Action Research into Social and Participatory Media within the face-to-face Classroom
Dr Gail Casey, Deakin University Australia
Gail specialises in Action Research while integrating safe social and participatory media into the K-12 classroom as well as in higher education.

This Wikispaces site is used to house Gail Casey's presentations, publications and research work from her PhD (2010 to 2013) and her Masters (2008/9).

Gail has been a classroom teacher, ICT leader and global educator for many years. She is now also experienced in education in teaching at undergraduate and masters level at Deakin University. In Gail's research, students are encouraged to be active and valued participants in the learning process. Students are encouraged to be the drivers of learning and to develop their own cycle of learning. This helps the relationships between students evolve and it also supports peers in becoming valuable resources within the teaching and learning process. The inclusion of peer-to-peer feedback, peer-assessment and self-assessment are very important in strengthening concepts of student ownership and responsibility.
The PhD study included 18 months of data collection where Gail was the practitioner-researcher, in an Australian public high school. The study had three foci and involved the designing and redesigning of online learning experiences using action research in her Middle-Years classrooms (13 to 16 year old students). This involved her thirteen classes, in total, over the data collection period:
1. What could teachers do differently to enhance the teaching and learning process and what support do they need?
2. How can students become active and valued participants in the teaching and learning process.
3. What scaffolding is needed to ensure that effective learning takes place; learning which also supports multimodal methods and the new literacies needed in our world today.

Gail's presentations and publications can be found at

'Dance your PhD' - Below is a 4 min video that Gail produced in 2011 to provide a snapshot of the PhD. It was originally created as an entry to the annual 'Dance Your PhD' competition at