Discovering a Multi-Access Learning Environment in Action

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2010 ETUG Spring Workshop: (see session descriptions http://etug.ca/?page_id=835)
Session: Discovering a Multi-Access Learning Environment in Action
Presenter: Valerie Irvine, TIE Research Lab, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria

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Discovering a Multi-Access Learning Environment in Action

  1. 1. Discovering a Multi-Access Learning Environment in Action Dr. Valerie Irvine TIE Research Lab, Faculty of Education University of Victoria virvine@uvic.ca
  2. 2. About Valerie Dr. Valerie Irvine Assistant Professor, Educational Technology Co-Director, Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab University of Victoria 2 of 39
  3. 3. TIE Research Lab @ UVic “Technology Integration and Evaluation” Research Lab http://tie.uvic.ca (with Co-Director, Dr. Allyson Hadwin Approximately $800,000 in funding provided by: • Canada Foundation for Innovation • British Columbia Knowledge Development Funds • Knowledge North (Canarie) • The University of Victoria (various sources) • Telus • Polycom • Dell • SMART Technologies • Epson, etc. 3 of 39 3
  4. 4. TIE Research Lab @ UVic RESEARCHING • Technologies for improving learning strategies • Learner and teacher technology acceptance • Regulating solo and collaborative learning • Evaluating video-conferencing technologies for learning and collaborating 4 of 39
  5. 5. TIE Research Lab @ UVic INFRASTRUCTURE • State-of-the-art video conferencing facility • Research workstations • Digital video & recording devices • 3 portable laptop laboratories • Video capture and streaming server (about to be enhanced) • SMART technologies 5 of 39
  6. 6. TIE Research Lab @ UVic 6 of 39
  7. 7. TIE Research Lab @ UVic 7 of 39
  8. 8. TIE Research Lab @ UVic 8 of 39
  9. 9. So what does this mean for learning environments? • Influx of new technologies supported the exploration of ways to support networked learning 9 of 39
  10. 10. Reflections on online course experiences • Registration options: • Building, Room, Day, Time • “ONL” = online… • Guest speaker from Stanford and the logistics of student involvement when no schedule was committed • Video conference vs. Elluminate 10 of 39
  11. 11. Reflections on online course experiences • Mix of off-campus & on-campus students enrolled • On-campus students create F2F meetings • Distance students create F2F meetings when in the same city • Perception of responsibility to meet needs of on-campus students • Rural school district superintendent with VC-enabled room expresses interest in teacher PD via VC 11 of 39
  12. 12. Current Processes in Higher Education • Examination of registration system • “building, room, day, time” course category • “online” course category • An environment or way to connect is chosen • Student participation in a course • determined by ability to access a course within those constraints 12 of 39
  13. 13. Current processes in higher education • NO option for students to *make a choice* about *how they are able* to access a course • Locus of control of course access is at the instructor or institutional level 13 of 39
  14. 14. Factors for Change • Recent research showing higher exam results with podcast learning (McKinney, Dyck, & Luber, 2009) • How do we communicate choice of access to learners? 14 of 39
  15. 15. Factors for Change • Declining student population in some cases • echo generation moving on, increase of post- secondary institutions, decrease in funding, etc. • Need to merge the three types of learners and find ways to deliver learning that can be accessed… • Anytime, anywhere, and any way 15 of 39
  16. 16. Questions raised • How does this fit with current delivery modes? • How can this be communicated via traditional university time table systems? • What type of label is appropriate for this environment? • How can this be supported? • Do we worry about media release of students? 16 of 39
  17. 17. Learning Delivery Modes • Face-to-Face Education • Blended Learning • Online Learning (asynchronous typically) • Blended Online Learning (asynchronous & synchronous) • Video Conferencing Learning : • Multi-Access Learning 17 of 39
  18. 18. Learning Delivery Considerations • Additional Considerations • Open Online Communities • Open Courses • See examples by George Siemens (Athabasca University) or Alec Couros (University of Regina) 18 of 39
  19. 19. Multi-Access Learning (Irvine, 2009) allows the following: • School district, health unit, business could register a number of students and the spot for one IP connection to a vc-enabled classroom • Individual enrolment by desktop distance learner to watch recorded lectures and participate online • On-campus learners can register a bum-in-seat spot in the VC-enabled classroom • Potentially, desktop connection to VC unit if hardware bridge is employed 19 of 39
  20. 20. Multi-Access Learning (Irvine, 2009) 20 of 39
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  22. 22. Three Types of Learner Access 1. Distributed (online) • Off campus typically • On campus learners (can be unhappy with an online option) • Individual access (not likely pods of F2F learners) 22 of 39
  23. 23. Three Types of Learner Access 2. IP Video Conferencing • Off-campus learners (e.g., health units, business, K-12, etc.) • With so many codecs around, why do we not support their access to higher education for professional development? 23 of 39
  24. 24. Three Types of Learner Access 3. Face-to-Face • Still “the” mode for most universities • Might be easier to push traditional faculty members to move to video conference than to teaching online? • Course casting is typically seen as a supplemental resource for on-campus students • And perhaps loss-leader marketing tactic… 24 of 39
  25. 25. Considerations for Implementation • Cost and Portability • Offset to cost may be increased enrollment 25 of 39
  26. 26. Considerations for Implementation • Instructional design – need for research/pilots • Instructor Preparation 26 of 39
  27. 27. Considerations for Implementation • Recording and Privacy • Media Release? • Course outline as contract and stated • Alternative exists (online access) • Integration of other technologies to access community groups (SMART Bridgit conferencing) 27 of 39
  28. 28. Considerations for Implementation • Registration Systems • Biggest barrier • No option for learners to *make a choice* about how they wish or *are able* to access learning • We have offered anytime and anywhere, but not any way 28 of 39
  29. 29. Considerations for Implementation • Registration Systems “Multi-access course” 1. Online (asynchronous) 2. Video Conference at stated day/time User to submit IP, register one-way of the multi-point unit, register students at site 3. Face-to-face at day/time/room 29 of 39
  30. 30. OVERVIEW OF FIELD INITIATIVES • Video conferencing • Role of Social Media • Role of Recording/Streaming & Mobile Learning 30 of 39
  31. 31. VIDEO CONFERENCING • Bandwidth • Knowledgeable educators & staff • See B.C. Premier’s Technology Council’s Report # 12 31 of 39
  32. 32. VIDEO CONFERENCING • Community support • http://2learn.ca equivalent is required • And where exactly is the VC community??? • Some school districts listed on Canarie site: http://www.canarie.ca/canet4/connected/map.html • Some school districts listed on VcAlberta.ca site: http://vcalberta.ca/directory/directory.cfm • More to come on VcCanada.ca when it gets more support… 32 of 39
  33. 33. The Elevate Conference (K-12) • Approximately 500 K-12 Educators in Alberta • willing to come to a conference in August 33 of 39
  34. 34. TIE Research Lab @ UVic 34
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  36. 36. Social Media • Could provide ability to provide another way for learners viewing live stream to participate or for connecting for open education • Tagging options within streaming solutions 36 of 39
  37. 37. Recording/Streaming & Mobile Learning • Live Stream or Video-on-Demand of Multi-access course • See presentation later today • Ability to support mobile learning with this multi- access route 37 of 39
  38. 38. Dream? Or Plausible? • Invited to present to Internet2’s advisory group in Washington DC… 38 of 39
  39. 39. to check out • http://cilc.org • http://vcalberta.ca • PTC report • VROC • Content providers/BCTF • http://bc.net presentation • http://tie.uvic.ca • GYRD 39 of 39
  40. 40. Open Floor for Comments/Questions Dr. Valerie Irvine virvine@uvic.ca 250-721-7778 40 of 39

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