The international symposium on Digital Methodologies in Educational Research will be held on 16th-17th May 2013.
The event is funded by Digital Social Research, a new phase of the ESRC e-Social Science program and organised by the University of Central Lancashire in association with the UCLan Centre for Research-Informed Teaching.
Venue: Brockholes Conference Centre in Preston, UK: http://www.brockholes.org/
Invited Speakers: Professor Martin Weller (The Open University, UK) and Stephen Downes (National Research Council, Canada)
Call for papers: 1st December 2012 - 28th February 2013
Abstract submissions to: Dr Michael Thomas (MThomas4@...
Call for Papers
The purpose of this two-day symposium is to develop and support digitally-enabled research across the field of education. By providing a forum for the discussion of digital approaches, the event will enable the exchange of methodologies, ideas, expertise and knowledge and present educational researchers, practitioners and doctoral students with opportunities to develop new networks and share good practice. The use of new digital research methodologies in education is rapidly developing in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. Across education digital methods are being used to address new practices related to the changing landscape of research collaboration, observation, analysis and dissemination. As a result of Web 2.0 technologies, educational researchers are also increasingly turning to new approaches to research computer-mediated communication, involving social media, social networks and virtual immersive environments. The symposium will address the key issues related to the Digital Social Research Strategy, particularly in relation to the challenges posed by data collection and analysis in the digital age, including trust and quality, interoperability and data preservation in an educational context. The event is aimed at established as well as early career researchers and postgraduate students.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words are now being accepted on the following or related themes:
- the use of social media and social networking
- openness and digital research
- massive open online courses and communities
- scholarship in the digital age
- ethics and digital research
- methods of online data collection and analysis
- digital ethnography
- the use of mobile applications
Proposals will be accepted in the following categories: research papers, posters and workshops. Abstracts should be sent to Dr Michael Thomas (MThomas4@...
) no later than 28th February 2013. Successful participants will be notified of acceptance by 15th March 2013.
Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the UK Open University. He chaired the OU's first major eLearning course in 1999 with over 15,000 students, and was Director for the OU's VLE project. His new book, The Digital Scholar, looks at issues related to digital research and was published by Bloomsbury under a creative commons licence. His previous books include Virtual Learning Environments: Using, Choosing and Developing Your VLE (2007) and Delivering Learning on the Net: The Why, What and How of Online Education (2002).
Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specialises in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy. Downes is best known perhaps for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world. He has published numerous articles online and including "The Future of Online Learning" (1998), "Learning Objects" (2000), "Resource Profiles (2003) and E-Learning 2.0" (2005).
Dr Michael Thomas BA (Hons) M.Ed. MBA Ph.D. FHEA
School of Language, Literature and International Studies
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
T: +44 (0) 1772 893148
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