Sydney School of Education and Social Work events - 2012 Archive

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Research and development in online synchronous learning

17 October 2012

Join us on 17th of October for a CoCo Seminar by Senior Lecturer at Macquire University Matt Bower titled “Research and development in online synchronous learning”.

This presentation examines what is fundamentally different about synchronous learning and teaching that is enacted online. It raises the question of how to evaluate and somewhat objectively compare different pedagogical approaches that are applied in media-rich online synchronous learning environments, and explains how quantitative multimodal discourse analysis can provide a potential solution.

Current trends in rich-media synchronous learning are outlined, based on research conducted as part of the OLT Blended Synchronous Learning project initiative. Emerging developments in the area synchronous online learning and teaching are discussed including the convergence of Augmented Reality, Virtual Worlds, Social Media and real-time 3D modelling.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Where: Education Building (A35) Room 230
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: 935 12612

  • More info: Arrive at 10.45 am for refreshments
  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Matt Bower is a Senior Lecturer in ICT for the School of Education at Macquarie University. His interests centre around how to capitalise upon rapid transformations in the technological and educational landscape.

    He has over 50 publications in the areas of computer science education, technology enabled learning and pre-service teacher education.

    Matt is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award winner and is currently leading the national OLT project "Blended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools".

Research and development in online synchronous learning

Where Education Building (A35) Room 230 When

17 October 2012

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