer reviewed paper on this topic at the ATN Assessment Conference held at RMIT, Melbourne on the 19th and 20th November. The theme of the conference was “Assessment in Different Dimensions”: http://emedia.rmit.edu.au/atnassessment09/

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I was an invited speaker at Professor Angela Brew’s National Summit, Undergraduate Research in Australia: First Australian Summit on the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (ALTC Senior Fellow), 5th-6th November, 2009, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. My presentation was titled “Research informed Media Practice”.

A few weeks earlier I had presented on the topic “Strengthening the link between research and practice in the first-year media arts curriculum” at Professor Angela Brew’s Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship Roundtable at Macquarie University on the 23rd September.

This was one of a series of Regional Roundtables to be held as part of Professor Angela Brew’s ALTC National Teaching Fellowship and it formed part of Macquarie University’s Learning and Teaching Week.

Speakers  included Fellowship team members, and academics and students with experience of undergraduate research. The event included a Learning Café to facilitate discussion and sharing of participants’ own experiences, ideas and resources, as well as artifacts and protocols being produced as part of the National Teaching Fellowship.

I also convened the South Australian regional roundtable held in Adelaide on the 10th November and co-presented with Dr Sheila Scutter on the topic of integrating research and teaching in the undergraduate curriculum within the disciplinary fields of Health Sciences and Communications.

I will post a link to my presentations once  they are available via Professor Brew’s website.

Further information about Professor Brew’s ALTC Fellowship is available from: http://www.mq.edu.au/ltc/altc/ug_research/

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In my August segment on Radio 5RPH I spoke about the experiential learning our Web design students are undertaking in which they are creating accessible websites for organisations and volunteer groups. I spoke in particular about one of my courses (Accessible Interactive Media) in which the students are creating accessible sites for disability and health related groups in Second Life. Their clients include The Health Support Coalition, Alliance Library (Healthinfo Island) and Virtual Helping Hands. I conduct a virtual tutorial class with the students each week in Second Life during which time we review the progress they are making on their projects and discuss any challenges they have experienced in working with groups in virtual worlds.

I also discussed the work our students are doing with the SA Government Office for Volunteers in a program founded by a colleague, Phil Marriott, called Sustainable Online Engagement.

You can listen to the radio program from this url: http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/3dvle/media/rph_ll2_290809.mp3

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I was invited to present on the topic ‘Webs, Wikis, Blogs and Avatars’ at the Australian Tertiary Education Management Regional Conference at a breakfast session on the 12th August 2009.

You can view my presentation online at: http://prezi.com/1shaozw87x-q/

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