eLearning Research Initiatives Collaboration

Why collaborate?


Collaborating is difficult to initiate…for many it goes against the grain but collaboration extends and broadens perspective and insight in even the smallest of projects.
  • Let others know what you are developing
  • Allow you to specialise on your strengths and share the workload
  • Avoid reinventing the wheel and allow your projects to develop quickly
  • Merge similarly orietated ideas to form more successful research projects

Using the research initiatives portal for your research

How to start

  1. Read the initiatives seeking collaboration below
  2. If you are considering developing your own project please read through the initiatives already underway and the listed research ideas to see if you are considering a related theme that may allow for collaboration with an existing initiative
  3. Contact the research team by email (a.moon@mdx.ac.uk) who will pass on your interest if you are considering a related theme that may allow for collaboration with an existing initiative
  4. Post an overview of your research on the research initiatives listing
  5. State if you are searching for collaborating colleagues and the research team will also create a project page linked below for you that may allow for discussion of potential collaboration


Existing research initiatives

If your research is already underway, do post an overview of your research on the research initiatives listing but also
  1. Contact Alex Moon by email (a.moon@mdx.ac.uk) who will place a brief summary on the Existing research initiatives page and link to your own new project page
  2. State if you are searching for collaborating colleagues and it will also be added to the list below

Initiatives Seeking Collaboration


Project title and description
Date

learning using simulation

We are seeking pilots in law, management and social work using a PHP based open source and learning simulation system as part of SIMPLE's "second wave’, and becoming part of the emerging SIMPLE community of practice. The project has strong links with a sister project in the Netherlands, whose simulation environment is a virtual town called Cyberdam (previously known as Sieberdam). “The SIMPLE application allows simulated transactions, placing students in an appropriate professional context, and has the potential to deepen student learning”. simple
April09

Teaching within Virtual worlds

The Centre for Educational Technology have acquired land for Middlesex University in Second Life to allow the research and innovation team and any interested staff to explore possible educational applications. We are also planning to acquire a teaching space in Active World. The research and innovation team are planning to develop scenarios for a foundation module but are keen to work with a variety of modules and ways of using virtual world in the learning process.virtual world
April09

E-portfolio research

The e-learning research team has run a pilot of e-portfolios during the 2008-09 academic year. We would like to continue to investigate the educational benefits of online portfolios and are looking for participants to work with us on research projects on e-portfolios and online PDPs over the course of the next academic year.
If you'd like to learn more about how you can use e-portfolios for the purpose of:
a, assessment or
b, personal development
either with your students or for your personal development purposes, please get in touch with us at elearn_research@mdx.ac.uk
April09

Tweaching - Teaching with Twitter

We are seeking academics interested in doing a project on using Twitter for teaching. If you'd like to learn more about Twitter, have a look at the our Researching Twitter page .