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Faculty of Education and Social Work staff shine at computer-supported learning event


22 August 2011

Professor Michael Jacobson gave a presentation on 'Collaborative virtual worlds and productive failure'.
Professor Michael Jacobson gave a presentation on 'Collaborative virtual worlds and productive failure'.

Faculty researchers joined some of the biggest names in technology-based learning when they presented their work at the 9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) this month.

Held in Hong Kong from July 4-8, CSCL 2011 explored the theme of connecting computer-supported collaborative learning to policy and practice.

Faculty contributions included "Bridging multiple expertise in collaborative design for technology-enhanced learning," involving Professor Peter Goodyear, and an interactive events session on "Collaborative virtual worlds and productive failure" presented by Professor Michael Jacobson and his team.

Staff from the faculty enjoyed the opportunity to discuss research and developments with a wide range of international attendees from every aspect of technology-based collaborative learning, including research, education, training and technology. Postdoctoral researcher Dr Kate Thompson said she particularly appreciated the collaborative atmosphere the conference generated:

"Plenty of big names in the field presenting and attending the sessions," Dr Thompson said. "They took the time and care to give relevant and interesting feedback. The sense of community was strong, and almost every session was interesting, relevant, and demonstrated cutting-edge research."

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