Yesterday saw a trip to York for the start up project meeting for our Cotil ( Web 2 - Connecting Transitions and Independent Learning) project - we are one of seven funded in the current round by HEA e-Learning Research Observatory. We’ve actually started well into the Cotill project with what appear to be two good case studies in the Faculty of Humanities.. one in Education Studies with student mentors (along with the DMU Transitions team) and another with Chris Goldsmith’s Politics students .
The startup was all about consolidating plans, sharing ‘issues’ and identifying commonalities with representatives from the other projects - ( Sheffield Hallam, Exeter, Anglia Ruskin, Leicester, UCLAN and Writtle College), as well as tips and updates on completed projects. We had much in common with UCLAN and Writtle on transitions-related research, but other themes were of interest to work going on across the faculties, such as on feedback, feed foreward and colleagues at Leicester are building on previous Impala4T project on podcasts, which will have synergies with an upcoming project here at DMU. Exchanges were lively and informative and in general quite a laid-back day (except for Richard, whose train journey was a little too laid-back for his liking).