At the nexus of learning and innovation
April 16, 1:00 pm

CoCoLab - room 236/237, level 2, A35 Education Building, University of Sydney Camperdown campus

Towards designing an application to support international students’ transition to a new academic context


CoCoLab - room 236/237, level 2, A35 Education Building, University of Sydney Camperdown campus

    "In this talk, I will present two case studies that focus on international students’ transition to a new academic context (the first six months after their arrival at a French university) and how they use digital tools for different purposes during their life abroad. Not only do digital tools accompany international students’ social, cultural and linguistic transitions as they go abroad to further their language skills, but their usage also reveals part of the social and semiotic adjustments they have to make in the process.

    In one case study (Guichon, in print), international students were given a smartphone application to track learning opportunities by taking pictures and writing textual commentaries. The data presented include the entries participants shared with the researchers from their mobile multimodal diaries, as well as an end-of-project debriefing conducted to shed further light on the students’ digital habits and their attitudes towards self-tracking. The second case study draws on data from a 12-week course, aiming to improve their oral and interactional skills, during which Chinese students were asked to indicate meaningful locations on a paper map and produce short audio-visual clips in order to semiotically appropriate selected locations. The aim of this study was to delineate the geographies of learning (Leander, Phillips & Headrick, 2010) and examine how international students make sense of their new environment.

    Based on the findings of these two studies, I will present a model of international students’ use of digital tools as well as implications for the design of a mobile application destined to support international students’ stays abroad.

    • Nicolas Guichon in profileTues 16 Apr, 1.00pm - 2.00pm - this is a brown-bag event. Refreshments will be provided, please bring a mug/Keepcup etc if possible.
    • CoCoLab (room 236/7 on level 2, A35 Education Building)
    • No registration is needed, just come on the day.

    Professor Nicolas Guichon, of the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France) is paying a 6 month visit at the University of Sydney in Australia for the first half of 2019. He is hosted by CRLI and his work on technology mediated language learning and multimodality is of interest to many of our researchers. His research interests broadly include in-class use of technology by teachers, out-of-class informal use of digital devices by learners, and online distance teaching. In recent years, Professor Guichon has worked on the geographies of learning and has focused on international students’ usage of digital tools and mobile apps in order to understand what role they play in the transition to their new academic environments and what learning opportunities they provide.