Posts Tagged FutureLearn Academic Network
Following the retirement of Mike Sharples (who will return to The Open University as an Emeritus Professor in March). I have taken on the role of Academic Coordinator for the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN).
The network was established in 2013 by a group of academics in order to connect academics and research students based at FutureLearn partner institutions, share research, and explore shared research opportunities. These include: joint research bids and publications, comparative studies using shared FutureLearn data, course designs, and methods to analyse and evaluate courses.
The Network is open to staff and research students based at FutureLearn partner institutions with an interest in research related to the FutureLearn platform.
On 7 November, we held one of our quarterly meetings – this time at the British Council in Central London. Among the many interesting talks:
- Josh Underwood gave a detailed and considered account of the role of a mentor or facilitator within FutureLearn courses.
- Matthew Nicholls and Bunny Waring talked about their use of a virtual reality simulation of Rome in the 4th century CE.
- Phil Tubman introduced a tool for visualising discussion, which is now being used on a course from Lancaster University.
- Eileen Scanlon and I talked about research ethics on the platform and initiated discussion on changes to the terms and conditions.
The next meeting of FLAN is likely to be in Exeter at the end of February 2018. If you are eligible to be part of FLAN and would like to be involved either in person or remotely, do get in touch.
‘Developing a strategic approach to MOOCs’ uses the work carried out at these universities to identify nine priority areas for MOOC research and how these can be developed in the future:
The 36th annual CALRG conference took place from 15 to 17 June 2015 at The Open University. This year, we began the programme with a day for doctoral student work associated with the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN). The keynote address, An Ecology for eLearning: MOOCs, Minnows and Monsters, was given by long-time CALRG member Professor Sir Tim O’Shea, Principal, University of Edinburgh.
- Bronwen Swinnerton, University of Leeds. Can demographic information predict MOOC learner outcomes?
- Srecko Joksimovic, University of Edinburgh. MOOCdb – developing data standards for MOOCs
- Vitomir Kovanovic, University of Edinburgh. Inquiry-based learning and MOOCs: challenges and opportunities
- Katy Jordan, The Open University. Trends in MOOC completion rates
- Inge de Waard, The Open University. Self directed learning dynamics in FutureLearn courses: towards a framework
- Janesh Sanzgiri, The Open University. MOOCs for development? A study of Indian Learners in massive open online courses
- Hannah Gore, The Open University. Engagement of informal learners undertaking open online courses and the impact of design
- Tina Papathoma, The Open University. Exploring learners’ motivations on assessment in a massive open online course