Phil Pedley – Phd in Politics, Philosophy and Religion
This Project relates to on-line, distance learning. The Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department (PPR Department) offer several distance learning modules as part of an on-line MA course. Distance learning students come from diverse backgrounds and differing time-zones which necessitate a flexible learning environment. In the absence of any physical interactions and with time-zone limitations on real-time collaboration, the distance learning modules are structured to create a sense on on-line community through postings. peer to peer reviews and supervisor interaction. One other important element of the PPR distance learning programme is the posting of individual student PowerPoint presentations to Moodle. PowerPoint presentations with audio, transcend text and create the opportunity for a more personal interaction.
The intention is to explore ways in which the distance learning presentation process could be enhanced by testing and then comparing different online presentation approaches. Cost, practicality and ease of use will be critical considerations. A review of past student experience will be conducted to identify strengths and weaknesses of the current approach in respect of ease of use.
Once having identified possible appropriate approaches, the recommendations will be subject to a wider input from colleagues directly involved in the administration and design of the PPR distance-learning modules. Following this a conclusion will be reached as the appropriate way forward.
The final phase will involve the creation of the resources and guides for making and uploading online presentations in distance learning programmes and making the guide available in the PPR Distance Learning Hub page. It is hoped this Project will assist other Departments currently running or interested in creating distance learning programmes.
This project is now complete, read the case study and view resources produced as part of the project.