Case Study Research Proposal.
Do students become more autonomous as learners when they independently publish digital artefacts online?
Brief description of my project including information, learning, social or organisational needs, problems or concerns to be addressed
This project will focus on the secondary school students I work with as a teacher-librarian and English teacher. Many students publish digital artefacts online in their own time and independently of the school: I am interested in how these activities help them become more autonomous learners.
The project will require time to talk to the students and access to the digital artefacts they have produced. Aspects of privacy and outside school activities will need to be considered. Parental permission may be needed. My Principal has already supported the case study.
The concepts of “flat classrooms”, global education, participatory cultures and self-directed learning could be discussed in this context.
Expected outcomes of my project
The outcomes of this project will shed light on what our students are creating and learning about in their own time.
Other expected outcomes include:
- Insight into what online communities the students are choosing to connect with.
- Identify different skills and information that students obtain and share when they publish digital artefacts online.
- Students will share positive and negative online experiences.
- It could become apparent that the students are learning and creating more out of school hours than during school.
- Students may be not keen to share or discuss their publications.
- Teachers will learn about the value in “flattening the classroom “and providing global education opportunities for their students.