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E learning perspectives - Rhodes University, Dept of Information Systems

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eLearning Perspectives
Invited presentation to the Virtual Collaboration Honours group
Dept of Information Systems, Rhodes University
Module convener: Chris Upfold

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E learning perspectives - Rhodes University, Dept of Information Systems

  1. 1. eLearning Perspectives Brenda Mallinson Virtual Collaboration Rhodes University IS Hons 2014
  2. 2. Outline Current Environment Global Trends Blending Learning Dimensions Reflection & Discussion
  3. 3. The emerging(ed) Networked Education Environment Next Now
  4. 4. Key Trends Accelerating HE Tech Adoption The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Fast trends: Driving change over next 1-2 years Growing Ubiquity of Social Media Integration of Online, Hybrid, & Collaborative Learning Mid-range trends: Driving change over next 3-5 years Rise of Data-Driven Learning & Assessment Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators Long-range trends: Driving change over next 5+ years Agile Approaches to Change Evolution of Online Learning http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed
  5. 5. Significant Challenges Impeding HE Tech Adoption The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Solvable: Low Digital Fluency of Faculty Relative Lack of Rewards for Teaching Difficult: Competition from New Models of Education Scaling Teaching Innovations Wicked: Expanding Access Keeping Education Relevant http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed
  6. 6. Important Developments in Ed Tech for HE The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Near-term horizon – within the next 12 months Flipped Classroom, Learning Analytics Mid-term horizon – 2-3 years out 3D Printing, Games & Gamification Far-term horizon- 4-5 from widespread adoption Quantified Self, Virtual Assistants http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed
  7. 7. How can we take advantage of this potential? http://coachfederation.org/blog/index.php/78/ Does one size fit all?
  8. 8. What is blended learning?
  9. 9. What elements would we like to blend? Spatial Blended Learning ICT Mediation Synch vs Async Pedagogy Devices
  10. 10. Three dimensions Spatial or geographic distribution of teachers and learners Face to face (F2F) Mixed Mode Distance Education On Campus Off campus Extent of ICT support No digital support Digitally Supported Internet-supported Internet-dependent Fully online Offline Online Pedagogical approach / level of mediation Independent Learning Mixed Mode Interactive Learning Low mediation High mediation
  11. 11. What else are we blending? Semi-synchronous flow: • students do some parts of the course at their own pace and do other parts of the course on a fixed schedule. – Instructors release course materials on a fixed schedule, student can work on it anytime after – Live events, such as live Q&A sessions with the instructors, happen at a fixed date and time. Students can also watch archived versions. – Assessments are due by a fixed deadline. Google CourseBuilder- https://code.google.com/p/course-builder/wiki/CourseFlow
  12. 12. We can even blend the way we access our Virtual Learning Environment … • Offline version of virtual learning environment • Enabling access to – Full course with learning pathway – Identical structure and functions – Resources & materials • Go online or synchronization for: – Uploading assignments – Communications e.g. forums
  13. 13. Blended learning – academic approach
  14. 14. Concluding Remarks • Blended mode – An infinite number of ways to blend • Influencing factors – Learner demographics – Class size – Pedagogical approach • Dimensions Re-examine – Spatial separation (geographic) – Temporal (asynchronous & semi/synchronous) – Extent and manner of digital support (ICTs) – Level of mediation core assumptions for the changing environment
  15. 15. Reflection • Who are your stakeholders? • What is the potential impact of online / blended course provision for them? • How can you develop or enhance processes at your institution to address the challenges? User Involvement Executive Management Support Clear Statement of Requirements
  16. 16. Thank You! Questions? Brenda Mallinson brendam@saide.org.za Slideshare - http://www.slideshare.net/brenda6 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.
  17. 17. References / Bibliography • Bower, M., Dalgarno, B., Kennedy, G., Lee, M. and Kenney, J. (2014) Blended Synchronous Learning – A Handbook for Educators. Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government. Available online at: http://blendsync.org/handbook • CoICT (2011) ‘Poodle Becomes Panacea To Internet Connection’. Issue 02, eLearning Newsletter, Centre for Virtual Learning, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. • EasyFilms™ (2011) EasyFilms explains Blended Learning. Available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjYOajMCnkQ • Google CourseBuilder. Course Flow. Available online at: https://code.google.com/p/course-builder/ wiki/CourseFlow • Hilton, D. (2014) Blended Learning. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lEDjPMKtWk • Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., Freeman, A. (2014). NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. Available online at: http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed • MAF Learning Technologies (2012) Poodle: A Portable Moodle Solution. Available online at: http://www.maflt.org/products/poodle • Mallinson, B. (2014) ‘Using Off-line Solutions for Online Learning’. Presented at 9th eLearning Africa Conference, Windhoek, Namibia. • Mallinson, B. (2014) ‘Exploring Modes of Education Delivery in the Digital Age’. African Virtual University Journal. 1st Edition. In Press. • Young, R.C. and Chamberlin, M.A. (2006) Ready to Teach Online? A Continuum Approach. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. Available online at http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/Resource_library/proceedings/06_4310.pdf

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