• Judith

12th International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies

Updated: May 25, 2019

Earlier this month, I travelled to Hobart for the AADES and Common Ground Research Network's 12th International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies

(yes …. it’s a mouthful!) I accompanied teachers from Southern Cross School of Distance Education in Ballina NSW and was privileged to deliver a workshop co-jointly with the Learning and Support teacher from this school. We spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of engaging learners on the Autism Spectrum in Distance Education. The perspectives presented were from that of a teacher, and a parent. Our talk focused around my youngest son as a case study.

Not being a teacher, I initially felt a little awkward attending the conference. I was sure I’d be left on the sidelines twiddling my thumbs and not being able to interact in workshops or understand a great deal of the content. This proved quite different whilst I was there, and I feel honoured that I was encouraged to share my perspective and experience with other delegates. Our contribution was such a small part of the two-day conference but clearly not insignificant as there were plenty of questions and some alliances made.

All up, there were 380 delegates attending the conference; speakers from all over the world presented a wealth of information about engaging all sorts of learners through distance education and e-learning. While I was there, I also got to enjoy a visit to MONA (the Museum of old and new art) where we also enjoyed an incredible evening meal.

I have come back with so much knowledge. and information that I can use within my counselling practice, especially in my work supporting individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The biggest reward I came home with however, was the realization of the number of teachers that have a genuine desire to support their students. I have been reminded of the incredible opportunity that was given to my youngest son (and his brothers) when they enrolled in Distance Education. It was the right choice for them, and I'm thankful they were given the opportunity to be supported and receive an education. Most importantly of all, they were able to experience equity in education.

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Photography Credit:

Rosie Hastie Photography

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