10:30 - 13:30
Dr. Jennifer Roberts (Institute for Open and Distance Learning UNISA (University of South Africa)
Currently, a large amount of research is focused on the technological and pedagogical aspects of distance education, with less attention being paid to the human aspect. Too often the human component is overlooked when considering new developments in education. Education is always about humans interacting – technology is just a vehicle enabling human interaction at scale and at a distance.
Many educators are faced with the challenge of not only keeping up with developments in their own discipline, but also being an educator who must effectively communicate with, and teach their students. This session intends to support educators in their teaching practice by combining reputable research findings with very practical aspects which will be addressed in a research workshop.
The theoretical aspects in this session will address topics such as:
1. The roles you as an educator need to fulfil while teaching, and what competencies you will have to develop to teach in the digital age;
2. The impact of Open Educational practices for you as a lecturer;
3. Workplace learning as an aspect of Human Resource Development (HRD);
4. Case studies of lecturers teaching in a distance education environment.
The second part of the session is a practical hands-on workshop on how to translate your practical experiences of teaching, into research projects. The intention is that these research projects will then be developed into articles that can be published in international journals. The goal of the session is that every participant will have the blueprint of an article in the making.
Many lecturers are specialists in their own particular field and are now being asked to publish in the new field of technology enhanced distance education. This workshop will include discussions on the various theoretical frameworks that support online learning and distance education, as well as appropriate research designs and methodologies.
There will also be an opportunity to discuss your own research interests with the facilitators of the workshop, who are well published in international journals.