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Presentation to support CCIE-2011-3 EDU8719 Contemporary Issues Conference

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  • Background to the project and the College’s presence in the country5 key challengesfor curriculum development and curriculum revision
  • 2001 – College was established through a ten year partnership of the Newfoundland and Labrador govt and the Qatar government Signed an agreement called the Comprehensive Agreement Terms of the contract stipulate that College is to utilize existing College curriculum and College curriculum development and revision practices
  • Comprehensive agreement signed 2001Oil and gas training Four main discipline areas 1st and still the only technical college in the State
  • The first challenge for College of the North Atlantic - Qatar
  • Transplanting curriculum has been difficult because of different environment and different expectations of students Differences in culture, religion, language have all combined to challenge the delivery of curriculum and the nature of curriculum itselfcurricula in post-secondary and higher education technical programs are being required to more closely incorporate multiliteracies such as digital literacies, media literacy and Web 2.0 literacies in order for learners to be successful in the 21st century knowledge economy.
  • Content of curricula is criticalCurricula first transplanted in original format, style, learning objectives, course outlines and program structureHowever, many problems with content in its existing form – many topics, objectives, outcomes simply not relevant or appropriate for Qatar contextEnglish language levels of students pose significant challenges in accomplishing lesson plans, course objectives, and program outcomesAnswerable to Canadian headquartersMust follow Canadian policies and procedures for review and revision
  • Arguably the greatest curriculum challenge facing the College in QatarAt first it was assumed that students being sponsored into programs had adequate levels of English out of high schoolLead to creation of the School of Language Studies and Academics (preparatory school)Today School of Language Studies is the largest school in the College with the largest number of instructors at the CollegePrograms reviewed and revised in alignment with English skills of students English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program in Language Studies specifically prepares students for success in their chosen discipline
  • The second challenge Inhabit the digital worldMasters of technology Nature of today’s students – technologically literate Easily adapt to the useof technology for various purposes Collaboration onlineSocial media, blogging
  • Web 2.0 and today’s students Ubiquitous application of technologyMany users responsible for the creation of internet content ex. wikipedia
  • Identifying literacies that today’s students have from their interactions with technology may assist in the transfer of knowledge in their programs and may help schools/faculties within colleges to meet the course and program outcomes and competencies.
  • Digital LiteraciesIncorporating digital literacies into the curriculum as a whole is critical in curriculum development and program delivery allowing for curriculum objectives and learning outcomes to be effectively met.Many of today’s students more comfortable usiing technology Many students morfe comfortable accessing information in an online environment as opposed to print media
  • Web 2.0 and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar
  • Finding the Right Balance in any program is crucial Industrial Age – being aware of the literacies is importantDigital age brings new types of literacies and adds significantly to new and existing technical programs
  • Finding the Right Balance Personal Web Technologies (PWT), which can be used to make a personal learning environment (PLE) and a personal learning network (PLN). “PLE is the sum of websites and technologies that an individual makes use of to learn” (McElvaney & Berge, 2009, p. 2). These may include social bookmarking tools, personal publishing platforms, search engines, social networks, aggregators (sites that bring together the parts of a whole search) (p. 8). “Using freely available personal web technologies, employees can create a personal learning environment to manage their own learning resources, whether these are wikis, news feeds, podcasts or people” (McElvaney & Berge, 2009, p. 2). College programs should focus on assisting students with the appropriate use of PWTs and in helping them to build PLEs and PLNs to support their learning.
  • The third challenge for CNA-QatarInternal and external stakeholders in the curriculum development and revision processCNA-Qatar programs must satisfy the needs of a variety of different stakeholders
  • Main challengesIncorporating digital literacies can ensure meets of diverse stakeholders are met in variable environments
  • Fourth challenge for CNA-Qatar is credentialling – offering the CNA-Qatar parchment while maintaining academic standards and rigor
  • articulation Mapping to other programs Importance of degree for students and industry transferability International accreditation, certification and recognition of programs in an international context is becoming more and more criticalNorth American, European, South East Asian and AustralianDigital Literacies and mutliliteracies can assist in making curriculum modularized which may assist in making it more easily articulated to the programs, certification and accreditation bodiesCredential Transferability and Portability
  • Fifth challenge posed to the College is the nature and makeup of today’s workplace
  • Today’s Workplace
  • Possible solution
  • Combining the literacies of the industrial age with those of the digital age may present a possible solution
  • Focus on the ability to utilize various challenges and focus on the networks Curriculum should focus on networks of informationAssociated with the digital age, the knowledge economy and with technology
  • Changing perspectives on literacy and multiple literacies or ‘multiliteracies’ need to be considered as a possible solution to curriculum development and revision challenges in the development of post-secondary curricula at technical colleges. The challenge for curriculum developers is to identify which literacies and which aspects of literacy should be incorporated into the program development or revision, and incorporate these aspects in the most appropriate manner possible. This paper has outlined how a reconceptualization of literacies in relation to curriculum development can assist in overcoming challenges currently facing technical colleges. The implications for incorporating digital literacies and multiliteracies needs further exploration as each institution will have its own challenges in implementing these across its curriculaTechnologies should be identified that may be used to achieve outcomes and technology itself should become part of the overall curriculum of the programs themselves

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  • 1. Technical CurriculumChallenges and Solutions in the Digital Age in Qatar by Derrick C. Hann Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 2. BackgroundCultural and linguistic contexts Today’s students Stakeholder needs Credentialling Today’s workplace Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 3. Background Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 4. Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 5. BackgroundQatar and Canada joint ventureten year contractworkplace training – focus on oil and gas sectorBusiness, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences and Information Technology1st technical college in Qatar Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 6. Cultural and linguistic contexts Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 7. English language levels generally lowStudents unprepared for post-secondary study in an English mediumCollege required to restructure and create School of Language Studies and AcademicsDifferent cultural, educational, geographic and religious background Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 8. Canadian Curriculum for the Gulf Region Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 9. Canadian Curriculum for the Gulf Region“The College’s perennial challenge lies inmaintaining the academic integrity and rigorof a Canadian curriculum while revising thecontent of the curriculum itself to align with adifferent social, cultural, educational andacademic context.” Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 10. Student English Language Levels Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 11. Today’s students Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 12. Today’s students Web 2.0reliance on platform over applicationharnessing collective intelligence of web usersbloggingcooperation and collaboration among users O’Reilly (2005)“crowdsourcing” O’Reilly and Battelle, 2009, p. 2 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 13. Today’s studentsUtilizing existing literacies and tapping into the current literacies or skills that students have or are exposed to could make curriculum more relevant and interesting for students of today’s technologically proficient society. Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 14. Today’s studentshttp://www.google.com.qa/imgres?q=ipad+and+books&hl=en&sa=X&rlz=1R2ADBF_enQA364&biw=1280&bih=520&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=D3IOsMMGCx3I2M:&imgrefurl=http://www.ndu.edu/inss/index.cfm%3FpageID%3D3%26type%3Dpage&docid=L7kOsPVl7006IM&imgurl=http://www.ndu.edu/inss/imgUploaded/iPad_PileofBooks.JPG&w=336&h=357&ei=jaElT7avC9GxrAfpu-GwCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=360&vpy=170&dur=5141&hovh=231&hovw=218&tx=149&ty=162&sig=112961953862526864330&page=11&tbnh=154&tbnw=145&start=136&ndsp=11&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:136 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 15. Today’s studentsWeb 2.0 technologies draw on the students’ natural tendency to utilize new technologies in their personal lives and personal communication which can be applied to their programs.“the five C’s of participation: community, collaboration, creativity, convers ation and control” Hicks and Graber, 2010, p. 627 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 16. Today’s studentsIndustrial Digital Age Age Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 17. Today’s studentsIndustrial Digital Age Age McElvaney and Berge, 2009 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU 8719
  • 18. Stakeholder needs Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 19. Stakeholder needs Accreditation and Certification Bodies Industry and Government College Headquarters Students and FacultyContemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 20. Credentialing Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 21. Credentiallinghttp://www.google.com.qa/imgres?q=suitcases+with+travel+stickers&hl=en&sa=X&rlz=1R2ADBF_enQA364&biw=1280&bih=520&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=EZGajJWIel9lyM:&imgrefurl=http://www.passportchop.com/travel-articles/bizzare-novelty-travel-gadgets/&docid=DY-W5sY6B01bHM&imgurl=http://www.passportchop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/travel-luggage.jpg&w=369&h=277&ei=15slT5GTF8zyrQfsvqmkCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=811&vpy=192&dur=7531&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=124&ty=118&sig=112961953862526864330&page=11&tbnh=137&tbnw=183&start=123&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:123 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 22. Today’s workplace Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 23. Today’s workplacehorizontal relations of teamwork as opposed tohierarchical structure“multiskilling” – employees with ever increasing skillssets of various typesrounded and flexible workercommunication strategies Cope & Kalantzis, 2009 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 24. Web 2.0 and Today’s Workplacehttp://www.google.com.qa/imgres?q=web+2.0&hl=en&rlz=1R2ADBF_enQA364&biw=1280&bih=520&tbm=isch&tbnid=s-FSgJ2QOxxG7M:&imgrefurl=http://www.web20screenshots.com/tag/web-2-0/&docid=sXU2hf5c8OmIRM&imgurl=http://www.web20screenshots.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Web2.0-logos.jpg&w=500&h=418&ei=658lT53tHcXYrQeAnbiXCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=688&vpy=137&dur=2485&hovh=205&hovw=246&tx=132&ty=137&sig=112961953862526864330&page=14&tbnh=133&tbnw=159&start=161&ndsp=11&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:161 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 25. MultiliteraciesStudents will require:ability to shift between both open and closed modesof course deliverysocial bookmarkingblogospheresocial networkingthe utilization of Web 2.0 microcontentnavigating within an online course management system as part of their coursework. Alexander (2008) Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 26. Literacies + http://www.google.com.qa/imgres?q=bookcase&hl=en&rlz=1R2ADBF_enQA364&biw=1280&bih=520&tbm=ishttp://www.google.com.qa/imgres?q=ipad+and+books&hl=en&sa=X&rlz=1R2ADBF_enQA364&biw=1280&bih ch&tbnid=oUlKkkhA-KpaMM:&imgrefurl=http://www.grabbaggraphics.com/2010/11/bookcase/&docid=H-=520&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=D3IOsMMGCx3I2M:&imgrefurl=http://www.ndu.edu/inss/index.cfm%3Fp 6LYfXH3a295M&imgurl=http://www.grabbaggraphics.com/wp-ageID%3D3%26type%3Dpage&docid=L7kOsPVl7006IM&imgurl=http://www.ndu.edu/inss/imgUploaded/iPad_ content/uploads/2010/11/Bookcase.jpg&w=1005&h=1508&ei=LKIlT8n8BJDtrQff9MWWCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&PileofBooks.JPG&w=336&h=357&ei=jaElT7avC9GxrAfpu- vpx=1050&vpy=121&dur=5532&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=137&ty=185&sig=112961953862526864330&pageGwCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=360&vpy=170&dur=5141&hovh=231&hovw=218&tx=149&ty=162&sig=112961 =1&tbnh=146&tbnw=119&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:14,s:0953862526864330&page=11&tbnh=154&tbnw=145&start=136&ndsp=11&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:136 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 27. Digital LiteraciesSiemens (2005) has defined an innovativetheory of learning called connectivism. Hesuggests that the channels for learning aremuch more important than the content itself.In the new connectivist pedagogy, “Learning isbuilding networks of information, contacts andresources that are applied to real problems” Anderson, 2010, p. 33 Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 28. Traditional LiteraciesAssociated with the industrial agescript literacy skills only one way to access and manipulate information or dataalphabetical focus in a single mode (print)may not be enough for the knowledge economypage vs. pixel – fundamental unit of the literacy Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 29. ConclusionChanging perspectivesReconceptualizationEach institution uniqueIdentifying technologies Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719
  • 30. Based on proposed paperDigital Literacies and Multiliteracies:Solutions for College CurriculumChallengesby Derrick C. Hann Contemporary Issues Conference EDU8719