2010 CDE Seminars

Details of CDE seminars and workshops held in 2010:

Why bids fail: Bidding for EU ICT research projects: This seminar gave an insider’s view on bidding for EU research funds. It focused on EU FP7 IST research instruments (IPs, STREPS etc), what they are, how they are evaluated, why bids fail and what a successful bid looks like. Presentation: Why bids fail

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Retention seminar series: This seminar series, run by CDE Fellow Ormond Simpson, looked at student support and retention in distance learning.  It featured the following presentations that can all be downloaded in podcast form from Ormond Ormond Simpson’s website [external link].  

  • Theories of Student Support: Are there are theories of student support which may help reduce dropout, and what is the biggest barrier to student retention?
  • Course Design, e-Learning and Student Retention: what do we need to know? Are there ways in which courses can be designed to increase student success whilst maintaining standards? And is e-learning a solution to student dropout, or a technological tapeworm in the guts of higher education (Noble)? What does research tell us?
  • Student retention: why bother? Looking at how we can measure retention in distance education, what the (sometimes surprising) results are and what the consequences of student dropout are for students, institutions and governments.
  • Supporting and retaining distance students: Looking at aspects of drop-out from distance education and how students’ retention might be improved. 

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Learning spaces: bridging the gap between personal and professional discourses: An opportunity for ePortfolio and Portal users from around the Colleges of the University of London (and beyond) to share their experiences and discuss issues with experts and other users. Presentation: Learning spaces.

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Lessons from Lassie: supporting library users at a distance: The seminar drew on evidence from the CDE-funded project Libraries and Social Software in Education (LASSIE) to review how libraries can best support students using new technologies. The project carried out a series of case studies using a number of web 2.0 tools such as blogs, social bookmarking, podcasting and social networking. It concluded that web 2.0 technologies could provide valuable information literacy support to distance learners. Presentation: Supporting library users at a distance.

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Feedback as dialogue and learning technologies: can e-assessment be formative? A seminar drawn from two projects that explored a range of assessment practices, and examined how they are implemented by establishing and comparing attitudes to assessment amongst tutors and students within three ODL environments: University of London International Programmes, King’s College London (ODL programmes) and the Open University. Presentation: Feedback as dialogue and learning technologies.

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