||LTRI news - September to December 2001
learning tool shortlisted for national award
Holley and Richard Haynes are national finalists in the prestigious annual
awards for the Institute of Logistics and Transport. The training and
development category asked particularly for innovative teaching ideas.
Their multimedia web-based 'INCOTERMS' tool is based on problem solving
activities during a shipping journey, where the students have audio and
visual clues to help them select the correct INCOTERM for use. Student
feedback is incorporated into the design, as is a selection of revision
materials. Finalists have been invited along to a gala dinner in October,
where prizes will be presented by the Institutes' patron, HRH The Princess
Royal. Debbie and Richard have recently presented the tool at a number
of conferences and will be carrying out evaluation and further research
work over the coming months. To view the INCOTERMS learning tool go to
Forum, 24-27 September, Sydney, Australia
A paper co-authored by LTRI's Mike Davis was presented at the ODLAA Forum,
the forum of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia.
'Lifelong learning and learning online', Darryl Dymock, Barbara Daley,
Saundra Wall Williams, Mike Davis, Bradley Courtenay, Karen Watkins. This
year's theme was '2001 - An Educational Odyssey: Issues in Open, Flexible
and Distance Learning'. More information about the forum is at: http://www.odlaa.org/
from Australia and New Zealand gave LTRI seminars
We had 2 distinguished speakers giving research seminars on Wednesday
Bronwyn Stuckey from the University of Wollongong, Australia, presented
'Investigating the affordances of online technologies to support teacher
Richard Elliot from UNITEC, New Zealand, presented 'Maximising the potential
of the World Wide Web in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education'.
at ALT-C 2001, 11-13 September, Edinburgh
members were selected to give a number of papers and sessions at the 8th
ALT Conference, the conference for the Association for Learning Technology,
held at the University of Edinburgh.
- Tom Boyle, with Cathy Gunn (Chair), Grainne Conole, Helen Beetham
and Bruce Ingraham. 'No blue skies without firm foundations: developing
theory for learning technology'. Panel session.
- Paul Bailey, ILRT, (Chair), with Janice Smith, LTRI, Adam Warren,
Southampton, Jen Harvey, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Helen Beetham
and Grainne Conole, ILRT. 'Six small steps to nirvana: pathways for
supporting the embedding of learning technologies.' Panel session.
- Mike Davis and Janice Smith 'Violence in Schools - Information on
the net'. Poster presentation on the VISIONARY project.
- Fiona French, Richard Haynes and Claire Bradley 'Building playful
multimedia environments for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences'.
- Bahman Jamshidnejad 'Responding to feedback: restructuring courses
in LT'. Poster presentation.
- Vivien Sieber 'A four-year evaluation of learning outcomes following
multimedia replacement of a genetics laboratory practical'. Poster presentation.
The theme for this year's conference was 'Changing learning
environments'. More details about the conference can be found at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/altc2001/
at Islington ICT Showcase
We had an exhibition stand and demonstrated work at a showcase event for
the Islington ICT Partnership held at Sadler's Wells Theatre on 31 October.
The Islington ICT Partnership, of which UNL is a member, brings together
a number of local providers to develop a co-ordinated approach to community-based
ICT learning opportunities across the borough.
Peter Oriogun presented SIMT seminar on 31 October
Peter presented a seminar entitled 'Towards the negotiation phase of requirements
capture for developing small-scale software using the enhanced PBLG' on
31 October between 1.00-2.00 in room EG212.
European funding awarded for PDCD Science project
Mike Davis has been awarded funding from the EUs Socrates-Minerva Programme
to run a three-year research project 'PDCD Science: Developing a periphery
driven curriculum development model for school science'. The project will
work with experienced and trainee science teachers and identify potential
areas of curriculum development that could incorporate active learning
environments, including C&IT, to enrich learning. The project starts
in September 2001, and is a collaboration with the Dublin Institute of
Technology and the University of Sofia in Bulgaria. More
information about the project and its aims is in the research section.
Mike Davis kicks off the new Higher Education
Research Seminar series
Mike Davis presented the first seminar in the HERS series at UNL on Tuesday
30 October. The seminar entitled 'Exploring autobiography as research
in Higher Education teaching and learning', was held in Room M143 in the
Debbie Holley also presents a seminar on Tuesday 16 April, entitled 'Problem-based
learning through multimedia'.
Holley registers for PhD
Debbie Holley has registered for a PhD in education and learning technologies
at University College London. Her supervisors are Professor Stephen Rowlands
and Dr Martin Oliver (formerly of UNL). Debbie will be looking at whether
learning technologies can be part of effective teaching and learning at
to Professorial Lecture at University College London
Professor Steven Rowlands is giving his inaugural lecture on Thursday
15th November at 5.30 pm, entitled "Is the University a place of
learning? Compliance and contestation in higher education". Admission
is free, and is at: Main Lecture Theatre, Cruciform Building, Gower Street,
London, WC1E 6BT.
projects for final year biology students
Vivien Sieber has an article in CAL-laborate, June 2001, Volume 6, entitled
'Web projects for final year biology students'. The article is online
with the LTSN centre for Biosciences
Vivien Sieber has been appointed as Discipline Consultant in Genetics
to the LTSN centre for Biosciences for the next year. Vivien says of her
appointment, "I hope we will be able to develop some interesting
new initiatives together". For more info about the centre and
its work see: http://bio.ltsn.ac.uk/
Teaching Company Scheme
A new Teaching Company Scheme has begun between SIMT and the Institution
of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM). The two-year project began in July
2001. An associate is employed by the University to work full-time at
IGEM, and Tom Boyle and Ray Jones provide consultancy. The scheme will
develop web publishing, e-Commerce and e-Learning solutions for IGEMs
members. More info in research
is working on UNLs Curriculum Evaluation Research
Peter Oriogun is part of the team conducting a longitudinal study
of student learning into the University's Capability Curriculum. The research
focuses on the cohort of students that enrolled as first year undergraduates
in September 1999, and who are now in their final year of study, on four
programmes: Applied Psychology, Business Administration/Business Studies,
Computer Science/Multimedia Technology and Film Studies. The data collection
data includes case study interviews, focus groups, module studies and
questionnaires. The project is headed by Carole Leathwood, aided by staff
from the Institute for Policy Studies in Education.
A summary report of the research so far was submitted to the Curriculum
Evaluation Steering Group on 17th July 2001. Peter Oriogun and John Cook
have authored 3 papers detailing module study from Multimedia students.
These papers are available on request from: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNL is hosting
the Java and the Internet in the Computing Curriculum conference
JICC6, the 6th conference for Java and the Internet in Computing Curriculum
conference will be held at UNL on January 21, 2002. The call for proposals
is open until November 16, 2001. The conference consists of presented
papers, tutorial workshops and technical presentations, covering:
* pedagogical issues concerning Java and the Internet
in the curriculum
* experience of teaching with and about Java and other
* educational implications of technical developments
in Java and the Internet.
For more information go to: http://homepages.unl.ac.uk/~chalkp/jicc/index.html
Conference (Bringing Information Technology to Education), 22-24 November
in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Richard Haynes and Fiona French presented a paper entitled 'Online learning
resources - the students' perspective'. The paper focuses on an
investigation of student attitudes to online learning resources, based
on the evaluation of a course in Cell Biology at the University of North
For more information about the conference go to http://www.bite2001.nl/
Tom Boyle has paper in JIME, the online interactive
Boyle has a paper in the online journal JIME, the Journal of Interactive
Media in Education, entitled 'Towards a Theoretical Base for Educational
Multimedia Design'. JIME is an interactive journal and papers are presented
online along with the debate between the author and reviewers. Readers
are then invited to make their own contribution to the debate. This 'open
peer commentary' lasts until November 22 2001. A good starting point for
entering the debate is the posting on October 3 by Tom under the heading
'General Comments on this Submission'. This posting gives a succinct overview
of the discussion with the reviewers.
Access the paper and debate from the JIME site: http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/
There are two other papers posted in this special edition on 'Theory for
Learning Technologies', by ex-members of UNL - John Cook on 'The Role
of Dialogue in Computer-Based Learning and Observing Learning: An Evolutionary
Approach to Theory' and Grainne Conole on 'Systematising Learning and
Research Information'. Readers are also invited to contribute to the debate
on these papers.
Two new members of staff have recently joined the TLTC team, and are
also joining the LTRI. Tina Simon is a Learning Technology Trainer/Developer,
and joins us from UCL, where she was the training and development officer
for the web team. Caroline Dobson is a Multimedia Developer/Trainer, and
is an experienced web designer and trainer.
They are based in G08 in the Learning Centre, and if you haven't met them
already, you will be able to meet them at the LTRI AwayDay on January
9-12 December, University of Melbourne, Australia
Two papers were presented at ASCILITE, the 18th annual conference of the
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
- 'Towards a pedagogically sound basis for learning object portability
and re-use', Tom Boyle and John Cook.
- 'Monitoring gender participation and promoting critical debate in
an online conference', John Cook, Peter Oriogun and Carole Leathwood
from the Institute for Policy Studies in Education at UNL.
More information is at: http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences.html
3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Problem Based Learning,
9-12 December, University of Newcastle, Australia
P. K. Oriogun, A. W. Ferguson, M. Ludmann, N. Maisuria, and M. Swhe Yu,
gave a paper entitled 'Using the Problem Based Learning Grid in the management
of a software engineering module: Towards an effective learning intervention
for final year undergraduates'.
This paper is a follow-on to the paper presented at the 2nd Asia Pacific
Conference on Problem Based Learning using the suggested Problem Based
Learning Grid (Oriogun and Georgiadou, 2000) - a management tool for learning
agents actions and responsibilities. The paper was accepted for the refereed
publication which accompanies the conference. As this is the main international
conference for Problem Based Learning, the Problem Based Learning Grid
(PBLG) is now a major contribution to the PBL agenda. For more information
about the conference see: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/conferences/PBL2001/
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