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e-Learning as the learners see it

Ros Smith
Last modified 11 Apr, 2005
Published 04 Apr, 2005
Report from the Pedagogy Experts group meeting.

A new theme for the e-Learning and Pedagogy strand – Understanding my learning - was launched at the Pedagogy Experts Group meeting held on Friday 18th March at Aston University Business School. The work of the strand so far, including its first publication, Effective Practice with e-Learning, has concentrated on the practitioner’s need to better understand the process of designing for learning in a technology-rich context.

However, learners may have a different perspective on e-learning – furthermore, their voice has rarely been heard in the debates about practice involving learning technologies.

Helen Beetham, consultant to the strand, invited comment from the Experts on a new programme of research activities under this theme based on the learner perspective. Key aims of the theme include:

  • How can we support learners with their use and understanding of e-learning opportunities?
  • How can we promote the development of frameworks, models and systems that will improve learners’ access to and choice of e-learning opportunities?
  • What are the current approaches to the design of e-learning environments, and how can these be developed in the future to ensure that we are using sound pedagogical models?

Feedback and views from the delegates – drawn from a range of communities across the post-16 sector, including adult and community learning, researchers and learning technologists in higher education – were fed directly back to the team led by Dr Rhona Sharpe from Oxford Brookes University, preparing the background and methodology for a major national survey of learners to assist them in their task.

The Experts Group is now one year old and to ensure that it continues to provide opportunities to successfully discuss issues, participate in and influence the outcomes from the strand, Group members were encouraged to give their views on being an ‘Expert’ in a newly launched survey. Sarah Knight, programme manager for this strand, also introduced the analysis of the LAMS pre-training questionnaire by Liz Masterman from Oxford University which revealed further valuable insight into practice with e-learning.

Information and presentations from this meeting can be found on the e-Learning and Pedagogy website


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