Bejing 2008



We plan to hold 2 or 3 full day workshops on Saturday 6th. The aim of the workshop style sessions is to all for maximum interaction around a topic or issue. If you would like to suggest a topic, suggest a facilitator of a particular topic or offer to facilitate a particular topic yourself we would like to hear from you.

Please send details to the Conference Chair, Allan Ellis <>

Rod Sims
Presenter: Rod Sims,<>. Knowledgecraft and Capella University.

Title: Engaging, Interactive and Memorable Web-based Learning
Outline: This workshop is designed as an interactive and participative session where the presenter will pose key challenges in the creation of emergent, engaging, interactive and motivational Web learning environments. A particular feature of the workshop will be examining strategies to integrate Web 2.0 components such as blogs, podcasts, and social networking.
Using multi-disciplinary perspectives, participants will engage in activities and discussions designed to contextualise these challenges and develop institutional-specific design and development solutions for their individual web learning programs. On completion of the workshop participants will have a set of tools to support the construction of their own "Web architectures".

In addition to audio-visual presentations and group discussions, the workshop is designed for round-table interactions and collaborative activities. Facilities for the workshop will include a data projector, writing materials and space for participants to display and discuss their deliberations.

Intended Audience The intended audience for this workshop are educational and instructional designers responsible for supporting web learning pedagogy, academics implementing web environments and instructional, educational and curriculum designers from the training and education sectors. In addition, those keen to better understand strategies to realise the full potential of web learning environments will benefit from the workshop.
To maximise the outcomes that will accrue from the workshop, participants should be familiar with current web-based learning development and delivery environments and be active in the implementation of web environments within their own institution.

Outcomes: During this one-day workshop, participants will: Review and critically reflect on key components of effective, meaningful and memorable Web-based learning: * Analyse major issues that confront designers from achieving the full potential of Web-based learning; * Discuss the implications of Web 2.0 for web-based learning design; * Synthesise key elements required to construct effective Web-based learning environments, including emergent design, proactive evaluation and interaction metrics; * Participate in a case study of their own workplace environment to implement contextual and functional Web-based learning; and * Access resources and tools to develop and implement more complex Web-based learning architectures within their workplace.

Format and Activities: The workshop is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session will focus on the underpinning principles and practices that enable Web-based education to cater for different learning and performance environments. The concept of 'architecture' as a framework for Web-based learning will be presented and analysed. Examples from different disciplines will be used to highlight the ways in which Web-based learning can benefit from emergent thinking. This will include the integration of:

Emergent modelling strategies: the importance of applying a multi-disciplinary approach to the creation and implementation of contemporary web-based learning environments that cater for the dynamics of social networking; * Web 2.0 components - blogs, podcasts, social networking, wikis * Principles of Online Pedagogy: presentation and analysis of the key factors that contribute to the development of contextual and individual Web learning applications; and * Metrics for Interaction: Presentation of heuristics and metrics that identify and underpin the critical elements of interaction that facilitate engagement and construction of meaning. Includes examples of engaging, meaningful and memorable interactions.

The afternoon session will involve a case-study where Web-based Learning Contexts will be applied to settings associated with different learning outcomes and contexts. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have a complete set of tools to create Web-based learning environments or 'architectures' that are interactive, engaging, economic and outcome oriented

Biographical details: Dr Roderick Sims has worked in the technology and education field for over 25 years. During that period he has seen significant change both in the technology we use and the ways in which we design educational environments to effectively use that technology. Dr Sims has worked as both a consultant in educational technology as well as designing and implementing undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University of Technology Sydney and Southern Cross University. Over the last five years he has been working Capella University, with responsibilities for online teaching, course development and PhD supervision in the field of Instructional Design for Online Learning. Dr Sims is a Fellow of ASCILITE, has presented widely in Australia and internationally and is internationally respected for his work on the design of interactive and engaging learning environments.


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