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Presentation at the 2nd Annual Blended Learning Summit, Sydney, 18th September, 2013,

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  • Professor Mark Brown Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning Designing a Quality Culture for Blended Learning 18th September, 2013 Sydney
  • Liberalism Perspective Techno-centric Perspective Human-centric Perspective Demon Perspective Technocratic Dream Technological Determinism Social Determinism Technocratic Nightmare Critics A contested terrain… (Adapted from Bigum, 1998)
  • Reconceptualist Knowledge Society Knowledge Economy Deschooling Reschooling Reproduction • Being glocal • Digital citizenship • Socially just society • Education for change • xMOOCs • New pedagogies • Global curriculum • Education in change • Mass education • Universal standards • Education as a commodity • Increased market competition Competing discourses of the digital landscape… • PLE • cMOOCs • Un-curriculum • Life-long learning • Online learning • Blended learning • Anytime, anywhere learning E-learning • Distance education • Technology-enhanced learning • Different interest groups and stakeholders borrow the same „language of persuasion‟to legitimize their own hegemonic agenda Disruption
  • What do you see?
  • What do you see?
  • What do you see?
  • Pop quiz...
  • Pop quiz... 1. If the answer is 6, what is the question?
  • Pop quiz... The current number of women Cabinet Ministers in the New Zealand Government?
  • Pop quiz... 2. Who is this person?
  • Pop quiz...
  • Pop quiz... Jimmy Spithill
  • Pop quiz... 3. What is happening in this picture?
  • Pop quiz...
  • This wasn‟t a mistake… It was showing the world who is the dog and who is the lamp post! Pop quiz...
  • Outline… 1. A messy construct 2. Competing quality metaphors 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • Standards are important… Keep in mind… …but they are not a proxy for quality.
  • “Not everything that can be counted counts, not everything that counts can be counted” Albert Einstein Keep in mind…
  • 1. A messy construct
  • 1. A messy construct “At its simplest, blended learning is the integration of classroom face-to-face learning experiences with online learning experiences” (Garrison &Kanuka, 2004, p.96).
  • Blended learning is not new - 1935 1. A messy construct
  • “. . . an opportunity to fundamentally redesign how we approach teaching and learning in ways that higher education institutions may benefit from increased effectiveness, convenience and efficiency” (Vaughan, 2012). 1. A messy construct Blended learning is…
  • Places Tools Learner-Content Interaction Learner-learner Interaction Spaces Teacher-Learner Interaction 1. A messy construct Blending with Purpose
  • Learning by sharing (Connectivist) Learning by listening (Instructionist) Learning by doing (Constructivist) Learning by making (Constructionist) Still has a role even in flipped classrooms 1. A messy construct (Brown, 2010)
  • Off Campus in Class Off Campus out of Class A Blended Learning Ecology On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation Synchronous Asynchronous On Campus out of Class 1. A messy construct
  • “Because no two students have the same needs and no two teachers arrive at their best performance in the same way, theoretical exclusivity and didactic single- mindednesscan be trusted to make even the best educational ideas fail”. (Sfard, 1998, p.11) 1. A messy construct Adaptive blends…
  • 1. A messy construct Weak sense of blending… (Wappett, 2013)
  • 1. A messy construct Strong sense of blending… (Wappett, 2013)
  • The inconvenient truth is… 1. A messy construct
  • Blended learning has become a popular construct as it means different things to different people… The inconvenient truth is… 1. A messy construct
  • Arguably the concept has done little to disrupt theold normal and is infectedby the future-focused language of educationinchange. The inconvenient truth is… 1. A messy construct Blended learning has become a popular construct as it means different things to different people…
  • 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • Three different metaphors… 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • Quality is Standardized (a) Mass production metaphor… 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • (b) Boutique craft metaphor… Quality is Unique 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • High Quality Milk Quality depends on the raw ingredients… 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • Quality is not to Everyone‟s Taste And… 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • Who defines quality? … and for what purpose? 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • (c)Personal ethos metaphor… Quality is a Relative Concept 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • • Contestable • Multi-layered • Context bound • Discipline specific • Is a moving target • Involves an X factor In sum… 2. Competing quality metaphors
  • 2. Competing quality metaphors Video
  • 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • institution individual clear standardscreative flair externally imposed requirements internally owned commitments central quality police local professional responsibility quality compliance quality culture Key Tensions… 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • 3. Tools for designing a quality culture http://peerreview.massey.ac.nz
  • Deane & Krause, 2012 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • • Understanding teachers matter most • Winning the hearts and minds of people • Promoting a high level of professional trust • Giving responsibility for quality back toteachers • Building distributed leadership at the unit and program level A quality culture involves… 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • Help teachers learn how to make their own uniqueice cream that students can truly savor! 3. Tools for designing a quality culture
  • Conclusion…
  • A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking Conclusion…
  • Conclusion… Blended learning can be transformative; but…
  • Conclusion… …blended learning might end up looking like this! Without the right vision and culture…
  • “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/ Questions…