Meet the Author

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Discover the inside story behind articles featured in our Journal of Academic Language and Learning in our Meet the Author events.

Join us in lively Meet the Author events, convened by AALL-NSW representatives Rosemarie Fonseka and Leighana Thornton. Each event features a talk by JALL contributors. Presentations are followed by discussions on the relevance of their ideas to contemporary academic language and learning practice, and opportunities to ask questions.

1 COVID-19 induced change

Our inaugural event will be held online at 1pm AEST on Friday 7 May 2021 (find the time in my location). Featured authors are Raelke Grimmer, Andrew Pollard and Nicola Rolls from Charles Darwin University. They will discuss COVID-19 induced change in higher education: reflections on rapidly transitioning a first-year undergraduate academic literacies unit from face-to-face to online.

In this article, they reflect on moving an undergraduate academic literacies unit online part way through semester. The student cohort consisted of high numbers of non-traditional students and students who lacked equipment for learning online. While the transition presented challenges, working to resolve and adapt to the challenges also presented opportunities to experiment with online learning technology and develop skills and strategies to implement for future cohorts of online students.

After meeting the authors, join them in discussing strategies to support students in their learning during these uncertain times.