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Networked Learning 2016

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Tuesday, May 10 • 12:25pm - 12:35pm
Designing for online homework guidance

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This paper presents the preliminary research work on developing and conceptualizing methods and models for homework guidance and support of the training program offered by Homework Online (HO). The presented models are: Curriculum framework for homework guidance, Scenes of Guidance and Model of guidance methods. HO is an organisation led by State Library in Aarhus, Denmark. It manages the cooperation with municipalities, schools and universities with the aim to build, provide and operate a number of call centres for homework guidance in secondary education. The call centre offers guidance in an online environment. A part of the organisation Homework Online is to offer a training program that recruits and trains volunteer tutors. Homework can be defined as "tasks assigned to students by school teachers that are meant to be carried out during non-school hours" (Cooper, 1989). The purpose of homework is to extend learning beyond the classroom. Online homework guidance is the delivery of academic guidance in cyberspace where the communication between a trained academic homework tutor and learner is facilitated by using computer-mediated communication technologies (Richards & Viganó 2012). This guidance takes place through the use of a text- or audio based, synchronous communication program and a shared screen. The tutor and the learner don't know each other. The potential of homework online guidance is that student can access specialised expertise and get academic guidance specific to the learner's curricular challenges. The concept of HO is an example of ‘networked learning' where interactions between people are mediated by computer/information technology (Goodyear & Carvalho, 2014). Furthermore HO is an example of a ‘learning design', where it guidance activities is designed for learning on the basis of a pedagogical model. In this paper we report our research on the process of developing and testing new pedagogical models for homework guidance. We utilise pedagogical models as theory (Conole 2013) and Design Based Research (Gravenmeijer & Cobb 2006) as a methodology to investigate two research questions: 1. What kind of learning design (concepts and models) can contribute to develop HO's training program for new tutors in a way that can stimulate the strategically reflection of the educational designers of HO? 2. In what way can the new learning design contribute to the development of the tutors' competences in action and reflection on their role and practice as tutors? 

Tuesday May 10, 2016 12:25pm - 12:35pm
Bowland 1 Lancaster House Hotel

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