Conference Papers online and happy students

This is just a quick post to say that the papers from the Networked Learning Conference are now available from the conference website. This might not exactly be why some students are happy today (although that would be nice). A lot of the students at Aalborg University have handed in their semester projects today – at least at Humanistic Informatics, where I do some teaching and supervision. The semester projects are the result of three to four months of work where students work collaboratively in groups with a self-chosen problem. These group projects are results of the Problem Oriented Project Pedagogy (also called Project Oriented Problem Based Learning) which is the pedagogical foundation at Aalborg University. Simultaneously with the courses on a semester the students work with their projects, and as the courses begin to fade out they engage fully with their projects. This, however, also means that those who supervise and facilitate the groups become busy reading through the student reports, comment, suggest literature, propose ways of engaging with the empirical work, the analysis and so on. This semester I have been supervising quite a lotof students on different semesters – at least more than I am used to! Therefore I have been quite busy lately with supervising groups and individual students. Even though this is time consuming it is usually a pleasure, as the students often write interesting reports and really engage in interesting theoretical and empirical work in relation to their cases/problem (the group projects are usually between 40-100 pages depending on the number of members in the group).
So, congrats to those of you who have handed in your projects today (there’s still also batch handing in on the 28th on the Master of ICT and Learning).

Well, to return briefly to the networked learning conference, the papers are now online and there are really many interesting papers that I am looking forward to read in more depth (and comment on in later posts). As earlier mentioned I was part of two symposiums ‘where is the learning in networked learning?’, (organised by Vivien Hodgson) and ‘Breaching the Garden Walls? Social media, institutions, infrastructures and design for learning‘ (organised by Chris Jones) . No time to go more into the symposiums now, but I really enjoyed the other presenters’ papers and the feedback and discussions!

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2 Responses to “Conference Papers online and happy students”

  1. Mike Johnson says:

    Hi Thomas – I saw that with the papers but I dont understand why they linked them that way instead of putting them alongside the ‘papers from previous conferences’ – I am reluctant to link to these papers as the link is bound to change from:
    http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/abstracts/PDFs/Johnson_154-161.pdf
    to something like
    http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/past/nlc2008/

    Best wishes,
    Mike

  2. Hi Mike
    That is a good point – I think they have some plans for doing that, but I am not sure where it will go – but you’re right – it is a bit of a shame to put in loads of links that will soon change…now where is the automatically updating links when you need them :)

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