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ACE Keynote Speaker
Dr. Joe Luca

Edith Cowan University

Using Blended Learning to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Abstract

Blended learning, or learning that combines different modes of delivery, such as online and traditional face-to-face learning, is increasingly becoming an attractive option as new and innovative technologies become increasingly available. However, technology alone cannot provide effective and efficient solutions for teaching and learning. Solid instructional design and pedagogical approaches must be used in conjunction with blended learning for success.

This presentation will consider how to improve the process of teaching and learning by designing blended learning environments that are authentic, self-regulated and promote student reflection. The framework for designing instruction will be complemented with examples of pedagogical tools designed specifically to promote student engagement, as well as strategies for developing effective student project work to develop IT systems. Different approaches to teaching programming with online support will also be considered.

The presentation will cover the following areas: the nature of our students; blended learning; learning theory; learning design; the role of assessment; a model for designing learning materials; new technology; online pedagogical tools and demonstrations.

Biography

Joe Luca is a senior lecturer in Interactive Multimedia at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He is also the Director of the Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education & Communications (CREATEC). His qualifications include PhD, Master, Diploma and Bachelor degrees in mathematics, computing, education and computer education. He has also published over 70 papers, book chapters and journal articles related to researching applications of computer technologies in teaching and learning.

He lectures and supervises postgraduate students in the School of Communications and Multimedia, predominately through project based learning. He has been teaching for many years and designed and developed a wide variety of technology supports for team-based and student-centred modes of learning.

He has been researching teaching practice for many years, working collaboratively with a group of researchers at ECU exploring effective implementations of online learning, and has published extensively in this field. He has won a number of prizes for teaching, including the Vice-Chancellors award for excellence in teaching.

He is a national Executive Committee Member of The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), a society for those involved in tertiary computer-based education and training, including educational interactive multimedia. Also, he is a member of the editorial boards of ASCILITE, Teaching and Learning Forum, Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) Journal, International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE), Journal of Interactive Learning Research, Ed-Media and International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.

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