Designing Learning Analytics Tools

This post is about designing learning analytics tools and some theory around their innovation. Having said that, this site is at risk of becoming a litany of posts about papers that have come out, such as this one on teacher support and this one on developing online communities. I’m curious, does anybody have any good […]

Teacher Peer Support in Social Networks

Interested in the ways that teachers support one another online in teacher social networks? A recently published paper by myself and Amy Antonio looks at open Facebook groups of teachers to examine the ways in which they support one another. Some elements of this paper are discussed in another post about the limits and potential […]

Online communities for teachers

Here’s a link to a recent article I wrote for the AARE blog: Online communities for teachers: what research says about their limits and potential The piece begins: The ability to be connected “anywhere, anytime” is recent enough that most professions are still figuring out how make best use of this connectivity, and teaching is […]

Developing online communities for teachers

This post is an experiment with publishing a paper in reduced HTML form – I’m curious to see if it more people find it this way. To cite this article: Kelly N., Clara M. and Kickbusch S. (2015) How to develop an online community for pre-service and early career teachers, ASCILITE 2015, Perth Why an […]

TeachConnect.edu.au is up and running

After many years of research and planning, the TeachConnect website is up and running, with the first group of teachers engaged TeachConnect is an altruistic network of pre-service, current and experienced teachers across Queensland. TeachConnect is a simple idea – a platform to let teachers talk to other teachers and to benefit from the experiences […]

What we know about developing online communities of teachers

This post originally published to the ADFI blog: Online communities are perhaps for the current decade (for which we still have no adequate name) what “Web 2.0″ was for the noughties. Web 2.0 spawned terms such as “prosumer” and “produser” amidst other various contorted contractions aimed at highlighting what was genuinely revolutionary – that users […]

Script for generate-and-explore demonstration

The Python script below provides a demonstration of generate and interpret. This page has a link to it in a to-be-published journal paper explaining what it’s about (will be linked following publication). For the time being, it is described as: Generating: Consider a simple system that generates numbers (after Kelly and Gero 2015). The system has two variables: […]

The importance of context for studying online groups in Facebook

This piece originally appeared on the Australian Digital Futures Institute blog with the same title. Social science researchers in the 21st Century often find themselves wanting to analyse interaction in online groups. This is quite simply because an awful lot of social interaction occurs online these days what with Facebook, email, learning management systems, forums and […]

2014 CoCo Seminar – Supporting Pre-Service and Early Career Teachers in Australia: Design for a Learning Network

Below are the details of a talk presented at the CoCo research lab at the university of Sydney. A link to the AdobeConnect recording of the presentation can be found here. Abstract: This talk presents a number of perspectives upon a growing learning network of pre-service and early career teachers. The learning network has arisen […]

Does Australia want the P-TECH model?

Corporate highs: the US P-TECH model for schools in Australia? [Article originally published in The Conversation here] Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited a P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early Career High) school in New York last week, hinting it’s a model of education we should consider implementing in Australia. The school, partly funded by IBM and training […]