2011 Symposium

Technology and Teaching Practice Research Group Symposium 2011

The communicative affordances of online tools

 Thursday December 15, 9am-4:30pm

 National Wine & Grape Industry Centre, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus


Much of our communication in the 21st century is mediated by online tools, such as chat, blog, virtual world, video conferencing, web conferencing and so on, which arguably have the potential to change the whole nature of the communication. These tools might be categorised according to whether they are synchronous or asynchronous, their communication media (for example text, audio or video), or by the type of representation (for example photograph, avatar, or a textual description). This symposium will explore the affordances of these various tools and the implications, for example, for identity, pedagogy, or communication.

Visiting scholar, Professor Guy Merchant from Sheffield Hallam University will give a keynote address at the symposium titled, Everyday digital practices: the opportunities and challenges for learning. Professor Merchant specialises in research into digital literacy and is particularly interested in the inter-relations between children and young people, new technology and literacy. For more information, visit his academic blog at http://myvedana.blogspot.com

The following members of the Technology and Teaching Practice Research Group will also be presenting on the following topics at the symposium:

  • Som NaiduThe role of online discussion forums in “teaching” online
  • Lisa GivenThe Human Body as a Communication Tool: Avatar Affordances for Health Information Behaviours
  • Christina Davidson A young child’s Google searching: The affordances of online tools for offline interaction in the home
  • Kay OwensThe affordances of wikis for enabling group work by pre-service teachers
  • Barney DalgarnoBlended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration
  • Judy O’ConnellFrom Web 1.0 to Web 3.0: A wolf in sheep’s clothing or a new culture of learning?

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