Online global collaboration: Affordances and inhibitors

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Julie Lindsay
Charles Sturt University

Petrea Redmond
University of Southern Queensland

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Wednesday 6 December, 11.30am – 12pm
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New teaching and learning approaches are emerging through the use of technology including online global collaboration. Educators involved in global collaboration forge external relationships with others beyond their immediate learning environment. They modify and adapt the curriculum to include global learning opportunities for their learners. Global collaboration provides opportunities for rich global, cognitive, social, cultural and life-changing experiences to their students. Online global collaboration broadly refers to geographically dispersed educators that use online technologies to learn with others beyond their immediate environment to support curricular objectives, intercultural understandings, critical thinking, personal, social and ICT capabilities. This paper will report some preliminary findings from an investigation into the perceptions of K-12 educators who facilitate global collaborative learning. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews that were then themed to identify the key affordances and inhibitors to online global collaboration. The paper will provide recommendations for global collaboration in teacher education.

About the authors

Julie Lindsay

Quality Learning and Teaching Leader (Online) for the Faculty of Arts and Education, Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.
Julie is a thought leader in online learning for both K-12 and Higher Education. She has a 30+ years career in schools including fifteen years as an educational technology leader in international schools across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Her passion is for online global collaboration and as Founder and CEO of Flat Connections she designs and manages projects and customizes professional learning experiences for educators. More recently her work at Charles Sturt includes designing improved pedagogical approaches to online learning and teaching. She has a Master of Arts in Music (La Trobe), and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development – Educational Technology Leadership (George Washington) and is completing a PhD at the University of Southern Queensland with a research focus of online global educators and pedagogical change. Her most recent book, ‘The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching’ (ISTE, 2016) shares practices, pedagogies and case studies on how to learn and collaborate online.

Petrea Redmond

Associate Professor – Educational Technology, School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood, University of Southern Queensland
Petrea Redmond is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research is situated in interrelated fields of educational technology including: blended and online learning and teaching; online collaboration; online communities of inquiry; online mentoring; gender and STEM (with a particular focus on technology); community of inquiry; Makerspaces, and the integration of technology to enhance learning and teaching in the school and higher education contexts. She has published and co- published in a number of international refereed books, journals and conference proceedings. Petrea has received 6 outstanding conference paper awards at international conferences; faculty and university awards for research and teaching, along with the 2009 Ascilite Fellow Commendation Award (Early Career). She also participates as a mentor in the Ascilite mentoring program and is a Section Editor for Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET).