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Nurturing a Professional Development Ecosystem

Nurturing a Professional Development Ecosystem

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    • 1. Nurturing a Professional Development Ecosystem Julia Parra Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz Susan D. Ceppi-Bussmann New Mexico State University RETA (Regional Educational Technology Assistance) Program
    • 2. Agenda
      • Online Teaching and Learning Professional Development Programs (Why? What?)
      • The Ecosystem as Approach and Analogy
      • Making Sense of the Tools
      • The Ecosystem as Model
    • 3. Why OTL PD Programs?
      • "I believe within my lifetime pure face-to-face instruction will be seen as professional malpractice.”
      • From How Technology Might Affect Teaching by Chris Dede retrieved from
    • 4. The Flip begins in 2012
      • “ Given the current trajectory of substitution, about 80% of courses taken in 2024 will have been taught online in a student-centric way.”
      From Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, & Curtis W. Johnson
    • 5. OTL PD Programs
      • Online Teaching and Learning Opportunities
      • IDEAL-NM eTeacher Preparation
      • Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate
      • OpenLight
      • More...
    • 6. Consider the Ecosystem
      • A network of living and nonliving things
      • Energy and water cycles continuously
      • Producers generate for Primary. Secondary, & Tertiary Consumers
      • Decomposers recycle and compost for a healthy foundation
      Illustration by Sabine Deviche (ASU)
    • 7. An approach to PD?
      • Many tools, many channels
      • Relationships between interconnected systems
      • Each observation is a snapshot
      • It is continuously changing place
      • Sound familiar?
      Types of Ecosystems Illustration by Sabine Deviche (ASU)
    • 8. Information Ecosystem
      • “ Essentially, the Web is shifting from an international library of interlinked pages to an information ecosystem, where data circulate like nutrients in a rain forest.”
      • From Emerging Technology: Software upgrades promise to turn the Internet into a lush rain forest of information teeming with new life by Steven Johnso retrieved from
    • 9. Can’t see the forest for the trees…
      • Use of many tools, creation of massive amounts of content, need for channels of information dissemination. We needed something to help explain!
      • Ecosystem analogy helps us visualize and organize our experiences with teaching, learning, different audiences, professional development, knowledge management , power of the web/web tools
    • 10. eLearning Ecosystems
      • PD Ecosystem (under construction)
      • Program Ecosystem (handout)
      • Now let’s try to make some sense of the tools…
    • 11. Scoble’s Social Media Starfish
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    • 15. Stage 1 Immersion: Immerse yourself into networks. Create any and all networks you can find where there are people and ideas to connect to. Collaboration and connections take off. Stage 2 Evaluation: Evaluate your networks and start to focus in on which networks you really want to focus your time on. You begin feeling a sense of urgency and try to figure out a way to “Know it all.” Stage 3 Know it all: Find that you are spending many hours trying to learn everything you can. Realize there is much you do not know and feel like you can’t disconnect. This usually comes with spending every waking minutes trying to be connected to the point that you give up sleep and contact with others around you to be connected to your networks of knowledge. Stage 4 Perspective: Start to put your life into perspective. Usually comes when you are forced to leave the network for awhile and spend time with family and friends who are not connected (a vacation to a hotel that does not offer a wireless connection, or visiting friends or family who do not have an Internet connection). Stage 5 Balance: Try and find that balance between learning and living. Understanding that you can not know it all, and begin to understand that you can rely on your network to learn and store knowledge for you. A sense of calm begins as you understand that you can learn when you need to learn and you do not need to know it all right now.
    • 16. Current Events & Trends Widgets & RSS Facilitation and Assessment Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers The Internet
    • 17. Level of learner investment/aka “risk” Learner Activity Touch Points Method Examples
      • Lurking
      • Browsing/Surfing
      • Reading
      • Socializing
      • Custom Search Engines
      • Shared RSS Feeds
      • Social Networks
      • Blogs
      • Wikis
      • Integrating presence of learning community in places where students already spend their time
      • Places on web that are course related but not main course,
      • Usually optional, not graded, low-risk participation.
      • Use of Group feature in popular social networks (Facebook, MySpace)
      • Customized iGoogle Gadgets
      • Sharing
      • Reflecting
      • Voting
      • Social Bookmarking
      • Lifestreaming
      • Micromedia
      • Tumbleblogs
      • Polling and Surveying Tools
      • Facilitate ways for students to share updates on what they are doing, seeing, reading, and thinking about.
      • Usually optional, not graded, still pretty low-risk.
      • Course tag on Delicious, Twitter
      • Use of simple polls widgets
      • Writing
      • Editing
      • Conferencing
      • Blogs
      • Wikis
      • Instant Messaging
      • Voice Conferencing
      • Learners take their conversation about what they are learning outside of the “classroom.”
      • Type of investment and “risk” starts to increase. Complexity, collaboration, increased communication…
      • Grading, payment, rubrics
      • Shared Resource Lists and Best Practices on a PBWiki
      • Meeting on Skype to discuss projects and or assist peers
      • Journal entries, basic Q & A discussion posts
      • Community blogging
      • Course Requirements
      • Webconference
      • Quizzes, Exams, Assessments
      • Discsussions
      • Portfolios
      • Building Models
      • Course/Learning Magagement System
      • Webconferencing System
      • Blogs
      • Wiki
      • Explorations for your learners to practice skills and demonstrate mastery of concepts
      • These are highest risk methods. Grades, payment are at risk.
      • Criteria, rubrics
      • Levels of courses in Moodle
      • Advanced use of discussion (debate, role-play, etc.)
      • Students present group projects in synchronous sessions in Adobe Connect
      • Creating blog, wiki, etc.
      Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 18. Current Events & Trends Widgets & RSS Facilitation and Assessment Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers The Internet
    • 19. Level of investment Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 20. Level of investment Core Tools Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 21. Level of investment Blog Tools Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 22. Level of investment Audio/Video Tools Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 23. Level of investment Content Dissemination Tools Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 24. Level of investment Micromedia Tools Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 25. Level of investment Social Sharing Tools Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 26. Level of investment Learnstreaming Tools Recomposers Producers Primary Consumers Ambient Consumers
    • 27. Care, Feeding and Nurturing the Knowledge Ecology
      • What does a healthy ecosystem include and how do you grow it?
        • membership (the people, roles, engagement),
        • high levels of communication (synch & asynch) & interaction (teacher-student, student-content, student-student),
        • individual & shared goals/purpose (relevance, research-based, authentic),
        • social presence & identity,
        • shared resources & knowledge,
    • 28. Care, Feeding and Nurturing the Knowledge Ecology
        • policies & guidelines (norms, safety),
        • collaborative learning & contribution (Phases of Engagement, scaffolding, group work, collaboration vs. cooperation),
        • knowledge management (effective use of wikis, blogs, LCMS, archived webinars, social bookmarks, etc.),
        • and powerful new technologies (PBWiki, Blogger, Moodle, Blackboard, Skype, Adobe Connect, Centra, Wimba, Delicious, etc.).
    • 29. Learnstreaming: Assessing the Ecosystem
      • Communal Gmail Accounts
      • Contact Management Software that aggregates email conversations
      • Plaxo, FriendFeed or other lifestreaming tools
      • Analytic tools from Google, Lijit
      • Clear rubrics, checklists, contracts and expectations
      • Clear up front about going online (informed consent, identity issues, private/public wiki)
      • Qualitative visual ie manyeyes
      • Moodle (LCMS) tracking
    • 30. Questions? Thank you for listening!