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  • 1. Designing effective learner- centric e-content British Council Visit Indira Gandhi National Open University Gwen van der Velden Director of Learning & Teaching Enhancement University of Bath
  • 2. UK learners – a changing scene• £6-9000 fees per annum for most degrees• Introduction of market principles• Development of national performance statistics• Student consumerist policy development• Academic preference for collegial practices
  • 3. Institutional responses• Sharp rise in student feedback efforts• Direct feedback on teaching sought and acted upon• Student representation across university governance arrangements• Involvement of students in teaching development
  • 4. Understanding e-interests of students: UKperspective• Surveys and focus group outcomes at institutional level• National research and development (Joint Information Systems Committee, Higher Education Academy)• Resource development –now also by private providers (tutorial, generic study skills)• Critical market research: what does the prospective student want?
  • 5. Key question in this environment is…. What kind of student engagement do we want? or How do students learn best?
  • 6. ‘Freedom of thought is best promoted by gradualillumination of men’s minds, which follows from the advance of science’ Charles Darwin
  • 7. Learning in quiet isolation?
  • 8. Learning in context?
  • 9. Institutional capacity building for e-learning design• Critical research of students’ e-learning, as opposed to evaluation of e-content• Staff development on e-design, e-tutoring and e-assessment• Involvement of students in resources, learning design and development• Use of learning analytics and user analytics
  • 10. Thanks for your attention… Your questions are welcome Gwen van der VeldenDirector of Learning & Teaching Enhancement / University of Bath E-mail: G.M.Vandervelden@bath.ac.uk

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