At the London Knowledge Lab, we hosted a meeting with Prof Tony Bates and Maxim Jean-Louis, from Contact North, Ontario. They are looking to develop a research network around online learing. As part of this, we provided a briefing about this JISC project.
The briefing seemed to be well received, and in addition to some quite specific questions, Maxim asked a simple but quite thought-provoking question: what from this research was most surprising? While I could think of some wonderful bits of data about student experiences, the answer I gave was a little more general: simply the incredible persistence, resilience and creativity of students as they persist – sometimes in the face of incredible difficulties – with their studies.
We have just completed a presentation on the project as part of the JISC’s online e-learning conference. This focused on the process of institutional change, analysing two parts of the work of our project, using ideas drawn from Actor-Network Theory. This was an opportunity for us to work through (for ourselves, as well as for the audience!) accounts of change that didn’t rely on top-down, imposed, rational accounts of change. We had some very positive feedback, which was reassuring.
The session was recorded and we’re assured that this will be made available in the new year. We’ll provide a link through to this once it’s available.
Here’s our timetable for today:
09.30 – 10.00 Coffee, arrivals
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome (Carol)
10.15 – 12.30 Project updates – 10mins presentation and 20mins discussion
(With a short comfort break 11.15)
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch and networking
14.00 – 16.00 Planning for year 2
16.00 – 17.00 Planning and action points
17.00 onwards ‘cultural hour’.