A Virtual Environment for Cultural and Linguistic Inclusivity: Teaching in a Global Environment

By Richard Johnson and Paul Nicholson.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper is about a project that uses Information and communication technologies in a virtual environment where students can communicate in their own language in text and audio.

Keywords: Information and commmunication technology

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.17-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.274MB).

Dr Richard Johnson

Dr Richard Johnson has taught in primary and secondary schools in India and Australia and currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the Faculty of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is actively involved in promoting classroom-based research. He coordinated the collaborative school based research study ‘Computers and Learning in Primary Schools’ (CLIPS) in which university and school teachers investigated the use of computers to promote better learning. Richard’s Ph.D. study was on teacher professional development and using computers to promote metacognition. Online learning and teaching and teacher professional development have been the focus of his recent work. Richard’s curriculum interests include preparing teacher education undergraduates to make the transition to entering the profession and using ICT in the context of internationalising the curriculum.

Dr Paul Nicholson

Dr Paul Nicholson lectures in the Education Studies Major program Unit, Creating Effective Learning Environments which are safe, supportive, challenging, engaging and inclusive. Paul also lectures in the use of Information Technology in Education. This is not about technology, but rather, about how technology can be used to support and enhance effective pedagogical practices, create specific types of learning environments, act as catalysts of curriculum change, and facilitate transformative curricula and pedagogy. Paul also coordinates the Masters program in ICT in Education which is fully online. Paul’s research interests have recently focused largely on the pedagogical use of ICT in facilitating quality learning by supporting and enhancing pedagogical practices, particularly in online environments. Paul's current research foci are 'at the intersection of theory and practice' : the development of online collaborative learning environment models, agent-based cognitive scaffolding of online learning, development of models of expert pedagogy in online environments, and evaluating the efficacy of Western curriculum and pedagogical models in online-learning in non-western cultures. He is actively engaged in the international scholarly community and has recently been appointed to the chair of an international expert group focusing on educational research on ICT in Education.

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