JISC Learner Experiences of E-learning programme (Guide for Practitioners in your packs)
JISC Supporting Learners in a Digital Age project (SLiDA)
NUS/HEFCE Student Expectations of ICT report, October 2010
Digital and information literacy in Oxford Brookes Enhancing the Student Experience Strategy
“ The functional access, skills and practices necessary to become a confident, agile adopter of a range of technologies for personal, academic and professional use.”
“ To be able to use appropriate technology to search for high-quality information; critically to evaluate and engage with the information obtained; reflect on and record learning, and professional and personal development; and engage productively in relevant online communities.”
What do you, as learner, need to be able to do these online learning activities? (10 mins)
To what extent do your learners have the access, skills, strategies and support necessary? (20 mins)
What is it like to learn virtually?
Pick one of the tasks, image that you are working on it. Where are you? How does it feel? What do you need?
About your learners: a checklist
Which questions do you find difficult to answer? Which will be important for your teaching?
On your tables, how are your students similar and different ? Where are the gaps in what you know about your students?
Choose one section of the checklist to discuss in more detail. Come and collect the student experience cards for this section.
To what extent do your learners have the access, skills, strategies or support necessary?
Access and ownership
T here is high ownership and access to personal technology, but note institutional differences
Where access or ownership is lacking, students feel disadvantaged
Most students are not sure how to use personal technology to aid study,
14/01/11 | slide “ If we are required to be networked for a computer workshop, for example, there generally aren’t places you can plug in a laptop with assistive technology in. So, then you are reliant on whatever assistive technologies are available on the network.” ( LexDis)
Study habits and strategies
New learners are c onservative in their study habits and approaches
I nfluenced initially by prior educational experience, and later by their tutors
Disabled learners are agile technology users who understand the affordances of technology
Learn skills from each other
“ Well firstly if I want to look anything up… I will usually Google it... Then I would fire up MSN… Finally [the VLE] and all the resources the University makes available online.” (STROLL)
Extensive use of social networking sites – for recreational use
Extensive use of peers for support, especially technical support
Technologies used to support the process of groupwork
Social networking used where they have a cohort identity
14/01/11 | slide “ University e-mail I don’t really use for people at University, I usually use texting, Facebook or MSN. If they’re on-line, on MSN, I know hopefully they’ll respond straightaway. You can get an immediate response with phones and Messenger.” (E4L)