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Researching learners' experiences and uses of technology using action research

Oxford Brookes University via EMMA

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Overview

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) into Learner Experience Research (#LERMOOC) is offered by and for members of the ELESIG community (elesig.net). ELESIG is a community for those interested in educational evaluations that investigate learners’ experiences with technology.

The course is a community-based development, where many ELESIG members are offering to share their knowledge and experiences through writing case studies, producing videos, moderating activities and presenting at webinars.

Because of all the different people who have been involved, you may find that #LERMOOC looks and feels different from other MOOCs you may have completed. We hope you enjoy exploring a range of different perspectives and approaches each week.

We also hope you feel part of this community, and are able to share and contribute to the resources we are collecting here. If you are a social networker and post about the MOOC, please use the hashtag #LERMOOC (and #ELESIG if you have enough characters).

We have chosen to focus on one research approach – action research – as a way of conducting research into learners' experiences of technologies.

In this course, you will work on a plan for a small-scale action research project in preparation to write and publish about student learner experience. You will consider why we need learner experience research and follow a series of activities to guide you through the process.

This MOOC has 6 lessons, with each lesson divided into several units. If you want to complete all the activities, you will need 3-4 hours per week. You can do additional readings and activities to expand upon some of the topics.

Syllabus

Lesson 1 - Welcome and getting started: Why we need learner experience research by Dr. Vicki Dale
Lesson 2 - Methods to use in the field of learner experience research by Professor Rhona Sharpe
Lesson 3 - Carrying out Action Research by Dr. George Roberts
Lesson 4 - Writing up your Action Research by Dr. Sue Becker
Lesson 5 - Publication and Dissemination by Tünde Varga-Atkins
Lesson 6 - Consolidating the Course by Sandra Huskinson

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Vicki Dale

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