Web CT as a Catalyst

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My first presentation back in May 2001. (ouch). This was at the WebCT conference in Vancouver. I guess I was talking about the same themes even back then :)

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  • WebCT 2, MyWebCT, centralised server, incentive to share resources again Observed a way that this stuff distributed. Started getting partnership with ITServices, etc. Not cost recovery
  • Web CT as a Catalyst

    1. 1. WebCT as a catalyst <ul><li>Distributing Instructional Support across the UBC campus </li></ul>
    2. 2. Challenge <ul><li>Pockets of IS </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralised </li></ul><ul><li>Duplication of effort </li></ul>
    3. 3. History <ul><li>Numerous initiatives to support learning technologies </li></ul><ul><li>CET, TLEF, ACIT </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on content not process </li></ul>
    4. 4. Organisers of LT <ul><li>ACCULT </li></ul><ul><li>WebCT Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Support (IS) Units </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library, DE & T, TAG </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Model of Instructional Support <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat, Decentralised, local expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not cost recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing of resources (content and process) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Object oriented </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Communication channels <ul><li>Working in the background </li></ul><ul><li>Repeater, amplifies signal </li></ul><ul><li>Passive conduit </li></ul><ul><li>Non filtering </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent </li></ul>
    7. 9. Participants - roles <ul><li>Lone Ranger, 2° wave,3° wave </li></ul><ul><li>Departments, IS Units </li></ul><ul><li>TAG , DE&T and the Library </li></ul><ul><li>ITServices </li></ul><ul><li>University Administration </li></ul>
    8. 10. Character of Communications <ul><ul><li>No expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No financial transaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No coercion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to develop long term vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources with faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-competing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source </li></ul></ul>
    9. 11. Costs vs Benefits <ul><li>Less overlap </li></ul><ul><li>Develops Areas of technical and pedagogical expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes standards </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing process </li></ul><ul><li>Supports all roles </li></ul><ul><li>Community of practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes Standards </li></ul>
    10. 12. Scalability-down <ul><ul><li>30/70 split </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline specific support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated support within departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Departmental memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One on one </li></ul></ul>
    11. 13. Scalability-up <ul><li>Areas of expertise (content/process) </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation for similar projects across boundaries (e.g. university level cooperation) </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration across like units </li></ul>
    12. 14. The Outside World? <ul><li>Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IMS </li></ul></ul>
    13. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>Guidelines to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Roles of IS units are changing from being 1° resource provider to being networked. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication (of process) vs content </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of resources - content and process </li></ul>

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