This web site synthesises outputs from the JISC Learner Experiences of e-Learning programme. The programme spanned two phases over four years from 2005-2009. It comprised nine research projects in total (two in phase 1 and seven in phase two), employed mixed method approaches, and had the sustained involvement of over 200 learners and more than 3000 survey respondents. Five national workshops were run disseminating the methods and findings.
The programme focussed on the learner voice. Learners allowed us into their worlds and showed us what it is like to study in a technology-rich age. The projects produced a huge collection of rich, detailed data that sheds light on what learners expect from the use of technology in post-compulsory education and the choices they make about using technology to support their study.
The research took a holistic approach to technology use. We were not so interested in how technology is used on one module, or in one part of the institution, as in how learners interact with technology throughout their learning lives.
The resources here will be of interest to teachers and staff supporting learning in post-16 education, researchers of student learning, e-learning developers, policy-makers and institutional managers. We intend for the assets in this site to be available to the education community for repurposing and reuse under a Creative Commons licence.
We have organised the site using the principle of 'digital assets'. The five sections of the site allow you to browse by focussing on: information about the programme (About); research methodology (Methods); themes and findings (Findings); recommendations for practice (Guides); or resources for staff development (Dissemination). The option to 'search asset repository' offers an electronic, filtered search capability.
The site is maintained by the Support and Synthesis project and is powered by the Oxford Brookes University Confluence Wiki.
How do learners experience change through their learning journey? Click the image to watch a video stream (broadband connection recommended) from the STROLL project for a taste of what this programme has been about.