Sydney School of Education and Social Work events - 2014 Archive

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Glimpses of Future Learning for Today's Australian Students

26 March 2014

Join us on March 26 for a CoCo Seminar by Professor Michael Jacobson titled “Glimpses of Future Learning for Today’s Australian Students”.

In this talk, I provide an overview of three years of classroom-based research in two different ARC funded projects in which students used custom developed 3D virtual worlds and 2D models to learn difficult scientific knowledge about biological and climate systems as well as scientific inquiry skills. We not only found statistically significant learning gains related to inquiry skills and content knowledge but also students who were quite motivated and engaged. Further, teachers we worked with were enthusiastic about the new approaches to teaching we developed and positive about the learning experiences of their students. The key lessons of this research have, I believe, implications beyond specific science content in the Australian Curriculum, such potential applications to realise broader Australian and international educational goals related to learning of advanced 21st century knowledge, practices, and skills.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm
  • Where:

    Education Building (A35)

    Room 230

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: +61 2 9351 2612


  • More info: Arrive 10.45am for refreshments
  • Speaker:

    Michael Jacobson is Professor and Chair of Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, where he is also a co-director of the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Cognition. Professor Jacobson’s research focuses on the design of learning technologies to foster deep conceptual understanding, conceptual change, and knowledge transfer in challenging conceptual domains. Most recently, his work has explored learning in agent-augmented multiuser virtual environments and with agent-based modelling and visualisation tools, as well as cognitive and learning issues related to understanding new scientific perspectives emerging from the study of complex systems. He has published extensively in areas related to the learning sciences and technology, including scientific papers, book chapters, and one book (a second under contract). He has given talks and invited addresses at national and international conferences and served as an educational and business consultant both in the United States and abroad. His research has been funded by groups such as the Singapore Ministry of Education, Korean Ministry of Information and Communication, and US National Science Foundation. In addition, he is an Affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute and he served a member of the organising committees for the International Conference on Complex Systems and the National Initiative on Complex Systems in K–16 Education. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991. He was an associate professor in the Learning Sciences Laboratory at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the senior associate director and an associate professor at the Korea University Center for Teaching and Learning in Seoul. Professor Jacobson has also worked for the University of Georgia, University of Illinois and Vanderbilt University.

Glimpses of Future Learning for Today's Australian Students

Where Education Building (A35)
Room 230

26 March 2014

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