CIDER session: May 8, 2013 – Challenges in the Graduate Student Experience: Struggling to Complete Valuable Research in an Online Environment

** The May 1 CIDER Session has been POSTPONED to May 8. Thank you for your understanding, and please join us next week for our session with Matthew Asser.
 
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We invite you to the next presentation in our series of free online CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Matthew Asser, Managing Partner of Learning and Performance at 4Growth Inc.
 
Title: Challenges in the Graduate Student Experience: Struggling to Complete Valuable Research in an Online Environment
 
Research pertaining to graduate students in distance education and their thesis research process is woefully constrained. Consequently, potentially important research and research areas remain unexplored. This presentation will explore specifically the issues graduate students experience conducting the research phase of the thesis, including the challenges students may encounter to recruit participants.
 
Streams of research identified in the presentation will be: online graduate work broadly, to create context around how graduate study emerged, the value of graduate work, and central issues; the particular case of thesis research students who work in an online environment; graduate student researchers in higher education, on campus or distance education and their access to research participants; and access to research participants in an online environment, whether it is different from campus based access and if so how.
 
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

*Local times for CIDER sessions are provided on our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions
 
Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is extremely important to get your system set up prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.
 
Registration is not required; all are welcome.

OPEN CALL:
 
We are now taking names of potential speakers for our 2013-14 season of CIDER Sessions, beginning in September. Do you have recent research into distance or online education of interest to our CIDER community? Please send a note, with an abstract describing your study and research methodology, to Dr. Terry Anderson at:
terrya@athabascau.ca
 
 

CIDER videoconference: April 3, 2013 – Much Ado about Affordances

We invite you to the next presentation in our series of free online CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Gale Parchoma of the University of Calgary.
 
Title: Much Ado about Affordances: Implications for Researching Technological Affordances
 
Ontological debates on the nature of affordances muddy the waters for interpreting, comparing, and critiquing research on technological affordances. The widespread use of affordances has naturalized the term, often masking the import of its evolving social science definitions. Diversity in applications of affordances across disciplines has led to calls to abandon the term altogether.
 
Following an account of ontological debates about the nature of affordances, Dr. Parchoma will examine a selection of thematically linked and often-cited papers on technological affordances for varied applications of the term. Implications for research will be discussed.
 
When: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

*Local times for CIDER sessions are provided on our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions
 
Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/

April CIDER Session with George Siemens

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We invite you to the next presentation in our winter series of free online CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with George Siemens from Athabasca University, Canada.
 
Please note that the link to CIDER Sessions has now changed to:
https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/
 
Title: More is different: Sensemaking and wayfinding in complex information environments
 
Human use of information is constant in daily activities. The internet, social media, and emerging technologies have not only made information more abundant; they have made it more fragmented and complex. Conducting research on the online information interaction activities of individuals can be difficult as information environments co-evolve with the actions of individual agents. Fortunately, with digital technologies, the trails and traces that individuals leave as they interact online can provide researchers with valuable insight. Open online courses are situated between structured classrooms where the educator typically defines information structures and the open web where learners are self-directed without cohort goals and objectives. This presentation will provide an overview of how our relationship to information is changing, review a grounded theory analysis of sensemaking and wayfinding activity of learners in open online courses, and present the Sensemaking Wayfinding Information Model (SWIM) for how individuals deal with complex information.

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

*Local times for the CIDER sessions are provided on our website: http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions/

Where: The CIDER sessions have moved to Adobe Connect!  To join this session go to:https://connect.athabascau.ca/cider/
 
Pre-Configuration:
Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event.  Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the web conferencing software.  Also, the Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Adobe Flash Player.  Allow time for this update by joining the session 20 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation start time.