Borderless Supervision in Higher Degree Research: Consolidating International Pedagogies and Web-Conferencing Technologies

By Meeri Hellstén and Matt Bower.

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Intercultural learning has many meanings in the digital age of the 21st Century. The expansion of international and global education has impacted on collaborative knowledge production between students and their academic supervisors in more sophisticated ways than ever before. Doctoral studies are conducted across national borders in real time and with real participants facilitated by virtual environments and sustained by web-based technologies. This article reports on a funded trial of using web-conferencing technologies to support collaborative research supervision.
The research work, the project supervision and the collaborative pedagogy produced by the international scholarly teams are enhanced by the use of web conferencing technology. Based on an evaluation of the software, this paper offers implications for enhancing the quality of joint research supervision in international contexts through the use of new technologies.

Keywords: International Pedagogy, Comparative Education, Research Supervision, Intercultural Learning, Web-conferencing Technologies

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.81-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.326MB).

Dr. Meeri Hellstén

Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Ryde, NSW, Australia

Meeri is a senior lecturer in education. Her current research involves comparative analyses of international student learning in Europe and Australia. Meeri lectures in pedagogy and language and literacy areas of education. She has a keen interest in the application of ICT for enhancing teaching and learning especially in intercultural contexts. She is co-editor of a new book “Researching International Pedagogies: sustainable practice for teaching and learning in higher education”, published by Springer in 2008.

Dr. Matt Bower

Lecturer, Department of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Ryde, NSW, Australia

After beginning professional life as an actuary, I soon decided that my true passion was education. After returning to Macquarie University to complete a diploma of education, I taught high school Mathematics for several years in Sydney, Alice Springs, and the UK. With an interest in applying IT to educational contexts, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Computing and a Masters degree in Education (online education) and soon after joined Macquarie University's Postgraduate Professional Development Programs to develop and teach in their new online Graduate Diploma of IT program. I completed my PhD thesis titled "Designing for Interactive and Collaborative Learning in a Web-Conferencing Environment" and have recently commenced as a K-12 ICT in Education lecturer for the School of Education at Macquarie University.

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