Riding the Paperless Tiger

By:
Dr Rose Mulraney,
Dr. Marcelle Cacciattolo,
Dr. Bill Eckersley,
Jenny Comley,
Dr. Anne Davies,
Dr Mary-Rose McLaren,
Natalie Senjov-Makohon,
Peter Thomas
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Language, Education and Technology, an initial core subject within the Bachelor of Education at Victoria University, Victoria, Australia was selected by Teacher Education staff to develop a multi-mode, mixed delivery approach to teaching and learning. A University Curriculum Innovations Grant supported the Project entitled ‘The paperless tiger: Moving the 1st year B Ed core subject into the online world’. During the planning phase the professional action learning team (academics, Library and IT personnel) faced a series of challenges as we grappled with the idea of facilitating an exploration of the lived experiences of learners. Understanding how Webct, CD-ROM, synchronous and asynchronous communication forums could support face-to-face classes and tutorials was part of the professional learning and debate. During the journey, academics and preservice teachers collected artefacts; and these helped us to unpack our ideas and identify what was most valued in the subject. The preservice teachers used digital portfolio presentations to describe both their personal learning and their growing awareness about learning. Teachers and preservice teachers agreed that stepping outside their comfort zone and facing the challenges i.e. riding the paperless tiger was achievable because it became clear that the ‘learning is in the struggle’.


Keywords: Learning, teaching, language, professional action learning team, technology, multi-mode, mixed delivery, Webct, CD-ROM, synchronous & asynchronous communication, digital portfolios
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Riding the Paperless Tiger


Dr Rose Mulraney

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Victoria University
Australia

Dr Rose Mulraney has a varied portfolio in the School of Education. Her teaching and research interests are pedagogy, curriculum, Studies of Society and Environment and educational innovation and reform in schools and Higher Education. Rose teaches in preservice and postgraduate courses; and coordinates onshore and offshore postgraduate courses. She is the Project Manager of the Principles of Learning and Teaching Leading Change Program for teachers in two Regions in Victoria; and works with teachers in primary and secondary school clusters exploring pedagogy.

Dr. Marcelle Cacciattolo

Coordinator, Partnerships, School of Education, Victoria University
Australia

Dr Marcelle Cacciattolo is a sociologist and an experienced lecturer in the School of Education. She teaches in a diverse range of pre-service courses, conducts a range of research projects and supervises a variety of post-graduate research students. Marcelle’s other major responsibility involves the co-coordination of the School of Education’s community partnership program. Marcelle’s particular research interests are cross-disciplinary involving health sciences and education-based research. Her research focuses are linked to the following themes - well being, inclusive education, social justice and a desire to address community issues.

Dr. Bill Eckersley

School of Education, Victoria University
Australia


Jenny Comley

Victoria University
Australia


Dr. Anne Davies

School of Education, Victoria University
Australia

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Dr Mary-Rose McLaren

School of Education, Victoria University
Australia


Natalie Senjov-Makohon

Staff College, Victoria University


Peter Thomas

School of Education, Victoria University
Australia


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