Online learning beyond the technology: Reconceptualising online engagement

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ALT is pleased to announce a follow-up webinar to the recent blog post by Gabi Witthaus, "When the VLE becomes your campus: some thoughts on engaging learners online

Transitioning from face-to-face teaching to online teaching provides opportunities for innovation alongside a range of challenges. Educators within this space move across a continuum of practice as they negotiate changing contexts, new technologies, and the resulting pedagogical implications. As educators reconceptualise student learning online, they must consider their pedagogical practices and what they might do to enhance students engagement in their learning and with their learning community. While we are currently physically distancing ourselves from our students, it is essential to ensure opportunities for connectedness. Research shows that online presence is the most critical factor contributing to student retention. This interactive webinar shares effective practice concepts related to online engagement and invites audience participation and questions.


About the presenters:

Petrea Redmond

Petrea Redmond is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research is situated in interrelated fields of educational technology including: blended and online learning and teaching; online engagement; using technology to keep sick kids connected to school; cyberbullying; online collaboration; online communities of inquiry; online mentoring; gender and STEM; community of inquiry; and the integration of technology to enhance learning and teaching in the school and higher education contexts. She has published and co- published in a number of international refereed books, journals and conference proceedings. Petrea has received 6 outstanding conference paper awards at international conferences; along with faculty and university awards for research and teaching. She is also a lead editor for Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET).

Alice Brown

Alice Brown is a Senior Lecturer (Early Childhood Education), specialising in early childhood health, wellbeing and online student engagement in higher education, in the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. Alice has been teaching online for over a decade and has been recognised for exemplary online teaching evidenced by a number of Dean Commendations.  She has led and been the recipient of a number of learning and teaching research scholarships related to online learner engagement  Her research is focussed on innovative strategies, such as the use of nudging and course analytics, to enhance and monitor early online engagement, particularly for low and non-engaged learners.  She has a strong reputation in scholarly research at University, national and international levels through conferences, publications and research collaborations, including the co-authoring of a book focussed on online pedagogy.


A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. 

21 Apr 2020 from  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM