Episode 080: Jen Ross, Lecturer and Program Director of the MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh

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Jenn Ross, Lecturer and Program Director of the MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh,  joins us in this week’s episode of the Meet Education Project where she shares her perspective on online education, MOOCs, among other things.

Guest Bio:

Jenn Ross, Lecturer and Program Director of the MSc in Digital Education at the University of EdinburghJen Ross is a lecturer in the School of Education, and programme co-director of the fully online MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. She is also the Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education, with responsibility for knowledge exchange and impact. Her public engagement, research and scholarship activities are focused around digital education, digital futures for learning, and the impact of the digital age on institutions including universities, museums and galleries. Jen’s main research group is Digital Cultures and Education.

Show Notes:

01:54 Jen’s background

03:57 What was your parents’ approach or relationship to learning and education? Was it something that was ingrained in you or did you have to develop that interest?

05:26 I’m interested in your feeling on the current state of public perception to online education. What do you think about the public perception overall of online education?

07:52 It’s interesting to see the really, really sophisticated approaches from the administrative level in universities to developing online education and the ones that are doing it reactively. Do you see that too in your conversations in the different people that you talk to? Do you see a dichotomy between the really proactive, deliberate development of online programs than like, just the reactions to it?

10:21 MOOCs have done a great job at improving the awareness of online education as kind of a viable educational solution here formally. But a lot of people think that MOOCs are online education whereas they’re just one delivery method, one learning model towards that end. What are the components, in your opinion,  of a successful online program? What needs to be there as a framework to make it work well?

Manifesto for teaching online

12:28 As far as assessment, how you approach assessment, and outcomes and collaboration, peer to peer and instructor to student collaboration, how do you look at that as you’re thinking about each course and the overall best interests of the program?

15:04 I’m interested in how you use data as you inform iterations of the program. Do you use data on a consistent basis? And if you do, then what data points are you really looking at to make sure that you’re analyzing it properly?

20:28 With everything that you’ve learned about these different online delivery models, what do you think is the next iteration to teaching and learning online?

22:56 It makes me think of what Ben Nelson’s doing with the Minerva Project, kind of completely rethinking the use of space and time, and students getting together in dorms… what are your thoughts on this project?

25:13 What’s the book that’s most influenced you and why?

Currently reading:
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor
River of Gods by Ian McDonald

27:05 What about documentaries? Do you watch them, and if you do, do you have a favorite?

TINY: A Story About Living Small
This American Life

28:28 If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

 her siblings


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MSc in Digital Education: http://online.education.ed.ac.uk/about/

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