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HERDSA WEBINAR
12TH NOVEMBER – BLENDED WRITING – HELEN SWORD, NZ – TIME 1.00PM AESDST
We’re all familiar with the term “blended learning,” a style of education whereby students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching. This webinar will explore the concept of “blended writing,” a mode of writing whereby writers think, work and communicate using both digital and analog tools, bringing the material affordances of pens, paper and notebooks into the virtual realm of websites, learning management systems and Zoom. What are the potential cognitive and creative benefits of blended writing for our students, our colleagues and ourselves, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? Participants will be invited to reflect on how Higher Education research might be reconceptualised and enriched within a blended writing paradigm.

Professor Helen Sword

Helen Sword is a poet, scholar, and international expert on academic writing across the disciplines. She is a Professor of Humanities at the University of Auckland and has been honoured with a number of research and teaching awards, including the University of Auckland’s 2007 Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching; the 2013 HERDSA-TERNZ Medal for a scholar who has made a major impact on the tertiary education research environment of New Zealand; and the University of Auckland’s 2017 Research Excellence Award. Her books, articles and online tools have empowered writers around the world to write more clearly, confidently, prolifically and with greater pleasure, and her evidence-based masterclasses have taken her to more than 90 universities, research institutes, and other organizations in 20 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. See her website (www.helensword.com) for links to writing-related resources including retreats, masterclasses, videos, webtools, articles and a curated bookshop.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://auckland.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcOqsqj4uGNEcoXvUMDmmVddnGKsJ6EXW

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.