Papers and Publications

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Benson, R., Samarawickrema, G. & O'Connell, M. (2009). Participatory evaluation: implications for improving electronic learning and teaching approaches, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 1–12. Here's our abstract:
  • This paper examines the participatory approach used by a group of academic support staff in evaluating an academic professional development resource designed to support e-learning and teaching. The resource, titled Designing Electronic Learning and Teaching Approaches (DELTA), showcases examples of electronic learning and teaching approaches developed at Monash University, Australia. The evaluation included individual and collective reflection, dialogue and action, drawing on the features of participatory action research. This paper explores the value of this critically reflective, participatory approach for evaluation to improve the use of new learning technologies.

Sharma, U. and O'Connell, M. (2007). Designing for learning: action reflections, Reflective Practice, Vol 8, Issue 3, August 2007, pp.433-446. Here's our abstract:
  • This paper discusses the authors’ reflections on the development of a Masters unit in the Faculty of Education. This development, driven by a reflective action framework based on Kemmis and McTaggart’s (1988) action research spiral, is measured by a qualitative evaluation using three distinct viewpoints; lecturer, educational designer and student. The unit evaluation highlights our ‘thematic concerns’ of student centredness, reflective practice and designing for active learning as being a cyclical ‘action’ process. This paper explores the journey taken by the lecturer and educational designer from concept to delivery and the lessons learned through the evaluation of the collaborative and reflective development process. The paper is a follow up to a previous paper that described the development of the unit.

O'Connell, M. and Smith, J. (2007). M-learning Teacher and Trainer Guide, Commonwealth of Australia. Updated 2010, 2012.

Low, L. and O'Connell, M. (2006). Learner-centric design of digital mobile learning Paper presented at the Online Learning and Teaching (OLT) Conference, 26 September, Queensland University of Technology, QLD. [ Best Paper Award, OLT 2006]

O'Connell, M. (2006) Learning from business, critique, Knowledge Tree Edition 8.

Hampson, R. and O'Connell, M. (2005) A meeting of minds: Blurring international boundaries in a postgraduate Social Work course, Knowledge Tree Edition 7.

Benson, R., Samarawickrema, G. and O’Connell , M. (2004) Showcasing examples of good practice in e-learning: an opportunity for research in distance education? Research in Distance Education (RIDE) 6, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria.

O'Connell, M. and Sharma, U. (2004) Designing for active learning: A conversation, peer reviewed paper, Knowledge Tree Edition 6.

Presentations and Workshops

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Dieu, B. et al, (2007), Cooking Up A Storm in Education. eLearning07, connected keynote panel session, The Roundhouse, University of NSW. November 1 and 2, 2007. [ Session audio ]
I facilitated this session via an audiovisual ink-up at the conference venue, along with other panel sessions held over the two days.

Panel members (2007), PLEs and E-portfolios, Regional Event 1, NSW Learnscope, Sydney NSW, September 18, 2007.

O'Connell, M. (2007) Wikis and blogs, tools for learning. Presentation as part of The Framework's eTools n Tips September series.
[ wiki page | slides | recorded presentation | blog post ]

O'Connell, M. (2007) ePortfolios: An environmental scan. Presentation for CIT, Canberra.

O'Connell, M. and community members (2007) Blogs for learning. Discussion and blog posts as part of The Framework's 'How to for beginners' series, February 2007.

O'Connell, M., Benson, R. & Samarawickrema, G. (2006). Professional development for professional developers: who’s learning about e-learning from whom? Concise refereed paper presented at ASCILITE 2006. [Blog post]

Ševelj, M. and O'Connell, M. (2006) Blogs and learning, Conversation session, eFest 2006, September 27-29, Wellington NZ.

O'Connell, M. (2006) Australian flexible learning scene: how are we preparing for the future of learning? Presentation at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Wellington NZ.

Sharma, U. and O'Connell, M. (2005) Designing for learning: Lessons learned, paper presented at 'Telling Our Stories', Action Learning Action Research & Performance Management (ALARPM) Conference, September 30 to October 2, 2005, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales.

O'Connell, M. (2005) Futures thinking: using drama as a method of inquiry, workshop presented at 'Telling Our Stories', Action Learning Action Research & Performance Management (ALARPM) Conference, September 30 to October 2, 2005, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW.