Meeting of the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN)

The next meeting of the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) takes place in Dublin City University (DCU) on Friday the 5th April 2019, from 10am to 4pm.

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The theme of the meeting will be ‘Transforming and Transformational MOOC Research’, and will include presentations and group discussions on the priority areas for future MOOC research and development. We have a great line up of sessions including practitioners, course developers, leading researchers and PhD students working in the area.

If you have not been involved in FLAN before, the organisation was established in 2013 to connect staff and students based at FutureLearn partner institutions to share research and explore shared research opportunities. These include joint research bids and publications, comparative studies using shared FutureLearn data, course designs, and methods to analyse and evaluate courses. FLAN also hosts a closed Facebook Group to exchange ideas and propose themes. Contact rebecca.ferguson@open.ac.uk to join the Facebook group.

Irish 101Attendance at FLAN events is free for those from FutureLearn partner institutions and our regular meetings provide an excellent opportunity to catch up with research into MOOCs, and open and online learning more generally, and to talk informally with colleagues from other FutureLearn partner organisations. On Friday we will be sharing and seeking valuable feedback on some of the research DCU is undertaking on new online models of teaching and learning.

The event will be live streamed and a recording posted on the FutureLearn Partner Site together with any slides/papers etc. for those who can not make it. You can also follow the event on Twitter (#DublinFLAN). If you would like to learn more about FLAN then please email flan@futurelearn.com. The Dublin event has been organised by the Professor Mairead Nic Giollamhichil and the team in the NIDL Ideas Lab. We look forward to welcoming participants to Dublin.

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Top 10 Open Access Journal Articles for 2018: Our Final Selection

Over the past week we have been sharing via Twitter our selection of the top 10 open access journal articles for 2018. This is the third year that the NIDL team has undertaken this exercise. You can read more about our selection criteria and previous top 10 selections for 2017 and 2016 in earlier blog posts. We will also be posting a more detailed blog explaining each of our selections for 2018 along with general comments and observations arising from the experience. In the meantime here is the final list of our top 10 articles for the year:

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The Top 10

No. 1

An Analysis of Peer Reviewed Publications on Openness in Education in Half a Century: Trends and Patterns in the Open Hemisphere, in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology by Aras Bozkurt, Suzan Koseoglu and Lenandlar Singh

No. 2

Helping Doctoral Students Crack the Publication Code: An Evaluation and Content Analysis of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technologyin Australasian Journal of Educational Technology by Melissa Bond

No. 3

Dawn or Dusk of the 5th Age of Research in Educational Technology? A Literature Review on (e-)Leadership for Technology-enhanced Learning in Higher Education (2013-2017), in International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education by Deborah Arnold and Albert Sangrà

 No. 4

UK Higher Education Institutions’ Technology-enhanced Learning Strategies from the Perspective of Disruptive Innovation, in Research in Learning Technology by Michael Flavin and Valentina Quintero

No. 5

Twenty-years of EDECH, in EDUCAUSE Review by Martin Weller

No. 6

Digital Competence and Digital Literacy in Higher Education Research: Systematic Review of Concept Use, in Cogent Education by Maria Spante, Sylvana SofkovaHashemi, Mona Lundin and Anne Algers

No. 7

Higher Education Dominance and Siloed knowledge: A Systematic Review of Flipped Classroom Research, in International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Educationby Mona Lundin, Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt, Thomas Hillman, Annika Lantz-Andersson and Louise Peterson

No. 8

Mapping the Open Education Landscape: Citation Network Analysis of Historical Open and Distance Education Research, in Open Praxis by Martin Weller, Katy Jordan, Irwin DeVries and Viv Rolfe

No. 9

Open Educational Practices in Australia: A First-phase National Audit of Higher Education, in International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) by Adrian Stagg, Linh Nguyen2 Carina Bossu, Helen Partridge, Johanna Funk, and Kate Judith

No. 10

What Research Says About MOOCs – An Explorative Content Analysis, in International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning(IRRODL) by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Aras Bozkurt, Uthman Alturki, and Ahmed Aldraiweesh

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