The leaves are falling off the trees which signifies the passing of the weeks. For the month of November I have carried out the following:
Finalised application as External Research Reader in UCC Libary
Finalised application as External Research Reader in UCC Library
I finalised my application for Boole Library in UCC and will be spending many hours here over the coming months. Roisin in DIT kindly organised my ALCID card and I completed a short online application on the UCC website. The “distraction free” environment I am hoping will enable me to get focused and broaden my readings on my research area. I have already come across some books which have helped me with my report.
Submitted Research Report
I managed to submit my research report on time. For my proposal I focused on andragogy, online learning, self-directedness and power. In my report I again touched on these areas but also focused on curriculum design as this is very relevant to my project. In reading Peter Jarvis’s book on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning I could see how andragogy resonates with romantic curriculum in that they are both learner centred (Jarvis, 2010). Macfarlane also echoes this where a humanistic approach enhances the learning and development of the adult learner (Macfarlane, 1978).YLeahy Report
I have discovered Blackboards free learning management system available on www.couresesites.com. I am currently using this for the eLearning at the Library programme I am currently delivering at work. Visually it is the same as Blackboard Learn but there is a size quota of 500 Mb which I think is quite small. However, I am hoping that it will be sufficient for my research project. While Articulate have released Articulate 360 I will still remain with iSpring Suite for this project. Here are some screen shots of what I have done so far
Trying to catch up on reading has been challenging, however, completing the report and annotated bibliography have in many ways forced me to do some reading. I have submitted my report and preparing for my presentation in early December 2016.
Jarvis, P. (2010). Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Theory and practice. New York: Routledge.
Macfarlane, T. (1978). Curriculum innovation in adult literacy: the cost of insularity. Studies in Adult Education. 10(2), p.153-160.