The Expanded Classroom: The impact of technology in a connected world


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The Media Department at Coventry University has developed a framework of highly innovative teaching, learning and creative-practice spaces – virtual and physical.
This paper will present the challenges we have faced, and the success we have encountered from the creation of a series of ‘alternative spaces’ for learning, which address the changing landscape of 21st Century education .
Students and staff have engaged with the spaces in different ways through a range of, discipline-led initiatives.
These initiatives have led to open educational classes, interactive blog spaces, online presentations of student work and international collaborations across courses within the media department.
We have recently developed a project that will enable students to engage more actively in the process so that they can create and develop student-led teaching and learning environments. This project will consider the spaces in which students are comfortable and prefer to learn as well as creating opportunities to challenge and question their learning styles.
The impact of the project extends beyond the teaching and learning environment and seeks to empower the students: by placing them at the heart of the process we hope that they will take more responsibility for their own learning, become more entrepreneurial in their approach to their own education and develop lifelong skills that extend far beyond the classroom.
With geographical barriers removed, educators have an opportunity to enlighten and empower students, through innovative, open and shared teaching and learning practices, to find their voice and positively contribute to a culturally rich and globally connected world.
Today’s teaching and learning should stimulate debate and encourage discovery; this paper places the student’s ownership, engagement and collaborative learning at the heart of that journey. Students, working as researchers and co-creators will develop collaborative, connected and technology-enabled models for higher education.

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The Expanded Classroom: The impact of technology in a connected world

  1. 1. INTED 2013 7th International Technology, Education, and Development Conference - Valencia 4th - 6th March, 2013 THE EXPANDED CLASSROOM:THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD Jonathan Shaw & Jacqui Bleetman #INTED2013
  2. 2. Jonathan Shaw Associate Head of Department for Media (Innovation, Profile & Research) #INTED2013
  3. 3. What is a MOOC? #INTED2013
  4. 4. What is a MOOC? #INTED2013
  5. 5. “...the challenge as we see it is toinvent and institute approaches toOpen Education that are pragmatic yet critical, ambitious about their visibility yet inventive and experimental.”We Are All Game-Changers Now: Open Education A Study in Disruption #INTED2013What is a MOOC?
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  9. 9. “1948 - 2012ABC, CBS, NBC TV networksbroadcast c.1.6 Million hours ofprogramme content20121.6 Million hours uploaded every6 months toMashable #INTED2013
  10. 10. Cisco #INTED2013
  11. 11. Voltolina #INTED2013
  12. 12. “Wesch, “A vision of students today” #INTED2013
  13. 13. Image: Agaumont #INTED2013
  14. 14. Times Higher App #INTED2013
  15. 15. The Conductor: Rattle #INTED2013
  16. 16. “ Develop arelationship which ismore based on ourdiscipline ratherthan this hierarchyof student andlecturerSean CarrollInterview for Sony Ericsson #INTED2013
  17. 17. 21st Century Photographer #INTED2013
  18. 18. We asked some questions? #INTED2013
  19. 19. Unexpected happened! #INTED2013
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  21. 21. Small screen: #INTED2013
  22. 22. The ‘Reading List’ is now the most visited post in the class...(Friends of Phonar Book List) #INTED2013
  23. 23. Before the doors of the Classroom are open, the conversations have already begun... #INTED2013
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  26. 26. David Campbell, Director World Press Photo Multimedia Research Project (Image: Dean O’Brien) #INTED2013
  27. 27. Hybrid Approach: The Physical Classroom #INTED2013
  28. 28. Hybrid Approach: The Flexible/Digital Classroom #INTED2013
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  30. 30. “…giving the students a sense ofownership of not only the learning tools but also the learning process....integrating their own personality and social media intotheir working environment in ways that are leading to innovative production” Matthew Hawkins #INTED2013
  31. 31. “If you mention a film that Ihaven’t heard about, I look it up on IMDB[.com] and I add that film to my watch list.” Charles Cumberlidge #INTED2013
  32. 32. “Rather than making notes andthen applying the tasks later, they are starting the task on their laptop and working through the task asking questions as they progress.” Paul Adkins #INTED2013
  33. 33. “ (55%) (59%) (76%) 88%Media Department overall student satisfaction NSS 2009 to 2012 #INTED2013
  34. 34. Text Laurillard, D (2012) Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogic D. Sless: design model
  35. 35. “You can take work anywhere andmake it look more professional. Ona Journalism and Media course my work is a reflection of me. I’musing software and resources that are going to be very important to me in future roles” Zain Luke Ali #INTED2013
  36. 36. “Things make a noise and it goes inyour ears and makes your brainwake up!But more importantly...Lily Shaw #INTED2013
  37. 37. Jonathan Shaw @time_motion Presentation available at: Jacqui #INTED2013