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Supporting Learners in a Digital Age Dr Greg Benfield Oxford Centre for Staff & Learning Development LSIS Learning Fair 31...
Learner experiences of  e-learning (c 2005) <ul><li>Scoping study (Sharpe, Benfield et al 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>“ There ...
Learner experience studies (c 2010) <ul><li>9 JISC Learner experiences of e-learning projects over 4 years </li></ul><ul><...
Growing body of complementary technology use studies
Complexity STROLL project mind map,  https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/JISCle2m/Analysing+qualitative+data
Key messages <ul><li>Enormous diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional context highly influential </li></ul>
A developmental model* *Rhona Sharpe and Helen Beetham Creative appropriation
JISC Learner Experiences of eLearning <ul><li>2005-09  Learners' experiences of e-learning programme Students' success dep...
The SLiDA Project <ul><li>How are institutions creating and enabling opportunities that promote the development of effecti...
SLiDA Case Studies https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/
Technology-enriched learning <ul><li>Institutions are “flying by the seat of their pants” </li></ul><ul><li>…  which takes...
Key findings from SLiDA <ul><ul><li>WHAT are institutions doing to support the development of learners for a digital age? ...
1. Preparing students <ul><li>Digital and learning literacy induction session for all full time students (E.g. Abingdon an...
2. Learners’ own devices <ul><li>Use personal devices (personal laptops, smart phones, camcorders and audio devices) acros...
3. Social learning spaces <ul><li>Preparing learners for the digital age requires spaces and pedagogical approaches that e...
4. Listening to learner voices <ul><li>Seeking active input from their students in policy-making and implementation </li><...
Learner voices cont’d <ul><li>Other approaches: </li></ul><ul><li>Student enterprise (University of Surrey) </li></ul><ul>...
5. course design for blended learning <ul><li>Strategic learning and teaching focus, embedding digital literacies developm...
Entitlements <ul><li>E.g. 6 Blended Learning entitlements at University of Wolverhampton  </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Minimum digi...
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  1. 1. Supporting Learners in a Digital Age Dr Greg Benfield Oxford Centre for Staff & Learning Development LSIS Learning Fair 31 March 2011
  2. 2. Learner experiences of e-learning (c 2005) <ul><li>Scoping study (Sharpe, Benfield et al 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is in general a scarcity of studies of the learner experience. In particular there is a scarcity of studies which can be characterised as expressing a ‘learner voice’ i.e. in which the learners’ own expressions of their experiences are central to the study.” </li></ul>Sharpe, R., Benfield, G., Lessner, E. and De Cicco, E. (2005). &quot;Final Report: Scoping Study for the Pedagogy strand of the JISC e-Learning Programme.&quot; [Online] Retrieved 22 February, 2011, from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elplearneroutcomes.
  3. 3. Learner experience studies (c 2010) <ul><li>9 JISC Learner experiences of e-learning projects over 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>ELESIG special interest group reaches 1000 members </li></ul>
  4. 4. Growing body of complementary technology use studies
  5. 5. Complexity STROLL project mind map, https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/JISCle2m/Analysing+qualitative+data
  6. 6. Key messages <ul><li>Enormous diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional context highly influential </li></ul>
  7. 7. A developmental model* *Rhona Sharpe and Helen Beetham Creative appropriation
  8. 8. JISC Learner Experiences of eLearning <ul><li>2005-09 Learners' experiences of e-learning programme Students' success depends on strategies for integrating ICT into academic practice; students' strategies and preferences differ widely </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Learning Literacies for a Digital Age study Digital literacy needs to be integrated across the curriculum: learners develop through authentic tasks in meaningful situations </li></ul><ul><li>2010 Supporting Learners in a Digital Age Nine institutional case studies in developing learners' digital capabilities: listening to and responding to learners as a theme </li></ul>
  9. 9. The SLiDA Project <ul><li>How are institutions creating and enabling opportunities that promote the development of effective learning in a digital age? </li></ul>Teaching studio in use, University of Edinburgh
  10. 10. SLiDA Case Studies https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/
  11. 11. Technology-enriched learning <ul><li>Institutions are “flying by the seat of their pants” </li></ul><ul><li>… which takes skill </li></ul>
  12. 12. Key findings from SLiDA <ul><ul><li>WHAT are institutions doing to support the development of learners for a digital age? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preparing students for their experience of learning with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling learners to use their own devices and services </li></ul><ul><li>Reconfiguring campus spaces for social learning </li></ul><ul><li>Listening to learner voices </li></ul><ul><li>A strategic emphasis on course design for blended learning </li></ul>
  13. 13. 1. Preparing students <ul><li>Digital and learning literacy induction session for all full time students (E.g. Abingdon and Witney College ) </li></ul>
  14. 14. 2. Learners’ own devices <ul><li>Use personal devices (personal laptops, smart phones, camcorders and audio devices) across the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>(E.g. Birkenhead Sixth Form College) </li></ul>Note: the College maintains a small pool of devices for those students who do not own one.
  15. 15. 3. Social learning spaces <ul><li>Preparing learners for the digital age requires spaces and pedagogical approaches that enhance learner engagement and involvement in the learning process </li></ul><ul><li>(E.g. University of Edinburgh) </li></ul>
  16. 16. 4. Listening to learner voices <ul><li>Seeking active input from their students in policy-making and implementation </li></ul><ul><li>(E.g. Student Voice Reps, University of Glamorgan </li></ul>
  17. 17. Learner voices cont’d <ul><li>Other approaches: </li></ul><ul><li>Student enterprise (University of Surrey) </li></ul><ul><li>Learner experience research (Oxford Brookes) </li></ul><ul><li>Consultations with current students and graduates (University of Wolverhampton, Abingdon and Witney College) </li></ul>
  18. 18. 5. course design for blended learning <ul><li>Strategic learning and teaching focus, embedding digital literacies development in the curriculum through blended learning course design </li></ul>(E.g. London Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Salford, University of Wolverhampton)
  19. 19. Entitlements <ul><li>E.g. 6 Blended Learning entitlements at University of Wolverhampton </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Minimum digital learning resources’ requirements in other institutions </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank you
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