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  • 1. The master’s tools
    • presentation by
    • Dr. Sharon Collingwood, Ohio State University
    • for the Teaching with Technology Workshop
    • Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
    • University of Kentucky
    • 10 March 2011
  • 2.
    •     Almost two-thirds of for-profit institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long term strategy.
    • The 21%growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population.
    • Nearly one-half of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for face-to-face courses and programs.
    •    Three-quarters of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for online courses and programs.
    Sloan Consortium Report, 2010 http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/class_differences
  • 3. Nearly 30% of higher education students now take at least one course online
  • 4. Reservations about technology
    • Standardization and impoverishment of curriculum
    • Fewer instructors, fewer voices
    • Loss of intellectual property
  • 5. Are these fears well founded?
  • 6. Will avoiding technology solve the problem?
  • 7. AAUW Report:
    • http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/whysofew.cfm
    Why So Few? (2010)
  • 8. B.A. Degrees, 2007
    • AAUW Report
  • 9. Doctorates
    • AAUW Report
  • 10. What sector of society will be most influential in our students’ lives?
  • 11. 4 Number of women in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2008 list of the 25 most influential people on the web.
    • Casserly, M. and Goudreau, J. (2010). Top 100 Websites For Women. Forbes.com Accessed June 15, 2010 from http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/23/100-best-womens-blogs-forbes-woman-time-websites.html
  • 12. 8 Females among the 100 most influential people on the internet, according to Internet Evolution.
    • --2010 Internet Evolution Survey
    • http://www.internetevolution.com/document.asp?doc_id=190304
  • 13. 13% Percentage of female editors on the Wikipedia
    • --Wikimedia Foundation http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2010/04/02/new-reports-from-november-2008-survey-released/
  • 14. 1/3 Number of female bloggers
    • Technorati annual report, November 2010
    • http://technorati.com/blogging/article/who-bloggers-brands-and-consumers-day/
  • 15. We need to encourage our students to participate in digital culture. Do we have the right tools?
  • 16. The Silo
    • Hierarchical, authoritarian
    • Closed
    • Proprietary
  • 17. Learning Management Systems OPEN SOURCE Sakai Moodle Sloodle PROPRIETARY Blackboard Desire to Learn WebCT
  • 18. There are hierarchical tendencies in the software we are required to use.
    • THE SOLUTION?
    • Use the tools that we find useful
    • Subvert the tools that are antithetical to feminist teaching
  • 19. Automated quizzes
    • Allow students to decide when they are tested
    • Offer reinforcement of learned facts
    • Controlled or controlling?
  • 20. Discussion and chat
    • Can students truly find consensus through online discussion fora?
  • 21. Within the LMS
    • Student journals
    • Private conversations
    • Limited collaboration
  • 22. Web conference
    • Synchronous meetings
    • More interactive than LMS, but still very structured
    • Student contributions are controlled through the software
    • Can they be truly collaborative?
  • 23. The Cloud: A Paradigm Shift
    • Google Apps for Education
    • Blogs, wikis, RSS Feeds
    • Etherpad, Dabbleboard
    • Prezi, Mindmapping
    • Livestream, You Tube
    • Twitter, Facebook
  • 24.
    • Teach much-needed skills, acclimate students to web culture
    • Integrate our students into ongoing conversations
    • Encourage a more open and collaborative approach to subject material.
    • Empower students in the classroom, whether virtual or physical.
    Cloud applications
  • 25. Virtual Worlds
    • Immersive, persistent 3D spaces
    • Non-hierarchical
    • Free to our students
    • Approximates the actual classroom
    • Growing educational community
  • 26. Let’s discuss
    • Which applications are most useful to us
    • Which applications conform to feminist pedagogy
    • Which applications are most comfortable for our students
    • Which applications are most accessible for our students.
  • 27. Continue the conversation here:
    • http: //adarocks . wikispaces .com/