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Ms Gloria Visintini

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Second Language Acquisition; Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL); The implementation of TEL in Higher Education

Even though my dual roles as teacher of Italian and Director of TEL do not include research responsibilities, I am interested in the research of language learning.  And, over the past few years, I have experimented with computer-based methodologies in second language acquisition processes. I presented some of my work at conferences on language teaching and on technology enhanced learning (such as my work on student peer assessment presented at the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and at the University of Adelaide 'Transforming Assessment Webinars). The use of social media in education and MOOCs are two additional research areas I am especially interested in.

Another field I have been exploring is the implementation of technology enhanced learning in Higher Education. I am particularly interested in the role of discourse analysis and Foucauldian-inspired methodologies to make TEL ideas and practices more accessible and widespread. These approaches, based on a constructivist ontology, have informed my work as Director of TEL over the years and led to positive results which I presented for the first time at the 2013 Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Conference.