Researching cutting-edge educational technology

NMC Horizon ReportThe latest NMC Horizon Report: Higher Education edition was published in February 2015. It is a collaborative work that attempts to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

In H809 (Practice-based research in educational technology), students find, interpret and critically analyse a set of readings to enable them to make sense of research taking place in technology-rich environments. Through these analyses, students gain important skills in planning and evaluating research and learn about the pedagogies, philosophies and learning theories that underpin those studies. We refer not only to academic papers but also publications like the NMC Report, current news items and leading cutting-edge research both at the OU and elsewhere. Students also have the chance to apply what they’ve learned by developing their own research proposal or critically evaluating a research project of their choice.

Most students are in full time work/self-employed and their main motivation for studying H809 is for professional/work-related purposes. A particular strength of the module is how the theories and methods learned on the course can be applied to students’ own professional environments and used as the basis for evaluating or developing professional practices at work. It can be challenging at times – and very mentally stimulating! – but provides a solid grounding in evaluating educational practice from a research-based and research-informed perspective. Come sign up with us – you’ll be joining a community of passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic students and staff, all of whom will be delighted to welcome you and talk more.

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