Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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A multimodal method for analysing complex learning environments


8 April 2015

As the collection of ‘big data’ (in terms of both depth and breadth) becomes more common, it will become increasingly important to adopt methods for sharing data, analysing common datasets, and making comparisons across studies. In this study of high-school students engaged in a collaborative design task about a local environmental issue, we adopted a multimodal approach, which allowed us to untangle the interplay of epistemic and social activity, negotiation of tools, and the physical and digital setting that typify such environments, allowing us to find explanations for the very different achievements of the learners. Researchers often lack the language to properly convey the activity observed in complex learning environments. We have begun to do this in a way that respects the design of the task, can be related to the learning outcomes, and gives value to the activity of the learners.

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm
  • Where: Education Building A35
    Room 612

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren

    T: +61 2 9351 2612


  • More info: Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments

  • Speakers: Dr Kate Thompson has been doing research at CoCo for more than 10 years. The ultimate aim of her research is to inform design for learning in complex learning environments. Of importance in all of her research is the theme that the activity of learners are as important as the learning outcomes themselves. In all her research, technology has played a key role. Her background in environmental science has allowed her to bring a systems perspective to the development of methods for visualising and analysing collaborative processes using complex data sets. As well as her involvement with the STL Network, Kate is the co-convenor of the Research SIG in the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE), and is a member of the National Advisory Committee for this organisation.

    Pippa Yeoman is a PhD candidate at CoCo who works towards understanding learning activity within learning environments - broadly defined. "In the world as it is, learning can and does happen anywhere and at anytime. For those tasked with the responsibility of designing and managing the learning environments of others, insights into the interplay of the social, material and epistemic elements of these environments is crucial." Pippa's PhD, Habits & habitats, is due for completion sometime in 2015.

A multimodal method for analysing complex learning environments

Where Education Building A35
Room 612


8 April 2015

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