Pushing the boundaries of Higher Education

On October 3rd 2017 I will present a keynote at Pushing the Boundaries of Higher Education: challenging traditional models with innovative and creative practices, which will take place in Barcelona. The keynotes include Terry Anderson, Tony Bates,  Yishay Mor, Rikke Toft, Philipp Schmidt, Jim Groom, Brian Lamb. The event will address the challenges that current higher education…

Why educators should learn on-the-job

In 2015-16 I led research exploring how educators learn open educational practices. The research was conducted in collaboration with Dr Nina Hood and Dr Heli Kaatrakoski. This was the foundational work for the #ExplOERer (pronounced ‘explorer’) –  a European Commission co-funded project, under the Erasmus+ programme.  The work aimed to promote Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption…

The secret work of Wikipedia editors

Today marks a worldwide campaign to expand the number of women represented in Wikipedia and to increase the number of women who are Wikipedia editors. Last year we* worked with Melissa Highton to research how people learn to become Wikipedia editors. With the emergence of social media sites like Wikipedia there has been a range of new roles and responsibilities associated with knowledge creation.…

Motivations Matter, Context Counts: Learning in MOOCs

  Massive open online courses (MOOCs) require individual learners to be able to self-regulate their learning, determining when and how they engage. However, MOOCs attract a diverse range of learners, each with different motivations and prior experience. We carried out a number of  studies investigating self-regulated learning in MOOCs. One study (Littlejohn et al, 2015) was an empirical investigation of…

Learning through daily work: professional learning as a form of self-improvement

  Colin Milligan, Anoush Margaryan, Pia Fontana, George Littlejohn and I carried out a study exploring how finance professionals  self-regulate their learning through day-to-day work. Professional learning is a critical component of ongoing improvement and innovation and the adoption of new practices in the workplace. Professional learning is often achieved through learning embedded in everyday work…

Safety Science: Special Issue on Learning From Incidents

This is a call for papers: Special issue of Safety Science on Learning from Incidents Guest Editors Professor Neville Stanton, University of Southampton, UK n.stanton@soton.ac.uk Dr Anoush Margaryan, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK  anoush.margaryan@gcu.ac.uk Professor Allison Littlejohn, Open University, UK Allison.littlejohn@open.ac.uk The ability to learn from incidents it essential for safety in all organisations, industries, regulatory bodies and policy makers. Safety…

Managing time in a MOOC

Recently I have been thinking about how learners manage their time in MOOCs. This thinking was sparked by discussions with Carolyn Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, who has carried out some fascinating computational discourse analysis in  Massive Open Online Courses.  At face value its clear that better time management will lead to improved outcomes for learning. There has been a…

Learning to Teach with Open Educational Resources

Guidelines  on how educators learn open educational practices Allison Littlejohn & Nina Hood This text is from Report O1/A2 from the Erasmus+ ExplOERer Project http://www.exploerer.gu.se/ 1 Executive Summary 2 Introduction 3 Method and Analysis 4 Detailed guidelines with illustrative scenarios 6 Six knowledge types 7 References  1.        Executive Summary Six guidelines for structuring learning and teaching opportunities…

Guidelines for learning open educational practice

  In May 2015 Nina Hood and I finalised the outputs of WP1 of the Erasmus Mundus ExplOERer project The WP examined how adult educators across Europe learn open educational practice. Quantitative (521 responses) and qualitative (30 interviews) data were gathered, analysed and structured as guidelines to inform the design and facilitation of professional learning opportunities to support educators in building new…