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

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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  • 1. Online learning: Can a generictutorial meet the disparate needs of researchers? Jenny Coombs University of Nottingham
  • 2. Overview Project background Content creation and authoring tool Quick demo Evaluation of pilot units Future plans
  • 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. Schedule
  • 5. Pilot module content
  • 6. Authoring tool Xerte • Open source • Content can be re- used and repurposed •Designed for non- techies • Technical help
  • 7. Quick look at a unit
  • 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. Differing levels of experience
  • 10. Variety of disciplines• Bias towards STM disciplines?
  • 11. Approach Success stories considered important:
  • 12. Expectations of online material Content of Academic not video is more smart enough important than Distracted by aesthetics background
  • 13. Balancing activities
  • 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. The Future Added to Jorum and Open Courseware to facilitate sharing Dissemination of research outputs Future unit – reference management www.emrsg.org.uk
  • 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. Questions?