Annual Report Working Group 3.3

Research into educational applications of information technology

August 2009

 

1         Summary

1.1      Introduction

WG 3.3     Research into educational applications of information technology

Website:   http://www.ifipwg3-3.org/

 

Officers:

Chair:              Mary Webb, UK, mary.webb@kcl.ac.uk
First term        elected July 2009

Vice/chair:      Nicholas Reynolds, AU, nreyn@unimelb.edu.au

First term        elected July 2009
Secretary:      Andrew Fluck, AU, andrew.fluck@utas.edu.au

First term        elected July 2009

 

Last AGM online and 28th July 2009 at WCCE2009 , Bento Goncalves, Brazil

 

Next AGM 2010 will commence online 3 weeks before the workshop to be held 28th -30th June 2010 in Amiens, France and will be completed at a face to face meeting in Amiens.

 

1.2      Summary of Main Events 2009: 

 

1.      WG3.3 Book produced

Title: A. McDougall & A. Jones (Eds.), (2009 in press) Theory and History, Questions and Methodology: Current and Future Issues in Research into IT in Education, London, Routledge, with about 15 members of WG3.3 contributing chapters, to be published later this year.

 

2.      WG3.3 symposium at WCCE2009:  Education and Technology for a better world , Bento Gonçalves, (Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), Brazil, July 27th – 31st, 2009.

Title: Current and Future Issues in Research into ICT in Education

Mary Webb King’s College London , UK

Margaret Cox King’s College London , UK

Andrew Fluck University of Tasmania, Australia

Peter Twining The Open University, UK

Discussion chair Joke Voogt , University of Twente, Netherlands

Website:   http://www.wcce2009.org/

 

 

 

3.      WG3.3 members represented IFIP at other important Educational Research Conferences. These include: CAL09, SITE 2009, EEC- Latvia 2009, AERA 2009, the Handbook Summit - June 2009, Whole Class conference - Cambridge - 2009.  There have been WG3.3 members attending all of these conferences which helps us achieve the important aim of both keeping up with the latest research and also telling people about the work of IFIP.

 

1.3      Summary of Future Events 2010 : 

1.      WG 3.3 together with WG 3.1, 3.5, 3.8 and 3.9 in France, Amiens, June 28 - 30, in co-operation with the Jocair conference.

Invitation-only workshop

2.      WCC 2010 in Brisbane, 20-23 September 2010
WG3.3 members
involved are Nick Reynolds, Andrew Fluck, Tony Jones, Anne McDougall and Niki Davis

1.4      New Members

a) Recently elected Members

confirmation of these members who were elected into WG3.3 some time ago:

Christine Bescherer, University of Education Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

b) New Full Members

The following were proposed and elected as full members of WG3.3:

Joke Voogt, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands.

Joke Voogt presented at AERA’07 and WCCE’09

Anna Kristjansdottir, Iceland University of Education and University of Agder, Norway

 

c) New Intending Members

The following were proposed and accepted as intending members of WG3.3:

Ian Stevenson: Kings College London.

Jonathon San Diego, King’s College, London

 

d) New Corresponding Members

The following were accepted as corresponding members of WG3.3:

Ann D. Thompson, CTLT Idaho State University, USA (eat@iastate.edu)

Bruce Elsen, Birmingham City University, UK.

Tobias Nelkner, University of Paderborn, Germany (tobin@uni-paderborn.de)

Barry Quinn, King’s College, London, UK

 

 

2         Detailed Report

2.1      Working Group 3.3 Strategy

(previously agreed at Stellenbosch, 2005)

The group will continue to lead, monitor, identify, discuss and evaluate approaches to researching ICT in education by:

·        Looking outward at the leading research which is going on worldwide as well as working within IFIP

·        Organising WG3.3 meetings and conferences as standalone events or in collaboration with other working groups or in conjunction with other organisation/ events that have similar or complementary goals.

·        Publishing our work in a range of leading journals and as books.

 

2.2      Communication

The Working Group has its own website at: http://www.ifipwg3-3.org/

Note the monthly member section, where we publish and archive details of member projects. There is also a link to our private Members Only Area in YahooGroups which contains archives of our e-mail discussions, membership database and shared files. This provides an automated voting mechanism and calendar. We are very interested in any centrally supported collaborative computing system from IFIP.

 

2.3      Past activities

At the AGM at Stellenbosch, the group agreed a strategy that we need to look outward and link up with other leading educational researchers as well as organising just IFIP conferences. One of the weaknesses of some of the working groups is that by confining their activities just to the group (e.g. small working conferences) it is more difficult to keep up with the leading research which is going on outside of IFIP. Therefore as a result of this strategy, WG3.3 has been doing the following during the past 4 years (with thanks to Margaret Cox):

 

As a result of the strategy outlined above, WG3.3 has been doing the following during the past 4 years:

 

1. Produced a book Researching IT in Education: Theory, Practice and Future Directions, edited by Anne McDougall and others, with about 15 members of WG3.3 contributing chapters, to be published later this year by Routledge.

 

2. Planned the presentation of 3 symposia at WCCE2009 (1 is specifically focusing on WG3.3 members, the other 2 have several WG3.3. members included amongst the presenters/discussants. For each of these symposia we plan to prepare a position paper as an outcome)

 

3. Represented IFIP at other important Educational Research Conferences. These include: CAL09, BERA 2006, 2008, ITTE 2005, 2007, 2008, ECER 2008, SITe 2008 & 2009, EEC- Latvia 2009, Australian National computer Education conference 2008, AERA 2007 and 2009, the Handbook Summit - June 2009, Whole Class conference - Cambridge - 2009.  There have been WG3.3 members attending all of these conferences which helps us achieve the important aim of both keeping up with the latest research and also telling people about the work of IFIP.

 

4. Small group meetings of some WG members at each of the above conferences.

 

2.4      Future activities

3.      Amiens Workshop

WG 3.3 together with WG 3.1, 3.5, 3.8 and 3.9 in France, Amiens, June 28 - 30, in co-operation with the Jocair conference.

Invitation-only workshop
Working title: “New developments in ICT and education, an IFIP Workshop”

Subtitle: “Life Long Learning and Informal Learning in primary and secondary education”

The workshop will be organised in close association with JOCAIR 2010 (Journées Communication et Apprentissage Instrumentés en Réseau or Instrumented and Networked Communication and Learning). JOCAIR is a well-established French conference. Its origin is a symposium organised in January 2005 called Symfonic followed by a first JOCAIR conference (July 2006) and a second conference (August 2008).

The JOCAIR conference is principally in French and the attached IFIP workshop will be in English. The IFIP workshop will be an event on invitation only and can accommodate between 40 en 50 particpants. All members of the organizing WG’s are invited and members can propose other people to be invited.

Outcomes: a cd-rom with short papers, preliminary work for WCC2010, draft versions of papers (see below).

4.      Proposals for publications

We are looking at publishing articles in ISI or JCR journals using the following initiatives. The meeting might consider who to lead our activity for each, and who might be working with them:

     SHORT TERM OBJECTIVES (timeline – papers finished by March 2010, publication late that year or early 2011)

  1. Our WG3.3 Symposium Current and Future Issues in Research into ICT in Education at WCCE’09 will lead to a special issue (of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning?). Coordinator – Mary Webb. Expressions of Interest in participation and abstracts to Mary by 20th October 2009.
  2. Call for Action from the EDUsummIT (www. edusummit.nl)
  3. Technology Pedagogy and Education Special Issue. Coordinator Niki Davis.

 

LONG TERM OBJECTIVES (Papers by late 2010, publication late 2011)

      Theme: Research into the future of  Mathematics Education with ICT

Coordinator: Christine Bescherer (D). Expressions of Interest in participation and abstracts to Christine by 20th October 2009.

      Journal: To Be Advised (consider Contemporary Issues in Technology in Education – CITE)

 

Theme: Interdisciplinary research into ICT in Higher Education

      Coordinator: TBA

      Journal: To Be Advised

 

 

Proposals for future events (2011)

The following events were suggested as suitable to add a WG 3.3 working conference:

 

Venue

ITTE at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK in July 2011

SITE (Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education)  Nashville, TN, USA March 7 - 11, 2011

 

 

IN ADDITION

Anna Kristjansdottir circulated out of session a proposal about holding an AGORA Studio workshop. This is now likely to be held in Amiens June 2010.