Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Online and off-screen (inter)actions in online learning

4 May 2016

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

Evidence is mounting that, in order to understand students’ participation in online learning, research needs to expand the field of inquiry beyond the computer screen, to examine how students physical environment and ‘off-screen’ actions affect their online participation and interactions.

In this seminar, the presenter will focus on her ethnographic doctoral study of one Swedish community-language class taught in blended mode. Community-language schools are schools offering complementary language education to students in K-12 context. In a response to decline in enrolments and motivation, some schools have begun offering online, distance-learning programs. To explore how students constructed their participation in synchronous text-based computer-mediated communication, Camtasia recordings of online lessons as well as video recordings of their physical environment were employed. Focusing on both online and ‘off-screen’ actions, a multimodal interaction analysis approach allowed for simultaneous analysis of complex networks of (inter)actions and how they co-existed. Findings showed that students drew heavily on off-screen interactions and technological resources unknown to their teacher and peers, suggesting that the boundaries of the learning environment were fluid and flexible.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Janica Nordstrom recently completed her doctoral studies at The University of Sydney, School of Education and Social Work. She is currently teaching and conducting research at both The University of Sydney and the University of Wollongong in courses and projects related to language learning and diversity.

Online and off-screen (inter)actions in online learning

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

4 May 2016


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