At the nexus of learning and innovation
July 5, 1:55 am

11.30am-1.00pmRoom 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar on Online support for teachers: Theory, design and impact with Dr Nick Kelly & Steven Kicknusch


11.30am-1.00pmRoom 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney

In this seminar we address the complex question of: What should online support for Australia’s teachers look like?

We provide an overview of the complicated network of government, commercial, and research websites that provide resources and communities for teachers. We turn to the literature and the theory to discuss the gaps that remain. For example, why, in the face of so many online portals, do teachers resort to querying through Google?

We posit suggestions about the kinds of online support would have a significant impact, in terms of initial teacher education, professional identity, job satisfaction, and retention. Our talk is grounded in four years’ experience developing TeachConnect a design-based research project creating an online platform to support teachers. We discuss the policy context within which the challenge of supporting teachers online occurs and pragmatic approaches to research within this paradigm.


Dr Nick Kelly is a Senior Research Fellow with the Science and Engineering Faculty and the Faculty of Education (joint) at the Queensland University of Technology and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland. He is co-leader of the TeachConnect project. He conducts transdisciplinary research into teacher education, focussing upon the impacts of early career teacher connectedness. His recent book is Online Learning Networks for Preservice and Early Career Teachers.


Steven Kickbusch is a Learning Designer who has worked extensively as a teacher, facilitator and educational designer across all levels of the education industry, and the government and corporate sectors.  He is co-leader of the TeachConnect project. His primary interest is in the design and implementation of engaging student-focused education experiences.