Current issue: Volume 9 Issue 1

Research paper

Chaordic learning systems: reconceptualising pedagogy for the digital age

By Will Roberts
ContentsIntroduction: communities of practice in the digital age Higher education: beyond blended learning and communities of practice Chaordic learning systems: a call for a theoretical understanding of learning in the digital agePresenting a chaordic learning systemMethod: invoking a chaordic learning system (environment)FindingsTable 1: Coded data from interviews and virtual artefactsThe experience of unstructure and the... View Article

Research paper

Grandfathers, cogs and goop: learner choices for designs of companion agents

By George Roberts
ContentsIntroductionDefining agents and avatarsCopresence and the perceptions of agentsDefining copresenceFactors affecting copresence – appearanceFactors affecting copresence – behaviourFactors affecting copresence – uncanninessMethodologyResultsTable 1: The ranking of the agents and sample comments made by the participants.Table 2. Participants’ choices of different agent designs selected to represent high and low anthropomorphism and detail.Table 3. The user preferences for... View Article

Research paper

The craft of feedback in a complex ecosystem

By Lydia Arnold
ContentsIntroductionMethodologyFindings Initial motivationBeliefs about feedback Feedback optimists orientationSupply-side orientationTechnology beliefsTable 2: Technology behaviours and attitudes amongst lecturersFamily experienceMedia preferenceProfessional experienceEmotionSocial practiceQuality management Time and efficiencies DiscordDiscussionTable 3: Feedback formation as a three step modelReferences Introduction Despite all we know about the enormous power of feedback to influence student learning it remains a challenging area of... View Article

Book review

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. 3rd Edition. Mike Wallace and Alison Wray. Sage 2016

By George Roberts
Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. 3rd Edition. Mike Wallace and Alison Wray, SAGE Study Skills, London.0 2016. xiv + 278pp. £22.99 (paperback) 978-141296182-0 Sadly, the phrase ‘new and improved’ is becoming more and more associated with products that are neither, but the 3rd edition of Wallace and Wray’s Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates... View Article

Book review

Social Media for Academics, Mark Carrigan, Sage 2016

By George Roberts
If you know the sociologist Mark Carrigan primarily via his twitter account (@mark_carrigan), you may be expecting the kind of in-depth, discipline-specific analysis that only a sociologist can deliver. Thankfully, this is not what you will find in this book. In fact, as a relaxed, useful, easy to read volume, it’s hard to believe it... View Article

Editorial

Teaching and learning as social craft

By George Roberts
Welcome to the first issue of the Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching (HEJLT 1.1). Publish and be damned, indeed! We want HEJLT to be felt as fresh air in the literature of learning and teaching in higher education. When people want to know about learning and teaching, most searches should lead to dialogues... View Article