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RIKE Project – Webinar Design Evaluation 07/02/2022

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Promoting Innovation Through Immersive Webinar Designs: Solent RIKE Starter Research Proposal
Anthony Basiel, School of Computing Module Leader
The goal of the project is to promote collaboration with external partners of Solent University to conduct a pilot study examining blended learning technologies to support peer/self-assessment review using a range of interactive discourse designs.
SMART Objectives:
• Conduct a literature review to establish a sound pedagogic design to use a Socratic discussion model in a blended learning model
• Develop the use of augmented reality through a 360* camera in the middle of a student presentation for the COM621 UX Strategy module.
• Explore the 45* blended tutorial model (developed by Dr Mike Howarth, Middlesex University).
• Provide guidelines for other Solent modules using presentations for individual or group presentations.
• Produce a summary report and conference paper from the project results.
• Produce eLearning resources in the form of 360* video recordings or assessment presentations.
More information and examples of this research can be seen at https://abasiel.wordpress.com/elearning-r-d
Starter Project: £1500 (For student participant Amazon book vouchers, Conference costs for SU host).
Resources: 360* camera, 10 COM621 Students
Solent University Partnership with:
• Solent Alumni Association (Mike Toy).
• IT and eLearning Teams (for 360* cameras and appropriate software)
• Partnership with Computing School Research Groups
External Partners:
• Middlesex University – Dr Mike Howarth, Case Study for the 45* Learning Design
• Westminster University – Li Jin (Jin02@westminster.ac.uk), Provides students to survey and interview on the value and usefulness of the video recording resources.

Funds will be used to buyout time for Academic members to conduct research and write up documents. Possible funding for student involvement (e.g. focus groups). Any materials, software licences, etc. that will need to be added.
How have you identified the need for this work?
The pandemic has highlighted the need to improve student engagement through blended learning designs. Student surveys conducted over the Coronavirus highlighted the need to improve webinar pedagogy. This study will use a Socratic discussion model to promote peer review and develop a blended learning social exchange.

How does this fit with the research theme or knowledge exchange area?
The study supports the Solent research theme by using appropriate project management procedures and protocols. The project findings and deliverables aim to impact on student academic learning and informal social learning opportunities. Peer review to promote creativity and innovation can be achieved through a Socratic discussion circle model. This learning design can be supported through a blended augmented reality webinar design using a 360* camera in the middle of the discussion circle with stakeholders also using smartphone videos to provide their perspectives on the online learning event.

Knowledge exchange can be promoted through working with interested parties from cross-faculty collaboration within Solent University. We aim to get Faculty in the Computing School to liaise with the IT/e-Learning Teams, TV Production Department, as well as any other interested partners. Externally, we can collaborate with other UK universities such as Li Jin (Jin02@westminster.ac.uk) at Westminster University and internationally with an eLearning Consultancy – Kirsten Garbini (kirstenc@cps.co.za )

Who will benefit:

  1. Computing Students will have samples of good practice eLearning resources for presentation assessments. Follow-up research projects can expand the learning models and technology designs.
  2. Faculty will benefit from the project guidelines to apply the learning models and technology to the context of their modules.
    External beneficiaries
    Externally, we can collaborate with other UK universities such as Li Jin (Jin02@westminster.ac.uk) at Westminster University and internationally with an eLearning Consultancy – Kirsten Garbini (kirstenc@cps.co.za )

External beneficiaries
Externally, we can collaborate with other UK universities such as Li Jin (Jin02@westminster.ac.uk) at Westminster University. I also have contacts with Middlesex University through Professor Carol Costley (c.costley@mdx.ac.uk) and in the Digital Arts Department, Magnus Moar (m.moar@mdx.ac.uk).

In the UK industry, I have contacts with a London Mixed Reality production company in London – Amplified Robot with Steve Dann (steve.dann@gmail.com)

Internationally with an eLearning Consultancy – Kirsten Garbini (kirstenc@cps.co.za ), we can expand our project reach by offering our Bended Learning solutions.

We will involve them in the project by providing our initial proposal for feedback. When the study is done, we will provide them with the research report and invite them to our research conferences and webinars.

The stakeholders will benefit through our collaboration in several ways:

We will expand our professional social network
We will share our findings, blended learning models
Provide access to any information to improve webinar engagement design
Provide recommendations on technical specifications to create an immersive online learning experience

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