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  • 1. Information and Learning Technologies Trends Opportunities Challenges MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 2. Introduction • E-Channel is more than delivery of online learning to adults • E-Channel is about meeting the challenges of the work place, life-long learning, and civic participation • E-Channel is about harnessing the opportunities presented by existing 21st century technologies for adult learners and instructors MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 3. Introduction • Integrating 21st technologies into literacy and employment training programs provides opportunities for growth, but also many challenges that can only be met with a comprehensive approach in a consolidated environment • Ontario has been a proactive change agent and National leader in the integration of technology for over two decades MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 4. History • 1988 - CoSy and AlphaCom • 1996/99 – AlphaRoute development, research, piloting • 1998 - Tools for a New Beginning – Online learning for technology enhanced program delivery • 2001/02 - AlphaRoute distance pilot w/ Contact North • 2003/06 - Flexible Learning Pilot – Developing and testing online delivery models • 2007 - E-Channel – Province-wide online and distance learning opportunities • 2010 - Employment Ontario – Integrated service delivery and stakeholder engagement MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 5. Here and Now • Various common trends are evident in the research on online and distance learning for education, the workplace, and civic participation. MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 6. Here and Now • Information and Learning Technologies (including Social Media) • provide opportunities to existing adult learning systems and learners • present challenges to existing adult learning systems and learners • Addressing both requires managed change to the existing systems and needs to involve a variety of stakeholders from education and employment fields MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 7. Opportunities and Challenges • Infrastructure - always available and accessible resources • Teaching - connected professional development and instruction • Learning - flexible, focused, and personalized training for adults • Assessment - using data to drive continuous improvement • Productivity - planning and managing cost-effective quality systems MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 8. Infrastructure • Comprehensive systems providing all stakeholders with the appropriate resources when and where needed • People, processes, policies, and sustainable models are the backbone of a comprehensive infrastructure MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 9. Infrastructure • Broadband connectivity, server management, software availability, management systems, and administration tools • Learning, training and professional development resources are always available for adult learners and instructors MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 10. Teaching • Practitioners are connected in networks enabled by ILTs for the development of instructional materials and professional development • Learning data assists practitioners to create and assess engaging learning experiences meeting various learner needs MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 11. Teaching • Learner support can be provided in many ways and learners can be assisted in becoming increasingly more self-directed • Instructors need time and resources to become change agents and champions in the increasing integration of technologies MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 12. Learning • Leverage existing 21st century technology to create engaging, relevant, and personalized learning experiences that mirror learners' reality at work, for further learning, and for their communities • Adults need to acquire competencies and expertise such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communications in connection with ILTs woven into all content areas MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 13. Learning • Adults need to master the use of ILTs required to pursue further learning opportunities and quickly adapt to technological changes in the workplace MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 14. Assessment • A 21st century model of education requires better ways to measure what matters, diagnose strengths and weaknesses in a program • Assessment powered by technology can result in improvements to learner performance on an ongoing basis • Multiple stakeholders can be involved in the process of designing, conducting, using assessment MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 15. Assessment • Assessment data can be used to drive continuous improvement by making data available to the right people at the right time and in the right form • Support for ILT tools and training to help manage the assessment process, analyze date, and take appropriate action is needed MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 16. Productivity • Leverage existing 21st century technology to provide decision-makers and various stakeholders with an accurate, reliable, and complete view of the performance of the system • Use technology to plan, manage, monitor, and report to various stakeholders • Use technology to improve productivity and manage costs for service delivery MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 17. Productivity • Rethink basic assumptions about program delivery, e.g. time-based measures of educational attainment, learning organized by disciplines, curriculum-based learning, instructor-student relationships, peer support, etc. MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 18. Questions/Discussion MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 19. References Bates, T. 2009. Trends and Developments in e-learning. Sudbury, ON. Contact North http://intranet.contactnorth.ca/en/data/files/download/All%20Staff%20%200910%20 FY/2009_September_30_Trends_Developments_eLearning.pdf Best , L. et al. 2009. Bridging Distance: Promising Practices in Online Learning in the Canadian Literacy Community. Barrie, ON. Community Literacy Ontario http://www.nald.ca/gettingonline/goresources/bridgingdistance/bridgingdistance.pdf Bynner, John, Reder, Steve, Parsons, Samantha, Strawn, Clare. 2008. The Digital Divide: Computer Use, Basic Skills and employment . U.K. London. NRDC http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=149 MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 20. References Bynner, John, Reder, Steve, Parsons, Samantha, Strawn, Clare. 2010 The Three Divides: the digital divide and its relation to basic skills and employment in Portland, USA and London, England. U.K. London. NRDC http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=164 Fahy, P.J. & Twiss, D. 2010. Adult literacy practitioners’ uses of and experiences with online technologies for professional development. Journal of Applied Research on Learning, 3, Article 2, pp. 1-18. http://www.ccl-cca.ca/pdfs/JARL/Jarl-Vol3Article2.pdf Folinsbee, S. 2008. Online Learning for Adults: Factors that Contribute to Success A Literature Review. Sudbury, ON., College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading http://www.collegeupgradingon.ca/ace/litreview/cover.htm MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010
  • 21. References Getting Online Project. 2008. Getting online: A research report on online learning for Canadian literacy practitioners www.nald.ca/gettingonline McCain, M. 2009. The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning. New York, NY. Council for Advancement of Adult Learning http://www.caalusa.org/POWER_OF_TECH.pdf Silver-Pacuilla, H. 2008. Investigating the Language and Literacy skills required for independent online learning. Washington, D.C. The National Institute for Literacy http://www.nifl.gov/publications/pdf/NIFLOnlineLearningReport.pdf MTCU -LBS e-Channel Stakeholder Engagement Session June 8, 2010