What is it about?

Students out of mainstream education need to have their voices heard so that they can tell us what is working for them and what can be improved. This paper demonstrates how digital data collection can enable this to be done in one group of online learners accessing alternative provision.

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Why is it important?

The learners here accessed online learning via mobile cloud learning technology. The recent proliferation of online learning makes the evidence here even more critical; what works both in online learning, but also what works in accessing student views when working remotely is covered.


The students accessing Alternative Provision are often already out of mainstream because education hasn’t worked well for them. It’s only by listening to these students and understanding what needs to be done to improve their learning experiences that we can ensure better outcomes.

Sharon Smith

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This page is a summary of: Finding the voice of students engaging in online alternative provision via digital data collection methods, British Journal of Educational Technology, January 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/bjet.13061.
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