Convenience and community? An exploratory investigation into learners’ experiences of web conferencing Sarah Cornelius,  S...
Background http://maps.google.co.uk Images from www.abdn.ac.uk
 
What are the experiences of individual learners? Do learners take up the opportunity to engage in student-led meetings out...
<ul><li>Work-based learners: </li></ul><ul><li>in-service Further Education college Lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity ...
Web conferencing  and the online TQFE <ul><li>Groups of approx. 12-15 students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Face to face inductio...
Short Presentations Ice-breakers Small group activities Discussions
Research <ul><li>21 questionnaires (76% response rate) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technical resources, support, problems </li><...
Respondents Two key themes: technology and engagement 50%  found engagement most successful from home 44%  41-50 years old...
<ul><li>Laptops more successful than desktops  </li></ul><ul><li>Headsets with built-in microphones best </li></ul><ul><li...
I was doing it  from work  … deliberately … so that I was in a room where I had two  colleagues  who are … more IT friendl...
0.99 3.6 …  reduced my isolation  as a distance learner 1.06 3.75 …  allowed me to  collaborate effectively with peers 0.9...
you develop more if you can have access to  other people’s opinions and thoughts  and  discussion  on things, and it facil...
Summary <ul><li>Small scale study, voluntary participation… </li></ul><ul><li>Convenient and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Le...
Where next? <ul><li>Duality of learners’ and teachers’ experiences </li></ul><ul><li>ELESIG funded project </li></ul><ul><...
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  1. 1. Convenience and community? An exploratory investigation into learners’ experiences of web conferencing Sarah Cornelius, School of Education
  2. 2. Background http://maps.google.co.uk Images from www.abdn.ac.uk
  3. 4. What are the experiences of individual learners? Do learners take up the opportunity to engage in student-led meetings outside formal class times? Can learners engage effectively with each other? Do learners always engage with activities? What is it like to be a learner in the virtual classroom?
  4. 5. <ul><li>Work-based learners: </li></ul><ul><li>in-service Further Education college Lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity in </li></ul><ul><li>- subject background </li></ul><ul><li>- IT experience </li></ul><ul><li>- level of study </li></ul>
  5. 6. Web conferencing and the online TQFE <ul><li>Groups of approx. 12-15 students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Face to face induction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Workshops (10 x 3 hours) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Tutorials (6 x 1 hour) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Drop-in ‘open office’ sessions (6 x 1 hour) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-only online sessions (unknown) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Short Presentations Ice-breakers Small group activities Discussions
  7. 8. Research <ul><li>21 questionnaires (76% response rate) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technical resources, support, problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of and attitudes towards Elluminate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the induction day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>experiences of different types of online sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3 interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>stories of experiences, challenges, successes and impact on learning </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Respondents Two key themes: technology and engagement 50% found engagement most successful from home 44% 41-50 years old 31% over 50 94% participated from home at some time 63% no prior DL or online learning experience 63% female 38% male 100% had NO prior experience of web conferencing
  9. 10. <ul><li>Laptops more successful than desktops </li></ul><ul><li>Headsets with built-in microphones best </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless and broadband connections equally suitable </li></ul><ul><li>Most common technical problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accessing Elluminate (81% of respondents) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with audio during the sessions (75%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with headsets (50%) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. I was doing it from work … deliberately … so that I was in a room where I had two colleagues who are … more IT friendly I had a practice … to get used to what it would be like listening .. through headphones … in a room where there might be other people and telephones ringing … Myself and one other colleague worked together in the same room, and that really helped, that someone else was there. ...once or twice I was on my own and I found that harder to cope with I worked mainly from home and I was on wireless…it was pretty straightforward for me Appropriate learning environment Support
  11. 12. 0.99 3.6 … reduced my isolation as a distance learner 1.06 3.75 … allowed me to collaborate effectively with peers 0.98 3.81 … made me feel part of a community of learners 0.97 4.0 … allowed me to communicate effectively with peers 1.06 4.13 … allowed me to communicate effectively with tutors 1.01 4.27 … allowed flexibility in my learning SD Mean (5 = strongly agree – 1 = strongly disagree Using Elluminate Live! has… (n=16)
  12. 13. you develop more if you can have access to other people’s opinions and thoughts and discussion on things, and it facilitated that Timings and concentration levels were quite intense … body language is obviously missing Disappointment or dissatisfaction in the way that the content was managed So straightforward when you got used to it Kept all [whiteboards]…they were very, very useful very small disadvantage was the fact that it’s not visual Positives Challenges
  13. 14. Summary <ul><li>Small scale study, voluntary participation… </li></ul><ul><li>Convenient and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Learners needed to prepare themselves and their study/support environment </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and interaction with peers was supported – voice is particularly important </li></ul><ul><li>There was some independent collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>There was diversity in experiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(reflecting personal learning preferences?) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Where next? <ul><li>Duality of learners’ and teachers’ experiences </li></ul><ul><li>ELESIG funded project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wtolexperiences.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Study of feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ experiences </li></ul>Sarah Cornelius [email_address] Twitter: SarahCornelius

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