Webinar, 1 May 2008, Methods for Researching the Learner Experience

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Format of the day

Join us in the forums from 11 am. If you can’t make the day, you can join in later in the forums.RegistrationTo ensure we manage the technical requirements correctly it would be useful to know numbers: please sign up in advance if you plan to attend, by adding your name to the wiki page (click the wiki tab), or, if you’ve mislaid your wiki login, by emailing elesig@reachfurther.comWe recommend taking a look at the suggested links before the seminar if possible.Schedule: 1st May10 am – Welcome, orientation and introduction with Helen WhiteheadELESIG chatroom (front page of ELESIG Ning) plus a discussion in the forumsAsk questions about Ning and ELESIG. If you’re lost ask here!11 am – Doug Gowan: Listening to Learners’ VoicesMethods used in the LeX studyIn the forumsThe LEX papers include a methodology report (PDF)The LEX report pages, including methodology, are at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elp_learneroutcomesThe report is essential reading for anyone interested in learner experience research and qualitative methods in general.Doug says: LEX used a modified version of a qualitative method known as IPA – Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. We summarised the approach as: each learner is expert in their own learning. Every part of the analysis is grounded in what learners said to us. The IPA method as you will see from the report places a great emphasis on detailed transcript analysis. The LEX studies were entirely qualitative – at many points the team was heard to complain that we had too much data!3 pm – Rhona Sharpe (chair): Using Surveys in Learner Experience ResearchIn the forumsThis builds on the Pathfinder Surveys at http://mw.brookes.ac.uk/display/GR001/EvaluationParticipants in the session should make sure they have a copy of the survey in front of them. We will also look at the SEEL survey methods and experiences of using SurveyMonkey. If you have a favourite survey tool or good survey methodology, please be prepared to share with us.4 pm – Launch of cluster groups As the membership of ELESIG is now over 100 people, we are suggesting that the main phase of our work takes place in smaller clusters. The idea is that each cluster aims to produce something e.g. an article, helpsheet, briefing paper, bid/outline for a new project, or annotated resource list by the ELESIG Summer Symposium on 9 July 2008.A few clusters already seem to be emerging:

  • Making a response to the Committee of Inquiry
  • Online research methods e.g. email interviewing, ethnography, audio logs
  • Interviewing: questioning, analysis, coding, software
  • Learners’ experiences in adult, continuing and further education.

We will use this slot to explain the idea about clusters and give you time to join one or set up a new one.4.30 pm – Close

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