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.