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2005 National UniServe Conference
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Blended learning: design and improvisation

28th - 30th September 2005
The University of Sydney, Australia

Symposium Key note speaker: Peter Goodyear
Friday 30th September

Blended learning: design and improvisation

Symposium on Blended Learning
8.45am - 5.00pm Friday 30th September

'Blended learning' is a term that has come to mean 'appropriate combinations of face-to-face and technology-mediated learning'. Peter will address the practical question of how best to help teachers in higher education identify and integrate appropriate combinations of learning activity, with and without technology support. He draws on research from the fields of student learning, ergonomics, architecture, teachers' thinking and educational design to identify some likely candidate solutions. His presentation will offer a perspective on educational design as a real-world activity and will introduce 'design patterns' as ways of capturing and sharing educational design experience.

Peter Goodyear is Professor of Education at The University of Sydney. He has previously held the position of Professor of Educational Research in the Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology, Lancaster University, UK. He has been carrying out research and running advanced courses in the area of ICT and learning since 1980. Pearson Education Australia Pearson Education Australia Logois a proud sponsor of the Pearson Education UniServe Science Teaching Award which will be presented at the Symposium. Pearson Education supports UniServe Science's aim to promote the use of technology in science teaching and learning. For more information visit: Pearson Education UniServe Science Teaching Award.

Abstracts for presentations and posters have now closed. All abstracts will be reviewed in June and notification of acceptance as either a poster or paper presentation will be given in June. Selection for full papers to be presented orally will be based on evidence of completed research into science teaching and learning with research methodology and results. Papers which align with the theme of the symposium will be favoured, but papers on wider topics will also be accepted. An aim is also to reflect the diversity of disciplines and universities being showcased at the symposium.

Authors who contribute an abstract that is accepted as a full paper will be requested to submit the full paper for peer review to meet the DEST Category E1 guidelines, and then for publication in a Proceedings to be ready at the start of the Symposium.Authors who are selected to submit a poster, will be given the opportunity, if they so choose, to contribute a short paper which will be peer reviewed, provided it also meets the DEST Category E1 requirements.

Guidelines (pdf file) for full papers to be published in the proceedings.

Guidelines (pdf file) for poster papers to be published in the proceedings.


Discipline Specific Meetings
2.00pm- 5.00pm Wednesday afternoon 28th September

SNUSE12:30 pm - 2 pmCarslaw Room 535
PhysicsMorningPhysics Building
2 pm - 5 pmEastern Avenue Complex, Rooms 404, 405, 406
Chemistry2 pm - 5 pmCarslaw Room 351
Biology2 pm - 5 pmCarslaw Room 535

This year, due to the requests from 2004 participants we will be allocating an afternoon on the day before the First Year Experience Forum for discipline groups to meet autonomously. It is likely that there will be a discipline group for Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Geosciences, meeting on the Wednesday afternoon before the conference. UniServe Science will be providing the meeting rooms and light refreshments but the meeting will essentially be run by the participants. It is hoped these meetings will inspire new collaborations, networks and ideas. There is no charge for attending a discipline meeting however we ask that if you are planning to attend that you complete and send in the registration form below.

First Year Experience Forum
This year's theme: Assessment
9.15am - 5.00pm Thursday 29th September

Research shows that assessment drives the learning process. The need to provide suitable formative assessment opportunities that will encourage students to adopt deep learning approaches has a currency that is rarely out of date. This year's forum will explore the ways in which we use formative assessment to encourage student learning. If you are interested in presenting your ideas and approaches at this forum, please let us know so that we can develop a stimulating agenda for the day.
Don't miss your chance to be involved in discussing the issues and solutions around the best teaching practices in assessment. There will be breakout groups, presentations and debates throughout the day.


Please note we have reluctantly raised our prices by a moderate amount this year to cover the increased costs of venue hire.

Prices for 2005 1 day 2 days
Full $199 $350
Early Bird $180 $320
Non-salaried full-time students $99 $175

All prices are inclusive of GST



The University of Sydney


Important Dates 2005

Abstracts due: 27th May

Notification of acceptance: 10th June

Papers for refereeing required by: 4th July

Papers returned by referees: 30th July

Reviewed papers to authors by: 6th August

Final papers due back by: 29th August

Early bird discount closes: 19th August


Symposium Program

FYE Program

FYE Presentations

Conference Proceedings

Discipline Specific Meeting Reports

Social Activity

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Proceedings and information about previous UniServe Science Symposiums are available at http://science.uniserve.edu.au/pubs/procs/

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