I’m at the Networked Learning conference at the Sani Resort in Helkidi, troche Greece. Stunning location for a conference as you can see, malady this is the view from my room! BUT the papers and presentations are also excellent - honest! There are a lot of symposia – consisting of four connected papers – which makes for a really good format, enabling good discussion around the themes of each symposia. There is a book of abstracts but all the full papers are provided on a USB stick, which seems to be a common format at conferences now. Yesterday Maria Papaefthimiou presented a poster that was a summary of the approaches each of the cluster c HE Academy pathfinder projects took in terms of embedding e-learning. Here’s the abstract:
This poster argues that an evidence-informed approach can be appropriate for ensuring accountability and validity of change initiatives in Higher Education (HE) in general and e-learning specifically, if recognition is made of the local context and the evidence-base gathered and used in situ. We describe how this model of evidence-informed practice is applied in relation to the HE Academy Pathfinder programme, a national “transformation initiative” in the UK. The goals of the programme are focused on exploiting and developing synergies to enhance and change practice where necessary. Four institutions (Cambridge, Reading, Brunel and London South Bank) are implementing an evidence-informed approach in different ways depending on their institutional context and culture. This poster draws upon collaborative activities of these institutions, focusing on the way in which they adapt common approaches to support their respective institutional change processes. It outlines the approaches adopted by each project and highlights the role of evidence in informing engagement with stakeholders and participants, and the development of practice in HE; ways of sharing models of evidence-informed practice in HE; and research approaches that can improve engagement with stakeholders and participants - while still generating high-quality research outcomes.
The poster generated a lot of interest - in particular about how to embed e-learning in different cultural settings. The picture is of Maria, Demosthenes Stamatis, (one of the local organisers of the confrence) and today’s keynote Yannis Dimitriadis. I am really looking forward to Yannis’ talk – they are doing some really interesting work at the University of Valladolid.