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  • 1. ® Staying Ahead of the Education Curve Allan Christie GM and Learning Technologist, ANZ
  • 2. Introduction Topics  About Me  Sector Support  Staying Ahead of the Curve  Understanding the macro environment  Adoption – investment in services is critical to success  To MOOC or not to MOOC?  Blackboard Open Education  The ‘new’ Blackboard - supporting International Growth 2
  • 3. Outline 3
  • 4. I have been using educational technology in T&L for a long time! 4
  • 5. Allan Christie, GM and eLearning Technologist, Blackboard APAC 5
  • 6. Allan Christie, GM and eLearning Technologist, Blackboard APAC • 20 years on the ascilite Executive • Post-graduate research “evaluation of educational technologies in teaching & learning” • Excellence in Teaching Award – UniSA • 1998 – Founder and MD of NetSpot Pty Ltd • 2012 – acquired by Blackboard Inc. 6
  • 7. Support of the Sector 7
  • 8. Where does your institution sit on the Curve? 8
  • 9. Staying Ahead of the Education Curve • There following macro issues currently exist in New Zealand: – Government focus on particular disciplines for the future employment market – STEM, STEAM; – How to support Maori and Pacific Islands students in HE and how to achieve better outcomes; – The poor literacy levels of many school leavers and university entrants; – Common issues such as the challenges around technology, increasing scale, open access, MOOCs etc. Finding a business model and positioning NZ institutions in this arena. • Relevant Reports: – http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/ict – http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/tertiary_education/14 5699 9
  • 10. New Zealand - Macro Environment 10 • The 3 R’s of School: –Reading; –‘Riting, and; –‘Rithmetic
  • 11. New Zealand - Macro Environment 11 • The 3 R’s of Higher Education: –Recruitment; –Retention, and; –Revenue
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  • 16. There are MOOC’s on a huge variety of topics! 17 https://www.coursera.org/course/shaping2paths
  • 17. There are MOOC’s on a huge variety of topics! https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation- BBLEARN/pages/mooccatalog.html 18
  • 18. 19 What is involved in making a MOOC Planning – being clear about “why” Time – it will always take you longer than you expect Assessment – accreditation? Open Badges Your involvement – how much interaction, ? Support from T/A’s Promotion – twitter, FB, blogs, web site, promotional video, etc. Resources – video, OER (copyright)
  • 19. SHOWCASE OPEN ACCESS EXPERIMENTATION The above slide represents our current intentions, but such offering/functionality may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice.
  • 21. 22 Open Education powered by Blackboard Blackboard’s MOOC platform is available for existing clients An “existing client” can have any Blackboard product! Includes Learn, Mobile Learn and xpLor functionality Clients can brand with their own institution branding Blackboard Open Education will be available in 19 languages (incl. Korean) at launch General Availability is next month – July 2014 at no cost!
  • 22. Experience and insight makes us a trusted partner 24 73% OF WORLD’S LEADING ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS WORK WITH BLACKBOARD* SERVE 19,000+ CLIENTS IN 100 COUNTRIES 3,000 HE Institutions in North America 1,900 International Institutions 12,300 K-12 Schools And Districts 1,800 Corporate And Government Orgs COMPANY ROOTS IN EDUCATION SINCE 1997 * Source: 2014 THE University ranking 60% OF TOP 100 ASIA UNIVERSITIES WORK WITH BLACKBOARD*
  • 23. The ‘new’ Blackboard – ANZ investment • Not just sales and marketing but also operational including: – consulting, – development, – support, – helpdesk, and – managed hosting. • About 80 staff employed in region • Local leadership 25
  • 24. The ‘new’ Blackboard – focus on adoption Investment in Client Adoption Cost: Free 26 Mark Bailye, Client Success Manager Education BEd (MidSecSch), BA, Dip IT (Software Application) Areas K-12, VET, Higher Education, Medical Education & Corporate Expertise Academic change management Analysis of learning & development Curriculum & instructional design innovation Educational pedagogy Functional support Process improvement Project management Strategic VLE implementation
  • 25. By partnering with Blackboard, a global company that acts locally, we can work together to expand your offerings both within and beyond New Zealand. 27
  • 26. Conclusion 28 Three major takeaways: • My approach to eLearning o Who I am and what I stand for • Open Education powered by Blackboard o MOOC platform – free for existing clients and fully supported  General Availability – July 2014 • The ‘new’ Blackboard o Investment in International  Bb Collaborate servers in Sydney data-centre Jun-Jul 2014  new Blackboard data-centre opens in Singapore August 2014  Staff in region to support your ADOPTION of technology
  • 27. Upcoming conferences 29
  • 28. Allan Christie GM and Learning Technologist, Blackboard APAC allan.christie@blackboard.com @ns_allanc Blog: christie.com.au