Advanced technology and curriculum design

1 December 2010 to 2 December 2010

The faculty's Chair of Education, and co-director of the CoCo Research Centre, Professor Michael Jacobson, will be giving an invited lecture at The National Curriculum Innovation and Quality Forum 2010 to be held in Melbourne from 1-2 December.

Michael will present research findings and curriculum design implications arising from two Australian Research Council funded projects on advanced learning technologies (virtual worlds, computational models and visualisation tools) and their use with what is termed "Productive Failure".

External lecture - "Productive Failure: Implications for Curriculum innovation in Higher Education"

In this talk, Michael Jacobson will consider recent research in the field of the learning sciences that is exploring conditions in which learners persist, struggle, and even fail at tasks beyond their current abilities and which might result in short term failure but longer term success in learning.

Michael will argue that this innovative pedagogical perspective of "productive failure" which has solid theoretical and empirical grounding, has important Implications on student learning, how teachers teach, and how curricula are designed.

Two Australian Research Council funded projects will be discussed that illustrate the pedagogical use of productive failure with advanced learning technologies, such as virtual worlds and agent-based computational modelling and visualisation tools. Implications fo curriculum innovation in higher education will be discussed.

See the event website for more details.

Time: 1 & 2 December

Location: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne