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Thinking Outside the Bandwagon One instructor’s perspective on managing innovation Robert Runt é University of Lethbridge
outline <ul><li>cautionary tale of my experiences with four innovative technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online discussio...
life cycle of innovative teaching technologies a cautionary tale….
to be educationally valid,  <ul><ul><li>innovative instructional technology should fill previously identified need… </li><...
on-line discussion forums <ul><li>to extend class discussion in large classes </li></ul><ul><li>gives “quiet” students opp...
At UofL, David Brown experiments with on-line forums <ul><li>demos success for interested colleagues after several success...
on-line discussion forums become complete disaster <ul><ul><li>very negative course evaluations </li></ul></ul>
what went wrong?
when just Dr. Brown did it <ul><li>students found reading peers comments, dialoging, and writing their own 10 line comment...
but when forums widely adopted <ul><li>geometric increase in  student numbers overwhelmed computer labs </li></ul><ul><li>...
forums abandoned <ul><li>...just as IT brought in hundreds of email stations that made innovation possible again…. </li></ul>
Web Page Assignments <ul><li>public audience  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more authentic assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>s...
Web Page Assignments <ul><li>group or individual projects easily accommodated </li></ul>
Web Page Assignments <ul><li>collaborative, cumulative class projects  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more authentic assessment </l...
Web Page Assignments <ul><li>students acquire new and relevant skill sets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>increased marketability of...
Web Page Assignments <ul><li>BUT </li></ul><ul><li>as early adopter,  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>had to spend class time teachi...
Web Page Assignments
Web Page Assignments <ul><li>BUT </li></ul><ul><li>when more common place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>great variation in compute...
Web Page Assignments <ul><li>But biggest problems started when </li></ul><ul><ul><li>told colleagues about my successes…. ...
knew I was in trouble when: <ul><li>first heard student say, “Oh, no, not another web page assignment!” </li></ul><ul><li>...
blogs in the classroom on-line student journal
concern over decline in quality of class discussions: <ul><li>larger class sizes made it impossible for every student to s...
blog as … a (public) reading log
Reading Logs <ul><li>promotes class discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ensures readings are  read  for class </li></ul></ul>...
Reading Logs <ul><li>peer correction of misconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>authentic feedback on assigned readings for instr...
blogs <ul><li>first two iterations successful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>just minor revisions to scoring scheme to encourage ri...
knew I was in trouble when… <ul><li>students this past term said, “Oh no, not another blog assignment…!” </li></ul>
podcasting
felt need to do something… <ul><li>… about 3 hour lectures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>course team kept adding objectives to cur...
encountered podcasting… <ul><li>July, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Evo Terra,  Michael Mennenga  Tee Morris </li></ul>
getting on the bandwagon… <ul><li>rebirth of radio </li></ul><ul><li>educators have the bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>educat...
8 Advantages of Podcasting <ul><li>audio better use of student time </li></ul><ul><li>easier for instructor  (than video) ...
8 Advantages of Podcasting <ul><li>easily integrated </li></ul><ul><li>off load lectures from class time </li></ul><ul><li...
podcasting issues <ul><li>“ free up class time”, by making lectures available out of class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but this ...
solution: make lectures optional <ul><li>student chooses between readings, listening to podcasts of lectures; or watching ...
podcasting? <ul><li>are we ahead of the curve yet? </li></ul>
barriers to adoption?
weekly encouragement? <ul><li>“ We’ve got to get on this! The VP wants us moving ahead on this.” </li></ul>
September-December, 2005 <ul><li>podcast team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquire professional recording hardware </li></ul></ul...
September-December, 2005 <ul><li>Set up project management blog </li></ul>
September-December, 2005 <ul><li>IT support people sets up podcast web page </li></ul>
April 2008...still no podcasts <ul><li>Barriers are social, not technological </li></ul><ul><li>“ Day job” has to come fir...
evaluate each innovation <ul><li>clear need? </li></ul><ul><li>too early adoption </li></ul><ul><ul><li>infrastructure ava...
administrative supports <ul><li>innovation vs diffusion </li></ul><ul><li>reward structures based on what has been </li></...
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    1. 1. Thinking Outside the Bandwagon One instructor’s perspective on managing innovation Robert Runt é University of Lethbridge
    2. 2. outline <ul><li>cautionary tale of my experiences with four innovative technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online discussion forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web page assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>podcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>audience members share their experiences (enthuse or commiserate) </li></ul>
    3. 3. life cycle of innovative teaching technologies a cautionary tale….
    4. 4. to be educationally valid, <ul><ul><li>innovative instructional technology should fill previously identified need… </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. on-line discussion forums <ul><li>to extend class discussion in large classes </li></ul><ul><li>gives “quiet” students opportunity to write thoughtful comments, demonstrate knowledge, sway classmates </li></ul>
    6. 6. At UofL, David Brown experiments with on-line forums <ul><li>demos success for interested colleagues after several successful iterations </li></ul><ul><li>innovation is widely adopted </li></ul>
    7. 7. on-line discussion forums become complete disaster <ul><ul><li>very negative course evaluations </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. what went wrong?
    9. 9. when just Dr. Brown did it <ul><li>students found reading peers comments, dialoging, and writing their own 10 line comments engaging </li></ul>
    10. 10. but when forums widely adopted <ul><li>geometric increase in student numbers overwhelmed computer labs </li></ul><ul><li>students now had to line up for hours, just to make a 10 line comment </li></ul><ul><li>(and other users resented those taking lab spaces from computer course students) </li></ul>
    11. 11. forums abandoned <ul><li>...just as IT brought in hundreds of email stations that made innovation possible again…. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Web Page Assignments <ul><li>public audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more authentic assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students take public stand (ownership) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increased public accountability (student and instructor) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discourages plagiarism </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Web Page Assignments <ul><li>group or individual projects easily accommodated </li></ul>
    14. 14. Web Page Assignments <ul><li>collaborative, cumulative class projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more authentic assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provides public service </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Web Page Assignments <ul><li>students acquire new and relevant skill sets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>increased marketability of graduates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increased student motivation (novelty) </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Web Page Assignments <ul><li>BUT </li></ul><ul><li>as early adopter, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>had to spend class time teaching HTML, graphic design, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technology changed faster than instructors could keep up </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Web Page Assignments
    18. 18. Web Page Assignments <ul><li>BUT </li></ul><ul><li>when more common place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>great variation in computer literacy among students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>issue of grading on HTML rather than course content </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Web Page Assignments <ul><li>But biggest problems started when </li></ul><ul><ul><li>told colleagues about my successes…. </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. knew I was in trouble when: <ul><li>first heard student say, “Oh, no, not another web page assignment!” </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia made class collaborative project redundant </li></ul><ul><li>… crucial to attend to context outside of your own classroom -- life cycle of innovation </li></ul>
    21. 21. blogs in the classroom on-line student journal
    22. 22. concern over decline in quality of class discussions: <ul><li>larger class sizes made it impossible for every student to speak in class </li></ul><ul><li>students not doing readings prior to class </li></ul><ul><li>majority coasting on a few vocal students </li></ul><ul><li>inauthentic agreement with (assumed) instructor views </li></ul>
    23. 23. blog as … a (public) reading log
    24. 24. Reading Logs <ul><li>promotes class discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ensures readings are read for class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students take a stand before class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>going public increases authenticity of responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comment function extends class discussion beyond class time </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Reading Logs <ul><li>peer correction of misconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>authentic feedback on assigned readings for instructor </li></ul><ul><li>generate quotes, discussion questions for next year </li></ul><ul><li>asynchronous grading and feedback </li></ul>
    26. 26. blogs <ul><li>first two iterations successful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>just minor revisions to scoring scheme to encourage risk-taking and authentic expression </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. knew I was in trouble when… <ul><li>students this past term said, “Oh no, not another blog assignment…!” </li></ul>
    28. 28. podcasting
    29. 29. felt need to do something… <ul><li>… about 3 hour lectures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>course team kept adding objectives to curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students now expect slides to be available ahead of class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reviewing slides in class increasingly redundant </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. encountered podcasting… <ul><li>July, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Evo Terra, Michael Mennenga Tee Morris </li></ul>
    31. 31. getting on the bandwagon… <ul><li>rebirth of radio </li></ul><ul><li>educators have the bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>educators have the content </li></ul>
    32. 32. 8 Advantages of Podcasting <ul><li>audio better use of student time </li></ul><ul><li>easier for instructor (than video) </li></ul><ul><li>more individualized instruction </li></ul><ul><li>scheduling encourages more learning objects </li></ul>
    33. 33. 8 Advantages of Podcasting <ul><li>easily integrated </li></ul><ul><li>off load lectures from class time </li></ul><ul><li>reaches a broad audience </li></ul><ul><li>encourages innovative teaching </li></ul>
    34. 34. podcasting issues <ul><li>“ free up class time”, by making lectures available out of class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but this effectively doubles course hours, since now students “take home” lectures </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. solution: make lectures optional <ul><li>student chooses between readings, listening to podcasts of lectures; or watching videos of Powerpoint shows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>student finds modality that works best for that student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comes to class ready to workshop, ask questions </li></ul></ul>
    36. 36. podcasting? <ul><li>are we ahead of the curve yet? </li></ul>
    37. 37. barriers to adoption?
    38. 38. weekly encouragement? <ul><li>“ We’ve got to get on this! The VP wants us moving ahead on this.” </li></ul>
    39. 39. September-December, 2005 <ul><li>podcast team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquire professional recording hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>work bugs out of Garageband </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>records music intros </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inservices faculty on the use of the equipment </li></ul></ul>
    40. 40. September-December, 2005 <ul><li>Set up project management blog </li></ul>
    41. 41. September-December, 2005 <ul><li>IT support people sets up podcast web page </li></ul>
    42. 42. April 2008...still no podcasts <ul><li>Barriers are social, not technological </li></ul><ul><li>“ Day job” has to come first </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teaching, research and service -- podcasts projects not recognized as any of those </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>potential research output…but ‘low level’ journals, out of our direct field </li></ul></ul>
    43. 43. evaluate each innovation <ul><li>clear need? </li></ul><ul><li>too early adoption </li></ul><ul><ul><li>infrastructure available? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>disproportionate effort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student panic / novelty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>lifecycle expiration </li></ul>
    44. 44. administrative supports <ul><li>innovation vs diffusion </li></ul><ul><li>reward structures based on what has been </li></ul><ul><li>golden age of the classroom </li></ul>
    45. 45. stories from you
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