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Real Students – Virtual Campus Dr Gemma Towle Mr Rob Howe The University of Northampton, UK
Presentation Structure <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Review of the learners voice research in the UK </li></ul><u...
Introduction: Economy <ul><li>Global economic downturn in 2008 has impacted on higher education worldwide. </li></ul><ul><...
Introduction: Government <ul><li>Increasing focus by the UK government in a ‘Digital Britain’ which in turn has led to the...
Introduction: Infrastructure <ul><li>Both physical and virtual and is complex </li></ul><ul><li>Operating within this you ...
Introduction: Technology <ul><li>Increasing and often bewildering increase in technology including:  </li></ul><ul><li>* m...
<ul><li>Previously an under researched area </li></ul><ul><li>Learner perspective which can encompass many different areas...
Institution Learner Learner Institution Introduction: Approaches
Review of learners voice research in the UK Becta and the NUS (National Union of Students) Exploring the role of technolog...
Review of learners voice research in the UK Evaluation of Learners' Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELES...
Review of learners voice research in the UK JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Learner experiences of e-learning p...
<ul><li>Already been phase 1 including scoping study, LEX, Learner XP </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2: funded 7 projects looking...
Challenges faced by institutions <ul><li>Differing levels of ownership of technology by students. </li></ul><ul><li>Differ...
Challenges faced by institutions <ul><li>Different commitments of students including family and jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>St...
Recommendations and suggestions <ul><li>Monitoring personal technology ownership and providing access to technology to tho...
Recommendations and suggestions <ul><li>Identifying barriers experienced by particular groups and offering targeted suppor...
Summary <ul><li>As educators and institutions we are faced with an increasingly diverse range of technology. </li></ul><ul...
Thank you for listening. Any questions?
Dr. Gemma Towle, Senior Research Associate. [email_address] Mr Rob Howe, Head of Learning Technology and Media Development...
<ul><li>Becta ., 2009.  Harnessing technology, embracing learner voice.  (URL:  http://feandskills.becta.org.uk/display.cf...
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  1. 1. Real Students – Virtual Campus Dr Gemma Towle Mr Rob Howe The University of Northampton, UK
  2. 2. Presentation Structure <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Review of the learners voice research in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges faced by institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations and suggestion </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction: Economy <ul><li>Global economic downturn in 2008 has impacted on higher education worldwide. </li></ul><ul><li>Competing demand for funding from other areas such as healthcare and pensions = greater need for efficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>In the UK the pre-budget report has hinted at a £915 million decrease in funding (Newman and Morgan 2009) </li></ul>ECONOMY
  4. 4. Introduction: Government <ul><li>Increasing focus by the UK government in a ‘Digital Britain’ which in turn has led to the ‘Digital Economy Bill’ </li></ul><ul><li>UK government’s e-learning strategy consultation document ‘Harnessing technology’ </li></ul>GOVERNMENT
  5. 5. Introduction: Infrastructure <ul><li>Both physical and virtual and is complex </li></ul><ul><li>Operating within this you have not only practitioners but also support teams </li></ul>INFRASTRUCTURE
  6. 6. Introduction: Technology <ul><li>Increasing and often bewildering increase in technology including: </li></ul><ul><li>* multimedia, </li></ul><ul><li>* social networking, </li></ul><ul><li>* synchronous and asynchronous communication, </li></ul><ul><li>* e-assessments and </li></ul><ul><li>* e-portfolios </li></ul>TECHNOLOGY
  7. 7. <ul><li>Previously an under researched area </li></ul><ul><li>Learner perspective which can encompass many different areas if their educational experience but we focused their experience of e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning terminology – what do you automatically think of? </li></ul>Introduction: Learners LEARNERS
  8. 8. Institution Learner Learner Institution Introduction: Approaches
  9. 9. Review of learners voice research in the UK Becta and the NUS (National Union of Students) Exploring the role of technology in the Further Education and skills sections since 2008. * increasing learners’ awareness, interest and demand for learning through technology. * strengthen learner participation in the FE and Skills sector (Becta 2009)
  10. 10. Review of learners voice research in the UK Evaluation of Learners' Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group (ELESIG) International community of researchers and practitioners from higher and further education * Investigating learners’ experiences and uses of technology in learning * Sharing knowledge and practice (ELESIG n.d)
  11. 11. Review of learners voice research in the UK JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Learner experiences of e-learning programme Spanned two phases over 4 years 2005-2009 * The research took an holistic approach and was interested in how learners interact with technology throughout their learning lives (JISC 2009)
  12. 12. <ul><li>Already been phase 1 including scoping study, LEX, Learner XP </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2: funded 7 projects looking at learners experiences and journeys: LexDis, STROLL, BLUPS, PB-LXP, THEMA, LEaD…E4L </li></ul>Review of learners voice research in the UK
  13. 13. Challenges faced by institutions <ul><li>Differing levels of ownership of technology by students. </li></ul><ul><li>Differing quality levels of technology (age, suitability etc). </li></ul><ul><li>Differing levels of ICT skills or previous negative experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Learners unsure of how technology can benefit their studies. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Challenges faced by institutions <ul><li>Different commitments of students including family and jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>Students desire a balance of both face-to-face interaction and technology based learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Learners are diverse in their technology use. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Recommendations and suggestions <ul><li>Monitoring personal technology ownership and providing access to technology to those with none. </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing ICT skills early and providing support. Also assessing technology needs and skills throughout their academic journeys. </li></ul><ul><li>Offering learners the opportunities to share and reflect on experiences and strategies with their peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring off-campus access. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Recommendations and suggestions <ul><li>Identifying barriers experienced by particular groups and offering targeted support. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing clear explanation of the benefits of technology use for learning and ‘taster’ sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a ‘one stop shop’ where students can access all their most important electronic areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Take it ‘back to basics’ try and put yourself in the learners shoes. </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying barriers experienced by particular groups and offering targeted support. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing clear explanation of the benefits of technology use for learning and ‘taster’ sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a ‘one stop shop’ where students can access all their most important electronic areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Take it ‘back to basics’ try and put yourself in the learners shoes. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Summary <ul><li>As educators and institutions we are faced with an increasingly diverse range of technology. </li></ul><ul><li>This is offset with learners which themselves have different technology needs and skill levels. </li></ul><ul><li>There are steps we can take but we need to be flexible and not afraid to try and fail as well as to try and succeed. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Thank you for listening. Any questions?
  19. 19. Dr. Gemma Towle, Senior Research Associate. [email_address] Mr Rob Howe, Head of Learning Technology and Media Development [email_address] Department of Information Services, The University of Northampton, Park Campus, Broughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL United Kingdom
  20. 20. <ul><li>Becta ., 2009. Harnessing technology, embracing learner voice. (URL: http://feandskills.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?resID=41332), [accessed 20.04.10] </li></ul><ul><li>ELESIG ., [n.d]. Evaluation of Learners' Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group. (URL: http://elesig.ning.com/), [accessed 20.04.10] </li></ul><ul><li>JISC ., 2009. Learner experiences of e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>(URL:https://mw.brookes.ac.uk/display/JISCle2/), [accessed 20.04.10] </li></ul><ul><li>Newman, M., and J., Morgan ., 2009. Hefce budget to be slashed by £915m over three years. Times Higher Education. (URL : http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=409782), [accessed 20.04.10] </li></ul>References
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