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2nd May
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Storytelling and imagining the future of flexible learning postCOVID

Contribute to higher education research into the value of stories, creativity and digital storytelling to support flexible delivery, community building and learning during the pandemic. This internship offers the opportunity to shape flexible delivery in the face of future crises.
Research Team:​ Dr Erinma Ochu, Zoe Parker Moon & Lisa Gold (iSchool) & Polly Palmerini (SODA) The COVID19 pandemic disrupted higher education in terms of delivering face-to-face teaching and learning. Universities, including MMU, switched to flexible and online learning to allow teaching to continue during the pandemic. Storytelling is key to building community, particularly during a crisis. What lessons can be learned from staff and students who used digital storytelling to build community during the pandemic? How might we respond to future disruptions? The Challenge The COVID19 pandemic disrupted higher education in terms of delivering face-to-face teaching and learning. Universities, including MMU, switched to flexible and online learning to allow teaching to continue during the pandemic. Storytelling is key to building community, particularly during a crisis. What lessons can be learned from staff and students using digital storytelling and creativity to build community during the pandemic? How might we respond to future disruptions? The opportunity This internship focuses on drawing out lessons learned from the stories, creativity and digital storytelling tools used to support flexible delivery and safely build community during the pandemic. What insights can be drawn from an assets-based approach that considered differing student and teaching perspectives, to make the most of the tools and expertise at a learning community’s disposal. How can we ensure the best outcome for all students? Students will:
  • Work with the teaching team, undertaking this research
  • Undertake desk research to review relevant literature
  • Undertake content analysis of digital stories produced by
  • Participation in a research panel to share findings at a conference
Outputs may include:
  • A literature review
  • An online repository of annotated key references, using referencing tool, zotero
  • A roundtable and reflections with staff and students, offering their unique perspectives
  • A presentation summarising the insights, key lessons and future recommendations
The student will be supported to work online, use digital tools, to document and share progress with the research team as they progress. This internships is covered by a small bursary to cover the student’s time and online conference attendance of an Advance Higher Education conference panel on the 5th July 2022. Interns will be required to complete the following self-study packs:
  • Key Research Skills
  • Digital Research Methods
  • Alternative Perspectives on Education

In A Nutshell...

  • Contribute... to enabling staff and students to thrive postCOVID
  • Collaborate... to produce research with real world impact
  • Engage online... by working together using digital tools
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.

Schedule

  • call_split 02/05/22 to 31/05/22
    Onboarding
    Get to understand the research brief, and meet members of the team before embarking on your independent work
  • personal_video 15:25 to 16:25 on 02/07/22 - Takes place online
    Lessons for learning and community building in a crisis
    Join the online panel to present our findings at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning conference #TLConf22
  • call_split 02/05/22 to 05/07/22
    Research Internship
    Opportunity to undertake research with teaching team on Digital Media and Communications & School of Digital Arts to reflect on the future of flexible learning.