The iSchool Institute
Symposium Series
Sept 30-Oct 1, 2013
Pushing the
Envelope in
Education
New Roles for
Libraries
MOOCs...
Welcome
 Welcome
 Washrooms
 Hashtag #moocslib
 WiFi:
Select: UTorwin
Password: UToronto1home
To sign in:
UTORid: fis....
The Philosophy
 What are the opportunities for libraries in the e-
learning space?
 Support? Provider? Creator? School? ...
The Agenda for Monday
 Introduction
 Framing the Opportunities for Libraries
 CISCO learning, access to knowledge, and
...
The Agenda for Tuesday
 Coffee & Muffins
 MOOC Toolkit
 eLearning Support in Action
 Supporting eLearning
 Lunch (*pr...
What came together
to threaten the
current social and
business models of
education?
Perfect Storm? Critical Mass?
 Digital content – web, licensed, free and fee
 Shareability
 Globalization of edu-market...
Perfect Storm? Critical Mass?
 Devices are affordable
 Alignment of synchronous and asynchronous
strategies for learning...
Perfect Storm? Critical Mass?
 Decent video, audio, recording, and graphics
tools. Way past PPT
 Online assessment is em...
The Landscape
 Content
 Infrastructure
 Technology
 Environments
Content
 Textbook publishers: Cengage Learning,
Pearson, and McGraw-Hill
 e.g. Ed2Go, Learn4Life, Gale Online High
Schoo...
Infrastructure
 The “Cloud”
 Linked Data
 The Web
Technology
 Simple tools make an e-learning
environment like multiple instruments make
and orchestra.
 The musicians AND...
Environments
 MOOCs
 EdX, Coursera, Udacity
 Learning Management Systems
 Blackboard, Moodle, Desire to Learn (D2L)
 ...
Unresolved Issues
 Copyright
 Rights
 Ownership (unions and faculty contracts)
 Compensation
 Sustainability
 Accred...
Key Questions
 How does e-learning fit into the library
service portfolio
 Do we just support or get more fully into it?...
MOOCs
How could the landscape
change?
 Prediction: 45% of higher education
institutions in North America merge or go
under…?
 ...
How could the landscape
change?
 Disruption: Local boards of education are no
more. They are forced to merge at the state...
Questions . . .
ENGAGE
Enjoy the Symposium
Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA
Consultant, Dysart & Jones/Lighthouse Consulting Inc.
Cel: 416-669-4855
steph...
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  1. 1. The iSchool Institute Symposium Series Sept 30-Oct 1, 2013 Pushing the Envelope in Education New Roles for Libraries MOOCs, eLearning and Gamification
  2. 2. Welcome  Welcome  Washrooms  Hashtag #moocslib  WiFi: Select: UTorwin Password: UToronto1home To sign in: UTORid: fis.guest Password: tor0011  Lunch  Starbucks  No-host drinks tonight – dinner for those who want to stay  Tomorrow
  3. 3. The Philosophy  What are the opportunities for libraries in the e- learning space?  Support? Provider? Creator? School? Colleges? None?  What are the academic underpinnings of e-learning and gamification?  How does this relate to libraries, learning, and research institutions?  What’s happening today in real experience and practice?  And, what can we vision and imagine for the future?  How do we do this? Where can we start?
  4. 4. The Agenda for Monday  Introduction  Framing the Opportunities for Libraries  CISCO learning, access to knowledge, and employability  Underpinnings of eLearning: How the "Tried and True" Informs the New  MOOCs for Librarians  Lunch (provided)  eLearning in Libraries  Research  Gamification in Action  Quick trip for a beer conversation afterwards
  5. 5. The Agenda for Tuesday  Coffee & Muffins  MOOC Toolkit  eLearning Support in Action  Supporting eLearning  Lunch (*provided)  MOOCs to Online Learning  ELearning/MOOC Platforms  Putting it All Together: Brainstorming Roles for Supporting eLearning, MOOCs & Gamification
  6. 6. What came together to threaten the current social and business models of education?
  7. 7. Perfect Storm? Critical Mass?  Digital content – web, licensed, free and fee  Shareability  Globalization of edu-markets  New research into understanding learning styles and intelligence  Production price point is doable and mass market potential  Devices are ready and available in core market(s)  Cloud software and hosting creates a simplified online environment – no downloads…
  8. 8. Perfect Storm? Critical Mass?  Devices are affordable  Alignment of synchronous and asynchronous strategies for learning  Collaboration based software is emerging more fully into the workplace  Social software is fully embedded in the consumer space and especially with targeted young scholars  Online registration and payment methods are more rugged  Homework and assignments can be done and submitted by individuals and cohorts
  9. 9. Perfect Storm? Critical Mass?  Decent video, audio, recording, and graphics tools. Way past PPT  Online assessment is emerging as doable  Class size variable seems to be based on judgment combined with business models  Class size depends on how learning happens – technical transfer or knowledge embedding?  Solid tools and practices are emerging for learning and engaging. Real challenge is on the instructor / designer level and with evaluation of same.  Content is differentially emerging…
  10. 10. The Landscape  Content  Infrastructure  Technology  Environments
  11. 11. Content  Textbook publishers: Cengage Learning, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill  e.g. Ed2Go, Learn4Life, Gale Online High School  10’s of thousands of authors, rugged editorial and updating… major investments in development  Other content – open-textbooks, open source, open access  Loads of excellent and questionable content available for free (or hopefully free)
  12. 12. Infrastructure  The “Cloud”  Linked Data  The Web
  13. 13. Technology  Simple tools make an e-learning environment like multiple instruments make and orchestra.  The musicians AND the conductor make the experience.  It takes work, plans, scripts and practice.  The experience happens on many levels whether there’s and audience of one or more . . . or not.
  14. 14. Environments  MOOCs  EdX, Coursera, Udacity  Learning Management Systems  Blackboard, Moodle, Desire to Learn (D2L)  Very interesting early successes in pilots and trials: TED and Khan Academy, University of Phoenix, MIT and Harvard, etc.
  15. 15. Unresolved Issues  Copyright  Rights  Ownership (unions and faculty contracts)  Compensation  Sustainability  Accreditation  Credential(s) acceptance
  16. 16. Key Questions  How does e-learning fit into the library service portfolio  Do we just support or get more fully into it? Where does our library fit?  To build or not to build your own?  How does learning happen best?  How do we assess student success in this environment?  How do we measure success?
  17. 17. MOOCs
  18. 18. How could the landscape change?  Prediction: 45% of higher education institutions in North America merge or go under…?  New entrants: the periphery moves to the centre.  Public Libraries offer K-12 credits and become schools  Public Libraries offer college courses and online support and coaching  Associations adopt technical certification and accredited diplomas for IT, and technical trades
  19. 19. How could the landscape change?  Disruption: Local boards of education are no more. They are forced to merge at the state and provincial level as cost-effective models and technical scalability become concerns based on financial considerations.  Disruption: Massive mergers/consolidations, bankruptcies of traditional publishers and institutions of higher education  Disruption: Global providers emerge from the Far East and drive west.
  20. 20. Questions . . .
  21. 21. ENGAGE
  22. 22. Enjoy the Symposium Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Consultant, Dysart & Jones/Lighthouse Consulting Inc. Cel: 416-669-4855 stephen.abram@gmail.com Stephen’s Lighthouse Blog http://stephenslighthouse.com Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr: Stephen Abram LinkedIn: Stephen Abram Twitter: @sabram SlideShare: StephenAbram1 Skype: stephenkabram
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