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With the first run of H880 Technology-enhanced Learning: Foundations and Futures near the middle of its first run, I visited the FutureLearn offices to talk to staff about what is working well and about changes I would like to see in the future. My suggestions were based on the experiences of both staff and students. This was an internal presentation, so I won’t share it here, just the high-level summaries of the ten wishes.
In early July, I was in Leicester at the Playful Learning conference with other members of the Rumpus research group, running a workshop to develop a typology of fun and learning. We used balloons to gather, group and shape ideas.
8. Framework of fun (90 minutes, outside)
The Rumpus Group
This will be a fun way to identify the elements of fun. Using the outside space we will use a variety of media (including balloons) to draw out people’s ideas, and develop a shared understanding of what fun is, and what contributes to it.
Every year, the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) runs a Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) in North America, often alongside related LASI events around the world. I’ve attended LASI events in Spain, Norway, and the UK in different years. This year, I’m at the main event, held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. It’s one of the biggest LASI events ever, with almost 140 people here for tutorials and workshops related to learning analytics. I’m here running a couple of tutorials about qualitative approaches to learning analytics.
Qualitative approaches to learning analytics
Learning analytics is a field concerned with ‘the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts’. This implies a quantitative approach. However, it has become increasingly clear that ‘understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs’ also requires qualitative approaches.
Qualitative approaches can be used to understand why learners and teachers act as they do, to explain their decisions, to explore the importance of context for learning analytics, and to increase the value of learning analytics tools and methods.
This tutorial is intended for participants who have little experience of qualitative research and would like to explore how it can be used in the context of learning analytics.
When you have successfully completed this tutorial, you will have developed your ability to:
- decide when and why to use qualitative approaches in learning analytics research
- design a qualitative research study
- analyse qualitative data
- establish the trustworthiness of qualitative research.
The FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) has grown, with the addition of an Asia/Pacific chapter. The summer FLAN meeting therefore took place in two venues on 6 June. From noon until 6pm, the meeting took place in Melbourne, Australia, with some talks live streamed from Perth. At 6pm Australian time and 9am UK time, a keynote from Mike Sharples in London united the two groups. The event then continued in London, with talks live streamed in from Indianapolis, Madrid, Sheffield and Milton Keynes. That’s 13 hours of FLAN – with speakers live on three continents!
Programme for FLAN event in Melbourne 6 June 2019
(all timings in local time)
12.30 Introduction: Marcus O’Donnell, PVC Teaching and Learning, Deakin University
12.45 Where to next with micro-credentials – and why? Beverley Oliver, Emeritus Professor, Deakin University
13.30 Enhancing learning experiences beyond MOOCs: design, use, and efficiency of generous interfaces Goki Miyakita, Keio University
13.45 Role of MOOCs in fostering and hindering global learning: Harsh Suri, Senior lecturer, Deakin University
14.00 Workshop on researching digital education: Philip Dawson and Margaret Bearman, Associate lecturers, Deakin University (face-to-face activity)
15.15 Break for afternoon tea
15.30 Panel: What’s the strategic value of researching MOOCs in the university sector? Professor Kylie Readman (PVC Education: Murdoch University), Professor Nick Barter (Academic Director, Griffith University Online) and Dr Clare Lloyd (Academic Director, Online Learning Initiatives, Newcastle University)
16.15 Assessing postgraduate online students’ perception, engagement and understanding on individualised written, audio and video feedback: Anna Rita Sequeira, Astrid Devine and Robert Sydenham, Murdoch University (streamed from Perth)
16.30 FutureLearn Degrees @ Deakin: Master of Information Technology Leadership (MITL): Nick Patterson, Senior Lecturer, Deakin University
16.45 Design of daily video blog enhancing educators’ social presence in MOOCs: Shun Arima, Keio University.
17.00 Clients’ digital stories: using the lived experience to personalise online learning: Darci Taylor, Deakin University
Programme for FLAN event in London 6 June 2019
(all timings in local time)
09:00 Mike Sharples: Keynote (livestreamed link with Australia) – Pedagogy at scale: past, present and future
10:00 Layla Croll: Responding to learning design (remote presentation from Sheffield)
11.00 Shi Min Chua: A corpus-assisted discourse analysis of the use and discursive construction of URLs in MOOC discussions (remote presentation from MIlton Keynes)
11:30 Barbara Conde: Using MOOCS as promising language learning objects to facilitate self-regulated learning
12.00 Matt Jenner: Research at FutureLearn – understanding new features
13:15 Paco Iniesto: Understanding the stakeholders’ perspectives to design accessible MOOCs (remote presentation from Madrid)
13:45 Manuel León Urrutia: MOOCs and competencies for Higher Education transformation: an activity theory analysis
14:15 Reka Budai: Partner archetypes
15:00 Gaurav Nanda, Abigail Genry & Kerrie A Douglas, Understanding what learners like and dislike about MOOCs across subject areas using topic modeling (remote presentation from Indianapolis)
15:30 Annual discussion of FLAN Terms of Reference and Steering Committee
15:55 Eileen Scanlon: Closing remarks, followed by optional tour of FutureLearn offices
I’m currently at the Joint Technology-Enhanced Learning Summer School (JTELSS) in Bari, Italy. This is a fabulous annual event, which brings together doctoral students not only from across Europe but from across the world. I’m one of the keynote speakers, with a focus on pedagogy and the future of learning.
You can read about my keynote presentation in this blogpost by Bianca Pereira.
From educational radio and television, through virtual learning environments, to facial recognition of students and hologram lecturers – when people think of innovation in education, they tend to think of the technology used to deliver it. This technology has helped to extend access to education, but technology alone cannot bring about deep and sustained improvements in the quality of learning. The Innovating Pedagogy reports shift the emphasis towards developments in pedagogy: identifying new forms of teaching, learning and assessment. These innovations can be used to help learners deal with a changing world in which they need to make sense of increasing amounts of data and information, and make the most of their opportunities to make global connections. In her keynote, Rebecca Ferguson will talk about new and updated pedagogies, the ideas that connect them and the skills that support them. Some of these approaches extend current practice, some personalise it, some enrich it and others explore new possibilities that have opened up in the past decade.
(Image on the first slide is a detail from a FutureLearn poster.)
It was a busy day yesterday! After a morning at the University of Leeds research symposium, I travelled down to London for the launch of Mike Sharples’ book, Practical Pedagogy: 40 New Ways To Teach and Learn. The book is strongly rooted in the Innovating Pedagogy reports, bringing together ideas from all the reports published since 2012.
Yesterday, I was keynote speaker at the University of Leeds Centre for Research in Digital Education Research Symposium, hosted by Neil Norris and Bronwen Swinnerton.
Innovating pedagogy From educational radio and television, through virtual learning environments, to facial recognition of students and hologram lecturers – when people think of innovation in education, they tend to think of the technology used to deliver it. This technology has helped to extend access to education, but technology alone cannot bring about deep and sustained improvements in the quality of learning. The Innovating Pedagogy reports shift the emphasis towards innovations in pedagogy: identifying new forms of teaching, learning and assessment to guide educators. These innovations can be used to help learners deal with a changing world in which they need to make sense of increasing amounts of data and information, and make the most of their opportunities to make global connections. In her keynote, Rebecca Ferguson will talk about new and updated pedagogies that can be put into practice in the classroom, the ideas that connect them and the skills that support them. Some of these approaches extend current practice, some personalise it, some enrich it and others explore new possibilities that have opened up in the past decade.
You can watch the keynote here.