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Presentation at the inaugural Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/education/)

Presentation at the inaugural Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/education/)



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  • What constitutes excellence in an eteaching environment? Michael Coghlan TAFE SA eLearning Facilitator [email_address] http://flickr.com/photos/98912535@N00/1297788517
    • Movie: The 21 st Century Student
  • Abstract
    • The marriage of education and Internet technology has effected an extraordinary assault on perspectives about teaching and learning. The role of the teacher , the nature and context of learning , the role, relative importance and agency of course content* are all being challenged and redefined. The mobile nature of much 21st century learning complicates the picture even further.  The use of laptops, smart phones, and tag and code readers implies multiple contexts for learning , the blurring of social and academic spheres of activity, student collaboration and production of content , and a view of teacher supplied content as starting point rather than definitive resource.* Excellence in teaching now involves a new relationship with students and content. How many of us are ready and equipped for this task?
    • * With thanks to Dr Norbert Pachler for these perspectives
  • Learning in the 21 st Century http://flickr.com/photos/7447470@N06/1345266896/
  • Adrian Miles (RMIT)
    • “ make our institution…more porous to the students’ private technologies – their mobile phones, their laptops and their cameras.”
  • Learning in the 21 st Century
    • “ I have seen predictions that a student doing a 3 year course by 2012 will experience the situation where most of the knowledge they have gained in year one will be completely out of date by the time they finish year 3.”
    • “… the only sustainable approach…will be to find the learning and teaching strategies which will ensure that people embrace attitudes and behaviours anchored in lifelong learning.”
    • “ It is becoming …an imperative for industry to have staff who are lifelong learners and highly ICT literate.”
      • Greg Black, CEO, education.au (Campus Review 16/10/07)
  • Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles for Good Practice
    • encourage contact between students and faculty
    • develop reciprocity and cooperation among students
    • encourage active learning
    • give prompt feedback
    • emphasize time on task (time management)
    • communicate high expectations
    • respect diverse talents and ways of learning
    • Self Awareness
    • Online communication skills
    • Learning together
    • Facilitation skills
    • Intercultural antennae
    • Tolerance for ambiguity
    • Switching contexts
    • Technical skills
    • Cut people slack
    8 Competencies of Online Facilitation (Nancy White)
  • Paradigm Shift #1
  • Collaboration
  • Asynch Synch Oral Written Dialogic Minimalistic Reflective; combination of dialogic and monologic Most structured form of communication COMMUNICATION AXIS
  • Networked Learning
  • Paradigm Shift #2? COMMUNITY-CENTRIC
  • Virtual Worlds
  • The excellent eteacher:
    • has an online presence/website (eg course homepage on LMS, or own website, blog, etc)
    • Knows how to use technology for delivery and assessment and therefore has a blog, a wiki, or podcast site
    • Includes media in delivery and production of teaching materials and student assessment
    • Models and teaches digital literacy
      • Creates and provides digital resources
      • Teaches search, validation, and verification skills
      • Employs and models RSS as a means of aggregating and distributing content
  • The excellent eteacher:
    • Teaches about, and employs collaborative approaches
    • Acknowledges the nature and influence of horizontal learning (multitasking)
    • Knows when to encourage vertical learning
    • Switches between sage and guide as appropriate
  • The excellent eteacher:
    • Knows when to call in the wisdom of the experts to balance the wisdom of the crowd
    • Acknowledges the value of informal learning
    • Accepts that engaging learners is necessary (and that probably means using technology)
  • The excellent eteacher:
    • Acknowledges that students may assess the value of a resource via their networks rather than accept the word of the expert (teacher/lecturer)
    • Uses social bookmarking for collective mining and sharing of resources
    • Is a good (and frequent) online communicator
    • Knows how to effectively combine synchronous and asynchronous modes of delivery
    • Is able to teach in a virtual classroom/web conferencing environment (eg Centra, Elluminate, etc)
    • Must be e-connected and draw on the resources of their networks to remain current (and demonstrate to students)
  • Resources
    • http://newlearning.wikispaces.com/
    • Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles for Good Practice ( http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/7princip.htm )
    • Designing eLearning
    • Flexible Learning Toolboxes
    • Thinking about the ‘M’ in M-learning (Dr Norbert Pachler) (paper to be part of forthcoming proceedings of mLearn conference, Oct 2007)
    • The 8 Competencies of Online Interaction (Nancy White)
    • Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments - http:// www.opensource.idv.tw/moodle/course/view.php?id =23
    • Michael Coghlan
    • eLearning Facilitator
    • TAFE SA
    • e: [email_address]
    • Presentation will be available at
    • http:// www.slideshare.net/michaelc