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  1. 1. Let’s Web Conference Angele GIULIANO [email_address]
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction & Background </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 - evolution </li></ul><ul><li>eLearning tools </li></ul><ul><li>External Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Class management – making it work! </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies – good/bad examples </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>WARNING: Sarcasm/Jokes present every now and then!! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction & Background <ul><li>Education styles – a progression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Face to Face (F2F) teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance learning, learning videos, CBT, Multimedia CDs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet based teaching & learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human interaction gets less & less and both teachers and students end up frustrated, alone and not motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Results = drop outs, bad academic performance, disillusionment </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why E-learning? The eLearning Blend & Disappearing Teacher
  5. 5. Humans are humans <ul><li>Human interaction is very important </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pure” eLearning can lessen a lot of the teaching experience </li></ul><ul><li>Technology can however supplement and not replace the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing the right blend for you and your students is the main challenge – both in synchronous and asynchronous tools </li></ul><ul><li>You have to be “there” for them, even when you are not physically in the same place </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers have to continue teaching – thus eTeaching! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Common Mistakes <ul><li>“ If I put all the material I use for teaching online, then students will magically understand it all on their own” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I don’t believe in chatting with students – it’s a waste of time” </li></ul><ul><li>“ As long as I put in some photos and animations, then it becomes engaging and interactive” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Students should not be allowed to talk on trivial issues between themselves on the teaching platform” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I don’t want to broadcast myself on a live camera!” </li></ul>
  7. 8. The Eternal Struggles <ul><li>Length of course module vs Attention Span </li></ul><ul><li>Text based vs Visual </li></ul><ul><li>Information vs Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Individual vs Group/Community eLearning </li></ul><ul><li>Dogmatic vs Experiential </li></ul><ul><li>Our ultimate challenge is MOTIVATION – our own and our students’ </li></ul>
  8. 9. Community Teaching <ul><li>Advent of blogs, wikis, community sites, Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Our students are out there (in the web)... Let’s go get them! </li></ul><ul><li>Content Centric vs Collaboration Centric </li></ul><ul><li>Communities are ideal for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sharing best practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting organisational learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>brainstorming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>getting immediate answers to problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mentoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working and learning together on projects. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Web 2.0 is community based Adapted from What Is Web 2.0 Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software Tim O'Reilly Web 2.0 many-2-many   Web 1.0 1-to-many Google AdSense  DoubleClick Flickr  Ofoto, Kodak Last.FM, Napster  mp3.com Wikipedia  Britannica Online blogging  personal websites search engine optimization  domain name speculation cost per click  page views participation  publishing wikis  content management systems tagging (&quot;folksonomy&quot;)  directories (taxonomy) syndication  stickiness Facebook, Hi5  Email lists for friends Lulu.com  Amazon, publishing houses
  10. 11. Why E-learning? Challenges in using Web 2.0 for learning Some teasers / harsh truths!.....
  11. 12. Blogging
  12. 13. Online Fora / Discussions
  13. 14. Wikis / Collaborationware
  14. 15. Social networks
  15. 16. Why E-learning? Addressing challenges <ul><li>Don’t overdo it… too much web2.0 will kill you! Focus on one tool and use it with your students </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure students are comfortable with technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Have synchronous sessions / chats to check progress </li></ul><ul><li>Find innovative uses for the technology </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hairdressers / mechanics log book </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Older students correcting younger ones’ wikis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get “guest speakers” in discussions – from abroad from all over the world </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Virtual Classrooms <ul><li>It might be impossible to have all our students together in one place physically all the time </li></ul><ul><li>No excuse for NOT meeting – just change physical to virtual meetings </li></ul><ul><li>A virtual class is a software that allows real time synchronous interaction with audio & video and sharing applications, materials, desktop, and working together on whiteboards </li></ul>
  17. 18. External Speakers <ul><li>Adobe Connect Pro </li></ul><ul><li>Dim Dim </li></ul><ul><li>WiZiQ </li></ul>
  18. 19. Adverts….! <ul><li>The traveller </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FejrG3hOh3I </li></ul><ul><li>The classroom </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0_WhSdsgBo </li></ul>
  19. 20. Questions to Speakers <ul><li>Most innovative use of the meeting room </li></ul><ul><li>Who uses it most? Techies or not? </li></ul><ul><li>1 most important tip to users </li></ul><ul><li>What would you add in the next iteration? </li></ul>
  20. 21. Why E-learning? How to make VCs work? <ul><li>Complicated to control large groups – be 2 tutors together during real lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Technical problems until everyone connects - better to have a first lesson as a test </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make lessons too long – aim for 45 mins with 10 minutes either way for warming up, weather conversations and winding down </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion on whiteboards and their usage – Use semi designed framework images as a basis </li></ul>
  21. 22. Why E-learning? How to make VCs work?
  22. 25. Why E-learning? More tips and tricks <ul><li>Prepare materials well in advance and pre-upload them if possible in classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them something every 3 / 4 minutes during a PPT presentation. Get them to type or wave </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for no more than 2 timezones apart either side if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Define purpose of event. Summarise at the end and always leave them with a task </li></ul>
  23. 26. Case Studies <ul><li>http://www.chef2chef.net http://www.chef2chef.net </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.collaborationproject.org http://www.collaborationproject.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.answers.com http://wiki.answers.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.schmoozii.com http://www.schmoozii.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.scienceblog.com http://www.scienceblog.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ted.com http://www.ted.com </li></ul>
  24. 27. Conclusions <ul><li>Teachers & tutors are more important than ever in online learning </li></ul><ul><li>Students are human and prefer human interaction </li></ul><ul><li>We can create fun things to do with our students both on synchronous and asynchronous tools </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration is important and gets both students and teachers motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual classes put back the teacher in front of the student </li></ul><ul><li>eTeaching is the way to go! </li></ul>
  25. 28. Thanks for your attention Angele GIULIANO (angele@acrosslimits.com) Across Limits Gateway Centre, Kappillan Mifsud Street, Hamrun HMR 1856 – MALTA Tel: +356 21224900 / +356 99447060 Fax: +356 23331210 Web: http://www.acrosslimits.com Email: info@acrosslimits.com