ASRR Keynote by Barry Dahl

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  • ASRR Keynote by Barry Dahl

    1. 1. Adult Student Recruitment and Retention Conference – March 2011 Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death? With a tip of the cap to Neil Postman
    2. 2. Barry Dahl dot com
    3. 3. Clicker Time• Grab your clicker• First, some demographics.
    4. 4. Your Job at a College/University1.Faculty 93%2.Staff or Administrator3.Not at a college 6% 1% ty .. . ... ul in le c l dm co Fa rA a at o t ff No a St
    5. 5. Gender & Life Experience1. Female, < 40 yrs. 52%2. Female, 40 + yrs. 33%3. Male, < 40 yrs. 12%4. Male, 40 + yrs. 3% .. ... . . s. . s. . y. +y yr yr 40 40 40 + < 0 e, e, ,4 ,< al al ale ale m m M M Fe Fe
    6. 6. Self-evaluation: Tech Savviness1. Technophobe/ 74% Newbie2. Perfectly normal3. Propeller-head/ 11% 15% Gadget-geek . .. ... ... d rm /N ea no be r -h ho ly le ct el p rfe no op ch Pe Pr Te
    7. 7. Faculty Perspective• For the next two clicker statements –• Put on your faculty hat, regardless of whether you actually have one
    8. 8. Entertaining Students is NOT my Job44% 1. Fact56% 2. Whack
    9. 9. Engaging Students is NOT my Job8% 1. Fact92% 2. Whack
    10. 10. Not this kind of entertainment
    11. 11. More like a Bridge Party
    12. 12. Who said this?“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education & entertainment doesnt know the first thing about either.”
    13. 13. and now this …….
    14. 14. Which of the following do you do?62% 1. File income taxes online (e-file)74% 2. Use online banking services48% 3. Check email on 3 or more diff. accts9% 4. Have an avatar in Second Life12% 5. Were born in 1980 or AFTER1% 6. None of the above
    15. 15. Choose each true statement45% 1. You own an iPhone, Droid, Blackberry48% 2. Prefer online news over newspapers63% 3. You consider yourself to be creative6% 4. You have more than 5 cloud documents24% 5. You can define the term “Web 2.0”6% 6. None of the above are true
    16. 16. What is Web 2.0?
    17. 17. Select each site where you have an account.82% 1. Facebook26% 2. Twitter62% 3. LinkedIn16% 4. MySpace25% 5. YouTube15% 6. None of the above
    18. 18. The most wired are185.71 Propeller-head/ Gadget-geek148 Faculty133.31 Team Scores Female, < 40 yrs.116.36 Male, 40 + yrs.116.3 Staff or Administrator110 Male, < 40 yrs.109.93 Perfectly normal106.95 Female, 40 + yrs.78.44 Technophobe/ Newbie60 Not at a college
    19. 19. There has been a large increase in the use of Web 2.0 tools in higher ed.65% 1. True35% 2. False
    20. 20. Web 2.0 UsersFrankly my dear, most people just don’t give a damn
    21. 21. 1 million on Facebook
    22. 22. 1 million Haters on Facebook
    23. 23. < 1 million on Facebook
    24. 24. Who said this?“I dont necessarily agree with everything I say.”
    25. 25. and now this …….
    26. 26. Speaking ofTwitter …….
    27. 27. Twitter is Stupid!!!63% 1. Twue37% 2. False
    28. 28. Twue Enough100 Not at a college100 Technophobe/ Newbie Team Scores67.44 Female, 40 + yrs.63.64 Male, 40 + yrs.61.9 Perfectly normal61.04 Staff or Administrator59.26 Female, < 40 yrs.40 Faculty33.33 Male, < 40 yrs.30.77 Propeller-head/ Gadget-geek
    29. 29. Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebookmakes me hate people I know in real life. @shaylamaddox
    30. 30. Adult Students Enroll in Distance Education (Online) Courses Primarily Due to …2% 1. cost savings1% 2. learning style preferences4% 3. distance from campus93% 4. time flexibility
    31. 31. Why do Adult Students Not Persist?• From the Maricopa CC System: – 10% due to academic reasons such as course too hard or too heavy a load. – 65% due to life interruptions (includes the normal things of family or job issues, illness, etc. etc.)Source: Ron Bleed, CIO of Maricopa CC (retired)
    32. 32. Example of Life InterruptionPsychologyPsychology Psychology 12 Weeks Invested,Humanities Humanities Humanities 12 Credits Paid For, No Credits Earned, Biology Biology Biology With Little Incentive To Return History History History 4 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
    33. 33. Alternate OutcomePsychology 12 Weeks Invested, 12 Credits Paid For, Humanities 9 Credits Earned, With More Incentive Biology To Return History - No 4 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
    34. 34. Flexible Learning Options
    35. 35. Adult Learners Tend To …• Focus more on convenience and price• Pay more often with personal money• Place greater importance on technical help• Find tutoring services to be more critical• Be more satisfied with their online college experiences• Be more willing to accept “alternative educational opportunities” … such as
    36. 36. StraighterLine
    37. 37. StraighterLine
    38. 38. StraighterLine Data• 1) About 60% of courses started are successfully completed.• 2) Students spend about 45 days per course.• 3) About 90% of students say they would recommend the courses to their friends.• 4) The cost per success and the cost per failure are much lower than traditional offerings.• 5) 20 colleges award credit for StraighterLine courses directly. Hundreds more through the ACE Credit Recommendation process.
    39. 39. and now this …….
    40. 40. Neil Postman• Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business• Published 1985 Prezi
    41. 41. Amusing Ourselves to Death• Many of the remarks he made about television can be made today about computers and social networking
    42. 42. My Take on Postman• Web 1.0 was just another one-way distraction device, very TV-like.• However, Web 2.0 goes beyond amusement by bringing people together and encouraging creativity.
    43. 43. Legit Questions• Is online learning a serious endeavor, or just a dumbing down of education?• Is the use of emerging technologies just an attempt to be more cool?• Where’s the beef?
    44. 44. Hard Questions• Shortly after Postman’s death, Web 2.0 started to develop and began feeding what Huxley called “man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
    45. 45. Hard Questions• What is happening to deep reading?• Do hypertext sidetracks add or subtract from our learning?• How do we develop the proper discipline on the net to not be so easily distracted?
    46. 46. and now this …….
    47. 47. Is this Innovation or Insanity?Culture, Gender, and Identity – taught with World of Warcraft CC Flickr photo by glenn.batuyong
    48. 48. Take Your Pick72% 1. Innovation28% 2. Insanity
    49. 49. Who said insanity?55.56 Technophobe/Neo-Luddite55 Team Scores Male, 40 years or more54.29 Propeller-head/Gadget-geek51.61 Administrator45 Staff44.44 Not at a college44.19 Faculty44.19 Female, 40 years or more42.86 Female, less than 40 years40.63 Male, less than 40 years
    50. 50. Is this Innovation or Insanity?History of Rock-n-Roll Music course – taught with Guitar Hero CC Flickr photo By 5th Ape
    51. 51. Who said this?“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”
    52. 52. and now this …….
    53. 53. Some people are great multi-taskers
    54. 54. No! Multi-tasking is a Myth• Great Book• Brain Rules, by Dr. John Medina
    55. 55. Who said this?“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”
    56. 56. and now this …….
    57. 57. DIY U• Anya Kamenetz• Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education
    58. 58. DIY U – Ch. 1 - History• Single biggest recipient benefactor of federal financial aid is ______________• University of Phoenix• Does it seem odd that a private, for- profit university gets the most public funds?
    59. 59. and now this …….
    60. 60. Who said this?“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”
    61. 61. Who said this?“The medium isthe message”
    62. 62. Marshall McLuhan
    63. 63. Higher Ed Moves Slowly

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