Recording of the first BlendSync Collaborator Network Webinar

Thank you to all of those people who attended the first BlendSync webinar yesterday - it was wonderful to have such an interactive and collaborative session. For those who missed the webinar, you can find a recording at http://webconf.ltc.mq.edu.au/p5cty6cn187/ . It was particularly interesting to hear about the range of ways people were synchronously uniting remote and face-to-face students, and to share ideas about the important elements to consider when designing and implementing blended synchronous learning experiences.

We look forward to the next session, which will be held in the second half of the year.

Upcoming Webinar

The BlendSync team would like to invite you to participate in our first webinar from 2-3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10) on Tuesday 3rd of April. Click here for a time-zone converter. The agenda for the webinar is as follows:

  1. Brief outline the scope of the project
  2. Sharing some preliminary results from our recent Australasian survey (fascinating!)
  3. Hearing from you about your latest experiences with blended synchronous learning
  4. Soliciting your feedback about what should be considered when evaluating the effectiveness of blended synchronous learning.

If you would like to participate in this webinar then please indicate your intention when you sign up to the collaborator network on the website at http://blendsync.org/user/register . If you have already signed up to the website and would like to attend the webinar then please send an email to info 'at' blendsync.org .

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Winner of the Blended Synchronous Learning Survey Prize

Congratulations to Jenny Buckworth from Charles Darwin University who was the winner of the $300 shopping voucher for participating in our Blended Synchronous Learning survey. Jenny has indicated that she would like a JB-Hifi voucher and that this was a much needed boost for her at the start of semester.

Over 1500 people responded to the survey, and results will be released in the coming months. For people who would like a sneak preview of some key findings, please feel free to attend our upcoming webinar which will be advertised momentarily.

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Online Synchronous Learning Survey

The Online Synchronous Learning Survey is open to all tertiary educators with experience or an interest in using synchronous tools such as web-conferencing, video-conferencing or virtual worlds for teaching. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes, provides participants with the opportunity to sign-up to a range of services and opportunities such as a collaborators network, and could win respondents a $300 shopping voucher of their choice. To take the online survey please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/blendedsynchronicity

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Blended Synchronicity Project Launch

The official Blended Synchronicity project launch is occurring at this year's Australasian Society for Computers In Learning In Tertiary Education (ASCILITE2011) annual conference in Hobart. The project will explore how synchronous technologies (desktop video-conferencing, web-conferencing, virtual worlds) can be most effectively utilised to unite remote and face-to-face university students. where the project team will be presenting the rationale and purpose of the project, as well as its benefits for participants. If you are attending ASCILITE2011 then please join our session Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich synchronous tools: A national project at 3pm on Monday 5th of December 2011.

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