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The learner's voice in higher education

Towle, G. and Howe, R. (2008) The learner's voice in higher education. Other presented to: University of Northampton’s Learning and Teaching Conference: Creating Contemporary Student Learning Environments, University of Northampton, 14 May 2008. (Unpublished)

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Abstract: Little research has been conducted into the learner's experiences and opinions of e-learning. As part of a series of JISC funded project on learners and e-learning, E4L (E-learning for learners) focuses on adult and community learners (ACL) and those from Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE). Interviews were conducted with nine learners on HE courses at the University of Northampton, providing a snapshot of their personal experiences and opinions. These learners were sampled using a modification of Salmon's 5-step model to assess the proficiency of e-communication of prospective participants as it was determined that communication pays an important part in learning. Tasks were created in a VLE to assess their e-communication proficiency. The selected participants were those who were proficient e-communicators and successfully completed the tasks. This paper provides a snapshot of personal experiences of HE students at the University of Northampton including disabled and those with English as a second language. Initial findings indicate that the learners are audio/visual and generally prefer the interactivity of e-learning. There is the desire for everything they need in one place, a 'one stop shop' where they can access different module materials, their emails and other aspects such as coursework updates and calendars
Uncontrolled Keywords: learners voice; E4L; 5 step model; e-learning; virtual learning environment; methodology; sampling
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1028.43 Computers in education. Web-based instruction. Educational technology
L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education > LC5800 Distance education
Creators: Towle, Gemma and Howe, Rob
Corporate Creators: University of Northampton
Funders or Sponsors: JISC
Projects: E4L, JISC learner experiences
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Education, Training and Skills
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > University Departments > Library and Learning Services
Date: 14 May 2008
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: University of Northampton’s Learning and Teaching Conference: Creating Contemporary Student Learning Environments
Event Dates: 14 May 2008
Event Location: University of Northampton
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
Refereed: Yes

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