ERIC Number: ED467929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Mini-Conference as a Research Tool: Encouraging Collegiality among ICT Educators.
Collins, Francesca; Lynch, Julianne; Markham, Selby
This paper examines the development of the mini-conference, a method for collecting qualitative data while promoting collegiality among participants. The mini-conference was developed for the purpose of obtaining the views of information and communication technology (ICT) educators from across Australia's universities as part of the ICT-Ed Project. The ICT-Ed Project is an investigation into innovation in the delivery of ICT education in Australian universities. The field of ICT education is diverse, encompassing a range of disciplines, including both those traditionally classified as IT (e.g., information systems, computer system engineering and computer science) and newer disciplines that cross over a number of educational domains (e.g., business systems, World Wide Web development and design, e-commerce). In this paper, the stages in the development of the mini-conference are outlined, including: factors driving the development of the program; the considerations underlying the format; the recruitment of participants into the project; and the perceptions of participants about the usefulness of the format. Preliminary findings regarding the usefulness of the mini-conference as a data collection method in the ICT education sector are discussed. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.; Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia