I have been thinking about the timelines I created for my PhD thesis and while this study is in academic development, I can not ignore the developments in Learning Technology in the UK and have therefore created a third timeline that synthesises the developments in Academic Development and Learning Technology in the UK.
Timeline of academic development and learning technology in the UK (Nerantzi, 2017)
I would like to thank colleagues from the SEDA and ALT communities for their help. As always, very much appreciated.
In my previous post I shared the timeline of academic development in the UK I created for the related literature review section of my thesis.
Below you will find one more timeline which I thought would be useful to synthesise technological and open education developments that are relevant to my study.
This attempt to visualise these developments together using a similar approach as shown in the academic development timeline (Thank you Dr Stephen Powell for suggesting this format), is based on Grainne Conole‘s e-learning timeline from 2012 and Weller’s (2016) OER history.
I am looking forward to your comments and suggestions to finalise this.
Timeline of digital networked technologies and open education developments based on Conole (2012) and Weller (2016)
Conole, G., 2012. E-learning in higher education, new technologies and education for multilingualism, second rectors’ conference, European parliament, Brussels, 18-19 October 2012. [keynote]. Accessed from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/interp/rectorsconference2012/docs/pdf/conole_presentation.pdf on 28th May 2016.
Weller, M. 2016c. Emerging OER discipline, 7 September 2016. Accessed from http://www.slideshare.net/mweller/emerging-oer-discipline on 18 December 2016.
For the last four years I have been and still am a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University in the area of collaborative open learning in cross-institutional academic development in the UK. One of the main outputs of this phenomenographic study is the cross-boundary collaborative open learning framework. More info about my study can be found here.
Since September 2016 I have been revising the first full draft.
During this process, I realised that a timeline for the literature review section around academic development, would be useful to capture important milestones in the area and the ones related to HE in the UK. This would give the reader a quick visual overview.
I was surprised at how little specific information I could find in the literature especially around historic academic development provision and particularly dates linked to provision and when it all started. Is this linked to the fact that in the first years of its existence not much was written about academic development?
This led me to reach out to the SEDA community for help via the Jisc mailing list. I am grateful for all colleagues who responded and helped me add some vital pieces to this timeline.
The below is this timeline.
Timeline of academic development in the UK (Nerantzi, 2016)
If you are reading this, and have more accurate information, that should be included/replaced in the timeline, please let me know.
Where will this project take us?
Apparently, the 1st of November 2012 is the first official day of my PhD studies at Edinburgh Napier. Yeh, I am a student again! It feels wonderful, I have to say but also scary. This is my second attempt and bad memories and experiences make my thoughts a bit foggy and wobbly. We will see. Feeling optimistic though overall and the project idea is fueling my imagination, can’t wait to get started! I am lucky to work with and be supported by Dr Keith Smyth and other colleagues from Edinburgh Napier and work closely with Lars Uhlin from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden on this journey. I am sure we will make exciting discoveries along the way about open learning but also about ourselves.
a PhD research studies backwards? Going from right to left… bad metaphor?
My first target is to create a project timeline (is this the right time? It feels right). Not thinking of burrying the timeline somewhere on my laptop and 4 years is a loooooooooooooooooooong time. The plan is to finish this project in 4 years but it might take longer… 4 years = 1460 days… if I did my calculations right… not good with numbers, you see and happy that I am doing qualitative research but I am sure there will be some numbers in there too. Anyway, keeping track of stuff that need to happen at specific moments in time will be super important. I have used the Timeline Maker Preceden before but am wondering if it is fit for purpose for this project. Any (better) idea anybody?