Teacherbots

Will they take teacher’s jobs?

This month’s reading group addresses the topic of teacher bots and the use of AI in HE, which arose as a topic of interest at our last meeting. We suggest you read at least one reading from ‘Current projects’ and one from ‘Context’. But you are of course very welcome to read more! Questions to consider What are the …

Top 10 digital education articles of 2017

The top research of 2017 as selected by the NIDL

This month’s reading group is on Thurs 1st of February 6pm at the UCL Arena Centre, Floor 10, 1-19 Torrington Place. We’ll be each be reading our personal selections from the 100% open access top ten articles of 2017 as reviewed by the National Institute for Digital Learning (Republic of Ireland). That way we should between us …

Classroom Voting

Should you recommend hardware clickers or software, or a mix of both?

What types of questions are most effective? What else do you need to bear in mind when implementing a new classroom voting solution? What does the research say? What effective practices should we be promoting to educators? Read as little or as much as you like, and feel free to bring refreshments. If you just …

“Does eLearning Work?” paper discussion + Skype with author Will Thalheimer

The question that haunts learning technologists.

E-Learning works better than face-to-face learning! No! Face-to-face learning always works better than e-Learning! No! Blended! Who’s right? It’s worth worrying about. As an LTech professional, do you know what kind of medicine you’re prescribing? We need to be able to justify our learning interventions beyond buzzwords like ‘innovate!’ ‘disrupt!’ and ‘digital!’ What does the research say? How rigorous …

Lecturers vs the internet

The battle for students’ attention.

Would you leave students to their own devices? Are they adults with cognitive control making choices which affect nobody but themselves? Do the benefits for on-task device users outweigh the harms? Or is social media more like passive smoking, spreading distraction in the vicinity? If device use in class affects performance in assessment, then who …

Discussion Forums

Why do we meet in person instead of having online discussions?

How can we design/facilitate online discussion groups to promote reflection and critical discussion? How important is the social climate in online discussion groups, and why? What can facilitators do to establish a favourable social climate? Almost all of the articles below are freely available. Read as much or as little as you want to (lots of options this …

E-learning in qualitative disciplines

What happens when the discrete and quantifiable in e-learning meets the amorphous and qualitative in the humanities?

Over the last ten years, technological research tools for qualitative disciplines have been enthusiastically explored. However, academics in these same disciplines have often been reluctant to engage with learning technology. Many see e-learning – particularly assessment tools – as more suited to quantitative disciplines, or fields with less ambiguity. The readings below touch on the …

Pedagogic video

Students are demanding it.

Does video improve learning outcomes better than text? How do learners feel about video? How do you produce pedagogically effective video? Why do so many online courses rely so much on video? – and so many of those expensively produced with talking heads? Main readings Hansch, Anna, Lisa Hillers, Katherine McConachie, Christopher Newman, Thomas Schildhauer, …

Peer- and self-assessment

Two of the most powerful tools for enriching learning experiences.

And for your reading pleasure, please peruse items in the first section of this resource list: http://readinglists.ucl.ac.uk/lists/C41FAE83-572B-5061-D749-27ABF6734F77.html If you read only one thing: Let it be: The assessment cycle: a model for learning through peer assessment – Daniel Reinholz Recommended: Developing employability skills: peer assessment in higher education – Simon Cassidy And watch: Dr. Heidi Andrade, Ed.D. Reflects on Self- and Peer …

The TEF

It’s here now, but what is it? And where is it going?

Is the TEF a good idea? Is this the right way to implement it? How will it affect us as champions of effective education? Read as much or as little as you want to, and feel free to recommend other articles. We suggest you read at least items 1, 2, 3 and 4. Section 5 …