(CS EdX Sessions) Attree, Kath

Title: Using the Home School Experience to Improve our Online Delivery

Presenter: Kath Attree (Course Director)

Co-presenter(s): Kylie Gumbleton

Faculty / Division: BJBS

School / Unit: Business

Session Type: Interactive Discussion

When: Thursday, 18 November 2021 @ 10am – 11am)

Where: https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/63643523972


This interactive discussion session aligns with the conference themes of innovation and quality and future-focus. The session aims to encourage both those who have been involved in home schooling and those who are interested in the journey, to share and reflect on what has been our key learnings from the process and how we can apply this to our current and future students.
Drawing on literature from student engagement and connection (Shin, 2003, Stone & O’Shea, 2019, Stone, 2014, Devlin & McKay, 2017) and the student experience during COVID (Attree, 2021, Martin, 2020) participants will be encouraged to reflect on online pedagogy, technology and engagement practices they experienced and discuss the implications for their own teaching practice. Through a collaborative, interactive engaging session we aim to share ideas and identify some best practice approaches for enhancing connection and learning in a disrupted world. The intended outcome for participants is to gain insight into effective online delivery and pedagogical approaches for both our current and future students.

Talking points for discussion include:

  • What pedagogical approaches were most effective for your home-schoolers’ learning?
  • What technology challenges did you/your home-schooler experience?
  • How does this correlate to challenges experienced by yourself and your uni students?
  • How did teachers (and schools) effectively integrate technology into their learning?
  • What worked and what didn’t?
  • Did this depend on the demographic of the classroom / school / child?
  • What can we learn from this and apply in our own online classrooms?
  • What aspects of home school might you integrate into your online delivery to enhance connection and learning?
  • How will ‘online home schooling’ potentially impact future university students?


Attree, K. (2021 forthcoming). On-campus students moving online during COVID-19 university closures: Barriers and enablers. A practice report. Student Success, 12(3)

Martin, L. (2020). Foundations for Good Practice: The Student Experience of Online Learning in Australian Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. Shin, N. (2003). Transactional Presence as a Critical Predictor of Success in Distance Learning. Distance Education, 24(1), 69-86. https://doi.org/10.1080/01587910303048

Stone, C. (2014, July). Enhancing student success and retention in online open education [Paper presentation]. International First Year in Higher Education Conference Darwin, Australia.

Stone, C., & O’Shea, S. (2019). Older, online and first: Recommendations for retention and success. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 35(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.3913