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Digital Learning Revisited: Exploring some of the Big Questions

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Introduction to Digital Learning Research Symposium at Education Studies Association Ireland (ESAI) conference, Cork, April 21st

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Digital Learning Revisited: Exploring some of the Big Questions

  1. 1. Digital Learning Revisited: Exploring some of the Big Questions Professor Mark Brown, Dr Eamon Costello, Dr Enda Donlon, Dr Tom Farrelly, Dr Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, & Dr Monica Ward Cork, Ireland 21st April 2017
  2. 2. This Research Symposium is NOT about Digital Learning
  3. 3. This Research Symposium is NOT about Digital Learning
  4. 4. MICRO MACRO MESO
  5. 5. MICRO-LEVEL (n = 28) • 15 Concise Papers • 10 Rapid Fire & 3 Posters MESO-LEVEL (n = 17) • 13 Concise Papers • 2 Rapid Fire & 2 Posters MACRO-LEVEL (n = 7) • 3 Keynotes • 4 Concise Papers
  6. 6. Continuing Professional Development Learning Design 9 6 5 Teacher Education 5 5 Policy STEM Access 4 5 VLE 4 Games Lifelong Learning 3 2 Portfolios Methods 2 2 Assessment Learning Analytics 1 Thematic Analysis of Presentations
  7. 7. • Access • Unbundling • Business Models • Leadership • Policy Development • Openness • Globalisation • Sustainability • Learner Success • Ethics & Privacy What are some ofthe big issues?
  8. 8. • What research in the area of Digital Learning is currently being conducted in the Irish context? Framing questions…
  9. 9. • What research in the area of Digital Learning is currently being conducted in the Irish context? • What is the role and potential of coding in the school curriculum? Framing questions…
  10. 10. • What research in the area of Digital Learning is currently being conducted in the Irish context? • What is the role and potential of coding in the school curriculum? • What are some of the issues and challenges arising from the emergence of Analytics and Big Data in formal education? Framing questions…
  11. 11. • What research in the area of Digital Learning is currently being conducted in the Irish context? • What is the role and potential of coding in the school curriculum? • What are some of the issues and challenges arising from the emergence of Analytics and Big Data in formal education? • What are the implications of the Unbundling movement for the future of formal education? Framing questions…
  12. 12. • What research in the area of Digital Learning is currently being conducted in the Irish context? • What is the role and potential of coding in the school curriculum? • What are some of the issues and challenges arising from the emergence of Analytics and Big Data in formal education? • What are the implications of the Unbundling movement for the future of formal education? • What impact is the latest generation of Artificial Intelligence going to have on the future of formal education? Framing questions…
  13. 13. “Research in digital learning should be in the service of advancing big ideas, not as the big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011).

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