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Personalised and multi-sensory approaches to engaging students at a distance: a case study from religious studies

Maiden, John and Sinclair, Stefanie (2018). Personalised and multi-sensory approaches to engaging students at a distance: a case study from religious studies. In: 10th EDEN Research Workshop Conference Proceedings: Towards Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning (Duart, Josep M. and Szűcs, András eds.), EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network), Barcelona, pp. 261–269.

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Abstract

This article critically evaluates the pedagogical value of peer-to-peer digital sharing of audio visual resources in a distance learning context. It does so through a case study exploring the use of OpenStudio, an innovative software developed by the Open University (UK). This platform allows students to upload their own images, sounds and texts to an interactive digital pinboard, where they are shared with other students and comments may be exchanged. The context for the use of OpenStudio was to support peer-to-peer group activities, both assessed and unassessed, in a Religious Studies course (A227 Exploring Religion: Places, Practices, Texts and Experiences). These activities were envisaged as a novel, experimental approach to offering students a highly personalised, multi-sensory opportunity to explore complex scholarly concepts, in particular the materiality of religion. OpenStudio would provide students with a means of learning through their own creativity and self-expression, and also that of others. The findings of this article draw on data critically evaluating the engagement and experiences of both students and tutors during the first presentation of the course, in order to assess the strengths and limitations of this approach to personalised learning through digital technologies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 European Distance and E-Learning Network and The Authors
ISBN: 615-5511-25-X, 978-615-5511-25-7
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Take a picture of religion: OpenStudioNot SetThe Open University (FASSTEST)
Extra Information: originally presented at Towards Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning; 10th EDEN Research Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, 24-26 Oct 2018.
Keywords: digital photography; online learning; higher education multi-sensory learning; religious studies
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 58401
Depositing User: Stefanie Sinclair
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 15:13
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 21:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58401
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