National Online
Undergraduate Seminar
- Indonesian Studies -
(NOUS - IS) 6 October 2006
in collaboration with Sydney University

See the archive webpage for the first National Online Undergraduate Seminar (NOUS-IS) from October 2004

[Program] [Enrolling] [Technical set up] [Interaction protocol] [Pre-reading on Indonesia] [Follow up and feedback] [Contact organisers]



[times given are EST - please refer to SA and WA time zones and Summer Savings Times]

11.00 am. Dr Edward Aspinall, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), Australian National University, Canberra

Topic: "Prospects for peace in Aceh". Archive with sound and visuals is available via this link: Aspinall

12.00 am. Professor Barbara Hatley Head of School of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Tasmania

Topic: Gender and social change in texts and performances in post-Suharto Indonesia
Archive with sound and visuals is available via this link: Hatley.

1.00 am. Professor Robert Elson, Professor In History, University of Queensland

Topic: Indonesia: where from, where to, and why? Abstract
Archive with sound and visuals is available via this link: Elson

2.00 pm. Dr Michele Ford, Department of Indonesian Studies, University of Sydney

Topic: "Fighting for a better future: labour activism in Indonesia."
Archive with sound and visuals is available via this link: Ford.
See recent article "United We Stand" in Inside Indonesia

All universities in Australia are welcome to participate. Not only Indonesian Studies and Indonesian language students will benefit, but many others in fields which offer some study of Indonesia as a special or ancillary stream, such as Politics, Development Studies, International Business, Journalism, Nursing, Law, many Social Sciences, the fine arts, and so on. One lecturer from each university needs to nominate as local coordinator, book a lecture room, and receive one hour training in the use of the online audio-conferencing system (see Technical, below). Could that lecturer please email Phillip Mahnken ( to ensure that we are aware of your wish to participate with your students.

(There is fee of $10.00 per participating university for the software (note considerable drop since October 2004! Tidak boleh tawar!).

This online event is hosted by University of the Sunshine Coast and University of Sydney in collaboration with Discovere


Discovereis based in Western Australia and offers the cheapest audio-conferencing solution on the web. "90% of the functionality at 10% of the price." You can enter a demo room from the front page and explore on your lonesome. If you want to meet online there, write to Geoff Kaye at

Geoff began this endeavour as a way to help languages teachers. For this reason he has set up a special room where languages teachers and LOTE teacher educators can meet online and learn the system. Go to [PC and Mac compatible].

When you enter a name in the form box, then click on "Login", your browser will download a javascript and a small exe file to your C Drive and self-instal. It will then put up a new window with the iVocalize Conference Room. On a hme computer you should have no problems. Connect your microphone and speakers - or headset - and hold down the Control key to talk with anyone in the room. Geoff Kaye joined me and a group of Chinese teachers from a little hotel in the wilds of a South African Wildlife Reserve last February.

If you are inside a university or other controlled network, you may need an IT Administrator to allow download of exe and java applet the first time and also to get you through proxies and the firewall. All of these barriers and settings are, as you know, to safeguard our corporate systems so we must put up with be patient.]

To take part in this online seminar, you will need to

  1. book a lecture theatre for 8 October or part of the day.
  2. receive and install the Discovere add-on for your browser (Internet Explorer/Safari/?) on the lecturer's computer in that lecture theatre,
  3. ensure you have external speakers and a microphone attached to your networked computer in the lecture theatre for the day. A headset is fine if only a lecturer is taking part. Headsets are common around unis. Cost about $16 from shops. Plug into computer (with Windows 2000 or Windows XP (Home or Pro) system. Ask an IT officer or tech savvy student to help with firewall or proxy issues, especially with Macintosh computers.
  4. Direct your Internet Explorer/Safari/Firefox/browser to
  5. Type in an id name (your university initials will do or your name or nickname).No password ids needed for non-moderators
  6. Your computer will download iVocalize to your C Drive and a javascript called launch.jnlp This will self-install and launch the iVocalize audio-conference meeting room in a new window that looks like this.

    Screen shot of iVocalize Interface

    See CENTRA Interface with Arief Budiman and his web images from 2004.

    For practice before 5 October, just login anytime but you may not have a partner to interact with unless you email or

    [[But what if this doesn't work? Troubleshooting advice. To be updated.]]

    5. When it's your turn to talk, Click and hold down Control Key and talk. Release when finished talking.

    : Could all lecturers and speakers please email Geoff kaye ( Telephone 07 3224 4305 ) at CompuEd providing the name, telephone and email of your Information Technology officer who will ensure that the system, the special add-on software, the lecture theatre, microphone is all running correctly. This person and yourself could take part in a practice session planned for 12.00 noon Qld time every day on 2 - 5 October. Just for your peace of mind, you should book the services of your "I.T. technical assistant" for 6 October as well if this is your first use of audio-conferencing, or have their contact numebr close to hand. Simple connectivity problems can cause you or me to panic in a real-time conference but be fixed in a minute bu our IT staff.


Interaction Protocol
Each speaker will be invited to give a 25-30 minute address informing students of their view on the chosen topic, key issues and arguments.

Students can type questions in the parallel chat session as they arise during the speaker's 25 minute address. The speaker can then address these questions or respond to "raised hand" icons from any participating university. This avoids confusion and choking the bandwidth with competing voices.

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is the presenter and has overall control e.g. which microphones are turned on. Each guest speaker is given co-presenter rights, so can accept questions from particular universities.

If anything goes wrong with the link, simply re-join the session. Electrical blips occasionally interject a second or two of pause but the actual words spoken are then delivered, not lost.

Speakers may provide or lecturers select pre-readings for this event. We suggest it is a good stimulus to read and see these noted speakers before the day, e.g any online article or widely available print reference or video.

A short list of useful readings will be posted here later.

Integrating the NOUS-IS into your courses
Geoff Woollams is advertising the NOUS-IS throughout all QUT campuses and expecting classes to come throughout the day as they can. He will require students of all his language classes that day to attend the NOUS-IS and to write a short report in Indonesian about at least one session.

There are many ways to use the program and show the relevance to students. Reading an article by the speakers and reviewing it in a tutorial before the 6 October is recommended. Then, meeting the speakers has more impact than an unknown authority.

A feedback form will be posted on this website later and emailed to all participating lecturers. We welcome any and all input into how to improve the event for the future.

Contact organisers

Dr Phillip Mahnken
University of the Sunshine Coast
Telephone: 07 5430 1254

Dr Michele Ford
The University of Sydney

Tel: 02 9351 7797

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