Advancing the student and staff experience in online learning
Nichola Gretton from the University of Leicester, David Lefevre, director of the Edtech Lab at Imperial College, London, and Jonathan Marshall, head of learning at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, led a discussion panel in which each gave a short presentation followed by an extensive question and answer session.
Gretton described her university’s experience of running MOOCs on the FutureLearn platform and enumerated some of the ‘unexpected consequences’ of adopting this form of learning. She took a popular MOOC on museum studies, which incorporates collaborative learning and virtual study visits, as a case study.
Lefevre then explained how online pedagogy could and should move on from simply replicating the features of traditional face-to-face courses using new media. Finally, Marshall presented the challenges and opportunities involved in providing online learning to the UK’s diverse diplomatic workforce, based in over 250 locations worldwide.