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As learning shifts the written word can be used to shape our online learning space and provide rafts to new possibilities.

As learning shifts the written word can be used to shape our online learning space and provide rafts to new possibilities.



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  • 1. Words to shape ways of being in the online classroom Mary Loftus #celt12“If we compare the evolutionary cycle of film-making and technology enhanced learning, we are currently somewhere around the Keystone Cops stage of elearning technology and theory” - Diana Laurillard (2005)
  • 2. 1970s – Distance Learning1995 - Internet2004 – MScSED2012 –Twitter, MissionVHQ, MOOCs, edX, Coursera ?2014 – Charlie Chaplin2027 – The Jazz Singer (sound)2039 – Gone with the Wind(colour)2041 – Citizen Kane2065 – The Sound of Music2073 – The Godfather2077 – Star Wars Learning
  • 3. Film makesmeaning in themind of theviewer.5 Levels of effecton the viewer:1. Sensual2. Emotional3. Intellectual4. Ethical5. Spiritual
  • 4. Diana LaurillardFeedback should relate tocourse objectivesLearning DesignLearning PatternsBridge research & teachingFurther reading:London Knowledge Lab
  • 5. Paulo Freire“For apart from inquiry, apartfrom the praxis, individualscannot be truly human.Knowledge emerges onlythrough invention and re-invention, through therestless, impatient, continuing,hopeful inquiry human beingspursue in the world, with theworld, and with each other.”
  • 6. Stephen BrookfieldCritical Incident QuestionnaireCritical Thinking4 Rs: Respect, Responsiveness, Research, RelationshipsFurther reading:StephenBrookfield.com
  • 7. Carl Rogers ‘Saw himself as a facilitator - one who created the environment for engagement. However, what he was also to emphasize was the attitude of the facilitator. There were ways of being with others that foster exploration and encounter‘• Realness in the facilitator oflearning Smith (1999)• Prizing, acceptance, trust• Empathetic understanding Further reading: Joe McCarthy Donald Clark
  • 8. Etienne WengerCommunities of Practice(COPs)Education is a journey throughthe landscape of a discipline.Map alone is not enoughLearning PartnershipsBelonging, IdentityFurther reading:Developing Learning PartnershipsDigital Habitats
  • 9. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change – Brene Brown
  • 10. John O’Donohue‘Words can form a raft thatcan take us to newpossibilities’Healthy disregard for‘process’ and ‘function’Further reading:A tributed to JODby Michael D Higgins
  • 11. Fully online 2 yr Mastersin Software Engineering & Database Technologiesrun jointly by NUI Galway and Regis University
  • 12. • Discussion Posts • Conversations Discussion is the heart of the classroom
  • 13. Hard Play – vLabsScaffoldSupportOpportunities &encouragement to fail
  • 14. Shared RiskWe must model the risk-taking, iterative failureand comfort in ‘beingwrong’ that we wish tosee in our students
  • 15. Assessment• Exams • Praxis • Peter McBride Assessment - from Exam -> Praxis – Paulo Freire
  • 16. Critical IncidentFeedback Questionnaire (CIQ) Brookfield At what moment in class this weekend did you feel most engaged with what was happening? At what moment in class this weekend were you most distanced from what was happening? What action that anyone (teacher or student) took this weekend did you find most affirming or helpful? What action that anyone took this weekend did you find most puzzling or confusing? What about the class this weekend surprised you the most? (This could be about your own reactions to what went on, something that someone did, or anything else that occurs).
  • 17. Plagiarism Set Expectations Set assignments that cannot be easily plagiarised Openly discuss the issue Assume good intent The antidote to shame is EmpathyShame needs secrecy, silence and judgement – Brene Brown
  • 18. Creativity
  • 19. We must see our students for who they are – and who they can be…
  • 20. Thank you!loftus.mary@gmail.com@marloft