About our facilitator
Norm Friesen is the Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practice at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and author Re-Thinking E-Learning Research: Foundations, Methods, and Practices, our next book in SCoPE's professional reading group series.
About the seminar
This 3-week seminar is loosely organized into weekly topics:
1. Introduction to e-learning research: What is it? Where are we?
2. Narrative: What is the case for narrative methods in e-learning research?
3. Critical Theory: How can methodologies associated with critical theory contribute to the field of e-learning research?
If you're waiting for your book to arrive in the mail as I am, you'll be glad to know that several chapters, and related papers are available for download from the seminar wiki. (thanks Norm!)
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It is great to have the chance to be able to discuss some of the issues that I've felt passionately enough about to write about in my book.
I am grateful for the opportunity!
Of course the issues that I am most intensively concerned with is identified in the book's title (and in Sylvia's first question): What is e-learning research? How is it thought of, and why might it need to be re-thought?
I look at this question in the introductory chapter of my book (available online in the links provided). And I (try to) make the case that e-learning research is not or should not be one thing to all people. The main topics that are brought together in the phrase "e-learning research" include learning (and education), technology (the e- in e-learning) and knowledge and knowing (research). These are all pretty weighty, and don't necessarily add up to the same things for all viewpoints and interests concerned with e-learning.
At the same time, though, the meanings of "e-learning research" are not entirely a matter of arbitrary points of view. Education, learning, technology and research itself have all been written about extensively, and there are well-formulated conceptions of how they interconnect.
But I've said enough thus far. I'm looking forward to what others might have to say, ask about or comment on...
See you soon!