International Conference of the Learning Sciences

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the International Conference of the Learning Sciences at the University of Sydney. I was invited to take part in the Early Career Workshop, where I had the chance to learn from incredible scholars like Nichole Pinkard.

As part of the Early Career Workshop, Alecia Magnifico and I shared a poster related to our research on literacy practices within online affinity spaces. Affinity Space Ethnography: Qualitative Research in Online Spaces considers theoretical and methodological questions related to online research. Later in the conference, I delivered a second poster focusing on my dissertation research on technology-focused teacher professional development. Understanding Teachers’ Cultural Models about Technology highlights the process of conducting microethnographic research about cultural models and argues that teachers’ everyday beliefs and practices substantially influence their process of technology integration.

The 2012 International Conference of the Learning Sciences was sponsored by the Centre for Research on Computer-Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo) at the University of Sydney. In addition to the Early Career Workshop, highlights of the conference included thought-provoking and engaging keynotes from Pierre Dillenbourg and Judy Kay. Photos of the conference and videos of the keynote presentations are available online.

Photo by iansand

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