Future of ELESIG

ELESIG, the special interest group for those involved in evaluations of e-learning was started in January 2008, by a team from the Universities of Greenwich, Bradford and Oxford Brookes and contributory funding from the HEA. ELESIG now has over 1300 members on its community site (www.elesig.net) and an organising committee of 16, currently chaired by Carol Higgison, University of Bradford. In the coming months, we will be beginning a conversation with the community about the future of ELESIG. Please get involved.

ELESIG has done some great things. To mention just one or two, we have:

– funded 18 small grants to produce resources & activities for ELESIG members including annotated bibliographies, podcasts and regional groups. s

– shared the results of learner experience research through face to face and online events, newsletters and a special issue of BeJLT.

– helped members to keep up to date with research on our ELESIG Cloudscape.

So, where does ELESIG go next? Here are some questions I have been thinking about:

  1. To what extent should ELESIG focus on support for a core membership of researchers conducting studies of learners’ experiences of e-learning vs anyone interested in the findings from student experience research?
  2. What activities/services do members find most useful and what else would they like to see? We know the regional groups have been a bit hit (thanks to Chris Hall, Gemma Towle and Rob Howe). The events/webinars produce useful resources and sessions members are involved like Dragon’s Den and Member’s Corners continue to be active.
  3. What activities/services would ELESIG members be prepared to pay for? How about  MOOC on conducting learner experience research? What else?

We’ll be thinking hard about this over the coming months. Comments welcome.



About the author

Rhona Sharpe

Rhona is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests are around developing and tutoring online courses, developing learners for a digital age, and  pedagogic research. Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching.

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