e-Learning and Pedagogy
Updates from the e-Learning and Pedagogy strand work is available on the e-Learning and Pedagogy site
To be successful new software should be developed in close consultation with users. In the case of technology to support learning that means consulting with both teachers and learners. The e-Learning and Pedagogy strand of the e-learning programme is exploring the complex interactions between teachers, learners and technology. The aim is to help teachers and learners develop a deeper understanding of how they use technology. And ultimately to make teaching practice more effective. This work clearly complements the work of the other strands of the programme particularly the development of frameworks and tools.
In January 2004 a number of projects were funded under the broad theme ‘Designing for Learning’. This theme is looking at how teachers and practitioners design learning activities for learners. The work of this theme focused on four areas. The first area focused on developing ways of linking theory to practice. The second study aimed to define effective tools, resources, institutional and national support services. A third area looked at the learning design concept and tools. Finally, a set of case studies has been developed to illustrate examples of effective practice. The Effective Practice with e-Learning guide summarises the work of this theme and is a useful introduction to some of the more theoretical work (see key resources).
The learner perspective is being addressed in the Understanding my Learning theme. This work began in January 2005 and is looking at how learners view e-learning, what technologies they use and why. Part of this work will include a survey of learners. An overview of the understanding my learning theme on the JISC site provides the rationale for this work.
What are the benefits of this work? Teachers and practitioners will be able to identify which learning perspective they prefer and make informed decisions about which approaches and resources would best suit their context. Software developers will benefit because practitioners will be able to articulate more clearly what they need from an e-learning system. Learners will have new ways to think about their learning activities.
A community of pedagogy experts have been involved from the beginning in supporting and advising this strand of the programme. There is also an email list for information about the strand and the pedagogy experts meetings: EPED-EXPERTS@jiscmail.ac.uk. Information on the Pedagogy experts group and how to join the email list can be found on the pedagogy area of the strand web site.
To find out more about the e-learning and pedagogy strand, we've identified some key features and resources in the menu on the left. There are also news items that relate to the e-Learning and Pedagogy strand.