Home group 2
Summary of discussions on the keynotes at the Cambridge Int. Conf. on Open and Distance Learning
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3 October 2009
From Roger Mills:
Home Group 2 – Summary: Luke Strongman (Secretary)
Key Note Speaker 1: Professor Mitra – Street interface peer learning in India
- More ethnographic research needed in the psychology of peer group pressure in Open and Distance Learning
- The relationship between prescriptive and autonomous education should be examined
- The move away from teacher-centred to learner-centred teaching needs to be problematised
Key Note Speaker 2: Professor Paulsen – Student Profiles
- Transparency/Privacy issue in student profiles
- Management issues – reliability/quality/time-frame with assignments (autocratic or flexible working environment).
- Cultural component to databases
Key Note Speaker 3: Professor Conole - Cloudworks
- Scaleability – does the number of student participants effect ‘Cloudworks’ – is there a communication threshold or are there single groups talking to themselves?
- Does social networking and curricular design knowledge help make academic more practical or is it peripheral to core activity?
- What makes for successful innovation?
Key Note Speaker 4: Susan D’Antoni, UNESCO - Open Course software
- What are the potential uses for students and academics, who does it support? Students or teachers?
- Places emphasis on management of knowledge – revises relationship of student to the learning community
- How does it effect the role of the TEO visa ve teaching or credentialing
- How does it benefit developing countries