Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Historical sources for (science) education at Auckland

Supervisor

Alistair Kwan

Discipline

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education, History, Art History

Project code: EDU001

You will find and inventory primary historical sources on how university students learnt before 1950. I’m especially interested in scientific and technical education, so this project could suit someone from an number of disciplines, whether sciences, engineering, health professions, or humanities.

This project is adaptable. It will focus on specific collections or database setup depending on your interests and what you discover on the way.

The sources include images (e.g. photos, architectural plans) and objects (e.g. old laboratory apparatus, stationery, calculation aids) as well as texts (e.g. memoirs, accounts, reports, books, magazines, newspapers, students’ lab notebooks). It might even include furniture and buildings, if you find them. These could be at the university, neighbouring institutions such as AUT, neighbouring museums, the Auckland Public Library, National Archives.

Depending on your approach, this project could involve any of these:

  • Research in finding aids and catalogues
  • Archival research
  • Museum research
  • Inventorying collections
  • Configuring a museum database (in unix)
  • Material culture interpretation
  • Historical contextualisation

SCOPE: a searchable community of practice and expertise for creative sector professionals

Supervisor

Cathy Gunn (DDI: 09 923 8354)
Claire Donald

Discipline

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Project code: EDU004

The scholar will work collaboratively with supervisors and creative sector representatives to complete the following tasks:

  • The scoping phase of a participatory design process
  • Draft a specification document
  • Evaluate a bespoke software tool (SCOPE – searchable communities of practice and expertise) against the specification
  • Present recommendations for a searchable online networking environment for creative sector professionals
  • Comment on the potential to support communities of practice and expertise in other sectors, such as education and teaching.

Skills required: working knowledge of educational technology and social networking environments, problem solving, organization, communication and teamwork.

Learning to teach online using MOOCs

Supervisor

Ashwini Datt (ext. 87613)

Discipline

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Project code: EDU009

Loosely defined, participant driven, success thresholds mean MOOCs remain a great avenue for teachers to experiment with online teaching strategies and tactics to build elearning capacity. My summer scholar will contribute to an on-going research project by conducting:

  1. a literature review on MOOCs for teacher professional development to update a current Mendeley library
  2. web search on mooc-list to identify and categorise professional development MOOCs in higher education.

Knowledge and skills in literature reviewing and use of Mendeley database is preferred but these will be further developed through the project.

Technology for equitable learning opportunities, design and experiences

Supervisor

Ashwini Datt (ext. 87613)

Discipline

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Project code: EDU010

Flipped lectures, blended learning and large online courses - without intentional learning design – add limited value to the learning experience of “diverse, demanding and technologically sophisticated” students. My Summer Research Scholar will contribute to a research project on cases of designs with technology
for equitable learning opportunities and experiences.
 
The summer scholar will be:

  1. conducting a literature review to upload to Mendeley library; and
  2. collating five identified case studies (interviews, audio/video recording) at the university.

Knowledge and skills in literature reviewing, audio/video recording, and use of Mendeley database is preferable. The scholar will further develop these skills and get experience of contributing to a real research project.

Inter-disciplinary writing programme

Supervisor

Barbara Kensington-Miller

Discipline

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Project code: EDU012

A generic writing programme for inter-disciplinary academics to write an article in 12 weeks has now been running for four iterations. To gather evidence of the programme’s effectiveness surveys have been given at the beginning and end of the programme but more is required for publication. 

The summer scholar will be:

  • Interviewing selected participants and transcribing recordings
  • Conducting a literature review
  • Following up on participants about their publications
  • Analysing surveys and interviews

Knowledge and skills in literature reviewing is required.

Ability to conduct interviews and use Endnote database helpful but not essential.

Who does the learning in learning analytics?

Supervisor

Dr M. Blumenstein (Extension 82479 or DDI 09-923 2479)

Dr Steve Leichtweis (Extension 82962 or DDI 09-923 2962)

Discipline

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Project code: EDU016

Tertiary education providers are increasingly utilising learning analytics (LA), a relatively new field, to inform course/learning design. Data-informed nudges in the form of personalised emails providing targeted support have been shown to impact positively on student engagement and academic outcome, especially in the first year. This study seeks to explore indicators of student engagement/disengagement in various disciplinary contexts, utilizing CANVAS data and LA. Specifically, it aims to gain a deeper understanding of which analytics could be useful in evaluating learning activity in relation to pedagogical intent. Quantitative methods and advanced data handling approaches will be used to identify patterns in student learning behaviours. 

Developing academic identity: Divining the imagination

Supervisor

Susan Carter (Extension 84630)

Discipline

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Project code: EDU022

The summer research scholar will have two trajectories of learning: literature review and data analysis.

First, they will research literature from psychology towards a project that seeks to advise academics on how to flourish in the pressure of the 21st century university.

Second, they will inspect data from 226 accredited supervisors to pull out comments about pressure and time constraint. The analysis will be thematic and will not rely on the use of software, but on reading through and copying and pasting the relevant comments into a word document.

The ideal Summer Research Scholar will intend to go on and become an academic, and will be interested in the psychology of identity construction.