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Prototyping Learning Power Modelling in SocialLearn
Shaofu Huang

This event took place on 26th June 2012 at 12:30pm (11:30 GMT)
Knowledge Media Institute, Berrill Building, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, MK7 6AA

Many educational experts argue that good learners in the 21st century will need a strong set of skills and attitudes to learning. To measure this, research of Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) has identified the “power” of an effective learner with seven dimensions [i]. The seven dimensions structure was designed to assess a learner’s learning power as well as to open up a window for coaching conversation which stimulates further development of the learner’s learning [ii]. Now being used by learners at many levels of education and in many countries, ELLI models learning power according to what learners think about themselves. EnquiryBlogger, a blogging platform for learners developing since 2010, enables users to link their online activities with learning power dimensions [iii]. What we are interested in this study, however, is whether and how we can model learning power according to what learners do in SocialLearn. This study looked like a transplanting process to me at the beginning. It still is, but I have now expanded my understanding of what “transplanting” means: it involves not only different languages, but also different ways of quality assurance and different interests. I will first introduce the learning power dimensions developed with ELLI as a background, then focus on the method and research design of this study and its inter-discipline nature.
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