Team: Professor Nicky Solomon, Professor Joelle Fanghanel, Mr Neal Sumner, Professor Jonathan Raper, Dr Susannah Quinsee, Professor Joelle Fanghanel, Dr Panayiotis Zaphiris, Ms Anne Brockbank, Ms Uma Patel, Professor Clive Holtham, Dr Laurence Solkin
This research focused upon the personalisation of learning using digital artefacts with adult learners who work across contexts and organisations. The user groups included people who are educators/trainers/teachers working across professional and industry settings.
People engage with personalisation of leisure technologies (eg phones, mobile music, and multimedia) to a greater extent than they do with learning technologies. Personalisation here is taken as an indicator of engagement and, more significantly, purposeful adaptation. The research therefore focused on the possibilities for enhancing learning by understanding technology design and practices which encourage engagement and personalisation. It explored:
- What can personalisation activity tell us about the construction of learning identities and the design of technology to enhance learning?
- What constitutes a lifelong and life-wide context for learning about and from personalisation?
The project team comprised researchers from a range of subject areas: social sciences, education, computer science, informatics, and business. While the diversity of the team aims to highlight the benefits of interdisciplinarity when approaching research in TEL, at the same time, in recognition of the complexities of working together, the project will use the interdisciplinary workings of the team as a parallel setting for exploration.
Patel, U., Solomon, N. and Solkin, L. (2007) Moving where? : problematising knowledge cumulation in researching technology enhanced learning. International conference on research in lifelong learning. Stirling, Scotland, 22nd- 24th June 2007.
Solomon, N., Holtham, C., Raper, J., Patel, U., Solkin, L., Zaphiris, P., Sumner, N., Quinsee, S., Brockbank, A. and Fanghanel, J. (2007) Personalisation of learning: constructing an interdisciplinary research space: Full Research Report ESRC End of Award Report, RES-139-25-0368. Swindon: ESRC
Solomon, N., Holtham, C., Raper, J., Patel, U., Solkin, L., Zaphiris, P., Sumner, N., Quinsee, S., Brockbank, A. and Fanghanel, J. (2007) Personalisation of learning: constructing an interdisciplinary research space: Non-Technical Summary (Research summary) ESRC End of Award Report, RES-139-25-0368. Swindon: ESRC
Solomon, N., Patel, U. and Solkin, L. (2007) Reassembling learning contexts and learners. International conference on researching work and learning, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-5 December 2007.