The first seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th December 13:30-15:00pm in the Council Chamber at Northumberland County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF.
This event will be presented by Professor David Leat and Gemma Mitchelson on the following topics:
Professor David Leat: Tyneside: A Learning City?
There is growing global critique of educational policies typified by an exam driven system with resultant collateral damage (e.g. lack of engagement, widening inequalities, poor preparation for FE, employment and citizenship). We will present our local research on Project Based Learning and Community Curriculum Making which demonstrates a powerful alternative. Other linked local responses include the LEP’s Careers in the Curriculum project, City of Dreams, and educational efforts of many voluntary organisations. This presentation will argue for a ‘Learning City’ approach, providing more joined-up, visible and coherent learning opportunities. We will present the case for an educational policy summit which aims to:
- Improve educational networking and lay the groundwork for a ‘Learning City’ approach;
- Develop a learning manifesto for all learners in the region, especially the young and disadvantaged;
- Investigate a learning accreditation framework and technology which encourages the take up and recording of all significant learning opportunities.
Gemma Mitchelson: Mobile learning and virtual spaces: blurred lines of private and public space
While most primary and secondary schools have banned mobile phones, tablets are consistently seen as an exemplary tool for learning. In tertiary education, all types of mobile devices are omnipresent in lectures and seminars, but the question remains as to whether they are being used effectively and are genuinely and demonstrably enhancing the learning experience. This secondary research will demonstrate the conflicting messages that students are receiving regarding mobile devices, as well as the difficulties they face when using a personal device for educational purposes. With a blurring of the boundaries between public and private life in a virtual realm, Use Your Own Device (UYOD) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) activities risk creating a cognitive overload for our students as external life factors encroach upon their educational progress. This presentation will explore preliminary options for facilitating a better approach to embedding mobile devices in an educational environment.
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