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Academic explores challenges of education sector in digital world

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

The Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto - known as ISEP - was founded in 1852 in Portugal's second biggest city Porto.

It was in this venue in November that was held the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning 2016 conference.

The event attracted more than 500 delegates to four days focusing on the challenges of the digital era for education, learning, and training.

Dr Hazel Beadle, a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management in the Institute of Education and member of the Masters in Education teaching team, had taken an active role in reviewing papers submitted for the conference.

She had subsequently been invited to chair the conference's online learning and MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) stream.

Following on from the opening speech by the Portuguese minister of science, technology, and higher education, where the value of practice based activities was stressed, Dr Beadle presented an interactive session with the conference delegates which incorporated an account of her research.

This explored the challenges of supporting students to step up to postgraduate learning in the context of the digital environment.

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Dr Beadle's session highlighted that within the research literature the transitioning of students to postgraduate study has been little researched.

Her session provided an analysis of that research gap and encouraged those attending the conference to engage in an exploration of how research can be actively used to support postgraduate study transitioning.

To find out more about Dr Beadle's research email

Alternatively find out more about the Institute of Education at the University of Chichester.