The benefits and challenges of e-learning have been hotly debated, but usually from the perspective of the practitioner. So how much do we know about the learners’ experience of e-learning?
A new publication from the JISC e-Learning Programme, In Their Own Words
, opens up a window on learners’ beliefs, intentions and motivations when using technology in their learning. The publication was launched at ALT-C 2007 in Nottingham and is based on outputs from Phase 1 of the Learners’ Experiences of e-Learning theme, funded under the JISC e-Learning Programme.
Key among these outputs are two studies – the LEX and LXP reports – which were based on qualitative and quantitative research with e-learners in further, higher and adult education. Together with five video case studies of ‘learner voices’ and a series of guides summarising key messages for different roles and sectors, In Their Own Words
provides a package of resources for staff development and a valuable starting point for those undertaking learner-centred research. But most of all, this new publication helps us to understand just what learners think and feel about studying in a digital age.
Here are two examples:
“No journey to university is complete without the iPod – this thing is glorious.”
Laura: The learner’s voice video case study, In Their Own Words
“I use my laptop. I take it away, it’s attached to me. I couldn’t survive without it.”
Emma, undergraduate business student: LEX report, In their Own Words
Further details of the studies in Phase 1 of the JISC Learner Experiences of e-Learning theme can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elp_learneroutcomes
. Information about projects currently underway in Phase 2 is available at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elp_learnerexperience
Copies of In Their Own Words
may be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org or downloaded from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/intheirownwords