Tuesday, June 09, 2009

ANU Education Innovation Project

Greetings from the "Education Innovation Project: mini-symposium" at the ANU in Canberra. This is reporting on trials of online arts education pilots undertaken at ANU over the last semester. There was a little to much "web 2" jargon in the project description, but it appears to be educationally sound. The project took a bold decision to use a commercial non-ANU web site "education innovators @ ANU", supported by Google advertisements.

The ANU has subsequently installed Moodle and it will be interesting to see how much this could be used. Some issued raised were how to deal with loss of student work. Another issue is the privacy of student data. The ANU is subject to the Privacy Act 1988 and placing the material on a non-Australian web server may not provide sufficient protection.

Education Innovation Project: mini-symposium

Date: Tues, June 9
Time: 0930 -1230
Register: before Friday, 5 June

0930: Tea and coffee
0940: Welcome
0945: Overview of the Education Innovation Project + questions
1040: Morning tea, hosted by the Dean of CASS, Professor Toni Makkai
1055: Presentation of Innovation Award by the Dean to a class representative
1110: Student panel (Alex Muir, others TBA)
1150: Staff panel (Sango Mahanty, Alastair Noble, Cathie Summerhayes)
1225: Final remarks and close

Want to hear about staff and student experiences of using Web 2.0 in their course this semester? Then register for this mini-symposium and learn how we brought together around 20 courses across two colleges to explore the use of externally hosted web services in class teaching and learning activities.

Here's some of our coverage:

  • Description of the different models teachers adopted for class use of wikis, blogs and social networking
  • Student feedback and experiences, including a student panel (yay!)
  • Student and staff support needs
  • 'Safe sex' on the internet: dealing with issues of copyright, IP, data security, privacy, risk, marketing, insurance, indemnity, and jurisdiction
  • Technical issues: staff and student competencies
  • Reflection and evaluation -- where and what next?

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