A Jisc online webinar in January 2017 which presents an overview of key findings from the digital student online learners study which included a literature review of current research and consultation with online learners and staff through the #OLSuccess week. The final report What makes a successful online learner? offers recommendations for institutions, staff and learners to support and improve online learners’ digital experience.
12th January 2017
Collation of resources to support the Digital Capability Discovery tool.
December – March 2017
Evaluation of pilot online classroom activities for OU language teaching
January – Sept 2016 (Internal report only)
March – July 2016
Range of outputs from the study
Redesign of Enviroliance website, Scotland
April – March 2016
Guides and checklists
Part of an Open University team researching how professionals self-regulate their learning through (and after) an editathon (Wikipedia editing event at University of Edniburgh). Looking at how professional practice changes. Contributed to instrument design and carried out online interviews with participants.
July – December 2015
Development new website for FP Business Services
Contribution to Jisc study led by Helen Beetham
March – July 2015
Evaluation of Open Media Courses at Coventry University on behalf of Jisc. http://loumcgill.co.uk/coventry-open-media-classes/
January 2014 – July 2015
Working with Glasgow Caledonian University on research into open self regulated learning with participants of the Introduction to Data Science MOOC.
Oct 2014 – December 2014
Sept – Dec 2014
Evaluation study of FutureLearn OU Courses
May 2014 – July 2014
April 2014 – May 2014
Working with Glasgow Caledonian University on research into self regulated learning and professional learning with participants of the fundamentals of Clinical Trials MOOC.
December 2013 – February 2014
Evaluation study of FutureLearn OU Course Facilitators.
January 2014 – February 2014
Synthesis of outcomes and outputs from this strand of projects and incorporation into the OER infoKit
January – July 2013
Short url: http://bit.ly/digitisationandOER
Download as a pdf document
Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Europe. European Commission Joint Research Centre.
August 2012 – June 2013
Working with Glasgow Caledonian University the project aims to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in Europe by identifying, describing and classifying a comprehensive number of OER initiatives in Europe in the area of Lifelong Learning and adult education. It will identify bottlenecks and barriers to the innovative implementation OER in adult education and to discuss factors for the successful implementation, up-scaling and mainstreaming of innovative practices with OER.
Final report (including inventory, typology, and SWOT analysis)
Fluid learning: vision for lifelong learning in 2030, in Open Education 2030 part 1: Lifelong Learning. This was our response to a call for vision papers by IPTS in preparation for the workshop in Seville in April 2013.
OER4Adults SWOT Summary draft for Seville workshop April 2013
OER4Adults Seville presentation v3 Presentation from Seville workshop April 2013
July 2011 to July 2013
Synthesis consultant with Helen Beetham to support this programme of activities.
May 2012 – May 2013
A cumulative evaluation and synthesis of the entire HEFCE funded intervention in OER – which includes all phases of UKOER and the Open University SCORE activities.
McGill, L., Falconer, I., Dempster, J.A., Littlejohn, A. and Beetham, H. Journeys to Open Educational Practice: HEFCE OER Review Final Report. JISC, 2013 https://oersynth.pbworks.com/w/page/60338879/HEFCE-OER-Review-Final-Report
User requirements study around staff use of OER – unpublished report.
February – May 2013
Following up earlier report and advising on first phase of implementation of badging for informal learners on OpenLearn courses
April – May 2012
December – January 2013
Updating OER infoKit to include outcomes and outputs of UKOER Programme phases 2 and 3
October 2011 – March 2013
Member of a team providing a range of activities to support an ongoing evaluation and synthesis of the Open Educational Resources (OER) programmes. The synthesis wiki now holds three years worth of materials and information emerging from three phases of the programme. I led on the development of an Evaluation toolkit and briefing papers for the wider community.
August – January 2013
Supporting Myscience to conduct a review into their online education strategy for supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education professionals.
July -December 2012
Synthesis of Strand on Alumni Engagement with JISC CETIS. Relationship Management InfoKit
April 2012 – December 2012
Member of the planning and co-ordination team. Themes and speakers currently being developed for conference in November.
October 2011 – October 2012
External evaluator for this UKOER project focusing on Renewable, Environmental and Construction Technology Open Resources
July – October 2012
Working with Scotlands Colleges to prepare an Engagement strategy and action plan for the Re:Source repository
June to July 2012
Internal Report of work to investigate strategic, operational and technical implications of the potentials of badging for informal learners at the OU. Involved working with a wide range of stakeholders within the institution to ensure that all aspects of institutional needs and students were included.
March to April 2012
Carried out interviews for a research survey into Self Regulated Learning which aims to surface, describe and systematise the activities and strategies that adult learners use to self-regulate their learning in the context of a massive open online course (MOOC), in particular Change 2011 MOOC.
Commissioned to write a supporting paper for Jorum business case and input to developing the business case.
McGill, Lou (2012) A National OER Service for the UK http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/4917/
January 2012 to April 2012
I was commissioned by JISC CETIS to write a series of articles and timelines to provide a CETIS viewpoint on the history of developments in three key areas of activity since the early 2000’s.
Synthesis and evaluation of the programme which built on the pilot porgramme activities (see below). Final synthesis report of UKOER phase 2 Authors: Lou McGill, Helen Beetham, Isobel Falconer, Allison Littlejohn. November 2011
I wrote a series of articles for JISC CETIS Other voices blog about the JISC Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design Programme
Curriculum Design: The Big Picture June 2011
XCRI-CAP – now is the time August 2011
Participated in a seminar series with a group of researchers and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds who were interested in the use of digital modes of communication in post-school education, to problematise the concept of Literacy in this context, to evaluate teaching and learning practices informed by the concept of digital literacy, and to form a research network that will stimulate further research and critical evaluation in this highly significant area of educational development.
The series addresses an educational context in which institutional policies and strategies are beginning to reflect new pedagogical and business models centred on social networking technologies and the blending of formal and informal learning (Katz 2008, Seely Brown & Adler 2008, Trinder at al 2008, Walton et al 2008). We use the term university to indicate the central focus of the research agenda which will be a key output of the series – the seminars themselves will focus on a variety of formal and informal contexts of learning in the post-school sector (FE; HE; Libraries, and other areas of public, corporate and professional education), in recognition of the converging of aspects of curriculum and practice across these domains that is shaping the development of the university in the digital age.
Littlejohn, A., Beetham, H. and McGill, L. Digital literacies as situated knowledge practices: academics’
influence on learners’ behaviours in Goodfellow, R and Lea, M. (eds) Literacy in the Digital University? Critical perspectives on learning, scholarship, and technology, Routledge, 2013 (forthcoming July 2013)
June 2011 – November 2011
Member of planning and co-ordination team. The title of the 2011 conference, Learning in transition, reflected the challenges institutions and practitioners face in the fast-changing landscape of post-16 education, including preparing students for employment.
Sept 2008 – April 2011
Member of the JISC synthesis and support team for the Curriculum Delivery projects – in this context curriculum delivery is meant as shorthand to embrace the many ways in which learners are enabled to achieve the outcomes offered to them by a curriculum. Projects focus on processes which take place when real learners engage with a designed curriculum. Teaching, learning support, advice and guidance, coaching, mentorship, peer and collaborative learning, feedback and assessment, personal development planning and tutoring, skills development and practice, and enabling access to curriculum resources are all processes that might be involved. By the term ‘delivery’ we don’t intend that projects should focus on the delivery of information to learners, or suggest that this is an appropriate or adequate way of enabling learners to achieve curriculum goals. see this page for some early mapping documents. Project outcomes and outputs are incorporated into the JISC Design Studio, which I have also been working on in relation to this programme of work. The final synthesis report is entitled Curriculum Innovation: pragmatic approaches to transforming learning and teaching through technologies and was published on 13th April 2011.
June 2010 – November 2010
Member of planning and co-ordination team. Entitled “Bringing innovation to life: From adversity comes opportunity ” the programme aims to explore how technology-enhanced learning can help universities and colleges to continue to compete globally; support them to meet and overcome the challenges presented by the current climate of economic constraint and to develop forward-looking educational futures.
Launched September 2010
I augmented an existing JISC Infonet infokit to include issues affecting learning and teaching repositories.
Launched June 2010
I worked on both the structure and content of the JISC Infonet infokit on Open Educational Resources. This work was done in parallel to the OER Pilot Programme work and will be regularly updated as the JISC/HE Academy programme activities continue.
June 2009-August 2010
Project which provided a range of activities to support evaluation and synthesis of the Open Educational Resources (OER) pilot programme. The project developed a wiki to support the programme and also used this to publish the final report. Final report of the JISC/HE Academy OER Pilot Programme Evaluation and Synthesis Team. Authors: Lou McGill, Helen Beetham, Isobel Falconer, Allison Littlejohn August 2010
July 2009 – November 2009
Member of planning and co-ordination team. Entitled “Thriving, not just Surviving” the programme reflected the challenges facing further and higher education institutions in the 21st century and featured leading thinkers, broadcasters and academics, such as Charles Leadbeater, Nigel Paine, Helen Beetham, Rhona Sharpe (Oxford Brookes University), Peter Bradwell, (Demos). Papers are available on the website, including recordings of many live sessions in Elluminate.
OCLD course (Oxford Brookes University) June-July 2009 led by Patsy Clarke
Co-tutor – Social software such as Facebook, Myspace, Flickr and Blogger as well as the collaboratively constructed and published information found on Wikipedia are widely used by learners. This course focuses on enhancing teaching and learning by harnessing the potential of social software tools for interactivity and engagement and their incorporation in authentic learning activities. With active participation and collaboration with use of the software tools you will leave the course with ideas for their integration into online and blended coursework.
July 2008 – May 2009
A JISC funded research study which aimed to find out what literacies learners require and what UK HE and FE institutions are doing to support them. The study aimed to inform JISC and the wider UK FE and HE communities by providing a better understanding of learning literacies, how they are evolving, how requirements are changing, and how they may be supported in different contexts. Thriving in the 21st century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA project). Helen Beetham, Lou McGill, Prof. Allison Littlejohn. June 2009 (pdf) Thriving in the 21st century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA project). Executive Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations. Helen Beetham, Lou McGill, Prof. Allison Littlejohn. June 2009 (pdf)
July 2008 -December 2008
A five month JISC funded study to investigate, identify and articulate the evidence for a range of business cases and models for sharing learning materials within the UK Higher Education community. Informed the HE Academy JICS UKOER programme. McGill, L and Currier, S and Duncan, C and Douglas, P (2008) Good intentions: improving the evidence base in support of sharing learning materials. Project Report.
July 2008 – November 2008
Member of planning and co-ordination teamThemes focused on the productive and energising tension between the tried and tested and the wholly innovative. e-Learning may now have established a foothold in learning and teaching, but are the demands of delivering the curriculum restricting its innovative potential? How can we plan to ensure the best possible e-enhancement of learning in the future? A very successful conference – papers available on the website, including recordings of live sessions.