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ADFI’s first Research Colloquy

Dr Ann Starasts writes:

The Australian Digital Futures Institute held it’s very first research Colloquium recently and thank you to all three presenters.

The aim of this new monthly event is to encourage researchers to discuss their research areas and methodologies, and explore connections and linkages as well as ways of publishing and presenting.

Dr Angela Murphy presented her work as part of the Digital Futures Collaborative Research Network Mobile Learning Evaluation Framework project http://www.usq.edu.au/adfi/projects/crn. She is investigating Mobile learning trends amongst students in Vietnam and highlighted increasing ownership of mobile technologies and how the research was developing understandings of how some students were using them to support their studies.

Dr Helen Farley spoke on her research project, Taking eBook Readers to Prisons: A Tale of Two Projects which she will present at the 2013 Mobile and Contextual Learning Conference in Qatar in October. She and Dr Angela Murphy worked on the PLEIADES (Portable Learning Environments for Incarcerated Adult Distance Education Students) project at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. PLEIADES involved developing a prototype version of the USQ Moodle StudyDesk supplemented with materials on eBook readers – as the correctional centre environment doesn’t allow for internet access.

Helen also talked about the common mistakes that presenters made during presentations and discussed her own presentation style. Helen discussed how she preferred to use lots of pictures in here presentations rather than big blocks of text. This enables her to be responsive to the mood of the audience. Helen’s presentation can be viewed above.

Ms Helena Song who is visiting ADFI for six months as a UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi research fellow spoke about her work as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia. She said she hopes that by taking the road less travelled during her short time here, it will make a difference for her and all she meets working in ADFI and beyond! Helena’s presentation can be viewed at:

The colloquy was facilitated by Dr Ann Starasts who thanked Associate Professor Merilyn Childs for initially proposing the idea for a regular research colloquy.

Thanks to ADFI’s Learning Technologist Neil Martin who planned and operated the interactivity and broadcasting using blackboard collaborate. Next month the group will continue with PechaKucha-inspired presentations.

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