Going beyond traditional e-learning methods to create a more collaborative learning experience


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Going beyond traditional e-learning methods to create a more collaborative learning experience

  1. 1. Going beyond traditional e-learning methods to create a more collaborative learning experience Sean Dowling, Higher Colleges of Technology
  2. 2. What are traditional e-learning methods? • Done in computer labs (or outside class) • Not blended, more supplementary to face-toface learning • Delivered via Learning Management Systems
  3. 3. Why change? • New tools and technology • Demands from industry / government • “Digital media literacy continues it rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.” (Horizon Report, 2012, p.6) • “The workforce demands skills from college graduates that are more often acquired from informal learning experiences than in universities.” (Horizon Report, 2013, p.7)
  4. 4. 21st century skills • critical thinking and problem solving; • collaboration and communication; • global awareness; • information literacy. (Buchem and Hamelmann, 2011; Rotherham and Willingham, 2010)
  5. 5. Educators have started “to realize that they are limiting their students by not helping to develop and use media literacy skills across the curriculum.” (Horizon Report, 2012, p.6)
  6. 6. Result: Use of new technology, the web and web-based tools is becoming widespread in education. However, “Simply capitalizing on new technology is not enough; the new [pedagogical] models must use these tools and services to engage students on a deeper level.” (Horizon Report, 2013, p.9)
  7. 7. Puentedura’s SAMR Model Puentedura’s (2006) SAMR model
  8. 8. SHCT’s introduction of technology 2007 • Regular classrooms with some lab time • Blackboard Vista (Web CT) 2008 Laptops introduced in Foundations (2009/2010 Significant system / curriculum change) 2012 • iPads introduced in Foundations • Blackboard Learn 2013 • • • • eTextBooks BYOD Online learning zone Learning by Doing
  9. 9. eTextBooks and SAMR • 1st generation eTexts • simple PDFs • 2nd generation eTexts • Bookmarking, notetaking, more effective searching, etc • 3rd generation eTexts (e.g OUP’s Bookshelf app) • Even greater level of interactivity
  10. 10. Substitution Level
  11. 11. Augmentation Level – Functional Improvements zoom feature - useful for students with visual impairments embedded audio and video - students can listen/view multiple times voice sticky note table of contents, search and jump to quickly find and move to the required page type-in exercises with auto score split screen capability to enable videos/texts to be viewed/read while viewing the questions advanced audio allows the audio speed to be adjusted, the audio to be clipped into manageable pieces and for students to record and compare their recording with the original mail tool allows students to send a screenshot of type-in exercises to teacher (or any email recipient) web links - link to the Q Skills practice site
  12. 12. Innovating Pedagogies 2013 (Open University) • MOOCs • Digital scholarship • Badges to accredit learning • Geo-learning • Learning analytics • Learning from gaming • Seamless learning • Maker culture • Crowd learning • Citizen inquiry
  13. 13. Seamless Learning Maker Culture Technology and the Web Crowd Learning More constructivist, collaborative learning experiences Modified and redefined learning
  14. 14. Barriers to change • Teacher insecurity • Current curricula
  15. 15. Two examples
  16. 16. References • Buchem, I., and Hamelmann, H. (2011). Developing 21st century skills: Web 2.0 in higher education – a case study. eLearning Papers 24, April 2011, pp. 1-4. http://www.elearningeuropa.info/files/media/media25535.pdf. • Johnson, L., Adams, S., and Cummins, M. (2012). The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2012-horizon-report-HE.pdf. • Johnson, L., Adams Becker, Cummins, S., Estrada, V., Freeman, A., and Ludgate, H. (2013). The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed. • Puentedura, R. (2006). Transformatiom, Technology, and Education. Presentation given August 18, 2006 as part of the Strengthening Your District Through Technology workshops, Maine, US. http://hippasus.com/resources/tte/part1.html. • Puentedura, R. (2011): Thinking About Change in Learning and Technology. Presentation given September 25, 2012 at the 1st Global Mobile Learning Conference, Al Ain, UAE. http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/archives/2012/04/10/iPad_Intro.pdf. • Rotherham, A., and Willingham, D. (2010). “21st-century skills” – Not new but a worthy challenge. American Educator, Spring. http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2010/RotherhamWillingham.pdf. • Sharples, M., McAndrew, P., Weller, M., Ferguson, R., Fitzgerald, E., Hirst, T., and Gaved, M. (2013). Innovating Pedagogy 2013: Open University Innovation Report 2. Milton Keynes: The Open University. http://www.open.ac.uk/personalpages/mike.sharples/Reports/Innovating_Pedagogy_repor t_2013.pdf.
  17. 17. Thank you • Any questions?
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