Friday, 27 July 2007

Block 1 readings

As promised, some early readings. And they are not just "early" in the course. Several are early in the sense of being older in the field. That's because they're part of the "scene-setting" that goes on in Block 1 ("Contextualising the field"). The cutting-edge stuff comes later!

Further caveats: Firstly, most of the readings are not freely available online. H809 students will get access through OU subscriptions. Secondly, you haven't got the course materials or tutorial activities that "scaffold" the readings. Again, H809 students get these during the course.

  1. Hiltz, S. R. and Meinke, R. (1989) ‘Teaching Sociology in a Virtual Classroom’, Teaching Sociology, vol. 17, no. 4. pp. 431-446.

  2. Wegerif, R. and Mercer, N. (1997) ‘Using computer-based text analysis to integrate qualitative and quantitative methods in research on collaborative learning’, Language and Education, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 271-286

  3. OECD (2005) E-learning in Tertiary Education: Where do we stand?, Paris, OECD

  4. Laurillard, D. (1994) ‘How Can Learning Technologies Improve Learning?’ Law Technology Journal, vol. 3, no. 2

  5. Oliver, M., Roberts, G., Beetham, H., Ingraham, B. and Dyke, M. (2007) ‘Knowledge, society and perspectives on learning technology’, in G. Conole and M. Oliver (eds) Contemporary Perspectives on E-learning Research, London, RoutledgeFalmer

  6. Hewer, S. and Mogey, N. (eds) (1997) LTDI Case Studies, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, ISBN: 0 9528731 3 3; also available online (Accessed 22 June 2007)

  7. Roschelle, J. (1992) ‘Learning by Collaborating: Convergent Conceptual Change’, Journal of the Learning Sciences, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 235-276

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

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We are looking for tutors who are interested in being part of this. If you've experience of researching the use of technology for learning, or even if you have a more general broad educational research background, please see the employment advert.