this semester’s first seminar

[February 14. 1:15 pm CET]
Supporting learner engagement in the process of self-directed inquiry in open and flexible international learning environments
Brian Hudson, Department of Interactive Media and Learning, Umeå University

In this seminar I will talk about recent research with students at masters level that has explored the opportunities afforded by new technologies for collaborative learning. This has highlighted the importance of “social infrastructure” in supporting learner engagement in open and flexible learning environments, including online learning environments. The associated development has involved working with students in international contexts with the aim of developing knowledge and understanding of educational research methodologies and methods and the subsequent application of these to teaching and learning situations that utilise new technologies. I will also talk about current work that involves supporting dissertation students in their engagement with the process of self-directed inquiry. In particular I am interested in exploiting the affordances of new technologies for promoting peer support through encouraging their commitment to the online learning community as part of the continual construction of their professional identities. Findings will be reported from recent experimental work with the use of web-based group video conferencing technologies to support virtual seminars.

The seminar will be live broadcast, archived and mp3:ed.

Brian will make a great addition to ICT and learning/digital culture community here at Umeå University and we are happy he has accepted a chair at this university.

Right after Brian’s seminar (3.15 pm) there will be an art performance in the lab by Lisa Alfredsson:

Släppte ut den [let it loose]
Såg den [saw it]
Tyckte om den [liked it]
Tog hand om den [took care of it]

All welcome!