Harnessing the Internet for Authentic             Learning:Towards a New Higher Education Paradigm for the 21st           ...
Ref:                                               wmht.orgComplexity, Connectedness, Technology, Confusion!!            R...
The Internet in 21st Century Learning• Multiple Information sources:   – WWW resources e.g. Wikipedia, Educational institu...
The Internet & IT Technology Learning         Ref: connectamarillo.comIT students now live, learn, study and experiencelea...
Communication Systems Course         Delivery Design• Knowledge and Information Sources• Teaching Approaches• Assessment M...
Information Sources• VLE resources• Lectures• Directed Internet resources• Student Experiences – Individual, and other  st...
Teaching Approach• Introduction and clarification of key concepts  through lectures• Class room discussions• Individual an...
Assessment Methods• Two tutor-marked assignments (10% each)• One network study project (20%)• Two-hour, closed-book/note e...
Student EvaluationBased on Official End of Course Student Feedback
Student Course Evaluation• Students generally found course to be interesting  and intellectually stimulatingRepresentative...
Student Course Evaluation• Some Negative Comments:  • “Lots of different topics covered so hard to    recall it all in the...
In Conclusion:“The performance of the student cohort in the authentic assessments as well as in the end-of-course examinat...
However:• What is the optimal pedagogy for the Internet-  based student-led learning like the one described  in this talk?...
THANK YOU –NOW QUESTION TIME!!
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  1. 1. Harnessing the Internet for Authentic Learning:Towards a New Higher Education Paradigm for the 21st Century Abel Nyamapfene ECEL – 2011, University of Brighton 10 November 2011
  2. 2. Ref: wmht.orgComplexity, Connectedness, Technology, Confusion!! Ref: wgraziadei.home.comcast.net
  3. 3. The Internet in 21st Century Learning• Multiple Information sources: – WWW resources e.g. Wikipedia, Educational institutions, non- educational institutions etc• Leading to: – Lecturer no longer the authoritative knowledge source – Decision making and choice now more critical than knowledge access• Necessitating learning involving both: – Discipline-specific explicit knowledge – Implicit knowledge (know-how knowledge)• Best delivered through: – Active learning and practice – hence authentic learning
  4. 4. The Internet & IT Technology Learning Ref: connectamarillo.comIT students now live, learn, study and experiencelearning through the Internet
  5. 5. Communication Systems Course Delivery Design• Knowledge and Information Sources• Teaching Approaches• Assessment Methods
  6. 6. Information Sources• VLE resources• Lectures• Directed Internet resources• Student Experiences – Individual, and other students• Practitioner input – Student make contacts with practising professionals • Directly • Professional forums
  7. 7. Teaching Approach• Introduction and clarification of key concepts through lectures• Class room discussions• Individual and group activities• Students actively work with learning resources to get answers• Out of class lecturer contact – akin to consultancy
  8. 8. Assessment Methods• Two tutor-marked assignments (10% each)• One network study project (20%)• Two-hour, closed-book/note examination (60%)• Assignments designed to explore material beyond lecture materials• Assignments and project progressively build up into an authentic study of a key communication systems concept – e.g. Network security
  9. 9. Student EvaluationBased on Official End of Course Student Feedback
  10. 10. Student Course Evaluation• Students generally found course to be interesting and intellectually stimulatingRepresentative Positive Comments: • “Enjoyed the module lots of interesting topics covered” • “Best course I have taken at this university.” • “Fun coursework, enthusiastic teaching.”
  11. 11. Student Course Evaluation• Some Negative Comments: • “Lots of different topics covered so hard to recall it all in the exam” • “In most lectures, the actual teaching was not very apparent. We were asked to answer questions but we had not been taught the material very well.”
  12. 12. In Conclusion:“The performance of the student cohort in the authentic assessments as well as in the end-of-course examination suggest that Internet-enabled authentic learning is now a viable option for university level courses.”
  13. 13. However:• What is the optimal pedagogy for the Internet- based student-led learning like the one described in this talk?• What is the likely future nature of learning and teaching in an environment where the lecturer and the student’s own institution are no longer the only authoritative sources of knowledge and information in the student’s learning environment?
  14. 14. THANK YOU –NOW QUESTION TIME!!
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