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Tertiary educators: Invitation to participate in a research study

[Posted on behalf of colleagues at Charles Sturt University] 

Media-rich synchronous technologies for learning and teaching: An Australian and New Zealand study

Synchronous learning technologies are transforming the way many students learn and teachers teach, but exactly how are they being used?

We are looking for tertiary educators from Australian and New Zealand institutions who have used synchronous technologies in their teaching to participate in an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)-funded project titled, "Blended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools". The project will explicitly consider how three media-rich synchronous technologies, in particular--videoconferencing, web conferencing and virtual worlds--can be best used to support activities that engage students and teachers in real-time collaborative learning irrespective of their location.

 If you agree, we would greatly appreciate if you could spare approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete an online questionnaire, which is accessible via the link provided below. Should you choose to provide your email address when you complete the questionnaire, you will be placed in a draw to win a $300AUD gift voucher for a retail outlet of your choice, as a token of our appreciation. At the end of the questionnaire, you will also be given the opportunity to express interest in (i) joining the collaborator network for the project so that you can find out about and share your latest developments in the field; (ii) being one of six partners with whom the project team will work to implement and evaluate case studies involving the use of media-rich real-time collaboration tools for uniting on-campus and distributed learners (a $2,500AUD honorarium is available if you are selected as a case-study partner); and (iii) receiving a copy of the final report.

More information about the project has been provided on an online information statement at the beginning of the questionnaire.

The questionnaire is available at the following URL: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/blendedsynchronicity

 If possible, we would like to have all responses to the questionnaire within the next two weeks.

*** Please note: If you are based in a country other than Australia or New Zealand, please *do not* complete the questionnaire. You may instead like to contact us to ask to be added to the collaborator network, and to discuss how else you might be able to get involved. ***

For further information, comments or questions regarding the questionnaire or the project in general, please contact one or more of the project team members, whose email addresses are listed below. Additionally, as part of the project we are conducting a comprehensive literature review of the area; if you and/or your colleagues have published one or more article(s) of potential relevance, please send details to Mark Lee at malee@csu.edu.au.

We would be most grateful if you could also pass this information on to others at your institution and elsewhere who you think might be interested.

Dr Matt Bower, Macquarie University - matt.bower@mq.edu.au (Project Leader)

Jacqueline Kenney, Macquarie University - jacqueline.kenney@mq.edu.au (Project Officer)

Associate Professor Gregor Kennedy, The University of Melbourne - gek@unimelb.edu.au

Associate Professor Barney Dalgarno, Charles Sturt University - bdalgarno@csu.edu.au

Mark J.W. Lee, Charles Sturt University - malee@csu.edu.au

Charles Sturt University