Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Online support for teachers


5 July 2017

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

In this seminar, the specialist guest presenters will address the complex question: "What should online support for Australia’s teachers look like?" Attendees will be given an overview of the complicated network of government, commercial and research websites that provides resources and communities for teachers before the presenters examine the literature and theory to discuss the gaps that remain. For example, why, in the face of so many online portals, do teachers resort to querying through Google? Dr Kelly and Mr Kickbusch will suggest the types of online support they believe would have a significant impact on initial teacher education, professional identity, job satisfaction and teacher retention. Their talk will be based on four years’ experience developing TeachConnect, a design-based research project that created an online platform to support teachers. They will discuss the policy context of providing online teacher-support, as well as pragmatic approaches to research within this paradigm.

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: Ling Wu
    T: +61 8627 5770

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

  • Speakers: Nick Kelly is a senior research fellow with the Science and Engineering Faculty and the Faculty of Education at the Queensland University of Technology and adjunct senior research fellow at the University of Southern Queensland. He is co-leader of the TeachConnect project. He conducts transdisciplinary research into teacher education, focusing on the impacts of early-career teacher connectedness. His recent book is Online Learning Networks for Preservice and Early Career Teachers.

    Steven Kickbusch is a learning designer who has worked extensively as a teacher, facilitator and educational designer across all levels of the education industry, and the government and corporate sectors.  He is co-leader of the TeachConnect project. His primary interest is in the design and implementation of engaging student-focused education experiences.

Online support for teachers: theory, design and impact

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


5 July 2017

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