Reclaiming the Backchannel as aLearning ChannelACEC 2012Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technolog...
Presenter:Kim Flintoff - K.Flintoff@curtin.edu.au - @kimbowaCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Techn...
Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
•     Helps audience focus•     Audience gets more content•     Questions get answered•     Participation increases•     I...
• Concerns arise with using Twitter (and similar tools) as you can      inadvertently invite the entire world into your di...
What features in a viable solution?  • allows lecturers to post questions and discussion points    during a lecture;  • gi...
Other optionsin other contexts; the educational purpose is All these are used similar across all of them but the degree of...
External Logins are possible
Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au          Roadshow Question 1            #ACEC2012KF1  What are the limitations of lectu...
HOTSEAT Promotional Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz6TUhcGf6s
Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au         Roadshow Question 2           #ACEC2012KF2   Having seen this brief overview of...
HOTSEAT Student Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8UR4xrjWME
Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au          Roadshow Question 3            #ACEC2012KF3What are your thoughts about these ...
Key benefits •   Engages students in blended learning •   Can assist in bridging cohorts face-to-face and remote •   Gener...
Other features •   Reports – can run these:     •   Topic Usage     •   Space Reports     •   User Statistics •   Promote ...
"Unlike a regular Twitter account, theHotseat discussions are restricted to juststudents enrolled in the class and theinst...
"The research found that in two of the threeclasses the students sending messages themost were those receiving As, the stu...
The research results were presented at theEducause conference in Anaheim, Calif.,and published in the latest edition ofEdu...
Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au        Roadshow Question 4          #ACEC2012KF4What matters were not adequately covere...
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One of the challenges facing many levels of education is the ability to provide opportunities for student engagement. The processes of information delivery are still evident in many situations, especially in situations with lectures and increasing class sizes.

The basic structure of the backchannel is a behind the scenes discussion of the presentation by attendees and remote participants who are interested in a topic or speaker.

Conference goers have become used to the "backchannel" but in many classrooms teachers may be unaware that a backchannel exists. Students routinely text and message each other, this is often limited to off-topic and social discussion The use of proprietary and web-based backchannel solutions can begin to engage students more productively in the lecture process and to tap into how well the lecture is addressing student’s learning needs.

The Centre for eLearning has recently deployed Hotseat at Curtin. Hotseat, developed by Purdue University, integrates a suite of tools including a web application, Facebook and Twitter that can be accessed via computers, laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices like iPod Touch, iPad, and tablets. Presenters/teachers can set focus questions, assign Twitter #hashtags and control the anonymity of posts in order to draw students more fully into active participation in the lecture.

Participants will have the opportunity to have the approach explained, to trial a microblogging application live in the session and to discuss the approach, Hotseat, and alternative tools.

We hope to make this an active, practically engaged session – to that end we ask that you bring along a wifi or 3G enabled device – smart phone, tablet, iPod Touch, iPad, ultra notebook, or laptop computer if you have one available (we will have ways to include you regardless). Ideally you'll have access to a web browser – you can use Facebook if you wish, and/or Twitter. You'll need to have an account with either Facebook, Google, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo or Yahoo Mail in order to connect to our system. If you also have a Twitter account you'll be able to experience an alternative mode of interaction. It sounds very technical but in reality this is a very simple technology from a user perspective – scaffolding and guidance are included in the design of the session.

Objectives

1. Introduce the concept of microblogging to improve student engagement in lectures and large classes;
2. Consider the experiences and results of implementing the process across campus;
3. Practically trial the Curtin Hotseat solution;
4. Discuss issues arising from the practical exploration of the process.

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    1. 1. Reclaiming the Backchannel as aLearning ChannelACEC 2012Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    2. 2. Presenter:Kim Flintoff - K.Flintoff@curtin.edu.au - @kimbowaCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    3. 3. Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    4. 4. • Helps audience focus• Audience gets more content• Questions get answered• Participation increases• Innovation arises• Physical location is extended• Connections build http://pistachioconsulting.com/twitter-presentations/ Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23898723@N00/4116049493
    5. 5. • Concerns arise with using Twitter (and similar tools) as you can inadvertently invite the entire world into your discussion; • Students routinely text and message each other about lectures during lectures, sadly this is often limited to a critique of the lecturer; • We need to engage students more productively in the lecture process and to tap into how well the lecture is addressing student’s learning needs; • Anonymity can assist engagement – watch a drama student with mask transform; • Accountability is still desirableCurtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of TechnologyCRICOS Provider Code 00301J Image Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89165847@N00/6399151585
    6. 6. What features in a viable solution? • allows lecturers to post questions and discussion points during a lecture; • gives students an active voice and opportunities to contribute to the lecture by posting questions, comments and insights; • can be used to assess the level of interest in particular posts, and to poll the group on key understandings, and identify points for further discussion. • generates some artifact that can be used for analytics and ongoing refinement; • is simple to use for teacher and student; • is dynamic and flexible – real-time; • platform independent. Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
    7. 7. Other optionsin other contexts; the educational purpose is All these are used similar across all of them but the degree of engagement varies tremendously. Costs vary as do the requirements for hardware, access and management. • Twitter (Web/App/Email) http://www.twitter.com • Facebook (Web/App) http://www.facebook.com • Votapedia (SMS/Web Interface) http://www.urvoting.com • ResponseWare (Web/App)*http://www.turningtechnologies.com/studentresponsesystems/mobiledistancelearning/high eredresponseware/ • Keepad Interactive (Specialised Device)* http://www.keepad.com/ • TopHat Monocle (Web/App) http://www.tophatmonocle.com/ * Turning Technologies products
    8. 8. External Logins are possible
    9. 9. Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au Roadshow Question 1 #ACEC2012KF1 What are the limitations of lectures with regards to student engagement? 140 characters or less (You can post from Twitter by including the#hashtag above – or use the Facebook app)
    10. 10. HOTSEAT Promotional Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz6TUhcGf6s
    11. 11. Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au Roadshow Question 2 #ACEC2012KF2 Having seen this brief overview of themicroblogging approach - what benefits can you identify for your lectures?After answering in 140 characters or less –vote on answers that are most relevant to
    12. 12. HOTSEAT Student Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8UR4xrjWME
    13. 13. Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au Roadshow Question 3 #ACEC2012KF3What are your thoughts about these studentperceptions of how the tool impacts on their learning?
    14. 14. Key benefits • Engages students in blended learning • Can assist in bridging cohorts face-to-face and remote • Generates accessible artefacts • Anonymity can be toggled (provides a measure of accountability for the comments made) • Provides metrics on usage (usage data can be used to identify “at risk” students” - tracking student understanding - etc) • Special equipment not required and online environments are already known (student devices can handle it - no need to manage clickers - batteries, stock-taking, etc) • Helps overcome social inhibitions (will the mature age student in the front row please put your f***ing hand down and will the people in the back row please speak up)
    15. 15. Other features • Reports – can run these: • Topic Usage • Space Reports • User Statistics • Promote Featured Posts • Email – can send an email to author of any post • Favourites – allows you to save your favourite posts • My Thoughts allows you to access all of your own posts
    16. 16. "Unlike a regular Twitter account, theHotseat discussions are restricted to juststudents enrolled in the class and theinstructors leading the course. Students maypost anonymously - 53 percent of thestudents in the pilot study chose this option -but who is actually posting is known to theinstructor. "http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2010/101013BowenEducause.html
    17. 17. "The research found that in two of the threeclasses the students sending messages themost were those receiving As, the studentssending the second-most number ofmessages received Bs and so on, withstudents receiving the lowest grades sendingthe fewest messages. In the other courseexamined, students who received Bs sentthe most messages."http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2010/101013BowenEducause.html
    18. 18. The research results were presented at theEducause conference in Anaheim, Calif.,and published in the latest edition ofEducause Quarterly, and can be readonline at:http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/HotseatOpeningtheBackchannelin/213668
    19. 19. Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au Roadshow Question 4 #ACEC2012KF4What matters were not adequately covered in today’s presentation?
    20. 20. Curtin Hotseat
    21. 21. Go to http://hotseat.curtin.edu.au login and then update your profileHome
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