Meeting With And In New Environments

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Meeting With And In New Environments

  1. 1. MAKING IT EASY, ACCESSIBLE AND FLEXIBLE FOR THE STUDENTS Meeting with and in new environments
  2. 2. <ul><li>Students' expectations and online course implementations don't meet by nature </li></ul>Developing cultures, missing practices COURSE: MINOR SUBJECT STUDIES IN EDUCATION 25 ECTS COURSE: BASICS OF ICT IN TEACHERS’ WORK 5 ECTS
  3. 3. How do they meet? Higher Education Old school, Analog generation New school, Digital generation Educational technology, Course management systems Ubiquitous Technology, Social media
  4. 4. Old school meets educational technology Students’ expectations on e-learning <ul><li>A leap to the unknown (OPEKAS-data, 45 students, education, open university, reflective essays) </li></ul><ul><li>Previous experiences / history </li></ul><ul><li>Personal expectations / situation </li></ul><ul><li>Comments from the others / culture </li></ul><ul><li>Three main challenges in studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New substance area (Education) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New learning environments (WebCT) + ICT skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New pedagogy (Problem-based Learning) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Old school meets educational technology Obstacles for e-learning <ul><li>Students’ insufficient study skills </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ work and life situations </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions of e-learning pedagogy and assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Administration and organisation of e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>(Nevgi & Tirri 2003) </li></ul>
  6. 6. New school meets educational technology Developing students’ ICT skills in learning <ul><li>Taking a step backwards (Data: Annually collected students’ media-autobiographies) </li></ul><ul><li>ICT belongs to everyday activities </li></ul><ul><li>Various practices </li></ul><ul><li>” Natural” everyday practices <-> artificial educational practices ?? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>...at work or in studies ? </li></ul><ul><li>... in personal activities ? </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>CMS (Moodle, WebCT...) </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>CMS (Moodle, WebCT...) </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul>Do/would you use...
  8. 8. Using ICT should be... EASY EASY EASY
  9. 9. <ul><li>We can use easy technology to create real flexibility and added values , when combined with student-centered approach </li></ul>Using familiar technology, creating new environments COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA EDUCATION 5 ECTS
  10. 10. Moodle <ul><li>Already a familiar environment keeping everything together. </li></ul><ul><li>Enriched with rss aggregator: Continuous stream of headings from student blogs . </li></ul><ul><li>Direct links to online lectures and recorder lectures. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Moodle <ul><li>Already a familiar environment keeping everything together. </li></ul><ul><li>Enriched with rss aggregator: Continuous stream of headings from student blogs . </li></ul><ul><li>Direct links to online lectures and recorder lectures. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Student feedback <ul><li>Electronic form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>n=198 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extremely positive feedback on the flexibility and different ways of attending the course: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books, exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media education in many levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating and learning new study methods/practices </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>We need cultural learning and development processes when implementing new information and communication technology </li></ul><ul><li>- socio-cultural approach </li></ul>Co-developing tools, knowledge and practices
  14. 16. LEARNING DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION SUBSTANCE TOOLS CULTURAL PRACTICES Subjects Learning technology Classroom practices Collaboration Contents Media Teachin methods Presenting and processing information Ways and habits of using tools Information practices
  15. 17. <ul><li>New practices and scripts are transferrable </li></ul>Going further, extending reality
  16. 18. Virtual group meetings, fluent after about 4 sessions <ul><li>Virtual group meetings enable almost all activities that are normally run in face-to-face settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><li>- Connections - Hardware, software - Technological skills - Attitudes </li></ul>
  17. 19. Timo Portimojärvi University of Tampere, Finland Department of Teacher Education [email_address] +358 50 3035352 Thank you!

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