Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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CRLI special event workshop on knowledge, skills and identity

9 November 2017

A special event hosted by the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI).

This joint presentation, arranged especially by the CRLI, features international guests Professor Allison Littlejohn and Professor David Shaffer.

Workshop 1: designing for learning

After a short introduction, Professor Littlejohn will present guide a short ‘design-focused’ workshop where people will experiment with designs. She will present two frameworks for design; one is a ‘charting’ framework that allows the design of authentic tasks based on knowledge creation and sharing; the other framework is "integrative pedagogy", which was created by Paiivi Tynjala at Jyväskylä University and emphasises the need to mix different ways of learning to facilitate the development of different types of knowledge.Presenter: Allison Littlejohn

Workshop 2: virtual internships and student identity

The workshop will consist of a hands-on approach to helping students develop their identities as complex and collaborative problem-solvers through undertaking virtual internships [(]also known as massively adaptive complex realistic online simulations with interactive mentoring (MACROSIMS)]. Professor Shaffer will describe how these web-based simulations teach students to approach learning challenges by thinking in the same way as real-world scientists, scholars, artists and workers. In a virtual internship, students work in teams on challenging real-world problems that require innovative solutions. In these simulations, they have a chance to conduct research, interview clients, develop and test prototypes, and work with their peers while exploring what it means to weigh the scientific, technical, economic, social, and ethical issues they will face when they finish school. The Virtual Internship platform incorporates a state-of-the-art authoring tool that lets users customise existing internships or create their own.Presenter: David Williamson Shaffer

Event details

  • When: 1–4pm

  • Where: Room 418, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free but registration is essential because places are limited.

  • RSVP: Register early at Places are limited.

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612

  • Presenters: Allison Littlejohn is Professor of Learning Technology at the Institute of Educational Technology and Academic Director of Learning and Teaching at the Open University, UK. She has worked throughout her career in the area of learning innovation, technology, knowledge creation and academic-business partnerships. Professor Littlejohn says her vision is to bring together ideas from higher education and industry, encouraging cross-sector thinking and working, breaking down traditional boundaries between sectors and disciplines to transform the ways professionals learn.

    David Williamson Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Obel Foundation Professor of Learning Analytics at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, and a Data Philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn (New York: Palsgrave MacMIllan, 2006) and Quantitative Ethnography (Madison, WI: Cathcart Press, 2017).

CRLI special event workshop on knowledge, skills and identity

Where Room 418, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


9 November 2017

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