Saaste Presentation 01july2009


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Saaste Presentation 01july2009

  1. 1. SAASTE CONFERENCE Rhodes University 30 June -01 July 2009 Teaching in the Digiital Age CR Adjah (DCES: e-Learning)
  2. 2. “ If you just build it, they won’t come – you need to shape users’ behaviour by acknowledging their world view rather than your own as a technology implementer”. (Tom Haynes, 2008) <ul><li>What type of learners do we have today? </li></ul><ul><li>Digital literate </li></ul><ul><li>Digital natives </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborators, </li></ul><ul><li>Connectors, </li></ul><ul><li>Co-creators </li></ul>Introduction
  3. 3. <ul><li>What’s required to overcome? </li></ul><ul><li>3-E Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evident – useful for easy life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use – avoid feelings of inadequacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essential – to carry out ones job </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What type of educators are we today? </li></ul><ul><li>Digital illiterate </li></ul><ul><li>Digital immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Independent, </li></ul><ul><li>Single source dependants, </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers </li></ul>Introduction
  4. 4. <ul><li>Technology transforming learning poses concerns to educators </li></ul><ul><li>How to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>improve on ways to engage learners f2f or online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>become part of advanced pedagogical discussions not readily transferable to f2f or online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>become users of technology and social networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>avoid social element of learning being replaced by technology </li></ul></ul>Concerns
  5. 5. <ul><li>1.Transformative Change </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning practices undergoing conceptual and technological changes </li></ul><ul><li>2. Education and fragmented information </li></ul><ul><li>There is hyper-fragmentation of information through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breakdown of traditional information structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solution through aggregation of information using tools like blog, wikis ebooks </li></ul>Changes
  6. 6. <ul><li>3. Coherence and fragmentation </li></ul><ul><li>Information initially pre-packaged (CD, textbook, newscast etc). </li></ul><ul><li>Create an integrated network of information (3Cs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(piece together, dialogue, reframe, rethink, connect develop a pattern to give a meaning) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4. Validation of information </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation of contributions from different sources and discussions have brought a change in the validation of information </li></ul>Changes
  7. 7. <ul><li>5. Dissemination of information </li></ul><ul><li>Online journals </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review even after publication </li></ul><ul><li>6. Sharing of information </li></ul><ul><li>OJS, blogs, wikis rapid information sharing. </li></ul><ul><li>Conferencing tools like Elluminate and Adobe connect permit more timely sharing of information </li></ul>Changes
  8. 8. Pressure influencing educational design: The process of knowledge production is towards social models <ul><li>Transition from industrial era to information era. </li></ul><ul><li>Shift from national perspective to global perspective. </li></ul>Increase in collaboration between educators, schools within and outside the country Change Pressure Global Social and political Educational
  9. 9. Change Pressure Technological <ul><li>Technology: </li></ul><ul><li>present in all aspects of society </li></ul><ul><li>controls information creation, sharing and interactions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>participative web “Web 2.0”, mobile phones, social networking services, netbooks </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an emergent property of interactions between networks of learners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Situated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>activities mirror actual situations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>time for learners to assimilate new information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-faceted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>engaging, active construction </li></ul></ul>Components and Processes of Learning Components Process Self-paced Guided Cohort
  11. 11. <ul><li>Knowledge and cognition distributed across networks of people and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Learning through the process of connecting, growing and navigating those networks </li></ul>Connectivism Definition Levels of networking <ul><li>Neural – new stimuli, input experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual – key concepts of afield </li></ul><ul><li>External – development of participatory web technologies: blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, facebooks </li></ul>
  12. 12. WebCT Blackboard Moodle Joomla Technology, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Learning Management Systems Personal Learning Environment Blogs, wikis, skype, second life, elluminate, flickr, Sharepoint/Groove, Google chat & doc, Facebook,
  13. 13. <ul><li>Technology is not neutral </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It embodies philosophies and ideologies </li></ul></ul>Technology, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Nature of technology Elements of Teaching with technology <ul><li>Constant contact between learners and educators </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation between learners </li></ul><ul><li>Active learning </li></ul><ul><li>Prompt feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Time on task </li></ul><ul><li>Produces high expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Respect diverse talents and ways of learning </li></ul>
  14. 14. Technology, Teaching, Learning and Assessment <ul><li>Spirit of experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Engage learners in co-creation of content </li></ul><ul><li>Let go of control of content presentation approach </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerate failures </li></ul>Mindset requirements
  15. 15. Presentation Discussions Discovery TL A Activities & Era ERA Electronic era Digital era Chalk and chalkboard lecture OH projector, slide, films, text CDs, video, web, computers, cell, PDAs Mechanical era Talk in and out of class Telephone Chat, email, webcams, mobile devices, social networking, Virtual labs, simulations, virtual environments Experiments Library, Science labs, experiments field trips
  16. 16. Changing Web Tools
  17. 17. Sample of Web 2.0 Tools
  18. 18. Economics Science One Food Sample of Products Bridge
  19. 19. THANK YOU!!!!!!