The session reports on two studies based around Jisc’s investigation into the Next Generation of Digital Learning Environments. The first study asked questions about the technology in use, and emergent technologies that impact on learning and teaching. This involved framing the question as a “what if” and a “what would” around next generation digital learning technologies. This methodology relied on passive recruitment, with participants contributing a range of submissions from as short as a tweet to extensive papers.
The second report is based on data elicited from interviews with teaching staff about their practice. The methodology was to recruit teaching staff and use the same set of questions to interview each. Example questions include Tell me about the teaching you do. Where do you teach? How do you learn about teaching? Who do you talk to/communicate with about teaching? What is the balance of teaching with the rest of the work you do? What do you wish you could do around teaching? What are you not getting to do that you would like to be able to do?
The session will report back the research and conclusions. It will look critically at the role of a variety of actors in the learning environment space, including learning technologists, academics and vendors and discuss implications for current and future developments.
Session content: evaluation and reflection
This session is based on two separate projects that yielded data about HE and FE perspectives on learning technology, and also about the nature of their teaching practices. Whilst we take as a starting point the themes that emerge from each project, and discuss the links between discussions of technology and teaching practice, it should be noted that the substantial part of this paper will be the conclusions drawn from a contextual inquiry into teaching practices, and not be technology driven.
the content of session will include:
Methodology of both projects and a comparative discussion of the value of qualitative vs quantitative approaches
Results from the second, teaching practice project.
Discussion of the conclusions drawn from both projects
Discussion of the implications of our analysis of the data collected, and the impact it may have on education technology, practice and policy.
Phipps, L, Allen, R, Hartland, D (2018) Next Generation [Digital] Learning Environments: Present and Future, Jisc
Phipps,L, Lanclos D (2017) Leading with digital in an age of supercomplexity. Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning. v.1 n.2
Lanclos, D. (2016) “Ethnographic approaches to the practices of scholarly communication: tackling the mess of academia.” Insights. 29(3), pp.239–248.
Resources for participants