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  • Dante-Gabryell Monson
    http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Elearning_in_open_source_education http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dd35z22w_69g8mzxmg3 ... From: Cunningham, Brent
    Message 1 of 2 , May 22, 2008
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      From: Cunningham, Brent <brent.cunningham@...>
      Date: Thu, May 22, 2008 at 11:38 AM
      Subject: [tsolife-disc] E-learning in open source education: focus group invitation
      To: "Cunningham, Brent" <brent.cunningham@...>


      Dear all,


      You are invited to a focus group to look at pedagogies, teacher / learner roles and uses of e-learning within some alternative education initiatives. Please see the information sheet, abstract and reviews for more details (attached and linked below).


      Date and time: June 12, 2008, 18:00 - 19:00

      Location:
      Room G13
      King's College London
      James Clerk Maxwell Building
      57 Waterloo Road
      London, U.K.
      SE1 8WA

      If you would like to attend, please rsvp. As this is a focus group, numbers may be limited, but there will be opportunities for future presentations and discussions, so if you can't attend but would like to register your interest or receive further information about the research, please let me know. If there are any other concerns about access or inclusion, please mention these.

       

      For further information:

       

      Information sheet -  http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_69g8mzxmg3&hl=en
      Summary - http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Elearning_in_open_source_education
      Preliminary abstract - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_62dvmp3pg9&hl=en
      Review of initiatives - http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6WXmymvh2rNk-MlHn_uBOA
      Analysis of review
      - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_87drg6nwhk&hl=en

       

      Feel free to share this email with others who may be interested.

      Best wishes,

      Brent Cunningham

      Learning Technology Officer

      Nursing & Midwifery
      Kings College London
      Rm 2.31 James Clerk Maxwell Building
      57 Waterloo Road
      London, SE1 8WA
      0207 848 3916
      brent.cunningham@...

      --- x ---

       

       

       

      Focus group information sheet

       

      E-learning in 'open source' education 

       

      London, 12 June 2008

       

      The focus group is reviewing a range of adult education initiatives, many within the radical / critical tradition, looking at their educational approaches, teacher / learner roles and uses of e-learning1. A key premise of the research is that many of these approaches can be characterised as 'open source education. This concept is derived from computer software development and refers to collaborative teaching and learning where the distinction between teachers and students is rethought (Dillon & Bacon 2006).

       

      During the focus group we will discuss the potential value of these approaches and their uses of e-learning. There will be a presentation of the main ideas, an opportunity to view some of the websites and discussion both in smaller groups and the main group. It is free, open to anyone who is interested and attendance is voluntary. No specific knowledge is required. There will be light refreshments.

       

      The focus questions will be:

       

      •           How might pedagogical ideas from these approaches be useful to educators and learners generally?

      •           How might e-learning ideas or techniques from these be useful to educators and learners generally?

      •           Any other related comments?

       

      The research is mainly exploratory and aiming to begin evaluating the idea of 'open source education', identifying pedagogical and e-learning ideas or techniques from such approaches that can be useful. It is hoped that the focus group will be engaging for participants and stimulate discussion.

       

      The main themes and ideas will be noted during the focus group and reported as part of the research. Individual contributions will not be recorded. This will anonymise contributions while obtaining the core ideas of participants. The aim of the focus group is to obtain ideas and not to analyse the participants themselves at all.

       

      This research project is being undertaken as part of a postgraduate short course 'Researching e-learning' offered by University College London with the support of King's College London. The research will be carried out in accordance with institutional ethical guidelines (UCL, 2006) and the British Educational Research Association ethical guidelines (BERA, 2004). No specific risks have been identified for this research but if you experience any detriment, please inform the researcher.

       

      Invitations are being extended to staff, students and project participants. Attendees may meet other people that they know, for example colleagues, students or lecturers, but the focus group is not related to any course work or professional roles. There may be some controversial ideas and divergent opinions. 

       

      All attendees to the focus group will be provided with this information sheet and will need to sign a copy to indicate consent to participate under the conditions described here and consent for the use of the notes from group discussions for research purposes. These consent forms will be safely retained and participants will not be identified as part of the research. While you are free to leave the group at any time, the consent to use the notes for research purposes cannot be withdrawn after the focus group has begun. Participants will be invited to have access to the research results.

       

      For further information about the research please contact the researcher. You can view the preliminary abstract at http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd35z22w_62dvmp3pg9 and other documents are linked below. The agenda and process for the focus group are available at: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd35z22w_90dt29t3cr. These documents will also be available in hard copy on the day.

       

      1E-learning: "Learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology" (JISC, 2008).

       

      Consent and further information

       

      Name: _____________________________

       

      Email (optional): ______________________________

       

      Would you like access to the research results? Yes / No. (If Yes, please include email address above).

       

      Signature indicating consent to participation:

       

       

      ___________________________

       

      -x-

       

      Documents

       

      Summary - http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Elearning_in_open_source_education

       

      Preliminary abstract - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_62dvmp3pg9&hl=en

       

      Review of initiatives - http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6WXmymvh2rNk-MlHn_uBOA

       

      Analysis of review - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_87drg6nwhk&hl=en

       

       

      Some example websites

       

      Pirate University -  http://www.pirate-university.org

      School of Everything -  http://www.schoolofeverything.com/

      The Travelling School of Life -  http://www.tsolife.org

      University of the Third Age -  http://www.u3a.org.uk

      University of Openess -  http://uo.twenteenthcentury.com

      Wikiversity -  http://en.wikiversity.org

       

       

      References:

       

      Dillon, T., Bacon, S., 2006. Opening Education. The potential of open source approaches for education. Bristol: http://www.futurelab.org.uk

       

      British Educational Research Association (BERA), 2004. Revised ethical guidelines for educational research. Notts: BERA.

       

      Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), 2008. e-Learning. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/themes/elearning.aspx. Bristol: JISC/HEFCE. [Accessed 13-02-2008].

       

      University College London (UCL), 2006. UCL Research Ethics Committee. http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/ethics [Accessed 15-02-2008].

       

       

      Brent Cunningham

      Learning Technologist

      King's College London, UK

      +44 (0)20 7848 3916

      brent.cunningham@...

       




    • Dante-Gabryell Monson
      Hi All I d be happy to share each others links ( perhaps some of us collect them on some social bookmarking ? ) some of mine
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 16, 2008
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        Hi All

        I d be happy to share each others links ( perhaps some of us collect them on some social bookmarking ? )

        some of mine

        http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/alternativelearning?setcount=100

        ( also see other tags such as learning , collective intelligence - etc
        you can click on them in the mail below   )

        Also feel free to come to the " She " Unconference , in Amsterdam , at the end of the month.

        Details in mail below , and on

        http://dante.ecobytes.net/2008/04/28/event-sustainable-hospitality-exchange-amsterdam-27-29-june/

        Greetings

        Dante

        http://en.hitchwiki.org/Dante

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        From: Dante-Gabryell Monson <dante.monson@...>
        Date: Thu, May 22, 2008 at 4:27 PM
        Subject: Re: [tsolife-disc] E-learning in open source education: focus group invitation
        To: "Cunningham, Brent" <brent.cunningham@...>



        Hi Brent ( cc: Dominik , Marilyn , Michel , George , Caroline , Jean-Francois , Carolyn )

        It looks like we share a common interest : the use of open connectivist learning.

        I might not be able to come to the meeting in London , but I certainly look forward to stay in touch and " learn " together , connecting each others networks.

        Another meeting I suggest , possibly not directly connected to " pedagogy " ,
        yet worth checking out http://www.opencouchsurfing.org/wiki/SHE

        I might find some old posts in my gmail I can forward to you , as to position myself and some of my ideas - although perhaps some of my posts on the CS forum might also give some idea :

        http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=2224

        By the way , I tend to add some links on

        http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/alternativelearning/?setcount=100

        http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/CollectiveIntelligence

        and other tags , such as http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/learning , http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/education , http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/collaboration , http://del.icio.us/deliciousdante/openworld , etc

        Cordially

        Dante

        http://oikoumene.coforum.net/DanteGabryell

        http://couchsurfing.com/dante


        On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 11:38 AM, Cunningham, Brent <brent.cunningham@...> wrote:

        Dear all,


        You are invited to a focus group to look at pedagogies, teacher / learner roles and uses of e-learning within some alternative education initiatives. Please see the information sheet, abstract and reviews for more details (attached and linked below).


        Date and time: June 12, 2008, 18:00 - 19:00

        Location:
        Room G13
        King's College London
        James Clerk Maxwell Building
        57 Waterloo Road
        London, U.K.
        SE1 8WA

        If you would like to attend, please rsvp. As this is a focus group, numbers may be limited, but there will be opportunities for future presentations and discussions, so if you can't attend but would like to register your interest or receive further information about the research, please let me know. If there are any other concerns about access or inclusion, please mention these.

         

        For further information:

         

        Information sheet -  http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_69g8mzxmg3&hl=en
        Summary - http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Elearning_in_open_source_education
        Preliminary abstract - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_62dvmp3pg9&hl=en
        Review of initiatives - http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6WXmymvh2rNk-MlHn_uBOA
        Analysis of review
        - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_87drg6nwhk&hl=en

         

        Feel free to share this email with others who may be interested.

        Best wishes,

        Brent Cunningham

        Learning Technology Officer

        Nursing & Midwifery
        Kings College London
        Rm 2.31 James Clerk Maxwell Building
        57 Waterloo Road
        London, SE1 8WA
        0207 848 3916
        brent.cunningham@...

        --- x ---

         

         

         

        Focus group information sheet

         

        E-learning in 'open source' education 

         

        London, 12 June 2008

         

        The focus group is reviewing a range of adult education initiatives, many within the radical / critical tradition, looking at their educational approaches, teacher / learner roles and uses of e-learning1. A key premise of the research is that many of these approaches can be characterised as 'open source education. This concept is derived from computer software development and refers to collaborative teaching and learning where the distinction between teachers and students is rethought (Dillon & Bacon 2006).

         

        During the focus group we will discuss the potential value of these approaches and their uses of e-learning. There will be a presentation of the main ideas, an opportunity to view some of the websites and discussion both in smaller groups and the main group. It is free, open to anyone who is interested and attendance is voluntary. No specific knowledge is required. There will be light refreshments.

         

        The focus questions will be:

         

        •           How might pedagogical ideas from these approaches be useful to educators and learners generally?

        •           How might e-learning ideas or techniques from these be useful to educators and learners generally?

        •           Any other related comments?

         

        The research is mainly exploratory and aiming to begin evaluating the idea of 'open source education', identifying pedagogical and e-learning ideas or techniques from such approaches that can be useful. It is hoped that the focus group will be engaging for participants and stimulate discussion.

         

        The main themes and ideas will be noted during the focus group and reported as part of the research. Individual contributions will not be recorded. This will anonymise contributions while obtaining the core ideas of participants. The aim of the focus group is to obtain ideas and not to analyse the participants themselves at all.

         

        This research project is being undertaken as part of a postgraduate short course 'Researching e-learning' offered by University College London with the support of King's College London. The research will be carried out in accordance with institutional ethical guidelines (UCL, 2006) and the British Educational Research Association ethical guidelines (BERA, 2004). No specific risks have been identified for this research but if you experience any detriment, please inform the researcher.

         

        Invitations are being extended to staff, students and project participants. Attendees may meet other people that they know, for example colleagues, students or lecturers, but the focus group is not related to any course work or professional roles. There may be some controversial ideas and divergent opinions. 

         

        All attendees to the focus group will be provided with this information sheet and will need to sign a copy to indicate consent to participate under the conditions described here and consent for the use of the notes from group discussions for research purposes. These consent forms will be safely retained and participants will not be identified as part of the research. While you are free to leave the group at any time, the consent to use the notes for research purposes cannot be withdrawn after the focus group has begun. Participants will be invited to have access to the research results.

         

        For further information about the research please contact the researcher. You can view the preliminary abstract at http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd35z22w_62dvmp3pg9 and other documents are linked below. The agenda and process for the focus group are available at: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd35z22w_90dt29t3cr. These documents will also be available in hard copy on the day.

         

        1E-learning: "Learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology" (JISC, 2008).

         

        Consent and further information

         

        Name: _____________________________

         

        Email (optional): ______________________________

         

        Would you like access to the research results? Yes / No. (If Yes, please include email address above).

         

        Signature indicating consent to participation:

         

         

        ___________________________

         

        -x-

         

        Documents

         

        Summary - http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Elearning_in_open_source_education

         

        Preliminary abstract - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_62dvmp3pg9&hl=en

         

        Review of initiatives - http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6WXmymvh2rNk-MlHn_uBOA

         

        Analysis of review - http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd35z22w_87drg6nwhk&hl=en

         

         

        Some example websites

         

        Pirate University -  http://www.pirate-university.org

        School of Everything -  http://www.schoolofeverything.com/

        The Travelling School of Life -  http://www.tsolife.org

        University of the Third Age -  http://www.u3a.org.uk

        University of Openess -  http://uo.twenteenthcentury.com

        Wikiversity -  http://en.wikiversity.org

         

         

        References:

         

        Dillon, T., Bacon, S., 2006. Opening Education. The potential of open source approaches for education. Bristol: http://www.futurelab.org.uk

         

        British Educational Research Association (BERA), 2004. Revised ethical guidelines for educational research. Notts: BERA.

         

        Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), 2008. e-Learning. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/themes/elearning.aspx. Bristol: JISC/HEFCE. [Accessed 13-02-2008].

         

        University College London (UCL), 2006. UCL Research Ethics Committee. http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/ethics [Accessed 15-02-2008].

         

         

        Brent Cunningham

        Learning Technologist

        King's College London, UK

        +44 (0)20 7848 3916

        brent.cunningham@...

         



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