Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2018 Archive

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Masterclass with Roger Säljö

14 February 2018Register online

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

A masterclass for education and social science researchers featuring Professor Roger Säljö, Director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS) at the University of Gothenburg. Professor Säljö specialises in research on learning, interaction and human development in a sociocultural perspective, a field in which he has has published extensively. Much of his work is related to issues of how people learn to use cultural tools and how they acquire competences and skills that are foundational to learning in a socially and technologically complex society.
This session will be also include three presentations (described below) by PhD candidates from The University of Sydney’s Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation.

Making group work not suck – what is epistemic facilitation?

The aim of this work is to understand the ways in which group work outcomes may be facilitated in both social and academic dimensions. A range of studies have indicated that participants in higher education groups bring cultural and other personal frames to the situation, sometimes impeding group productivity. However, diversity in groups is important, and associated with better decisions and more commitment to outcomes. The research aims to identify a range of task design affordances such as real-time guidance, with the goal of developing learner expertise in group-work skills as well as domain knowledge.Presenter: Elizabeth Black

The affordances and challenges for developing critical thinking in and through digital storytelling in an "English for Academic Purposes" context

Presenting effective arguments in academic writing is a common challenge for many English-as-a-second-language (ESL) university students. The literature shows that primary research on academic argumentation pedagogy for non-native English students is insufficient. The presenter will outline his research into how the use of multimodality represented as digital story might be able to break down some of the barriers to learning and presenting academic argumentation for ESL university students. Drawing on social semiotic multimodal theory and activity theory, he will address two main research questions:

  • How is academic argumentation (co-)constructed through multimodality within digital storytelling?
  • How are meanings in the digital storytelling (co-)constructed and transformed through social mediation?Presenter: Chun Chuen (Billy) Chan

Co-constructing epistemic environments in higher education

In response to an increasingly complex world of work, learners need to enter the workforce equipped to collaboratively solve problems and create new knowledge. In order to do so, they need the ability and the agency to co-construct their epistemic environment. This presenter will outline her study, which is aimed at examining cases in higher education where learners work collaboratively in groups to co-construct their epistemic environment while engaging in complex problem-solving tasks.Presenter: Natasha Arthars

Event details

  • When: 2–4pm

  • Where: Room 618, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free but registration is essential.

  • RSVP: Registrations close February 11.

  • Registration:http://bit.ly/CRLI18Saljo

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 2 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Roger Säljö is director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning,
    Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society
    (LinCS), a national Swedish centre of excellence at The University of Gothenburg funded by the Swedish Research Council. He specialises in research on learning, interaction and human development in a sociocultural perspective, topics on which he has published extensively. Much of Professor Säljö's work is related to issues of how people learn to use cultural tools and how they acquire competences and skills that are foundational to learning in a socially and technologically complex society. In recent years, he has researched how the so-called new technologies transform human learning practices inside and outside formal schooling. In this field, he has been responsible for the national research program, LearnIT. Professor Säljö has also been engaged in work with colleagues from a range of different disciplines including medicine and health care, various natural sciences and linguistics. He was a founding editor of the journal Learning, Culture and Social Interaction and has supervised 47 PhD students to their degree.

Masterclass with Roger Säljö

Where Room 618, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

14 February 2018


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