Last (but not least) day of the Colloquium

Yesterday was a Wi-fi less day at the hotel and my blog post is thus a little delayed. Never the less, I had a great last day at the Colloquium.

You must be wondering why I have not written much about educational systematic reviews. The reason fo this is that the education group focuses mostly on primary and secondary education. I have actually registered the first title in the Campbell library on adult education. I realised that at the Education group’s meeting. It was really good to meet the people I have been talking to via email.

But yesterday, one of the poster presentations addressed online learning of systematic reviews. The focus was on tutor feedback.

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The feedback was given either on the discussion board or via personal email.  I think podcasts can also work very well in an online learning environment – it would be interesting to see whether students prefer verbal feedback via a podcast or written feedback. I realised that there is so much to explore when it comes to online learning. I think ultimately the goal should be to make the learning experience as authentic as possible. 

The authors of this poster are affiliated with the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating (EPPI) centre in London (http://eppi.ioe.ac.uk). They provide an online library of systematic reviews in the fields of health promotion, public health, social care and education. They are also involved in projects which aim to develop capacity in evidence informed policy and practice in education in Europe; have online courses in conducting and using systematic reviews as well as a maters in Research for Public Policy and Practice. I still have to explore their website in detail, but it seems like a good resource and perhaps we can even learn something from their online courses.

Interestingly, I met two people working at the University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with the EPPI centre. They are in the process of establishing the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence and aim to conduct systematic reviews for environmental management (www.environmentalevidence.org).

Overall, the colloquium was a great learning and networking opportunity and a wonderful experience! I cannot believe that I am leaving this beautiful city with its friendly people today – time really does fly when you are having fun.

I leave you with this photo of Nyhavn – the “new harbour”, which is a very popular spot, with a lot of small cafes and a brilliant holiday atmosphere.

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