Hello I'm Kathy Seddon. I would also like to add a post here as an 'at large' candidate in the forthcoming elections.
My candidate statement (below) outlines my background, passions and the contributions I would like to make to the RSA. This post concentrates on just one of these - my passion for online learning. I have been reading the excellent discussion Collaborating towards a more fully networked RSA and the current debate on Viv Long-Ferguson's group "Digital Engagement"on the RSA Fellowship Social Network. I hope i might add something to these by outlining some of my experiences in this field?
Starting with Ultralab (Stephen Heppell) the philosophy was that the “engagement of adult learners, and their consequent participation, is dependent on several factors—the learners’ perception of purpose, their sense of identity and trust, framing of learning activities, interventions from learning facilitators and tutors, and the information architecture of the learning space”. (Loads of excellent guidance on all of these factors)
Later, at the National College we used a number of models including Gilly Salmon's Five Stage Model of E-learning This sums up the steps needed for engagement in online learning. It’s a very useful ‘guide’ to things that need to be in place for online activities to reach their full potential. We modified this stepped model as our experience showed that it was a more fluid process.
At all times the College online communities of practice were part of a ‘blended approach’ This included face-to-face learning events, structured learning in the work place, web seminars and the use of other social media.This approach worked particularly well in 1. Post Conference interaction 2.College Programmes and 3. Online consultations with educationalists and Policy Teams. Some parallels with RSA here?
My own work was on ‘motivation to engage participants online’ Without delving into motivation theory - but trying not to be simplistic - we found clear evidence that participants needed:
Without forcing the acronym it might offer a model for 'motivating online engagement' that could be adapted for the RSA?
Candidate statement: Dr Kathy Seddon FRSA
My career has been in education, in schools and colleges across the UK.
A Churchill Fellowship (1997) allowed me to set up an online schools’ network across Europe. For six years we monitored butterflies, as indicators of climate change. Survey data was posted on our award winning, EU funded, website “The Butterfly Sight”. This partnership led to my PhD research (Exeter) on “Motivation and collaborative learning online”. A series of peer-reviewed papers on eLearning followed and I presented at a number of international conferences. I was elected to Fellowship of the Linnean Society.
I joined the eLearning team at the National College for School Leadership, (2003) using my expertise to create web-based mentor and facilitator courses. I also facilitated online consultations between school leaders, departmental policy teams and education ministers. My experience would be useful to the RSA Digital Engagement Group and to the council’s work in enabling Fellows to collaborate online.
Currently I am evaluating ‘web seminar’ use in International Baccalaureate courses. Baccalaureate curricula resonate with those of the RSA ‘opening minds’ project - I hope to contribute to this.
As chair of the Welsh Association of Churchill Fellows I was asked by the RSA and the Churchill Trust to set up a joint ‘advising’ project. New Churchill Fellows are offered the chance to link with a FRSA who is willing to act as an advisor. Fellows who took part in this year’s pilot will present their outcomes at the RSA autumn conference in Wales. I am delighted to be a member of the new RSA Wales Cymru team organising this event.
Help from the RSA Skills Bank group has been essential for the success of this pilot. Together we are drawing together ‘lessons learned’ for an expansion of the advising project across the UK.
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