Yesterday, Lesley and I gave a presentation on the project at Leicester University. This was delivered to a rather select group in the room, but also webcast to a wider audience. We almost made it through without technical hiccup… but not quite! It was very interesting to present this work, which was focused on our graduate students, to an audience that included graduate students at another institution. It also provided a very interesting space in which to discuss methodology in quite a frank and productive way.
We’ve just completed a very enjoyable pair of presentations at this year’s ALT conference in Manchester. The first of these was a programme-wide symposium called “Technology: the new mainstream?“, chaired by Carole Baum, and involving the projects at the IOE, Exeter, Bath and the University of the Arts. It focused on some of the challenging questions raised by the projects, leading to a lively panel discussion.
The second, called “Developing digital literacies in your institution“, was also chaired by Carole. This focused on the ideas developed by the projects that have resulted in change within the project’s institutions, and invited participants to think about how these might relate to activities in their own institutions. This was a cluster-based workshop, bringing together the IOE, the University of the Arts, the University of Greenwich and UCL.
Slides from both of these will be available from the papers, reports and talks page soon.
Update: the slides are now available.
I had the great pleasure of being one of the keynotes at the Losing Momentum conference in Oxford this Thursday. The event was conceived of and organised by doctoral students, who did a great job of it. The quality of presentations was really high; this lot could give many mainstream conferences a run for their money. Presentations ranged from very pragmatic studies of technology implementation to philosophical critiques of Open Educational Resources, taking in theory and methodology en route. Neil Selwyn provided a rousing and challenging opening keynote (10 things Educational Technology research ought to do better), and I was in the post-lunch slot.
My presentation looked at the metaphor of “momentum” and the appealing but over-simplistic idea of linear progress that it conveys. I used this project to illustrate that, taking a slice through the work that focused, primarily, on the design and organisation of the institution’s infrastructure.
Lots of good feedback, and some very interesting questions – including an interesting discussion of whether we were talking about “learning”, when I was using words like “literacy” and “study”.
Highly enjoyable day, and an helpful opportunity to think through this strand of the project in a little more depth, too.
Lesley and I have just completed two presentations at the Networked Learning conference in Maastricht that draw on the work of the project, both of which were well received. Slides are available from the papers & talks link. Both of these have linked the project’s work to some wider debates – about understanding students’ authorship practices, and about understanding technology. Sadly we were scheduled against each other so I couldn’t see Lesley’s session, but the discussion in my session was certainly lively, raising some important questions about how we can and should go about researching these areas.