One of the papers in this morning’s proceedings session focused on technology-supported work based learning from the university of Northumbria. The authors did a multiple case study of MSc and BSc programs delivered online to full-time employees.
The main findings that I picked up from interviews and questionnaires amongst the main stakeholders:
- Teachers are more negative about VLE and other technologies than students.
- Employer expectations of HE institution do not fit, and vice versa.
- Role of mentors at employer side is crucial.
- Get all stakeholders involved in the initial negociation about the learning contract.
Worthwhile reading, although it could use some more reference to existing research on online / distance delivery.
Next to the keynote, the first day at the 18th conference of the Association for Learning Technology (#ALTC2011) had so many interesting sessions on the programme that it was hard to choose (in French: l’embarras du choix – hence the picture above). One slot was pre-scheduled, as I had to chair the session, but the others were yet to be filled. So what did I learn? Here’s the short version.
All in all a very fruitful first day, in which I had some good conversations, started following a number of new tweeps, met some old friends, and started blogging again. I also noticed that I prefermy laptop for tweeting, rather than the HTC smartphone I borrowed from CELSTEC.
Note from editor: Is this the short version? This post is much too long, BOO!