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  • This is the blog that was set up on eraccommons.ca. At the Friday meeting, I can demo the site and invite the stakeholder group to join.
  • Example of a posting on the group blog.
  • Excellent digital learning resources are available in all kinds of places and formats. One way of categorizing them is based on how proprietary vs. open / shared they are and how local vs. global they are.
  • There is clearly a trend in education away from proprietary learning resources towards open / shared learning resources. The challenge comes in filtering out the bad resources and filtering in the good ones. There is an awareness that both quality, local resources must be available as well as the best of global resources.
  • It’s an enormous job to evaluate all types of learning resources. It’s also a big job to license the proprietary learning resources. It seems to make sense administratively to have ERAC responsible for evaluating and licensing proprietary learning resources and have LearnNowBC evaluating open / shared learning resources via crowdsourcing from teacher, student and possibly even parent ratings. Global content wherever possible could be embedded in LearnNowBC so students and teachers wouldn’t for example have to actually go to YouTube to view a YouTube video.
  • Despite having specialized administration of the learning resources, the end users (students, teachers, parents, etc.) should be able to view and interact with the digital learning resources from one location. A social network would provide the context and discoverability to enable this.
  • Having this co-ordinated approach and with the addition of a BC-wide social network, e-portfolios, student and teacher file storage space and learning / collaboration tools would help improve student and teacher access to high quality learning resources, and with better access to the most powerful learning resource of all, each other. It could act as an anchor for many of the good initiatives already underway that focus on sharing knowledge. The social network would provide the context for the digital learning resources and would aid in discovery of the right resource to the right audience at the right time. This social network could use content management systems that have effective categorization and tagging functionality.
  • It’s not cost effective for individual districts to act on their own. More importantly, students and teachers can benefit from a BC wide approach by having faster, more reliable access to high quality learning resources and that are easily discoverable. It’s important to note that if any of the items in the stack are missing, the initiative won’t be successful (i.e. slow Internet access or sub-optimal hosting will make the content and community on LearnNowBC irrelevant since users will give up trying to access)
  • Most organizations are facing the same challenges that ERAC, LearnNowBC and school districts are facing.
  • keep
  • The biggest gap area missing from the current B.C. digital learner strategy is in the area of collective intelligence and knowledge sharing.
  • Sharepoint may be a core solution for some districts and could be part of the solution for a provincial system. There is growing awareness though that there is no single tool that provides a comprehensive solution.
  • High level IT architecture approach. Content stored either in original external locations or B.C. hosted in a LOR. Social network provides the context required to make resources discoverable and shared. E-Portfolio provides the personal context where learners and teachers can store their bookmarks and relate it to their learning. Apps / Toolkit (e.g. Google Apps for Education) provides many of the other learning tools teachers and students could benefit from that would help bring alive digital learning. LearnNowBC could be the central site to deliver this (they are doing many parts of this already). Mobile access would need to be further built out.
  • Recommend that province advocate an open Web approach, moving towards HTML 5 and away from proprietary plugins
  • Need to be careful to avoid traditional approaches to LOR. They didn’t work well in the past. Need to keep as simple as possible and in many cases content management systems and social network approaches are preferred or at least a necessary component.
  • As TarmoToikkanen states, context is key. This is why the social network component is so critical.
  • A number of post-secondary institutions are having success with a social network approach to learning (e.g. CUNY Academic Commons) rather than the LOR focused approach.
  • Image shows sharing functionality of video player
  • A province wide personal file storage solution would likely be a powerful addition.
  • Equella is being used in a number of B.C. organizations. It was recently bought by Pearson.
  • Purpose
  • SFU uses Shibboleth to integrate with BC Campus’s LOR
  • Groups, blogs, wiki, activity feeds, etc. --
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  • There are a lot of synergies between K-12 and post-secondary. Many jurisdictions have chosen common solutions for both areas, a K-20 strategy.
  • Timing is right. There is provincial interest as well as a critical mass of teachers, school administrators, students and parents that would like to see better approach for students accessing digital learning resources. There is a real opportunity to “get this right”.

Digital learners-road-map-presentation-june-10-2011 Digital learners-road-map-presentation-june-10-2011 Presentation Transcript

  • Digital Learners Road Map
    Phase I – High Level Strategy
    June 10th, 2011
  • Digital Learners Roadmap Goal
    Where should digital learning resources be stored, backed up, discovered, and delivered?
    Delivered to students, teachers, librarians and administrators (also possibly to parents)
    Delivered in a scalable, high-performing, user-friendly and cost effective manner.
  • Digital Learners Roadmap Goal
    System must accommodate free materials
    E.g. Creative Commons licensed
    Locally created content
    System must accommodate proprietary content licensed by vendors to all schools in B.C., or just selected districts or schools.
  • Big problem with no single solution
    On surface digital learners strategy sounds simple but it’s actually a very complex and difficult problem
    Human side is most challenging
    Technical side is actually the easier to solve
  • Process – Quick and Thoughtful
    Process
    Individual research conducted by project lead
    Best practices in other jurisdictions
    Break up solution into components
    Intent to follow with RFI / RFP process in future phase
    Research into prospective solutions for different components
  • Process – Quick and Thoughtful
    Process
    “Think tank” was held May 31st of IT thought leaders that have background in education
    Group blog set up on eraccommons.ca to help key stakeholders continue to collaborate on strategy
    Drafted out a provincial digital learner strategy
  • Think Tank Group
  • Process – Quick and Thoughtful
    Process
    Gather feedback from initial stakeholder group
    Revise as necessary
    Final deliverable in the form of a 5 minute animated video that clearly articulates recommended approach
    Plan to send to District Superintendents for their review
    Brief report will also be sent
  • Where should digital learning
    resources be stored?
  • Everywhere!
    … but wherever possible, they should be embedded within the local context
  • Proprietary
    EBSCOs Professional
    Collection
    CBC News in Review
    Local
    Global
    Highest context
    Teacher created
    learning resources
    Community created
    learning resources
    Student created
    learning resources
    Social networks
    Open / Shared
    http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com
  • Proprietary
    - Facing disruption
    - Moving to electronic versions
    and distribution
    - Bundled licenses
    - Prices dropping
    - Some very high quality,
    useful content, especially with
    global focus
    • Relatively small number of large players
    that contribute most content
    Local
    Global
    • Explosive growth
    • User generated content
    • Free or low cost
    • Affordability of learning resources
    improving
    • Paradigm shift to sharing
    and mash-ups
    • Challenge is in filtering
    to get top resources
    • Growing rapidly
    • New, easy to use digital
    content authoring tools
    • Moving to Creative Commons licensing
    • Affordability of learning resources improving
    • Highly relevant content
    Open / Shared
    LearnNowBC + Social Network can tie it all together, aid in discovery, filtering & engagement
  • Responsibility View
    Proprietary
    ERAC Licensing & Evaluation
    EBSCOs Professional
    Collection
    CBC News in Review
    Local
    Global
    LearnNowBC Evaluation
    Highest
    context
    Teacher created
    learning resources
    Community created
    learning resources
    Student created
    learning resources
    Social networks
    Open / Shared
    http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com
  • Student and
    teacher view
    Proprietary
    Single login
    EBSCOs Professional
    Collection
    CBC News in Review
    Local
    Global
    Highest
    context
    Teacher created
    learning resources
    Community created
    learning resources
    Student created
    learning resources
    Social networks
    Open / Shared
    http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com
  • Events
    Twitter
    Communities of Practice
    http://edcampvancouver.org/
    ceet.ning.ca
    @bookminder
    Gaps
    ho
    Mobile access
    B.C. Learning Portal
    Ideally Hosted in BC
    Blogs
    e.g.
    cultureofyes.ca
    Storage (LOR)
    http://learnnowbc.ca/
    RSS to feed
    in related
    content
    Learning
    resource evaluations & discovery
    e.g.
    http://gordonsthinking.blogspot.com/
    blogs
    Publisher
    content
    Context
    groups
    wiki
    B.C. Social Network
    Enables engagement & discovery
    activity feeds
    Social network
    Evaluations
    E-Portfolios (best content & files)
    Students
    Teachers
    Librarians
    School Administrators
    Parents
    Student & Teacher File Storage Space
    Evaluations &
    Purchasing
    Learning / Collaboration Tools
  • Requirements for Effective Digital Learner Strategy in B.C.
    Change Management
    Teacher Training
    Student and Teacher Support
    LearnNowBC – Website & Social Learning Network
    LOR | E-Portfolios | Learning Tools | Student File Storage
    Most
    effective & affordable as provincial system
    ERAC – Evaluation & Licensing of Proprietary Content & Software
    Authentication
    Fast, Reliable, Scalable Hosting
    High Speed, Reliable Bandwidth
    Equitable Access (computers / devices and Internet access)
  • Provincial Digital Learners K-20 Strategy
    Academic Earth
    iTunes University
    Open Web
    School Districts
    End Users
    Post-Sec. Inst.
    K-12 Students
    Teachers & Librarians
    Parents
    Continuing Ed
    Post-Secondary
    Students & Faculty
    Elementary
    Quality
    Filter
    Secondary
    Filtered
    Resources
    (Ratings, tags
    Categories)
    Shibboleth
    Authentication (with PEN for K-12 students)
    Websites
    Provincial IT Consortium or Contractor
    ERAC – Learning Resource Review & Purchasing
    LearnNowBC
    BCCampus | BC Commons
    Open School BC
    Elgg
    blogs
    WordPress / BuddyPress
    Drupal
    Social Network
    groups
    wiki
    Publisher
    Proprietary
    Resources
    E-Portfolios
    Learning Applications
    Google Apps for Ed.
    Microsoft @live edu
    Live Video / Conferencing
    Quality
    Filter
    Personal File Storage
    Dropbox
    Learning Resources Content Storage
    Provincial LOR
    Video
    Publisher Video, Teacher Created Videos
    Text
    PDF e-books, Word docs, etc.
    Kaltara
    dSpace
    Hosting
    Q9
    Azure
    Akimai
    BC Gov
    Bandwidth
    District Local Area Networks
    Provincial Bandwidth – PLNET / BC Net
  • Key issues
    Importance of effective filtering / context tools
    Want to avoid “echo chamber” approach
    Want to ensure the “crowd” you are crowdsourcing from has compatible values
  • The problem of the modern age isn’t information overload at all, it’s “filter failure”
    – Clay Shirky
  • Key issues
    Breaking down of key roles, existing “pain points” and solutions
    Students
    Teachers
    Administrators
    Parents
  • Key issues
    IT Solutions are readily available
    Challenge is more a change management one
  • Vendor list
  • Purpose: Student, Teacher and Parent Engagement, Improved Access & Pedagogy
    Authentication Layer (e.g. Shibboleth)
    Social Network
    Software – build connections
    (e.g. Sakai
    WordPress/BuddyPress
    Drupal)
    Apps / Toolkit
    (e.g. Google Apps, Share Point, Zoho
    Content
    Key Users:
    Teachers
    Students
    Parents
    Administrators
    Proprietary Content
    Open Content
    E-Portfolio
    (e.g. Mahara, WordPress)
    e.g. Fedora, Kaltura, Equella
    Mobile friendly Provincial Website (revised LearnNowBC)
    Hosting (e.g. Azure)
    ERAC Evaluations (ERIS)
    Project Management & Integration
    Context: 1) IRPs 2) Grade Levels 3) Topics 4) e-Portfolio / bookmarks 5) community
    Walled garden: BC stakeholders
  • Possible IT Solutions
  • LOR /Storage / Rich Media Solutions
    Kaltura
    The Platform
    Bright Cove
    Fedora Commons
    Equella (proprietary incumbent)
  • File Storage
  • Authentication
    Shibboleth
  • Social Networking Software
    Example of components
    Open source alternatives
    Elgg
    WordPress / BuddyPress
    Drupal
    Sakai
  • Social Commons Components
    Activity streams
    Extended profiles
    Friend connections
    Private messaging
    WordPress blogging
    Discussion forums
    Extensible Groups
    Wiki (using Media Wiki tool)
    The following examples show functionality from WordPress/BuddyPress but many other systems are available with similar functionality
  • Activity Streams
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Extended Profiles
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Friend Connections
    Note: You can change the word “friend” to “connections” for professional networks
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Private Messaging
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Blogging
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Extensible Groups
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Discussion Forums
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Custom Features
    Source: http://buddyPress.org
  • Wikis
    http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki
  • Existing social networks
  • Existing social networks
  • Implementation
    RFI ASAP this summer
    Some initial pilots started in the fall
    Social network added to LearnNowBC?
    District pilot social network?
    Fall 2011 -- Full RFP process and vendors selected
    Solutions rolled out between Jan. and June, 2012
    Full provincial system rolled out by Aug. 2012