Re-conceptualising approaches to academic development in technology-enriched learning environments
AbstractVaried approaches to academic staff development that build capacity for adapting to increasingly technology-enabled learning environments are apparent in recent scholarly research. These approaches include communities of practice, action research, boot camps, 'just in time' and generic staff development sessions (De la Harpe, McPherson, & Mason, 2013; Chalmers et al, 2012). James Cook University, a regional University, is investing in technology-enriched learning spaces that provide access to new, collaborative learning environments to support active learning approaches and blended learning initiatives. In this showcase presentation, an approach to the transitioning of staff to new, technology-enriched learning spaces is presented. In collaboration with organisational units around the University, we have developed an integrated approach to academic development and support for technology-enriched collaborative learning in on-campus and cross-campus learning spaces. The approach draws on ideas from authentic professional learning (Wright, 2011) and includes the use of student IT mentors to build the confidence of staff in using technology in new learning spaces. A longitudinal research study into transitioning staff (and students) to new technology-enriched learning spaces will contribute to the body of knowledge about changing student support and professional development needs of staff. Research methodology includes data collection through surveys, focus groups and the use of institutional data and documentation. A number of concurrent research projects investigating a variety of aspects of learning spaces and technology at the University are informing an holistic approach to research into learning spaces. These local projects draw on national and international research and professional collaboration.
Buchan, Janet, and Hill, Angela (2014) Re-conceptualising approaches to academic development in technology-enriched learning environments. In: Abstracts from the 37th HERDSA Annual Conference. From: HERDSA 2014: 37th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference, 7-10 July 2014, Hong Kong.