Group discussion > Inspire! - an unconventional forum with young scholars

Inspire! - an unconventional forum with young scholars

Eva Suba
522 days ago

This forum is to be organised in collaboration with young researchers and well-known scholars participating and presenting at the conference. The dedicated forum intends to allow its participants to meet and discuss the most relevant themes emerging from the side of the young. The consultation with their peers and with a group of senior scholars presents an opportunity to the more novice to enhance the effectiveness and quality of their work. This interactive session is OPEN TO ALL who consider themselves young enough to benefit from the discussion OR experienced enough to enrich the debate by their own insights and opinions.

How to start?

What is the burning issue you think young researchers and experienced scholars need to talk about? Share your themes in a discussion thread!

How to react on burning issues?

Go to the interactive Page of this session  and post your reactions in the sub-pages (see list on left hand side navigation bar.

Confirmed senior researcher participants

Prof Michael G. Moore, considered one of the most influential scholars of distance learning (bio)

Prof. Antonio Teixeira, Universidade Aberta, the Portuguese Open University (Department of Education and Distance Learning) (bio), Vice-President of EDEN

Prof Grainne Conole, Professor of Learning Innovation at the University of Leicester (bio)

Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University (bio) (Learning with e's blog)

Lisa-Marie Blaschke, program director of the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning (MDE), Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg & assistant professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) (bio)

Dr. Gila Kurtz, Head of MA program on ICT and Learning, College for Academic Studies (bio)

What happens during the session?

This session will have an unusual session format, in that it does not actually have a fixed presentation schedule, neither is designed to promote outcome-driven discussions. It is meant to support dialogue and collaborative thinking, where young scholars have the opportunity to discuss and get feedback on their work, ambitions, problems and challenges but also to suggest, to come up with ideas and to support more experienced researchers and experts.

The format is a variation of the open space methodology thus gets rid of format constraints, and is open to all participants. It starts with brainstorming in four groups around four questions. The groups will be formed on site according to interest, and are supported by four facilitators, who are there to take notes and inspire discussion.

The themes of the groups are not fixed, as the talks are happening, participants are free to change the topics as they see fit. The group participants are not bind to the group for a specific time-period, everyone is free to stand up and walk to the next one or form a new group. There are no rules, thus everyone is free to tell their own experience or problems, share any project they are working on.

The facilitators take notes on the special discussion thread dedicated to the session on the NAP Members' Area online, this thread will be constantly visible on the projector. If a new group is formed, the person who forms this group takes notes of the discussion and gives the notes to the session organisers who will post it on the NAP.

15 minutes before the the session ends, the groups are dissolved, the facilitators and the groups may choose if they want to share the discussions with everyone or not.

Facilitators:

Ildiko Mazar, Eva Szalma, Livia Turzo, Eva Suba

EDEN Secretariat
516 days ago

Questions by Phd Students:

University student engagement research has been historically  campus focused.
What can distance (and blended) education take from this data going forward?

How to organize the "Use 1 PC for 1 pupil model" (Moodle) at school with limited finances?

How to motivate teachers who are not used to ICT at their lessons?


                

Livia Turzo
515 days ago

How to foster the avoiding of student drop-outs?

Andrea Ximena Castano Sanchez
511 days ago

How assessmet with e-portfolios can enhance srudents' performance in on-line courses, by means of personalization and personalized assessment?

Eva Suba
502 days ago

Prof. Michael Moore's burning issue for this session:

The problem of how to acquire sufficient theoretical grounding in the field prior to undertaking empirical research.

Eva Suba
502 days ago

Prof Grainne Conole's first reflections on your questions:

 *   University student engagement research has been historically  campus focused. What can distance (and blended) education take from this data going forward?

Researching online learning is different to researching campus courses. In some ways it is easier in others harder. For example there is a lot you can tell from the digital trials strudents leave and their communications in forums, blogs, wikis etc. Also Learning Management Systems increasingly have in-built learning analytics tools which can provide rich data about what students are doing.

 *   How to organize the "Use 1 PC for 1 pupil model" (Moodle) at school with limited finances?

Difficult one. One option might be to go for iPad minis which are much more affordable and have very rich functionality now.

 *   How to motivate teachers who are not used to ICT at their lessons?

Show them examples of good practice, articulate clearly what the benefits are, show them how technologies can motivate students, improve their results, and safe the teachers time.

 *   How to foster the avoiding of student drop-outs?

Effective use of learning analytics to identify at risk students early on.

 *   How assessment with e-portfolios can enhance students' performance in on-line courses, by means of personalization and personalized assessment?

Eportfolios offer a great way for students to demonstrate their learning and help to generate an ethos of lifelong learning.

Eva Suba
502 days ago

Prof. Grainne Conole's burning issue for discussion:

Using technologies effectively to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Ildiko Mazar
502 days ago

How to organize the "Use 1 PC for 1 pupil model" (Moodle) at school with limited finances?

Are the finances really limited? Before any teacher blames the lack of money, it's worth to look around and see if:

  • the infrastructure (PCs, laptops, tablets) is actually available;
  • there are programmes and/or funds that would allow the purchase of technology;
  • (as Grainne also suggested) there could be alternative, cheaper/already available devices for pupils to use.