Masters of the digital age?
|Organization:||Oxford University Computing Services|
Jane Alexen Shuyska
|Keywords:||Postgraduates, Thema, design for learning, pedagogy, Web 2.0|
|Date:||08 Jul 2008|
|Full Title:||Masters of the digital age? A study of the (e-)learning experiences of taught postgraduate students and the implications for scaffolding teachersí engagement with technology.|
|Abstract:||Part of JISC's Learner Experiences of E-learning programme, the Thema project is exploring how students use digital technologies in their academic and social lives. It is currently tracking the experiences of 76 Master's students from a range of full-time and part-time courses at Oxford University. This will result in a small number of case studies, which will be contextualised within broader surveys yielding more quantitative data.
Data already gathered suggest that the provenance and previous education of Masterís students may have bearings on their overall experience of learning as well as on their perception of the institutional provision of technology at Oxford. Moreover, although the great majority of students are adept in their use of technology, the extent to which they spontaneously use newer tools such as Web 2.0 to support and manage their learning is less certain. They also appear to entertain a conservative perspective on pedagogy that suggests that we should instead look to teachers for innovation with respect to the roles of, and interactions between, teachers and learners. How the outcomes of Thema and related research might be integrated into staff training and development programmes, potentially through pedagogy planner tools, is an area for future research.
|Biography:||Liz Masterman has been researching and evaluating e-learning for over ten years, having previously worked in the commercial IT sector. She holds an MSc in Human-Centred Computer Systems from Sussex University and a PhD in Educational Technology from Birmingham University.
Liz is currently a senior researcher with the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services. Since August 2004 she has worked on a number of projects in the JISC Design for Learning programme, including the Phoebe Pedagogy Planner project. Within the JISC Learner Experiences of E-learning programme she is principal investigator of the Thema project, investigating the experiences of Masterís students in a digital age, in particular the role of technology in their academic and social lives.
Liz also has an interest in the integration of cognitive and sociocultural approaches in the design and evaluation of learning technologies.