Learner experience panel grilling…

Edin3Today’s meeting of the Learner Experience project  consisted of a “Panel discussion”. We had one half of each team on a panel – in classic Question Time mode – and half of us planted in the audience – with very tricky questions from different stakeholder perspectives. A really interesting approach which generated some great discussion and provided useful practice for all of us involved in the projects for addressing these types of questions in our own context. EdinSo my question was as a practitioner – ‘I’ve heard a lot of stuff about what learners do with technology, ask but what do the learners say works? But I never got to ask it!! Other questions include a Pro VC thinking about the relevance of the outcomes of the projects for their learning and teaching strategy. Another question was on work-based learning – how will the findings from the projects support distributed learning? An institutional IT manager wanted clarity about the balance of institutionally supported technologies vs. freely available or loosely committed systems?!!  How are the findings of the projects going to be integrated into other institutions and via national bodies such as BECTA, the HE Academy, JISC, etc?Edin1Discussion included debates on the link to institutional policy, samples of the findings from across the projects and what that meant for the particular question being posed, student retention, effective e-learners and their strategies for engaging with technologies, information literacies and key skills agenda, integration of best practice, mismatch between the change in use of technologies and institutional decision making process and projection, relationship to the design and use of institutional spaces, attitudes of staff to the shifts in technologies and their implications for practice. A particularly nice touch is that the exercise included some students as well and their feedback and insights were particularly useful.      

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