On Monday April 12 I attended a full day workshop on Technology-enhanced teaching organised by CEDAM at ANU and University of Southern Queensland . In this workshop I was able to meet a group of academics from University of Canberra, USQ, and ANU who are using different technological tools to enhance their teaching.
There was a large group of academics involved in language teaching: Spanish, German, French, Indonesian, Sanskrit,ESL, all of them interested in enhancing their students experience of language learning. Some of them showed their experiences teaching a language completely online, some others using blended models and the rest implementing some web 2.0 tools such as wikis, podcasts or blogs, all of them on moodle as the integrating platform. These cases were successful examples of how technology cannot only make the experience of language learning richer, but possible.
I also attended some mini lectures about ICT and higher education. These are some notes taken by Tom Worthington, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the Australian National University .
- Moodle for electronic assignments
- Online laboratories for students
- Online communities for post-graduate education
- Second Life Courtroom
- Personality and performance of students
- Students setting the examination
As an overall evaluation of the workshop, I can say that it was a very interesting space to share experiences among academics of different institutions in the use of ICT to enhance teaching. Now, the question arises> is technology just enough for teaching enhancement? What about transformation? Does technology have the potential to transform learning? to transform the experience of learning?is technology the mediating tool of the learning process? too many questions for a workshop.