Research in Distance Education 2011

Richard Noss at RIDE 2011

The CDE’s annual conference for 2011 was held on 26 October, once again in Senate House.  As usual since we began using the Research in Distance Education theme a few years ago, two fascinating keynotes bookended the day, with parallel sessions providing lots of discussion points and sharing of recent research both from within and outside the University of London.
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The opening keynote presentation, by Professor Eileen Scanlon, Associate Director (Research and Scholarship) at the Open University considered research on elearning, in particular on technology enabled science learning conducted in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University. Reference was made to different approaches used to  enhance science learning using technology, including the use of mobile technology to support formal, informal and situated science education.
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In his closing talk, Professor Richard Noss (Co-Director, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education) re-evaluated what is becoming possible to teach and learn in our current dynamic computational era that was, quite simply, more or less unlearnable and unteachable before.  Diverse touchstones of the talk included the computer as an agent of change, Seymour Papert and Angry Birds.
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In between these two sessions saw presentations and panel discussions across our three conference themes of design for learning, supporting teaching and learning and assessment, and workshops on mobile learning, open educational resources and retention and progression.
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We will be making outputs from RIDE 2011 available over the next few weeks, including videos of the keynote sessions, podcasts, presentation slides, reports and photos.  Check out the list below for what is available:
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