LD@3: The Change Laboratory – an online research methodology for defining and delivering change

11 May 2020 - 11 May 2020

Presenter(s): Jane Nodder

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Jane Nodder has worked in higher education for the last 20 years as a research supervisor, senior lecturer and course director for both under- and postgraduate programmes in face-to-face and online teaching and learning environments. She is currently in the third year of studying for the award of PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning and E-Research at the University of Lancaster, UK.

Jane’s research interests focus on using Activity Theory and the Change Laboratory to promote expansive learning and transformative agency in online academic communities. Grounded in Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), the Change Laboratory is a formative, interventionist research methodology for communities to identify tensions in their Activity System and define and implement new practices. Working with a researcher-interventionist and using the CHAT concepts of expansive learning and double stimulation, Change Laboratory participants interact in a shared process of developing collective agency to achieve tasks that they would not otherwise achieve on their own.

As a relatively new methodology, the Change Laboratory has been used for educational research in face-to-face, physical settings. This session will explain the key concepts that underpin the approach, and present examples of the research Jane is undertaking to adapt and develop the methodology to explore questions relating to teaching and learning in the wholly synchronous online research environment.


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