USQ’s work in virtual engagement between education institutes continues to attract global interest with a Japanese advisory organisation visiting USQ Ipswich last week.
Led by Emeritus Professor Dr Jun-ichi Yamanishi, the delegation included senior officials from several corporations and organisations, including NEC, Nippon Telegraph, JMC Corporation, Flow. Nexus, Japanese Information Security for Education Network, and Association for Promotion of Local Information and Communication.
The purpose of the visit was to learn about the delivery of teacher education through technology and pre-service education in the use of technology for educational purposes.
For the past two years, a project team from USQ’s School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (SoTEEC) has been exploring ways digital technologies and video conferencing tools can be used to strengthen links between regional schools across Queensland and the University.
Last week’s visit, organised by USQ Senior Lecturer (ICT Curriculum and Pedagogy) Christopher Dann, provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the high-level of capability and connectivity into school classrooms with Lecturer (Curriculum and Pedagogy) Tania Leach providing a live video link from Kingsthorpe State School to USQ Ipswich.
“It also demonstrated the appropriate technical set up of the camera in the classroom which provides far end capability of panning the classroom and 12x zoom capability to enable a remote teacher to work one-on-one with students in a classroom,” USQ Head of SoTEEC Professor Stephen Winn said.
“This showed not only the pedagogical and andragogical framework in which the School operationalises but also USQ’s partnerships with schools, principals and teachers.”
The advisory organisation also sought to understand the curriculum design process used by USQ academics to embed the technological demands of external accreditation providers within programs.
Mr Dann said he hoped the visit would lead to further collaboration in curriculum development of design technology course work.
USQ’s Professor Stephen Winn (fourth from left), Christopher Dann (sixth from left) and Tania Leach (on screen) with members of the Japanese advisory organisation at USQ Ipswich.