Inspiration for my project work

H818 Activity 1.6: Presentations and papers to inspire my project work

This activity includes looking at some research which is starting to inform and inspire me on my project direction:

  1. Visual Understanding Environment http://vue.tufts.edu/
  2. ALTC Blog ‘Understanding How People Learn’, July 6, 2015 8:22 am https://altc.alt.ac.uk/blog/2015/07/understanding-how-people-learn/
  3. ‘Adapting online learning resources for all: planning for professionalism in accessibility’, http://www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/view/18699/html, Research in Learning Technology
  4. Richard Mather, ‘A mixed-methods exploration of an environment for learning computer programming’ http://www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/download/27179/pdf_16 Research in Learning Technology 2012, 20: 18699 – http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v20i0.18699
  5. Lisa Marie Blaschke, ‘Using social media to engage and develop the online learner in self-determined learning’, Research in Learning Technology 2014, 22: 21635 – http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v22.21635
  6. Blaschke, L.M. (2012). Using social media to engage and develop online learners. In Proceedings of the Seventh European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) Research Workshop, October 22-23, 2012. Leuven, Belgium. Available from:  http://lisamarieblaschke.pbworks.com/w/file/59193861/Blaschke_EDEN_2012_Leuven_FINAL.pdf
  7. Also by the same author http://lisamarieblaschke.pbworks.com/f/Blaschke_Heutagogy_EDEN_2011_4February2011.doc
  8. ALTC Blog ‘Developing and Reviewing Online Courses: Items for Consideration’, November 7, 2011 10:30 am, Clayton R. Wright, https://altc.alt.ac.uk/blog/2011/11/developing-and-reviewing-online-courses-items-for-consideration/
  9. Ana Loureiro, Teresa Bettencourt, The Use of Virtual Environments as an Extended Classroom – A Case Study with Adult Learners in Tertiary Education, Procedia Technology, Volume 13, 2014, Pages 97-106, ISSN 2212-0173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.protcy.2014.02.013 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212017314000231

Selected work: Blaschke, L.M. (2012). Using social media to engage and develop online learners. In Proceedings of the Seventh European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) Research Workshop, October 22-23, 2012. Leuven, Belgium.

Shared URL: 

http://lisamarieblaschke.pbworks.com/w/file/59193861/Blaschke_EDEN_2012_Leuven_FINAL.pdf

Explanation of why the shared URL interests me:

I chose this paper because it explores some of the benefits, limitations and particular challenges (of which there are many) of social media as a means of capturing learners interest and this is something which is a key requirement of my project for H818. The educational framework of heutagogy, or self-determined learning, is a concept which I think might help as a catalyst to engage learners within the sports turf industry primarily because there is already a strong connectedness between many members, through the use of Facebook and Twitter. How this is blended together into a coherent learning platform which utilises “immersive” technologies in a way that empowers learners to collaborate and also enthuse them in their learning journey is what I consider the project process will explore and debate.

I have used immersive in speech marks as my thoughts are that it would not necessarily be immersive in that way that 3D gaming technology is immersive, but rather in a way which draws learners into actively engaging with their learning experience through an absorbing learning platform, which may involve the incorporation of a range of technologies which interact seamlessly for a learner.

The aim of the project and end product, which is something that would manifest itself as part of the future planning and outcome after the course has finished, would be to evidence a significant increase in the number of industry members engaging with learning and also as part of a lifelong learning process.

The article provides not just an interesting starting point for the project, but also identifies a range of challenges that would need to be addressed if a viable project was to succeed.

That’s my thoughts for the time being anyway, so whilst there are many ideas and pathways developing from this, there is a common thread which I am starting to focus on.

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