Technology-enhanced teaching


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 .

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.

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About Malba Barahona

Educational researcher, language educator. PhD from Australian National University. Passionate bushwalker and mountain lover. I procrastinate reading fiction, hiking, doing yoga, riding, having a beer and more recently decolonizing my existence. I write in English and Spanish in different blogs especially with the purpose of encouraging my students to write.

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