Learning to teach online

5 May 2010

This seminar will outline the College of Fine Arts's (COFA's) development of a diverse, adaptable, pedagogy-focused online training resource called "Learning to Teach Online". Teachers in tertiary environments are often tempted to become swept up in the technological side of online learning at the expense of sound pedagogy, good planning and effective teaching skills. COFA Online, at the the University of New South Wales, has been researching, developing and evaluating award-winning professional development programs since 2003 for academics endeavouring to plan, develop and teach effective and sustainable online and blended initiatives. "Learning to Teach Online" uses mainstream and broad-reaching online distribution channels to freely disseminate well-designed, practical, easy-to-apply and pedagogy-focused digital training resources. The project is conducted in conjunction with the support of a global online community of practice, where academics can connect and share ideas with other teachers around the world who have similar interests in online pedagogy. This seminar is one of a series on the sciences and technologies of learning organised by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).

Simon McIntyre manages COFA Online, at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. In 2006, his online learning and teaching practice was recognised with an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. 

In 2007, McIntyre's research led to the development of an international, fully online Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design program for COFA. 

Simon is currently "Learning to Teach Online" as a developing a free resource for design educators worldwide.

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Time: 11am-12.30pm

Location: Room 230, Education Building