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EVENT: ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017

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Today's date is Thursday, September 21, 2017
ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017 : Transforming education: An ethnography of open online learning and its potential in the Global South Other events...
This presentation investigates the avowed potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Education Resources (OERs) to improve educational opportunities for learners in the global South. Based on action research in Dili, Timor-Leste in June-July 2015, May-June 2016, and February-July 2017, the research documents and analyses participants' engagement with a number of open online learning resources. As a rapidly developing post-conflict city, Dili provides an interesting case study of the potential for MOOCs and OERs to promote social and sometimes spatial mobility. Field research included observations of higher education classrooms, informal English conversation clubs and various public Wi-Fi 'hotspots' around Dili.The major field research phase was completed in July 2017 and primarily involved the facilitation of four online course study groups with English speaking adult learners in Dili. Data was collected via participant observation, semi-structured interviews with participants before and after the courses, observations outside study group meetings, and analysis of online course forum contributions. This is a multi-sited ethnographic study (Marcus 2009) exploring the role of the ethnographer as "embodied, distributed and mobile" (Landri 2013 p.239).
Speaker(s) Montgomery King
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Farida Fozdar <farida.fozdar@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:30
End Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:36
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