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  • Experience of staff developers when preparing for technology integration Dr Paula Hodgson Educational Development Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong email: [email_address] This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License .
  • Background information
    • This presentation is based on a doctoral research study of staff development strategies to prepare academics to integrate learning technologies into teaching.
    • The research context is staff development units in Hong Kong universities.
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    • What approaches are adopted by staff developers working in Hong Kong to support academics integrating learning technologies into their teaching?
    • From the perspective of these staff developers, what issues emerge in preparing academics to integrate learning technologies into their teaching?
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  • Technologies for teaching and learning 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com Technical applications Pedagogical applications Word PowerPoint The Web Information lit. Sequenced presentations Preparing notes Searching information Building learning community Mobile devices Evidence-based learning
  • Technologies for teaching and learning 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com Technical applications Pedagogical applications
  • Diversity of needs
    • Units supporting faculty development in universities need to identify more accurately the diversity of needs of academics from different disciplines.
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  • Staff development approach for e-learning
    • Centralized
    • versus
    • decentralized
    • activities
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  • Staff development approach for e-learning 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com University Managed Faculty/School Managed Structured Curricula Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula
  • Staff development approach
    • Workshops/seminars
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  • Value of face-to-face workshops
    • Helping academics to understand the potential of using technology;
    • Demonstrating good practice locally and in other parts of the world;
    • Discussing educational issues; and
    • Helping academics to consider what technologies might do for themselves.
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  • Staff development approach
    • Consultations
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  • Value of consultations
    • Providing a private and confidential environment;
    • Staff members are more ready to disclose their concerns;
    • Building rapport with staff;
    • Better meeting the needs – practical tips and professional advice;
    • Directly resolving technical problems; and
    • Turning from discussion to funding applications for teaching enrichment projects.
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  • Staff development approach
    • Project-based
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  • Support for e-projects
    • SD units provided:
    • pedagogical advice and technical support;
    • pedagogical advice only;
    • pedagogical advice with outsourced technical support.
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  • Value in supporting e-projects
    • Creating solutions together;
    • Building ‘long’-term relationships with staff over time;
    • Full learning cycle – planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating;
    • Breeding experience-based culture;
    • Achieving greater effect through working in departments; and
    • Creating a ripple effect between departments.
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  • Staff development approach
    • Online workshops
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  • Value of online workshops
    • Helping academics to experience ways of communication through the asynchronous medium, in the role of a student;
    • Demonstrating skills required in the online environment; and
    • Helping academics to reflect on what the roles of an online teacher should be.
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  • Four key approaches 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com Discipline-specific face-to-face workshops Face-to-face or online courses, consultations (project), E-projects University Managed Faculty/School Managed Structured Curricula Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula Generic face-to-face or online workshop(s), Individual consultation(s) Informal sharing session(s)
  • Conclusion 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com When designing these activities, they need to be flexible, practical and appropriately timed. (McNaught & Kennedy, 2000). Research has shown that the effects of these professional development activities depend heavily on faculty ownership and involvement in the process. While preparing academics to enhance their teaching with e-learning technologies, support in the organizational environment – from the top and at the departmental level – has a significant effect. University Managed Faculty/School Managed Structured Curricula Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula