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