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31 May 2012

Lessons from learning and teaching with educational technologies

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Neena Thota - University of Saint Joseph, Macau

My on-going work involves the development of a computing-augmented learning-management system (CALMS). What began as an initiative in a single classroom sparked a grassroots movement that transformed not just my practice and beliefs, but also the way that teaching and learning is now conducted at my university (University of Saint Joseph in Macau). I built on phenomenographic and connectivist perspectives on teaching and learning with technologies, to introduce digital media and to promote student learning in computing and information systems courses. This talk will share my experiences and insights. Short biography: Neena Thota holds a Doctorate in Information Systems conferred by the University of Saint Joseph, Macau and the Catholic University of Portugal. She is Assistant Professor at the School of Intelligent Systems and Technology, University of Saint Joseph, Macau. Currently, she is visiting researcher at Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG), Uppsala University, Sweden. Her latest study investigates the intercultural interactions of Chinese students studying computer science in Sweden. Her research interests include: computing education research (how novice programmers learn); educational technologies (Web 2.0 tools, learning objects, visualizations, and computing augmented learning management systems); pedagogic strategies (learning and assessment taxonomies, variation theory, connectivism, and constructive alignment); and methodological eclecticism (practitioner-led action research, mixed methods, and multi-paradigm research approaches).

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