Category - Projects

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Learning Dispositions + Authentic Inquiry in a Primary School
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Research Metro Map
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10 years to wrestle with complexity + learning?
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Parent Yarns—Learning Together: parent engagement in Australian schools
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PhD: Learning Analytics for Learning Power

Learning Dispositions + Authentic Inquiry in a Primary School

What happens when you turn a curriculum topic over to 10-11 year old children,  give them freedom to choose their focus, and increasing autonomy to make their own decisions to design, create and run a showcase event? Indeed, how do staff cope with stepping back like this? If Ofsted inspectors were to walk in, how could the school evidence learning? How can you evidence the development of lifelong learning dispositions, and how does this relate to the school’s strategic concerns about the progress of different pupil groups on traditional attainment measures? What roles do social learning tools like reflective blogging have to play? This movie provides a brief glimpse into a two year series of pilots at Bushfield School, documented[…]

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Research Metro Map

At the Festival of Postgraduate Research event held on Friday 21/02/2014 at Bristol, we presented a metro map of our research interests. Not surprisingly there was a great deal of overlap in our research areas – which has been plotted on the metro map. Although it provided visitors to our stall with a great overview of our research interests, it was more important to us, as a research centre, to see the relationships between us.  What was interesting was being able to observe the emergence of a dialogue as we looked at the map on the day, not only in terms of shared interests but in the potential links. We intend to continue the discussion to develop this map further[…]

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10 years to wrestle with complexity + learning?

The European Future & Emerging Technologies Flagships competition has the following mission: FET Flagships are ambitious large-scale, science-driven, research initiatives that aim to achieve a visionary goal. The scientific advance should provide a strong and broad basis for future technological innovation and economic exploitation in a variety of areas, as well as novel benefits for society. Human-Centred Computing and the Learning Sciences tend not to land “Big Science” projects like the Human Genome or Large Hadron Collider. But the over-arching theme of Complexity Science as a way of making sense of pervasive societal problems, and of the ‘big data’ it generates, provides the scale of vision for one of these Flagship projects. The Open University is a partner in the[…]

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Parent Yarns—Learning Together: parent engagement in Australian schools

During 2012, Australia’s largest children’s’ charity—The Smith Family—organised a series of parent/school engagement activities in Northern Territory schools that aimed to skill parents to confidently communicate with each other and collaborate with school staff to resolve student issues. Known as Parent Yarns—Learning Together, these sessions were facilitated by ViTaL partners, Julianne Willis and Marilynn Willis, who introduced the concept of ‘effective lifelong learning’ in considering how parents can best support their children to succeed at school.  The Smith Family’s vision is to support communities in   improving life outcomes for disadvantaged Australian children, with a particular focus on the challenges of working in Northern Territory schools where over 40 per cent of students are Indigenous. Seminar with Tess McPeake from[…]

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PhD: Learning Analytics for Learning Power

Learning Analytics for Learning Power Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK 3 year fully-funded PhD (Oct. 2012-Sept.2015), Stipend: £40,770 (£13,590/year) Supervisors: Simon Buckingham Shum & Rebecca Ferguson, working in collaboration with Ruth Deakin Crick Full details SocialLearn Research blog…

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