ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING: COVID-19 SPECIAL ISSUE

This resource adds to the online teaching and learning ideas, inspiration, information and application for educators in these unprecedented times.

JOFDL is supporting the education community worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic by making available a collection of high impact, previously-published articles on online and eLearning in a single issue.

It is April 2020 and the world is in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most countries are in lockdown, with citizens being asked to “Stay at home. Save lives”. 

This resource adds to the online teaching and learning ideas, inspiration, information and application for educators in these unprecedented times.

JOFDL Special Issue: Best of Online Teaching and Learning: Covid-19

JOFDL publishes articles from around the world relating to primary research investigations, literature reviews, the application of open education innovations, and experiences of blended learning as well as teaching at a distance in any sector of education or training. Theoretical and empirically based research articles as well as case studies of practice and book reviews are invited for submission

It’s all about ICT-People Relationships …

Mapping the relationships doctoral students have with their study, and other factors, which impact on how doctoral students perceive ICT, their research and their study.

Dr Kwong Nui Sim, recent recipient of ASCILITE’s Emerging Scholar Award, has developed a model that maps the relationships doctoral students have with their study, and other human and contextual factors, which have an influencing and determining impact on the perceptions that doctoral students hold about ICT (Information Communication and Technologies) and their research and study.

The model is able to be adopted into any context, where it highlights that individuals hold assumptions about, and have expectations of, ICT use; and those expectations and assumptions influence and determine their judgements about ICT and their use of ICT.

Further, more complex levels of perceiving and working with ICT within a context gives some focus to inter-connections, where people and ICT partner or collaborate. This includes ICT affordances that are seen as worthwhile when they support and enhance the work of the individual in ways that make sense to that individual, and when an individual alters and changes thinking or practices because of the influence and affordances that ICT can have.

No evidence was found to support an additional claim that as well as ICT affordances causing individuals to alter and modify thinking and behaviours, ICT, in turn, is able to alter how it responds to the people who use those systems. This is not out of the realms of possibility of course, with ICT increasingly being designed and built to be able to respond to users’ needs.

For more information about the relevant collaborative outputs (with Dr Sarah Stein, University of Otago) that emerged from this research study, please visit the Project Page. In addition, Kwong Nui and Sarah will run a workshop session to introduce this model in detail at the next FLANZ conference.

About Dr Kwong Nui Sim

Dr Kwong Nui Sim, Lecturer in e-learning/Academic Developer in the Centre for Academic Development, Victoria University of Wellington was awarded the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) at their annual conference held in Singapore late last year (https://ascilite.org/awards/ascilite-fellows/).

Kwong Nui’s recent research into the use of technologies in teaching and learning, co-funded by Ako Aotearoa, contributed to her success in gaining this international recognition. The Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) would like to congratulate Knong Nui on her work. Kwong Nui is a current Executive Member of FLANZ.