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A presentation for Oxford Brookes University Learning and Teaching Conference, 25 June 2010

A presentation for Oxford Brookes University Learning and Teaching Conference, 25 June 2010

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  • 1. The Digital One-Day
    Identity, literacy and community in (partially) synchronous distributed learning environments
  • 2. Aim of the Digital One-Days
    3 events of current interest as new form of CPD
    Online identity
    Digital literacy
    Communities (of practice) in HE
    (in the event, 2 have run)
    Cover the topics
    Exploring the potential of
    Synchronous
    Distributed
    Collaboration
  • 3.
  • 4. Innovation and novelty
    Topics are challenging
    The environment is challenging
    There is an interaction between the environment and the topics
  • 5. Questions
    Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?
    Does the Trojan mouse effect persist in any new learning environment?
    Any novel medium with or through which learning, is done serves to foreground not the medium but the meaning of learning
    i,e, discussions about e-learning are really discussions about learning
  • 6. Outline
    The environment
    Elluminate
    Brookes Blogs
    The learning design
    The topics
    Evaluation
    The questions
  • 7. Elluminate
    New breed of collaboration tools allowing people to be simultaneously present in an desk-top computing environment based on a classroom metaphor
    2-way voice & video communication
    Text chat
    Graphics
    A “White Board” on which “Slides” can be displayed
    Presenters
    Participants
    Icon-tools such as “hand-raising”, emoticons (smiley faces), polling
  • 8.
  • 9. Uses
    Teaching events
    Meetings
    Distributed/distant co-presence at face-to-face events (conference streams)
    Benefits
    Reduced travel – time, cost and carbon saving (?)
    Recorded for replay
    Distributed groups
  • 10. Disbenefits?
    Technical
    The Internet is not like the movies: Lag
    Hardware/software compatibility
    Institutional firewalls
    Cultural
    Literacy: how to use the $%^&*! thing
    Community:
    Interruptability, participation, open plan spaces
    Identity: representation of the self
    Expectation management
    It is different from both face-to-face and “traditional” on-line discussion-based distributed elearning
  • 11. Learning Design
    Website “home page”
    Email joining instructions and briefs
    Familiarisation sessions
    Simple activity flow
    Breaks and continuity
  • 12.
  • 13. http://digident.brookesblogs.net/
  • 14. Topics
    Identity
    Technical/political
    Ego
    Social
    Literacy
    Multi-literacies
    Skills and competence
    Social
    Community
    Image: www.momswhothink.com
  • 15. Community and literacy have become “aerosol words”
    Constructed communities and constructed identities (where there is an intentional aspect) are problematic where authenticity is valued
    Literacy is a function of community and identity
    Digital one-days introduce genre questions which expose the inter-relatedness of these concepts
    With academic & digital literacy, communities of learning & practice, and online identity (Facebook etc), these concepts are exposed as foundational or threshold concepts for doing and being in higher education
  • 16. Evaluation
    Some considered the online interface ‘much richer than face-to-face sessions’, found the different channels useful.
    ‘Interesting and productive environment’ effectively replicated a face to face workshop/seminar in terms of medium and activities.
    Useful learning medium once acclimatised
    Breakout groups worked well for engagement
    Interesting conceptual stuff from the panel discussion
    Excellent questions raised
    The moderators and the participants with different views of a very interesting topic, with moderation that made sure that all was somehow held together
    The experience of taking part in online learning in this format.
    The (useful) flow of presentation through to reflection and discussion
  • 17. Challenges
    A participant who thought the familiarisation session went well referred to the session itself as ‘fraught with problems’.
    Participant who came late took the first 30 minutes to catch up, experienced technical difficulties particularly with sound at first and did not manage to get a webcam working at all.
    Communication a challenge in the medium. Sound problems
    Difficulty with giving attention to a presentation for full 20 minutes
    Bandwidth broke up audio in breakout groups
    Attending an online workshop from the work place different from attending a face to face events as the presence of the web, msn, email and telephone is distraction affecting concentration; needs discipline
  • 18. Questions
    Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?
    Does the Trojan mouse effect persist in any new learning environment?
    Any novel medium with or through which learning, is done serves to foreground not the medium but the meaning of learning
    i.e. discussions about e-learning are really discussions about learning
  • 19. Thank you
    George Roberts, Rhona Sharpe, Patsy Clarke
    Josie Fraser, Helen Keegan,
    Helen Beetham, Richard Francis, Frances Bell