Conole: Addressing the digital learning challenge

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Gráinne Conole
22 November 2010

This presentation considers the impact of new social, open and participatory media on learning. It draws on a recent review of Web 2.0 tools and a review of new forms of pedagogy. It lists Jenkins et  al.'s digital literacties that they argue are need to participate in these new forms of participatory cultures. It suggests learning design as a methodology for enabling teachers and learners to make more effective use of technologies. It concludes by listing the key questions facing our research field and suggests a number of approaches that might be used to address these.

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Key questions

  • How has the context of learning changed as a result of the ongoing co-evolution of tools and use?
  • What new assessment practices do we need?
  • How can we harness increasingly sophisticated e-assessment tools?
  • What new digital literacies are needed for both teachers & learners?
  • How do we assess beyond the individual (others plus tools)?
  • How do we devise pathways for navigating an increasingly complex digital landscape?
  • Does Learning Design offer a new approach to guide practitioners to make effective use of new technologies?

Gráinne Conole
10:56 on 22 November 2010

  • Fund projects which focus on the key issues
  • Ensure a better connect between research, theory and practice  
  • Facilitate networks of researchers and practitioners to share practice  
  • Harness outputs and disseminate to policy makers, researchers and practitioners

Gráinne Conole
10:57 on 22 November 2010


Conole, G. (2010a), Review of pedagogical models and frameworks, report for the HEFCE e-learning task force, available online 

Conole, G., (2010b), Learning Design – making practice explicit, ConnectEd Conference, Sydney, 30th June 2010, 

Conole, G. and Alevizou, P., (2010), A literature review of Web 2.0 tools in Higher Education, HE Academy, 

De Freitas, S. and Conole, G.,  (2010), The influence of pervasive and integrative tools on learners’ experiences and expectations of study, in R. Sharpe, H. Beetham and S. De Freitas (Eds), Rethinking learning for a digital age, London: Routledge, 15-30, 

Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushtma, R.., Robison, A., and Weigel, M., (2006), Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: media education for the 21st Century, available online at{7E45C7E0-A3E0-4B89-AC9C-E807E1B0AE4E}/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF

Gráinne Conole
10:57 on 22 November 2010

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Gráinne Conole
10:59am 22 November 2010

I've added the key questions and suggested approaches to address these challenges that I conclude my talk with.

  • What do you think of these?
  • Are there other questions we should be exploring?
  • Are there other approaches we could use?

fred garnett
11:10am 22 November 2010

Thoughtful and relevant combination of points as usual Grainne. I used your pedagogical review paper with Etienne Wenger's concept of Technology Stewards (who walk at 45 degrees!) for an upcoming paper about how we might enable tech & soc integration in institutions. Also Thomas Cochrane's use of the PAH Continuum in designing tech use for his BA in Product Design shows a move towards process models of supporting learning away from output models, I think.

And pop-up learning and critical pedagogies in Cultural Sector too! Perhaps :-)

Gráinne Conole
11:25am 22 November 2010

Sounds interesting Fred will take a look! 

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