Daily Archives: November 18, 2010

Review of Pedagogical Models and their use in eLearning

Read   This paper provides a review of pedagogical models and frameworks, focusing on those that are being used most extensively in an e-learning context. The introductory section outlines the purpose of the report, the main sources of data and … Continue reading

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Emergent Design and Learning Environments – building on Indigenous Knowledge

The empirical basis of this paper is a two-year project to bring new learning environments and methodologies to rural Thailand. Pilot projects were mounted outside of the education system, with the specific purpose of breaking “educational mind-sets” that have been … Continue reading

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The personal, the platform and the political

Read This paper examines issues surrounding the use of electronic portfolios for personal development planning (PDP) in sociology. These are now a common feature of many virtual learning environments (VLEs) across higher education institutions. However, while such an approach can … Continue reading

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Critique and Sociology – towards a new understanding of Teaching as an integral part of Sociological Work

Read   This paper aims to shed light on teaching as an integral part of sociological work. The aim of sociologists to contribute to critical inquiry can be traced back to Enlightenment ideas. Based on empirical findings from my doctoral … Continue reading

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Reflective Learning and ePortfolio in the Social Sciences

This paper presents the findings of research into student views and uses of an electronic portfolio, which was introduced on a large undergraduate social science degree programme to promote reflective learning and personal development planning. The findings indicate that, while … Continue reading

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Professors of the Year put Students in Charge of Learning

To spark their interest in geology, one professor traveled more than 300 miles with his undergraduates so they could gain fieldwork experience. Another professor got his students to do a puppet show based on a literary classic. “What matters to … Continue reading

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Universities Need ‘Network Orchestration’ in International Efforts

Universities Need ‘Network Orchestration’ in International Efforts – The Chronicle of Higher Education What becomes clear from all this is that universities are going to have to develop much better skills of network orchestration if they want to survive. The … Continue reading

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Neo-liberalism and Marketisation: the implications for Higher Education

This article is based on a keynote paper presented to the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), University College Dublin, 5-9 September 2005. The massification of education in European countries over the last 100 years has produced cultures and societies … Continue reading

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Whither Critical Pedagogy in the Neo-liberal University today?

This paper, based on the reflections of two academic social scientists, offers a starting point for dialogue about the importance of critical pedagogy within the university today, and about the potentially transformative possibilities of higher education more generally. We first … Continue reading

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Deinstitutionalizing Education

Deinstitutionalizing Education While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether. For it is manifest that the institution, the … Continue reading

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