The Inside Track on Outdoor Learning

By Clare Gormley

albertpark.jpgI remember three things very vividly from my primary school education: on my first day of school, I remember feeling immensely proud of the little plasticine/márla ‘biscuits’ I made with the approval of my first ever teacher Mrs Kenny. A few years later, I remember the delight of learning the wonderfully atmospheric poem The Listeners by Walter de La Mare. And lastly, I cannot overstate the excitement of childhood memories from getting on the train in Galway and going to Dublin Zoo with my pals for a school tour. It is that last memory that leads me to this blog post where I’d like to share some thoughts on what I believe are the under explored opportunities of outdoor learning – not just for little ones but for much older students too.

albertparkline-orlaleading.jpgAt ‘The Sipping Point’ recently we ran a session on the great outdoors with a promise we would “experience some outdoor learning activities, and begin to appreciate the potential for learning in, through and about the outdoors”. So it was that on two days in January (one cold but crisp, the other cold and damp) we found ourselves gathered to set off on an ‘Outdoor Learning’ walk under the expert tutelage of Dr Orla Kelly, DCU School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies.

So what exactly did we do, you may wonder? To find out the answer to this question, then read more on Clare’s person blog Learning Rush.

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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