Professor Mark BrownReflections on Quality:Educational Technology‟s Dirty Little SecretUniversity of Southern QueenslandAu...
m.e.brown@massey.ac.nzTenakoutoukatoa…
• Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning• Director, Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance• Major l...
About Massey…
Palmerston NorthAuckland WellingtonDistanceInternationalAbout Massey…
About Massey…
About Massey…Over 4000 online environments
http://delfa.massey.ac.nz• Innovation Hub• Global Think-tank• Networked Community• Engine for New Learning Futures• We Off...
http://opac.acer.edu.au:8080/drde/AboutDELFA…
Questions…“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/
Professor Mark BrownReflections on Quality:Educational Technology‟s Dirty Little SecretUniversity of Southern QueenslandAu...
• What is the dirty little secret abouteducational technology?Write your short response and thenfold over and pass tosomeo...
“Not everything that can be countedcounts, not everything that counts can becounted”My key point…Albert Einstein
1. Dirty little secret
1. Dirty little secret“The unexaminedlife is not worth living” (Socrates)
http://theconversation.edu.au/1. Dirty little secret
http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/pub7203i.pdf1. Dirty little secret
“With the coming of the New Media, the need forprint on paper will rapidly diminish. The day willsoon arrive when the worl...
“With the coming of the New Media, the need forprint on paper will rapidly diminish. The day willsoon arrive when the worl...
1. Dirty little secret1935
TechnologyExpectation Cycle(Cuban, 1986)Cuban, L. (1986). Teachers and machines: The classroom use of technology since1920...
High expectationsGrowingsupportSubsided enthusiasmRebukesand blameCuban, L. (1986). Teachers and machines: The classroom u...
Technology-enhanced learning involves an ongoing cycle ofhype, hopeand disappointment (Gouseti, 2010).1. Dirty little secret
Gartner Hype CycleTechnology-enhanced learning involves an ongoing cycle of hype,hopeand disappointment (Gouseti, 2010).1....
1. Dirty little secret“The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in onlinelearning conditions performed modestly ...
1. Dirty little secretGuiney, P. (2013). E-learning achievement: Trends, patterns and highlights. Ministry of Education, W...
1. Dirty little secret
1. Dirty little secret
1. Dirty little secret
1. Dirty little secret
1. Dirty little secret
1. Dirty little secretIn sum, the inconvenient truth is…
1. Dirty little secretIn sum, the inconvenient truth is…Most educational technology initiatives reinforcetraditionaloutcom...
1. Dirty little secretAnd the„pump, pump,dump‟model of online learning stilldominatesteaching practice.Most educational te...
“The definition of insanity is to keep doing the samethings and expecting a different result”1. Dirty little secret(Stephe...
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/Thoughts…
2. Different Views ofQuality
Three different metaphors…2. Different Views ofQuality
Quality is Standardized(a) Mass production metaphor…2. Different Views ofQuality
2. Different Views ofQuality(b) Boutique craft metaphor…
2. Different Views ofQuality(b) Boutique craft metaphor…
2. Different Views ofQualityQuality is not to everyone‟s taste
Who defines quality?… and for what purpose?2. Different Views ofQuality
(c)Personal ethos metaphor…2. Different Views ofQualityQuality is Relative
2. Different Views ofQuality
• Contestable• Idiosyncratic• Context bound• Discipline specific• Always a moving target• An ethos we must continually str...
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/Thoughts…
3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
By analogy what type of cheese do youwant to make and how will you judge its quality?3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
institution individualclear standards creative flairexternally imposed requirements internally owned commitmentscentral qu...
• Understanding teachers matter most• Promoting a high level of professional trust• Giving responsibility for quality back...
ScholarlyPeerReviewEffective PracticeGuidelinesAcademicDevelopmentScholarship ofTeaching and LearningGrantsand AwardsDesig...
http://peerreview.massey.ac.nz3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
Principles of peer review- owned by academics- confidential to participants- encouragesformative feedback- promotes pedago...
We want them to learn how to maketheir own uniquecheese that students can truly savor!3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
Conclusion…
ConclusionConclusion…“What‟s wrong with education cannot be fixed withtechnology”(Steve Jobs; cited in Oppenheimer, 1997, ...
ConclusionConclusion…It depends on…- high quality teachers- a culture of quality enhancement- winning the hearts and minds...
Conclusion…But people are easily fooledby the hype…
And greater critique is required of the competingdiscoursesto better understand the digital futures weare making and takin...
ReconceptualistKnowledge SocietyKnowledge EconomyDeschoolingReschooling ReproductionEd - TechDifferent interest groups and...
Final remark…
Final remark…Put more simply, the digital future is a bit like the question…
“What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?”(Bertolt Brecht)Final remark…Put more simply, our preferred digital fut...
• What is the dirty little secret abouteducational technology?Oh one more thing…
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/Discussion…
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    1. 1. Professor Mark BrownReflections on Quality:Educational Technology‟s Dirty Little SecretUniversity of Southern QueenslandAustralian Digital Futures InstituteMay 2013
    2. 2. m.e.brown@massey.ac.nzTenakoutoukatoa…
    3. 3. • Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning• Director, Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance• Major leadership role in digitalisation at Massey University• Contribute to several executive committees (ascilite, DEANZ,AkoAcademy)• President of the NZ Association for Open, Flexible and DistanceLearninf• Recipient of National Award for Sustained Excellence in TertiaryTeaching@mbrownzm.e.brown@massey.ac.nzAbout Mark…http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/
    4. 4. About Massey…
    5. 5. Palmerston NorthAuckland WellingtonDistanceInternationalAbout Massey…
    6. 6. About Massey…
    7. 7. About Massey…Over 4000 online environments
    8. 8. http://delfa.massey.ac.nz• Innovation Hub• Global Think-tank• Networked Community• Engine for New Learning Futures• We Offer International Consultancy• Leading International Advisory BoardAbout Massey…
    9. 9. http://opac.acer.edu.au:8080/drde/AboutDELFA…
    10. 10. Questions…“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/
    11. 11. Professor Mark BrownReflections on Quality:Educational Technology‟s Dirty Little SecretUniversity of Southern QueenslandAustralian Digital Futures InstituteMay 2013
    12. 12. • What is the dirty little secret abouteducational technology?Write your short response and thenfold over and pass tosomeone else in the roomBefore we start…
    13. 13. “Not everything that can be countedcounts, not everything that counts can becounted”My key point…Albert Einstein
    14. 14. 1. Dirty little secret
    15. 15. 1. Dirty little secret“The unexaminedlife is not worth living” (Socrates)
    16. 16. http://theconversation.edu.au/1. Dirty little secret
    17. 17. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/pub7203i.pdf1. Dirty little secret
    18. 18. “With the coming of the New Media, the need forprint on paper will rapidly diminish. The day willsoon arrive when the world‟s literature will beavailable from The Automatic Library at themere pressing of a button”(Uzanne, 1994).1. Dirty little secret
    19. 19. “With the coming of the New Media, the need forprint on paper will rapidly diminish. The day willsoon arrive when the world‟s literature will beavailable from The Automatic Library at themere pressing of a button”(Uzanne, 1894).1. Dirty little secret
    20. 20. 1. Dirty little secret1935
    21. 21. TechnologyExpectation Cycle(Cuban, 1986)Cuban, L. (1986). Teachers and machines: The classroom use of technology since1920. New York: Teachers‟ College Press.1. Dirty little secret
    22. 22. High expectationsGrowingsupportSubsided enthusiasmRebukesand blameCuban, L. (1986). Teachers and machines: The classroom use of technology since1920. New York: Teachers‟ College Press.TechnologyExpectation Cycle(Cuban, 1986)1. Dirty little secret
    23. 23. Technology-enhanced learning involves an ongoing cycle ofhype, hopeand disappointment (Gouseti, 2010).1. Dirty little secret
    24. 24. Gartner Hype CycleTechnology-enhanced learning involves an ongoing cycle of hype,hopeand disappointment (Gouseti, 2010).1. Dirty little secret“The Distal Effects”
    25. 25. 1. Dirty little secret“The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in onlinelearning conditions performed modestly better than thosereceiving face-to-face instruction”(Means et. al., 2010, p.ix).
    26. 26. 1. Dirty little secretGuiney, P. (2013). E-learning achievement: Trends, patterns and highlights. Ministry of Education, Wellington.
    27. 27. 1. Dirty little secret
    28. 28. 1. Dirty little secret
    29. 29. 1. Dirty little secret
    30. 30. 1. Dirty little secret
    31. 31. 1. Dirty little secret
    32. 32. 1. Dirty little secretIn sum, the inconvenient truth is…
    33. 33. 1. Dirty little secretIn sum, the inconvenient truth is…Most educational technology initiatives reinforcetraditionaloutcomes…
    34. 34. 1. Dirty little secretAnd the„pump, pump,dump‟model of online learning stilldominatesteaching practice.Most educational technology initiatives reinforcetraditionaloutcomes…In sum, the inconvenient truth is…
    35. 35. “The definition of insanity is to keep doing the samethings and expecting a different result”1. Dirty little secret(Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People)
    36. 36. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/Thoughts…
    37. 37. 2. Different Views ofQuality
    38. 38. Three different metaphors…2. Different Views ofQuality
    39. 39. Quality is Standardized(a) Mass production metaphor…2. Different Views ofQuality
    40. 40. 2. Different Views ofQuality(b) Boutique craft metaphor…
    41. 41. 2. Different Views ofQuality(b) Boutique craft metaphor…
    42. 42. 2. Different Views ofQualityQuality is not to everyone‟s taste
    43. 43. Who defines quality?… and for what purpose?2. Different Views ofQuality
    44. 44. (c)Personal ethos metaphor…2. Different Views ofQualityQuality is Relative
    45. 45. 2. Different Views ofQuality
    46. 46. • Contestable• Idiosyncratic• Context bound• Discipline specific• Always a moving target• An ethos we must continually strive forBasic assumptions…2. Different Views ofQuality
    47. 47. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/Thoughts…
    48. 48. 3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    49. 49. 3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    50. 50. 3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    51. 51. 3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    52. 52. By analogy what type of cheese do youwant to make and how will you judge its quality?3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    53. 53. institution individualclear standards creative flairexternally imposed requirements internally owned commitmentscentral quality police local professional responsibilityquality compliance quality cultureKey Tensions…3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    54. 54. • Understanding teachers matter most• Promoting a high level of professional trust• Giving responsibility for quality back toteachers• Building distributed leadership for teaching andlearningA quality culture involves…3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    55. 55. ScholarlyPeerReviewEffective PracticeGuidelinesAcademicDevelopmentScholarship ofTeaching and LearningGrantsand AwardsDesigns forLearningResources forLearningFacilitatingLearningAssessment forLearningEvaluatingTeachingProfessionalLeadershipLearningDesign ToolsTeachingEvaluation3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    56. 56. http://peerreview.massey.ac.nz3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    57. 57. Principles of peer review- owned by academics- confidential to participants- encouragesformative feedback- promotes pedagogical conversations- focuses on continuous development- has stronginstitutional alignment3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    58. 58. We want them to learn how to maketheir own uniquecheese that students can truly savor!3. Frameworks andTools for Quality
    59. 59. Conclusion…
    60. 60. ConclusionConclusion…“What‟s wrong with education cannot be fixed withtechnology”(Steve Jobs; cited in Oppenheimer, 1997, p.61).
    61. 61. ConclusionConclusion…It depends on…- high quality teachers- a culture of quality enhancement- winning the hearts and minds of people“What‟s wrong with education cannot be fixed withtechnology”(Steve Jobs; cited in Oppenheimer, 1997, p.61).
    62. 62. Conclusion…But people are easily fooledby the hype…
    63. 63. And greater critique is required of the competingdiscoursesto better understand the digital futures weare making and taking.Conclusion…But people are easily fooledby the hype…
    64. 64. ReconceptualistKnowledge SocietyKnowledge EconomyDeschoolingReschooling ReproductionEd - TechDifferent interest groups and stakeholders borrow thesame „discourse of persuasion‟ to legitimize their own hegemonic agenda• Being glocal• Active citizenship• Socially just society• Education for change• Un-curriculum• Personalization• Life-long learning• Messiness of learning• New pedagogies• Skills for employment• Learning for the real world• Higher education in change• Mass education• Universal standards• Education as a commodity• Increased market competition• Online learning• Blended learning• Anytime, anywhere learningE-learning •Open Learning •Technology-enhanced learning •(Mark Brown, 2012)Major competing discourses…
    65. 65. Final remark…
    66. 66. Final remark…Put more simply, the digital future is a bit like the question…
    67. 67. “What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?”(Bertolt Brecht)Final remark…Put more simply, our preferred digital future is a bit like the question…
    68. 68. • What is the dirty little secret abouteducational technology?Oh one more thing…
    69. 69. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”Francis Baconhttp://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/Discussion…

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