Technology and Higher Education: An Australian Case Study

By Tomayess Issa, Theodora Issa and Vanessa Chang.

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The aim of this paper is to provide a first-hand experience of deploying latest technology allowing the submission of assignments by students electronically, and providing them with feedback on these assignments. In this Australian case study, the lecturers used ‘Audacity’ and ‘echo360’ software to communicate with students by providing them with feedback on their assessments. This included general feedback for the benefit of the whole class, directed to all campuses, and weekly lectures’ summaries. The findings suggest that the use of such technology develops a range of skills that would enhance students’ interest in the unit, and their life-long learning. This paper provides an account derived from the examination of data collected from lecturers and students of undergraduate units.

Keywords: Technology, E-Learning, Higher Education, Australia

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.223-236. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 773.489KB).

Dr. Tomayess Issa

Lecturer/ Postgraduate Course Leader, School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Tomayess Issa is a senior Lecturer at the School of Information Systems at Curtin University, Australia. In addition, she is a Postgraduate Course leader and Postgraduate Online Coordinator. Tomayess has vast experience in Australian tertiary education, teaching Usability and Human Computer Interaction, Social Network, Sustainability and Green IT, Networking and Operating Systems. Tomayess completed her doctoral research in Web development and Human Factors. As an academic, she is also interested in establishing teaching methods and styles to enhance the students’ learning experiences and resolve problems that students face. Currently, Tomayess is teaching undergraduate and postgraduate units at the School of Information Systems focusing mainly on usability, human computer interaction, web 2.0, web 3.0, sustainability and Green IT, Cloud Computing, networking and operating system. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, she received awards from the Curtin Business School and her school for her teaching. Tomayess participated in several conferences on Human Computer Interaction, Internet, teaching and learning, and published her work in several peer-reviewed journals. Tomayess is a member of an international conference program committee, and she is currently conduct research locally and globally in information systems, HCI, Usability, Internet, Sustainability and Green IT, social network and teaching and learning.

Dr. Theodora Issa

Lecturer, School of Management, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr Theodora Issa is the Unit Coordinator and Lecturer at the Faculty Office, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Australia. Theodora is responsible on the re-design of the final core unit offered at the Business School that intends to cultivate students’ learning experience, thus enhancing their abilities to participate in the development of global society, being more equipped to meeting the ever-increasing challenges locally and globally. Theodora’s PhD thesis was on ethical mindsets, spirituality and aesthetics that has been the recipient of the 2010 EFMD/Emerald Outstanding Doctoral research award. Theodora holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Electronic Commerce and a Master of Management Research. Theodora’s engagement with higher education started with her teaching at the School of Information Systems in the areas of Web Design and Problem analysis, during which period she supervised students who implemented industry-based information systems projects. Thereafter, Theodora moved to the School of Management teaching management and business ethics for undergraduate and postgraduate. Theodora’s research interests include teaching, online teaching and learning, ethical mindsets, ethical climate, spirituality, aesthetic judgment, sustainable business development and ethical strategies, which ignited her interest in Green IT and cloud-computing. Theodora participated in several conferences on ethics, teaching and learning, sustainability, and has been the recipient of ‘best paper wars in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Theodora has been awarded ‘The New Researcher of the Year’ prize of the Curtin Business School, Australia. Theodora had published in several peer-reviewed journals, member of editorial committees, and member of different governing bodies.

Prof. Vanessa Chang

Head of the School, School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Professor Vanessa Chang is currently the Dean of Teaching and Learning at Curtin Business School, Curtin University. Her research interests include Global IT Management, IT Governance, Business Process Management, Cloud Computing, and ‘Green IT’. In addition, her research interests also cover areas of e-learning environments, virtual worlds, and Web 2.0. She has experienced in consulting and teaching in Information Technology Management, IT Planning, Business Systems Analysis, Object-Oriented Analysis, and Agile Development Methodologies.

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