Title: When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Learning Online: Emic Reflections of Teacher-student Resilience Within an Australian Tertiary Pathways Landscape
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Robert Hamilton, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Aye Chan Oo, University of Technology Sydney, Myanmar
The COVID pandemic signalled an end to the free movement of international students to Australian tertiary institutions necessitating a paradigm shift away from conventional face to face teaching and the benefits of cultural and linguistic immersion to online learning. This presentation draws on auto-ethnography to explore and evaluate the impact of this transformation upon the affective and teaching and learning domains of a teaching staff member and student at an Australian university college. By virtue of the field becoming global and multi-sited, the discussants have assumed an emic perspective to perform netnography underpinned by the philosophical methodological commitment to induction and discovery-based results. We positioned the research orientation and findings across a hybrid of confessional and impressionist writing to enable an authentic personal style inclusive of emotive responses, the contingent, and unforeseen in concert with making visible the cultural locus, the researcher's insights, and ways of knowing their cultures. The purpose of the study is to inform audiences what happened in the field, share their respective teacher-student experiences and points of view and to identify events and discoveries that were interesting and worthy of further research in areas of new forms of resilience encountered and expected within the field of international student online environments.
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