SLN research update 2011 - SLN SOLsummit


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SLN research update presentation by SLN senior researcher, Dr. Peter Shea SLN SOLsummit 2011 March 10, 2011

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SLN research update 2011 - SLN SOLsummit

  1. 1. Peter Shea SLN Senior Researcher Associate Professor Educational Theory and Practice &College of Computing and Information University at Albany
  2. 2. The new media ecology The nativity story in the digital age
  3. 3. The “media ecology” for learningis changing…
  4. 4. Overview Brief update on ongoing activities New activities Future directions
  5. 5. Survey research Fall 2010 – 3542 responses to Fall 2010 survey Fairly wide distribution of campuses Student continue to report high levels of satisfaction and learning… Reports are (going) on SUNY
  6. 6. Top Respondents to Survey
  7. 7. Overall Satisfaction“Overall, I was very satisfied with thiscourse.”
  8. 8. Overall Learning“Overall, I learned a great deal in thiscourse.”
  9. 9. Other active researchprojects DOODLE study of online attrition (multi-campus)  Jen Boisvert, Pam Cultbertson (Ualbany) Study of the effects of “student surveillance”  Dan Knox (SUNY System/UA) Design experiment of online v blended course  Linda Ryder (HVCC) Participant motivation to contribute to OER  Lenore Horowitz (SCCC) Cultural differences in temporal aspects of OLL  Steve Klingamann (Morrisville) Chinese Language Lab  Lilia Cai-Hurteau, Shoubang Jian, Anna Zhou (UAlbany)
  10. 10. Additional CoI analysis Additional analysis of Fall data will look at “learning presence” Which is also the subject of our other main strand of research…
  11. 11. Content Analysis Work Continuing investigation of the concept of “Learning Presence” in the Community of Inquiry Framework based on earlier survey work… Teachers and learners share roles but… They are clearly not identical… Building on literature in “self regulated learning”
  12. 12. Instructional DesignFacilitation ofDiscourseDirect Instruction Higher order thinking Resolution Integration ApplicationPositive Affect Of ideas…InteractionCohesion
  13. 13. What’s missing? 70% of “variance” in CP predicted by SP + TP (at least according to online students) Distinct role of the learner seems missing What do good learners do? They “self regulate”…plan, monitor, act strategically, reflect on learning Not a component of the CoI model…
  14. 14. •Forethoughtand planning•Monitoring oflearning•LearningStrategy Use
  15. 15. Coding Online Discussion Analyzing tasks that may or may not result in self/co- regulation of learning Hypothesis is that students will be more likely to self- and co-regulate learning when they are given more responsibility for tasks
  16. 16. Coding Sheet for “LearningPresence”
  17. 17. GoalsUnderstand: Nature Patterns ImpactOf online learner self- and co-regulation
  18. 18. Initial Results Finding more forethought/planning, monitoring, and strategy use in activities that require students to collaborate The highest levels were found in areas where students worked together to develop group projects When students are asked to organize their learning rather than “discuss” they plan, monitor, and strategize…
  19. 19. Learning Presence inPreparation Areas versusDiscussion Areas
  20. 20. Learning Presence So what? Does it matter? Does it correlate with outcomes? For example, course grade?
  21. 21. It does… Variables Teaching Cognitive Course Grades Learner Presence Presence Social Presence Presence Course Grades -- .49** .246 -.138 -.037 Learner Presence .621** -- Teaching Presence .476** .528** -- Social Presence .469** .762** .771** -- Cognitive Presence .488** .697** .863** .870** -- Table 1. Zero-order and Partial Correlations Among the Study Variables Note. ** The correlation is significant at the .01 level (2-tailed); The partial correlations are highlighted on line one.
  22. 22. Correlation To estimate the relative contribution of each of the four constructs from the CoI model in predicting course grades, we computed the partial correlations between final course grades and each construct, controlling for the rest of the constructs. Learning presence and final course grades are significantly correlated (r = .49, p<.001), after the variance attributed to social presence, teaching presence and cognitive presence is accounted for.
  23. 23. So…? Students who are exhibiting more  Planning  Monitoring  Strategy use Are getting better grades Maybe these behaviors should be actively nurtured, fostered, prioritized in the Teaching Presence construct
  24. 24. Next steps Look outside discussions for LP (Reflective Journals) Also going to combine LP research with social network analysis Try to understand how pedagogy impacts where students are in the online conversations Using a tool called “Snapp”  Seamlessly integrates into Blackboard
  25. 25. An online discussion – note thatI led this one…
  26. 26. I started thisone…
  27. 27. I click on “favorites” and select“Snapp”
  28. 28. Hypothesis: If I lead thediscussion…I am at the centerof the interaction…
  29. 29. Here Iam…
  30. 30. Hypothesis: When studentsgenerate discussion, they are atthe center of it…
  31. 31. I’m over herenow
  32. 32. Need to do a lot more We need to look at more discussion types to understand how to make learning more “learner centered” Need data on grades Interview data on experience How does temporal dimension (synchronous v asynchronous) impact position in/shape of discussion?
  33. 33. Other stuff I am following…
  34. 34. Times have changed Trends that are impacting the future of education – Chronotopic Shift – 4 examples Digitization of everything  Books? What are those? Mobile Learning – can’t wait… Gesture based computing  Minority Report meets Xbox Multimedia Search – don’t think Horizon saw this coming…
  35. 35. And if you don’t believeme…
  36. 36. Digitization of Everything Books? What are those?First “bookless” libraryon a college campus…
  37. 37. Mobile Learning Mobile learning of course  who is this guy? I’m looking forward to BB doing this. Only for real.  Learn-iPad-Commercial.aspx Maybe not on the bike…
  38. 38. Gesture based computing Horizon Report did catch this…an example:
  39. 39. Multimedia Search: Qwiki  Qwiki funded by Eduardo Saverin (co-founder of Facebook)  Recently doubled size of staff  Moved to San Franciso
  40. 40. Thank you!
  41. 41. Brief comment on influence ofthis research agenda Work supported by SLN have reached a very wide audience and has been cited 100s of times…