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Keynote address at eLearning conference in Saudi Arabia, March209

Keynote address at eLearning conference in Saudi Arabia, March209

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  • 1. An evolutionary approach to strategic planning for eLearning Prof Sandra Wills & Dr Kate Bowles University of Wollongong Australia
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  • 4. UOW Dubai Campus UOW Wollongong Campus and 5 smaller Australian locations plus teaching partnerships in about 10 international locations
  • 5. Prof Sandra Wills All Australian universities have an IT Plan and a Teaching & Learning Plan but only 11 % have a published separate plan for IT in Teaching and Learning
  • 6. The planning options: discrete or integrated plans when e-learning strategies have been embedded in more general documents the range of aspects covered tends to be less wide-ranging (Inglis, p.419) 3 1 No response 19 7 No attempt to document strategy 3 1 Related strategy under development 6 2 Related strategy 24 9 Discrete e-learning strategy under development 11 4 Discrete e-learning strategy 39 14 Integrated into general plans % Number Type
  • 7. Prof Sandra Wills 500 1500 50 6000 The institutional context for eLearning ? network of multi location classes Blended eLearning 2004 on-campus use of LMS access for F2F cohorts Distributed Access Centres 1999 on-campus use of RBL access for individuals Distance Education 1994 Unintended Consequences Intended Consequences
  • 8. Prof Sandra Wills 500 1500 50 4000? The institutional context for eLearning ? network of multi location cohorts Blended eLearning 2004 on-campus use of LMS access for F2F cohorts Distributed Access Centres 1999 on-campus use of RBL access for individuals Distance Education 1994 Unintended Consequences Intended Consequences
  • 9. Prof Sandra Wills Individual Off Campus On Campus Distributed Learning Centres
  • 10. “ evolutionary approach” vs “condensed approach”
    • Phase 1 2004-2007
    • Consultation & information gathering
    • Phase 2 2005-2008
    • Implementation of a replacement LMS
    • Phase 3 2008-2010
    • Implementation of Strategic Plan
    • Phase 4 2008-2009
    • Evaluation and review
  • 11. Total Number of Subjects BLENDED BLENDED
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  • 15. Prof Sandra Wills
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  • 17. Prof Sandra Wills Phase 2: eTeaching Business Plan 22 Actions Categorised By MIT90s Framework
  • 18. Prof Sandra Wills MIT90’s Schema Culture & IT Strategic Planning 5 factors for “High Fit”
  • 19. Prof Sandra Wills Yetton Framework
  • 20. Prof Sandra Wills Structure
  • 21. Prof Sandra Wills Technology – Emerging Technologies ISSUE: moving from pilot to mainstream for stability & support
  • 22. Prof Sandra Wills Roles & Skills – More Staff Development
    • Balance:
    • workshops
    • materials
    • hand-holding
    ISSUE: Faculty Service Agreement
  • 23. Prof Sandra Wills Strategy – Design New Spaces Issue: hybrid multi-skilled support staff
  • 24. Prof Sandra Wills Strategy – Focus on Learning Designs
  • 25. Prof Sandra Wills
    • Strategy – Focus on Learning Designs
    • Approaches to active learning:
    • collaborative group work
    • innovative & integrated assessment
    • including peer & self assessment
    • problem based, cased based &
    • role based learning designs
    • highly visual & interactive learning objects
    active
  • 26. STRATEGIC PLAN 2008-10 Evolution of Plan: Phase 3
  • 27. Prof Sandra Wills
    • Draft Plan:
    • by 2010 increase # of :
    • blended subjects to 80%
    • multi location subjects to 40%
    • active and collaborative learning experiences
    • by 2010 in all courses one Global Learning Project
    • implement online Graduate Qualities ePortfolio
  • 28. Objectives Learning & Teaching eLearning An active, collaborative & flexible learning experience for students Optimise the mix of delivery methods to enhance the learning experience of students across all teaching locations 3. improve support of multi location teaching, in part by appropriate use of eTeaching technologies, in order to double the number of MLT subjects by 2010 An active, collaborative & flexible learning experience for students High quality teaching Promote innovation in teaching & learning which is based on sound educational research 2. increase the number of learning experiences that are active & collaborative partly by appropriate use of technology as well as by attention to learning design & educational research An active, collaborative & flexible learning experience for students Optimise the use of teaching spaces and technical facilities to provide a physical environment that is engaging, collaborative & flexible
    • expand the blending of face-to-face and online teaching so that teachers and students are operating flexibly in connected classrooms , doubling the number of blended subjects by 2010
  • 29. Well-established high quality eTeaching projects A culture of research & innovation in eTeaching practice High quality teaching eLearning used to support UOW’s international focus in learning & teaching An international focus in learning & teaching Clear quality standards for eLearning at UOW eLearning used to support regional, national, international & local community engagement Quality programs relevant to the evolving needs of students & the community Active, collaborative & flexible eLearning & eTeaching experiences, especially within multi location subjects An active, collaborative & flexible learning experience for students Graduates experienced in working in eLearning environments relevant to lifelong learning in their future workplace and community Graduates equipped for productive roles in society & the workplace UOW eLearning Strategic Objective UOW L&T Objective
  • 30. High quality teaching High quality eTeaching supported by a culture of research & innovation in eTeaching practice An international focus in learning & teaching eLearning used to support UOW’s international focus in learning & teaching Quality programs relevant to the evolving needs of students & the community Quality eLearning experiences appropriately integrated into UOW programs An active, collaborative & flexible learning experience for students Active, collaborative & flexible eLearning experiences, including within subjects offered at multiple locations Graduates equipped to contribute to society & the workplace Graduates who can use eLearning appropriately to contribute to society & the workplace Learning & Teaching eLearning & eTeaching
  • 31. Promote opportunities, within degree courses and through on-line delivery, for the acquisition of foreign language skills & cultural awareness Support staff in identifying & developing resources for on-line delivery that assist the acquisition of foreign language skills & cultural awareness Develop academic collaboration between domestic & international students Use eLearning to increase collaboration between students across all Wollongong campuses & locations, onshore & offshore Promote international learning experiences for students including through Study Abroad & electronic communication Use eLearning with targeted international partners to complement participation in Study Abroad programs An international focus in learning & teaching eLearning used to support UOW’s international focus in learning & teaching
  • 32. Prof Sandra Wills Phase 4 2008-2009 Evaluation and review Open source? Web 2.0? Communication strategies Staff development