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Title: Exploring opportunities for situated research into online pedagogy within a partnership project'


1
Exploring opportunities for situated research
into online pedagogy within a partnership project.
  • Robert Catt and Jenny Lynden

2
  • Contextual overview
  • A view of elearning
  • Practitioner enquiry
  • An example threshold concepts
  • (Continuing) comment and discussion
  • Curriculum development workshop (Feb 2008)

3
  • Vanguard of Lifelong Learning Networks
  • Improved access to and through HE
  • Vocational focus across 7 curriculum strands
  • Regional partnership
  • Regional and web-base

4
eLearning Project
  • Widening participation
  • Online learning
  • Regional engagement
  • Social justice (empowering learners)
  • Working online with students and associate
    lecturers
  • Research and organisation in vocational learning

5
eLearning Project Objectives
  • Mapping elearning practice
  • Disseminating elearning practice
  • Developing elearning practice

6
eLearning Project Activities
  • Web-presence wiki and blog
  • SLN Zone within OpenLearn
  • Advisory Group
  • elearning conference
  • Practitioner enquiry projects
  • Workshop events

7
Wheres the learning?
  • Celebratory rhetoric
  • Understanding of situated practice? e.g.
  • Talk in online forums
  • Metalanguage
  • Improvement
  • Web 2.0 practices

8
Situated understanding
  • Specified Curriculum
  • Enacted Curriculum
  • Experienced Curriculum

9
Practitioner Enquiry
  • Action research
  • a form of self-reflective enquiry undertaken by
    participants in social situations in order to
    improve the rationality and justice of their own
    practices, their understanding of these practices
    and the situations in which those practices are
    carried out
  • Carr and Kemmis (1986)

10
Action Research
  • Research leading to social action
  • research that produces nothing but books will
    not suffice (Lewin 1946)
  • Action research cycle
  • Identification, planning, acting, evaluating

11
Action Research
  • Problematic
  • Affirmative

12
Insights gained
  • Web-utopians
  • Web-phobes (Salmon, G 2004)
  • Web-engagers

13
Practitioner Engagement
  • How can we engage practitioners to share ideas
    and practice?
  • How can we encourage risk taking and the
    development of practice?

14
Example Developing curriculum, threshold
concepts and creative spaces
  • http//conclave.open.ac.uk/sln-wiki/index.php/ELea
    rning_Workshop

15
Collaborative project with the InQbate Team,
Creativity Zone, University of Sussex
  • Explored plagiarism to identify threshold
    concepts around academic writing
  • Helped practitioners to apply that understanding
    to their own vocational curriculum development
    projects
  • Considered how different technologies can support
    learning, especially for threshold concepts for
    different disciplines

16
Continuing Conversation
  • R.L.Catt_at_open.ac.uk
  • J.M.Lynden_at_open.ac.uk
  • http//www.sussexlearningnetwork.org.uk/
  • http//conclave.open.ac.uk/SLN-Blog/
  • http//conclave.open.ac.uk/SLN-Wiki/
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