Seda spring conference - Real Engagement, Real Enrichment, Real Experience: Technology-facilitated Authentic Groupwork Projects

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Workshop presentation delivered by Sarah Horrigan and Gary C. Wood for the SEDA Spring Conference 2014, Newcastle

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Seda spring conference - Real Engagement, Real Enrichment, Real Experience: Technology-facilitated Authentic Groupwork Projects

  1. 1. Real Engagement, Real Enrichment, Real Experience: Technology-facilitated Authentic Groupwork Projects. Gary C. Wood School of English University of Sheffield g.c.wood@sheffield.ac.uk | @GC_Wood Sarah Horrigan Learning Technology Team University of Derby s.horrigan@derby.ac.uk | @sarahhorrigan SEDA Spring Conference 2014 1
  2. 2. 2SEDA Spring Conference 2014 Introduction…  Employability skills  Teamwork & Collaboration  Negative evaluation (Thorley & Gregory 1994)  Focus on content over skills.
  3. 3. 3SEDA Spring Conference 2014 The issue…  Learning by Doing  Scaffolding and support is required  Key problems:  Time and place  Different standards/expectations  Motivation.
  4. 4. 4SEDA Spring Conference 2014 Solutions…  Teach students skills!  Employer involvement (Jamieson et al 2012)  Authentic learning through a real world project – a more practical alternative?
  5. 5. What we did… SEDA Spring Conference 2014 5
  6. 6. 6SEDA Spring Conference 2014  Lack of understanding of what linguistics is  Need to equip students with digital literacy skills  Groupwork problems. Real- world problems…
  7. 7. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 7  Assessment through a real project  Promote linguistics to prospective students What we did…
  8. 8. Overall Winner SEDA Spring Conference 2014 8
  9. 9. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 9 How we did it…
  10. 10. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 10  Google Sites:  Page-level permissions  Integrated features (YouTube, soundclips, and others). How we did it…
  11. 11. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 11  Project Management:  Google Docs  Google+ Hangouts How we did it…
  12. 12. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 12  Launch Event & Evaluation:  Google Docs Forms How we did it…
  13. 13. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 13  Increased student control = creativity & high motivation  Doing a real project = enthusiasm from the students  Groupwork is trouble-free – Google facilitates  Collaboration within and between groups. Some benefits…
  14. 14. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 14 Authentic learning  Consider real stakeholders  Work to real deadlines  Challenged with project management
  15. 15. 15SEDA Spring Conference 2014 Embedded enterprise  Students demonstrated a wide range of enterprise skills ambition creativity tenacity initiative making connections confidence teamwork innovationleadership adaptability negotiation owning actions problem-solving self-beliefstrategic thinking networking risk-taking
  16. 16. 16SEDA Spring Conference 2014  Increased student control = creativity & high motivation  Doing a real project = enthusiasm from the students  Groupwork is trouble-free – Google facilitates  Collaboration within and between groups. Some benefits…
  17. 17. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 17  Continuous feedback and assessment  Students develop key skills for degree and employability  End product is genuinely useful to its audience  Apps are integrated and don’t need teaching. Some benefits…
  18. 18. 18SEDA Spring Conference 2014 Academic’s view…  Very effective solution:  Technology facilitated real-world project  Motivated students (Fazey & Fazey et al 2001)  Creative freedom increased students’ perceived control  Google Tools increased perceived competence for the task  Enhanced potential for autonomous learning
  19. 19. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 19 What the students think…
  20. 20. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 20  Wikipedia like – enhancement/expansion by future students:  New topics in linguistics  Expansion of accessibly-presented research  Community to engage audience and provide interaction. The future…
  21. 21. awesome trust freedomopportunity SEDA Spring Conference 2014 21 students with , ,& them, and they’ll show you how they can be. Empower tools A final thought…
  22. 22. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 22  How might you use Google Sites?  Who would your audience be? Your turn…!
  23. 23. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 23  Work in small groups (3-5)  Think of an area of your teaching in which you could use Google Sites  Create a page on the session site to share your ideas  Google username and password provided  Edit page with your group number  Be creative – images, videos, etc.  Some ideas are already available on the site if you need inspiration! Your turn…!
  24. 24. SEDA Spring Conference 2014 24 Review & Questions…

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