Riding the paperless tiger

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Cacciattolo, Marcelle, Comley, Jenny, Davies, Anne Carolyn, Eckersley, Bill, McLaren, Mary-Rose, Mulraney, Rose, Senjov-Makohon, Natalie and Thomas, Peter (2007) Riding the paperless tiger. The international journal of technology, knowledge and society, 2 (8). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1832-3669


Language, Education and Technology, an initial core subject within the Bachelor of Education at Victoria University, Victoria, Australia was selected by Teacher Education staff to develop a multi-mode, mixed delivery approach to teaching and learning. A University Curriculum Innovations Grant supported the Project entitled ‘The paperless tiger: Moving the 1st year B Ed core subject into the online world’. During the planning phase the professional action learning team (academics, Library and IT personnel) faced a series of challenges as we grappled with the idea of facilitating an exploration of the lived experiences of learners. Understanding how Webct, CD-ROM, synchronous and asynchronous communication forums could support face-to-face classes and tutorials was part of the professional learning and debate. During the journey, academics and preservice teachers collected artefacts; and these helped us to unpack our ideas and identify what was most valued in the subject. The preservice teachers used digital portfolio presentations to describe both their personal learning and their growing awareness about learning. Teachers and preservice teachers agreed that stepping outside their comfort zone and facing the challenges i.e. riding the paperless tiger was achievable because it became clear that the ‘learning is in the struggle’

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This paper also presented at the Second International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, December 2005, Hyderabad, India.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1904
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Keywords learning, teaching, language, professional action learning team, technology, multi-mode, mixed delivery, Webct, CD-ROM, synchronous & asynchronous communication, digital portfolios
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