World megatrends and education: developing learning environments using digital technology

Speaker:Pro. Beata Webb| Location:Plenary Hall| Date:August 11, 2016| Time:10:15 - 11:00 am

beata-webbProfessor Beata Webb



The aim of this paper is to explore theoretical bases and practical applications used in development of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) environments. The paper commences with an overview of world economic megatrends, with a particular focus on digitalisation and the way it influences our jobs as educators. The seminar gives an overview of key concepts in TEL such as changing terminology; background and trends in online education. The paper then examines considerations in designing blended and online learning environments. It emerges from ongoing work developing postgraduate online and blended programs for TESOL teachers at Bond University in Australia. It suggests the application of specific frameworks and examines different approaches to instruction. Further, it proposes strategies used for building both asynchronous and synchronous online learning settings, addressing the application of the theoretical principles. It introduces tools and software applied in designing resources for an asynchronous setting. Further, it suggests strategies for increasing interactivity in the synchronous part of the program, an online virtual classroom. The paper concludes by suggesting additional favourite tools for teachers implementing blended learning into the classroom.


Dr. Beata Webb’s research interests extend to education, applied linguistics and linguistics. She has lectured in linguistics and language teacher education in Australia for over 25 years. Working with students and teachers from all over the world has inspired and determined her main research which focuses on internationalization of education in Australia and worldwide, international student mobility and intercultural teaching and learning. Dr. Webb’s research aims to improve understanding the nature of linguistically and culturally diverse student cohorts, leading to better preparation of teachers and institutions for the challenges presented by international student mobility, diversity and global citizenship. Her other professional interests include the use of technology in education and e-learning. In the field of linguistics, her work focuses on cognitive linguistics and the study of discourse, with a particular interest in the concept of cross-linguistic possession and linguistic possession in Polish discourse. She has delivered professional workshops and lectures in many countries including Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, China, Poland, the UK and Germany.

Category: Day 1, Plenary Speakers