Launching the  SATN TLT Working Group:  Collaboration and Technology Stephen C. Ehrmann [email_address]
Thanks! <ul><li>130+ institutional subscribers to TLT Group services </li></ul><ul><li>AAC&U, ACRL, EDUCAUSE, HBCU Faculty...
Outline <ul><li>The Needs, old and new </li></ul><ul><li>The Roadblock– islands of innovation and experience  </li></ul><u...
I. Needs <ul><li>“ Old” needs: problems with education in the US </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.learner.org  and then l...
II. If We Only Had More Money… <ul><li>iCampus: 7 year project - MIT and Microsoft </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$25,000,000 colla...
iCampus Study <ul><li>Five iCampus projects were studied  http://icampus.mit.edu/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iLabs (remote labo...
iCampus: MIT Faculty <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation at postdoctoral level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S...
Findings: Communications <ul><li>Under what circumstances  did  other   faculty learn about these iCampus projects? </li><...
<ul><li>Improve education widely so that it becomes more authentic, active, collaborative, and feedback-rich.  </li></ul><...
Read the Report <ul><li>http://www.tltgroup.org/icampus/  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the case studies before reading the r...
III. IT Enabling Collaboration <ul><li>Contrast traditional library with World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>Networks of live...
OneMBA.org <ul><li>1-year exec MBA in global management </li></ul><ul><li>5 institutions on 4 continents </li></ul><ul><li...
Lessons <ul><li>Program design: desirable, but virtually impossible without IT, </li></ul><ul><li>…Or without collaboratio...
Web 2.0 <ul><li>More often free, easy to use, multi-purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Example: University of Queensland workshop o...
UQ Response <ul><li>6 person planning team – half not at UQ </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly planning meetings using Skype </li></...
TLT Group: “Frugal Innovation” <ul><li>Using Flip Video cameras to film poster presentations on teaching, post online </li...
Possible Priorities for  SATN’s TLT Working Group <ul><li>Goal: accelerate the  importation , creation, and sharing of TLT...
What TLT Change Is Not <ul><li>Big changes in TLT outcomes for programs and universities are  not  usually caused by: </li...
Potential Strategies for SATN <ul><li>Select patterns of  activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just in time teaching; learning c...
Strategies (2) <ul><li>Nurture routine sharing of materials, experiences, problems, ideas among staff who teach similar co...
Strategies (3) <ul><li>Educate and equip staff to use feedback to troubleshoot, improve their initiatives </li></ul><ul><u...
Remember: <ul><li>Stakes are high </li></ul><ul><li>Your problems are your assets </li></ul>[email_address]
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Dr Steve Ehrmann’s (Vice-President, The TLT Group, Washington DC) presentation at the SATN Annual Conference 2009.

Theme: “Technological innovation at Universities in South Africa: towards industrial and socio-economic development”

16 - 17 July 2009
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Bellville Campus.

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Launching the SATN TLT Working Group: Collaboration and Technology by Dr Steve Ehrmann

  1. 1. Launching the SATN TLT Working Group: Collaboration and Technology Stephen C. Ehrmann [email_address]
  2. 2. Thanks! <ul><li>130+ institutional subscribers to TLT Group services </li></ul><ul><li>AAC&U, ACRL, EDUCAUSE, HBCU Faculty Development Network, League for Innovation, MERLOT, NISOD, POD, SCUP </li></ul><ul><li>Annenberg/CPB and AAHE </li></ul><ul><li>TLT Group Founding Sponsors: Blackboard, Compaq, Microsoft, SCT, WebCT </li></ul><ul><li>Washington State Univ. (Flashlight Online), </li></ul><ul><li>Brigham Young (student course evaluation) </li></ul><ul><li>Bucks County CC (hybrid workshops), </li></ul><ul><li>Butler University (train the trainer) </li></ul><ul><li>Central Michigan U (5 minute workshops), </li></ul><ul><li>IUPUI (e-portfolios); </li></ul><ul><li>George Washington U (faculty development strategies) </li></ul><ul><li>Old Dominion U (Podcasting), hybrid pro development) </li></ul><ul><li>Gannon U (seven principles) </li></ul><ul><li>Hamline U, NC State (TLTRs) </li></ul><ul><li>Johnson C. Smith (ARQ) </li></ul><ul><li>Mesa CC (Diversity) </li></ul><ul><li>MIT (adoption of innovation) </li></ul><ul><li>U of Nebraska (LTAs), </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon State (evaluation of CMS) </li></ul><ul><li>U of Nevada, Reno (ARQ) </li></ul><ul><li>U Tennessee Memphis Health Sciences (large courses) </li></ul>[email_address]
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>The Needs, old and new </li></ul><ul><li>The Roadblock– islands of innovation and experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Findings from our study of the MIT/Microsoft iCampus initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using IT to support collaboration among academics </li></ul><ul><li>Possible agenda for SATN </li></ul>[email_address]
  4. 4. I. Needs <ul><li>“ Old” needs: problems with education in the US </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.learner.org and then look up “A Private Universe” and “Minds of our Own” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ New” needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global recession; poverty and inequality across, and within, nations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business as usual? Not today </li></ul>[email_address]
  5. 5. II. If We Only Had More Money… <ul><li>iCampus: 7 year project - MIT and Microsoft </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$25,000,000 collaborative effort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 7 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>70 faculty projects (mode: ~ $500K; iLabs over $7M); </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30 student projects (mode: ~$55,000/grant) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software open source, free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10% for outreach: software, services, ideas being given away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the final year, we were asked to study factors affecting wide use of iCampus ideas, products </li></ul></ul>- -
  6. 6. iCampus Study <ul><li>Five iCampus projects were studied http://icampus.mit.edu/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iLabs (remote laboratories, infrastructure for sharing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iMOAT (writing assessment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TEAL (studio physics) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>XMAS (annotation of video) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>xTutor (enhanced study in computer science) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>150+ interviews and study of project documents </li></ul><ul><li>Findings: Factors that inhibited and fostered adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations: how accelerate the development and spread of innovations like these </li></ul>- -
  7. 7. iCampus: MIT Faculty <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation at postdoctoral level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing of ideas and techniques is vital, day-to-day priority. To be a pioneer, you always need to know the cutting edge problems and strategies, worldwide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little formal preparation to teach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice of teaching is carried out largely in isolation. </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  8. 8. Findings: Communications <ul><li>Under what circumstances did other faculty learn about these iCampus projects? </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of habits of communication and trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Donaldson’s work on using film to teach Shakespeare in performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching cadres for multi-section courses </li></ul></ul>- -
  9. 9. <ul><li>Improve education widely so that it becomes more authentic, active, collaborative, and feedback-rich. </li></ul><ul><li>Create demand for adoption of new ideas by rewarding faculty members for continually and cumulatively improving teaching in their programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Nurture coalitions for instructional improvement, within and across institutions, in order to create better channels for sharing and improving innovations. </li></ul><ul><li>Create more higher education-corporate alliances in order to support the development and dissemination of new educational technology materials and practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Supply faculty innovators with central services in educational design, software development, assessment methods, formative evaluation, and/or in sharing ideas with others who teach comparable courses. </li></ul>Overall Recommendations - -
  10. 10. Read the Report <ul><li>http://www.tltgroup.org/icampus/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the case studies before reading the recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warning: no easy answers </li></ul></ul>- -
  11. 11. III. IT Enabling Collaboration <ul><li>Contrast traditional library with World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>Networks of live reference support for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Matrix surveys: online surveys that send different questions to different people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ePortfolio prototype </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chat rooms for students in different parts of the country, as part of a strategy for teaching persuasive writing (c. 1992) </li></ul>[email_address]
  12. 12. OneMBA.org <ul><li>1-year exec MBA in global management </li></ul><ul><li>5 institutions on 4 continents </li></ul><ul><li>Half courses shared (online) with team teaching, students studying in virtual teams </li></ul><ul><li>Four research trips for students and faculty to do work on site, together </li></ul>[email_address]
  13. 13. Lessons <ul><li>Program design: desirable, but virtually impossible without IT, </li></ul><ul><li>…Or without collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration and IT used only as necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Innovations like this are hard to create, but leads like this are hard to overtake </li></ul>[email_address]
  14. 14. Web 2.0 <ul><li>More often free, easy to use, multi-purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Example: University of Queensland workshop on ePortfolios </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of ePortfolios for assessment, improvement of learning: performance, flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge: failure of the old paradigm: find the platform, buy it, and train academic staff to use it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Task: organize a half-day workshop to accelerate institutional progress </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  15. 15. UQ Response <ul><li>6 person planning team – half not at UQ </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly planning meetings using Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers online; audience local </li></ul><ul><li>Using Google spreadsheet to facilitate small group work quickly </li></ul>[email_address]
  16. 16. TLT Group: “Frugal Innovation” <ul><li>Using Flip Video cameras to film poster presentations on teaching, post online </li></ul><ul><li>Using web based conferencing systems in an interactive way (polling module; microphones; chat windows) </li></ul><ul><li>Pausing events to allow participants to email, post and Twitter about what they’ve learned </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/tltgroup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/steveehrmann </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  17. 17. Possible Priorities for SATN’s TLT Working Group <ul><li>Goal: accelerate the importation , creation, and sharing of TLT improvements </li></ul>[email_address]
  18. 18. What TLT Change Is Not <ul><li>Big changes in TLT outcomes for programs and universities are not usually caused by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hot new technology, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temporary injections of $$$$$ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changing a program’s outcomes takes many years; hot new tech doesn’t retain either newness or attention that long </li></ul><ul><li>What is born in a rich environment often dies in a normal environment </li></ul>[email_address]
  19. 19. Potential Strategies for SATN <ul><li>Select patterns of activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just in time teaching; learning communities; portfolios; co-operative learning… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responding to climate crisis; CDIO; discrete math… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Harvest ‘low threshold’ incremental advances in those activities from everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Increase incentives & support for improving the selected activities and their outcomes </li></ul>[email_address]
  20. 20. Strategies (2) <ul><li>Nurture routine sharing of materials, experiences, problems, ideas among staff who teach similar courses (e.g. meeting scheduling; Twitter filters; …) </li></ul><ul><li>Choose open technologies that will last </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Painless upgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open communications so no one need be ‘outsider’ </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  21. 21. Strategies (3) <ul><li>Educate and equip staff to use feedback to troubleshoot, improve their initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pride in achievement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems as assets that can attract resources </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  22. 22. Remember: <ul><li>Stakes are high </li></ul><ul><li>Your problems are your assets </li></ul>[email_address]

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