Online learning: Can a generic tutorial meet the disparate needs of researchers?

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Online learning: Can a generic tutorial meet the disparate needs of researchers? Jenny Coombs, University of Nottingham. Paper given at the ALISS 2012 supporting diverse student populations conference

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Online learning: Can a generic tutorial meet the disparate needs of researchers?

  1. 1. Online learning: Can a generictutorial meet the disparate needs of researchers? Jenny Coombs University of Nottingham
  2. 2. Overview Project background Content creation and authoring tool Quick demo Evaluation of pilot units Future plans
  3. 3. BackgroundAim to create online tutorialsaimed at researchers  Reusable  Re-purposable Number of East MidlandsInstitutions interested EMRSG Project consortium:  Loughborough, Nottingham, Image by Ben Mills, used under a Coventry, De Montfort Universities Creative Commons Licence, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: East-Midlands-Ambulance-Service- map.png
  4. 4. Schedule
  5. 5. Pilot module content
  6. 6. Authoring tool Xerte • Open source • Content can be re- used and repurposed •Designed for non- techies • Technical help
  7. 7. Quick look at a unit
  8. 8. Evaluation of pilot module, 2011 Conducted by a ‘neutral’ research associate Qualitative methods:  Focus groups (Nottingham, Loughborough & DMU)  Observations (Coventry) Recommendations aided editing and revisions
  9. 9. Differing levels of experience
  10. 10. Variety of disciplines• Bias towards STM disciplines?
  11. 11. Approach Success stories considered important:
  12. 12. Expectations of online material Content of Academic not video is more smart enough important than Distracted by aesthetics background
  13. 13. Balancing activities
  14. 14. Conclusions• Difficult to meet all needs of researchers – Level of content – Representing all disciplines – Getting the approach right – Meeting expectations for professional material – Balancing activities
  15. 15. The Future Added to Jorum and Open Courseware to facilitate sharing Dissemination of research outputs Future unit – reference management www.emrsg.org.uk
  16. 16. ContactsCoventry University De Montfort UniversityChris Bark Liz Martinc.bark@coventry.ac.uk emartin@dmu.ac.ukJudy Thompsonj.thompson@coventry.ac.uk Loughborough University University of NottinghamHelen Young Wendy Stantonh.young@lboro.ac.uk wendy.stanton@nottingham.ac.ukRuth Stubbings Jenny Coombsr.e.stubbings@lboro.ac.uk jenny.coombs@nottingham.ac.ukKeep in touch with the project at: http://www.emrsg.org.uk
  17. 17. Questions?

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