This year’s conference theme picks up an issue being discussed across campuses this year. We first looked at the student learning experience at #durbbu in 2005 when the conference title was “In front of the Blackboard: the learner’s experience“.
We feel there have been significant developments that merit us re-visiting this topic, and doing so from a slightly different angle.
It’s also something that members of the Learning Technologies Team here at Durham have been exploring, with a recent “Student-Led” project providing some very candid and perceptive feedback on the local e-learning experience.
We know that others have been active in this area too, a good example of this is the report Engagement through partnership: students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education that Mick Healey, Abbi Flint and Kathy Harrington have just published via the HEA.
We feel this is a very timely topic, which offers a challenge to our assumptions, practices and beliefs about learning and teaching. Many of the people involved in delivering and enabling online education are trying to create an educational experience that is very different from the one they experienced themselves as undergraduates.
Are our own experiences still valid reference points? Does embracing the concept of partnership mean we need to reconceptualise what it is to be a student, and/or a teacher? This view is not universally accepted – what are the consequences of rejecting or ignoring this challenge?
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