New options in distance based educational programming


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  • New options in distance based educational programming

    1. 1. new options in distance based educational programming <br />Paul Treadwell<br />May, 2010<br />
    2. 2. A guiding principle?<br />The technology and tools we use should be consistent with the underlying principles that guide our work.<br />
    3. 3. Something new under the sun?<br />What has changed?<br />Greater awareness of the power of technology to connect:<br />People to people<br />People to resources<br />Increase in technical facility<br />Deeper penetration of technology into daily life<br />Necessity of use<br />
    4. 4. Connecting people and resources<br />2 (plus) tools to discuss today:<br />Moodle:<br />Building social learning opportunities<br />e-Xtension:<br />Building communities for educators<br />And a little Twitter:<br />Building connections with 140 characters<br />
    5. 5. What is MOODLE?<br />Software that allows you to:<br />Build online courses<br />Foster learning communities<br />
    6. 6. Why Moodle?<br />Facilitates anytime-anywhere learning:<br />Moodle incorporates elements such as:<br />Discussion boards<br />Readings<br />Assignments<br />That:<br />Encourages learning through social exchange<br />Builds a repository of knowledge<br />
    7. 7. How we use Moodle<br />Internally:<br />Structured learning<br />As a collaborative tool<br />Publically:<br />Access to a variety of courses including:<br />Horticulture<br />Agriculture<br />Pesticide Safety Education<br />
    8. 8. Who are Moodle courses for?<br />(Almost) anyone:<br />Our users range in age from 18-80<br />Self motivated learners<br />Spanning the globe (though most from NY State)<br />
    9. 9. Creating courses<br />Moodle provides the framework and tools:<br />Activities:<br />Discussion forums<br />Quizzes<br />Assigments<br />Resources:<br />Documents/files<br />Webpages<br />
    10. 10. Creating courses 2<br />Moodle provides the framework and tools<br />Student management:<br />Usage Logs<br />Reports<br />Grades<br />
    11. 11. Facilitating online learning<br />Requires:<br />A level of technical familiarity and comfort:<br />How to create content online<br />How to link to web sites<br />How to embed files<br />And more<br />
    12. 12. Facilitating online learning 2<br />Requires:<br />An ability to manage an online community:<br />Moderating discussions<br />Encouraging contributions <br />Facilitating learning exchanges<br />
    13. 13. What is eXtension<br />eXtension is an interactive learning environment that:<br />Connects university based extension faculty and staff across the U.S.<br />Provides tools for collaboration and development of new content <br />Supports the development of new information resources, usable by all<br />
    14. 14. More than a web site<br />eXtension is a model of content creation and distribution:<br />“Walled garden” for extension professionals<br />Community formation (Communities of Practice)<br />Content development<br />“Public market” for the general public<br />Content consumption<br />Feedback, questions<br />
    15. 15. Communities of Practice<br />eXtension uses a “communities of practice” model for content production:<br />Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. <br />Etienne Wenger<br />
    16. 16. Supporting collaboration<br />eXtension offers access to tools that support community formation and work:<br />Wikis for creation and shared editing<br />eXtension People for locating collaborators and colleagues<br />Moodle for structured online course development<br />
    17. 17. Connecting distributed expertise<br />eXtension facilitates knowledge networks that draw upon geographically distributed experts to create new content and resources for the Cooperative Extension System.<br />This provides: <br /> greater reach and distribution of content<br />Expertise sharing across boundaries<br />New opportunities for program development<br />
    18. 18. Twitter<br />140 characters or bust:<br />Microblogging:<br />Connect and share with other like minded people<br />Instant feedback mechanism<br />Discover new resources, events<br />Why 140?<br />The limits of a mobile (SMS) message<br />Actually 160 but,20 characters reserved for username<br />140 characters for message<br />
    19. 19. Social and Mobile<br />Social and mobile are the 2 key words for the next year or two:<br />Increasing power of mobile phones is giving rise to new possibilities for content creation and distribution.<br />Social media, social networks, social learning are all growing. <br />We can use these new tools and technologies to further our work, and still maintain fidelity to our core values and principles.<br />
    20. 20. Contact<br />Paul Treadwell<br />Blog:<br />Twitter: ptreadwell<br />Email:<br />eXtension: pt36<br />