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Redesigning the research methods curriculum

By L. Falconer and D. Street


This project aims to redesign the research methods curriculum for the disciplines of mathematics, statistics and information technology (IT) by integrating online learning support into the classroom. In most online learning environments learning materials are generally provided in one context. Limited customisation is often possible, e.g. changing text colour, but there is little opportunity to change more conceptual elements of the learning context; choosing between graphic, metaphoric or textual modes of navigation, for example. Current research and development work at UWE has created an online e-learning resource, the Research Observatory (RO), which does enable students to choose the context in which they study materials without requiring duplication of the materials themselves. \ud The RO is currently used in a blended manner to support distant and classroom teaching of the research methods courses across the university. This project focuses upon redesigning the research methods curriculum by enabling the students to design appropriate learning contexts for their subjects and integrating the use of these contexts and the primary curriculum content into classroom sessions. The particular learning impairment focus of the project is on students with diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), building upon the current research work of the RO development team

Year: 2008
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