I am writing this post as a resource for my TEL 713 – Advanced Qualitative Methods students, but, hope others will find it useful as well.

First, I want to share what a tremendous resource The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is broadly. I am a member of ALT, and I am extremely thankful for their community, conferences and open access to conference content for those who cannot attend in person. Here is the archive from the 2018 Annual Conference which just wrapped up on September 13th. Several of the talks were streamed and are archived on the website for viewing. I also encourage you to take a look at the #altc hashtag for further conversations and resources.

Selfishly, the timing of  Drs. Frances Bell & Catherine Cronin’s ALT presentation: A personal, feminist and critical retrospective of Learning (and) Technology, 1994-2018  could not have been more perfect.  In TEL 713 (Advanced Qualitative Methods) we are approaching the modules on feminist and critical pedagogies. Here is the recording of Frances & Catherine’s session:

I am sharing this specific talk with my students for a few reasons –

First: I want to note that the session type is a: Work-in-progress report/experimental session.  So often we feel as we have to have something finished or complete before we share. Francis and Catherine are using the conference to share work in progress, and, to solicit feedback to improve their inquiry.

Second: I want to point out the references (with my meta commentary in italics after the reference.)

Cronin, C. (2017). Openness and praxis: Exploring the use of open educational practices in higher education. IRRODL, 18(5). http://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v18i5.3096

TEL 713: Look at Dr. Cronin’s theoretical framework section as a mentor text for framing a study.

Noddings, N., & Enright, D.S. (1983). The promise of open education. Theory Into Practice, 22(3), 182-189. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405848309543059  (ASU Library Link to full text)

TEL 713: Dr. Nel Noddings is a feminist scholar and philosopher.

Watters, A. (2015, February 19). The history of the future of education. hackeducation.com [blog]. Retrieved March 23, 2018, from: http://hackeducation.com/2015/02/19/the-history-of-the-future-of-education

TEL 713: Audrey Watters is an education writer and independent scholar who writes with a critical stance towards education and technology.

Third and finally: This is an excellent example of a qualitative study in a community of practice (or sphere of influence.) You’ll note that Frances & Catherine have coded and analyzed the themes of the ALT conferences over the past 25 years through a feminist & critical lens.  As you’re looking for models and mentor texts, this is one to add to your list of supports.

Thank you Drs. Bell & Cronin for sharing your work so openly and for allowing us to learn from your inquiry.


2 Responses to A Meta Reflection (and Thank You): Bell & Cronin’s #altc Presentation

  1. Frances Bell says:

    Thank you for your very positive comments and for sharing our ideas with your students studying Qualitative Methods – a rich range of processes for teasing out what has or might have happened:) You may have included this but just to let you we have a living document that is recording sources for and responses to our work http://bit.ly/ALTC-Bell-Cronin . I’ll be adding a link to your post presently.
    We actually have some raw data from remote and f2f attenders at our session that we haven’t yet analysed. We will be doing so but it’s there as open data if you or your students want to do anything with it :)
    I think your students are in very safe hands.

  2. Leigh says:

    Thank you so much Frances! I had forgotten to link to the shared doc, so thank you for adding that to the discussion!! (And for the kind words!) :)

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