Eileen Kennedy

Eileen Kennedy

I am a Principal Research Fellow in Online Learning Pedagogies and Future Education at UCL Knowledge Lab, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, and lead the MA in Education and Technology.

Location United Kingdom


  • @PippaSutcliffe @LeeYenTay sorry about that! I have updated the link now.

  • Thanks @RAQUELASCARTEZINI I have updated the link

  • If the documents are in the public domain then it should be possible, but you would need participants' consent to use personal letters etc.

  • Thank you @JoHarries I have updated the link

  • Hi @JaneCashman - this is an important point. You have to work hard to make sure you are engaging with all parts of the community. There are lots of reasons why people might not come forward. How to get to the 'difficult to reach' is a challenge for much research. But getting to the 'easier to reach' first and then following connections from there could do it....

  • HI @SerenaB can you try it again please - I tried to fix it. Fingers crossed!

  • Hi @Habi#reussite - can you try it again now please?

  • Hi @WenhaoWang can you try it again now please?

  • Hi Michael - I think I fixed the form - thanks for the feedback. Can you try it now?

  • Welcome @ZakThamae and if there is anything you want to borrow from the course you are very welcome. We made a youtube playlist of the videos (linked in the last step of week 3) for example. Looking forward also to hearing your experiences.

  • Welcome @KarinaCicero! You are right - our work as educators has become ever more complex these days. We are developing approaches to teaching that we wouldn't have even thought about a couple of years ago. This is why it is so important to share what we have learnt with each other.

  • Perhaps it would be good to find out more about what the community values and prioritises - maybe to help the community reflect on these things so they can articulate them to the government?

  • Welcome @PhươngAnhTiêu! Great that you are interested in community based research.

  • Welcome @DavidFarrelly! I agree with you and it is great to see that you are interested in finding a way to involve community stakeholders in local decisions.

  • Hi @S.M.RayhanulIslam nice to see you here!

  • Thanks for kicking things off @rachelwells! You see many people are following your lead. You have a very interesting background and a clear focus. I will be following your future contributions and hope to learn more about the food growing project.

  • Welcome @AliceToomer-McAlpine. What do you hope will be the outcome of this process? Is your aim to empower the communities to make their own changes or to put their issues on the agenda of the powerful?

  • Welcome @HudaHammoud!

  • Welcome @IfrahNisar - An important project. I will be following your contributions with interest.

  • Welcome to the course @AkkyS. You have a project that will only become more important for everyone.

  • welcome @VICENTEJORGESANCHISRICO! Do you have plans to conduct community based research in your city?

  • Hi @SerenaSaligari we can look at that - in the game the player is just given a pot of money and is not supposed to represent any particular currency (e.g. US dollars) but the $ sign may give that impression.

  • thank you for these insightful - and actionable - contributions @PaulPotter @AliHepple

  • @AlessandroGaleota you raise some very important points here. Certainly in Lebanon, even the idea that citizens should get more involved in decision making met with resistance from officials, who don't necessarily like the idea. The next steps are critical.

  • @VictorMontiel these are great examples about when and how a CA could be effective - very interesting thoughts, thank you.

  • Eileen Kennedy replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    @JoanneSaltfleet the idea is to help people understand what their options are, and to make informed choices. This could help pressure the government to make the right decisions by presenting them with the informed deliberations and outcomes of the citizens' assembly.

  • @PaulPotter have you tried things that didn't work so well?

  • It is interesting that so far "unplug devices that are not being used" is done the least - and this is something I am guilty of too.

  • the team did try out various plants and some worked better than others - the succulents. Strawberries sadly were the first to die so had to be removed, but this is all in the experimental stage and different environmental conditions are going to have an impact too - because of lockdown, it took longer to build the MFC and it had to endure a wet British winter....

  • Great to have you with us @AntjeSchmelzle! You will see this week and maybe even more so next week (where we start the week with a poll about energy saving habits that you mention) that all these things are very much connected.

  • And sometimes we seem to go round in circles. I was interested to read this article saying that the primary source of particle pollution in the UK is now caused by the popularity of wood burning stoves https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/07/fireplaces-and-stoves-are-bigger-polluters-than-traffic?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

  • Sounds great - looking forward to hearing more about that!

  • Welcome @AlessandroGaleota - looking forward to hearing more about your experience with energy solutions at the small and medium level in African contexts.

  • Very pleased to meet you too @ManduhaiBldn - it is great to have your perspective on designing for sustainable energy access in Ulaanaatar!

  • We are using the term “learning type” here because Diana’s model focuses on the kind of experience that we should design for the student. So it takes the perspective of the learner. That experience should be composed of different types of learning. So it is not just about the strategies that teachers use, but what those strategies achieve. This is also...

  • Hi @SangaréMikia if you turn those questions into statements then you’ll have two thesis statements e.g. “There should be no obstacles to the sports girls can play” or “it is necessary to get a degree to succeed”

  • yes this is a very good point and we have been working on ways of incorporating that into the learning designer tool

  • learning doesn't just happen, the teacher needs to design the experience but you can certainly design in time for experimenting.

  • For me, the value of the learning designer is about helping you to think through precisely what you and the students are doing - and it always improves the outcome.

  • and it shows that the technology we use does not have to be so sophisticated - it is about ease of communication

  • yes and this becomes effectively a lesson co-designed between the students and the teacher.

  • Hi Filipa - prior to the pandemic I don't think anyone would have recommended for children to be taught online through Zoom or Teams for the whole time. You need to have a lot of experience of learning to motivate yourself to engage and to understand when you've learnt something and how you have learnt it. You are right to point out that staring at a screen is...

  • is it not possible to set activities for children to work together online?