The purpose of the graduate conference is to disseminate educational research from across the two programmes – the MA in Higher Education and the MSc Applied eLearning (involving both present and past graduates), which is relevant and interesting to all academic staff in DIT today. A diverse and contemporary range of topics are being presented at the conference, including research on the use of wikis to support collaborative learning in Marketing, stories from HE technology-enhanced learning, a practical approach to teaching students with dyslexia, active learning techniques in legal professional education, project management skills for apprentices in construction, problem-based multimedia learning, cognitive research in first year chemistry and effective tutorials in professional education.
Background to the Conference
One of the aims of the graduate student conference is to build a network of research-informed participants across the two programmes in the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre. By encouraging such networking, it is anticipated that this event will also reinforce participants' understanding of the value of involvement in communities of practice associated with academic disciplines and professions. This conference focuses attention on how learning and academic writing happens within the ‘Writing and Disseminating Research’ Module on the two programmes, as well as how it is experienced in different subject contexts; specifically it encourages participants to critically reflect on their thinking & learning about educational research they are currently engaged with, and to share these reflections with others by involving themselves in this student-led conference and resulting subsequent national and international publications.
We have invited each participant presenting at the conference to make a short video introduction [up to 2 minutes long] to be a short teaser to increase people’s interest in their research. This video supplement adds a new dimension to their conference presentation! In the video clip, each participant discusses what their presentation will cover, and where they believe their field of research is going.