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TEL FAILFaire workshop presentation


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Presentation given at the 10th Joint European Summer School for Technology Enhanced Learning 2014 by Dr Endrit Kromidha, Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education, part of the University of London International Programmes.

"TEL Fail Faire is a celebration of failure. Audience participation is not only encouraged, it is mandatory via ignite-style presentations and discussion! We are all peers. None of us is perfect. We will share where we have all gone wrong in TEL research and practice. Yet, we will learn from failure.

"Failure is no reason to be ashamed. We encourage laugh and humour, but here is great value in examining our mistakes. In 90 minutes we will advance our critical thinking, research skills, and profession."

Dr. Endrit Kromidha is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London. He is also an active member of the ICT4D centre and community, participating in a number of ICT FAILFaire events. Endrit’s current interest is on e-learning reforms for development, online crowd-funding and open innovation.

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TEL FAILFaire workshop presentation

  1. 1. Dr Endrit Kromidha Centre for Distance Education, University of London Sulafah Basahel Royal Holloway University of London
  2. 2. AGENDA • 10 min: Introduction and some TEL failure projects • 5 min: Group allocation • 15 min: Preparation of presentations on TEL failures • 20 min: First presentations: (2-4 min): TEL FAIL- Slam • 10 min: Discussion: Sources of failures • 20 min: Second presentations (2-3 min): Innovation for turning failure into success • 10 min: Final discussion: Open innovation: A source of solutions or confusion?
  3. 3. WHAT IS IT ABOUT? CELEBRATE and share FAILURE Because None of us is perfect, In 90 minutes we will advance our critical thinking, research skills, and profession. laugh and humour EXAMINE MISTAKES NO SHAME TO ACCEPT FAILURE learn from failure
  4. 4. • An intranet platform at the University of Lugano, Switzerland that supports collaborative interaction between academia and international high-tech companies in Switzerland. • Problems: • Only a few of the services were available, known and utilized. • Its interface was not customized to the final user requirements such as denied access to reading documents of choice. Source: Salvioni, C., 2005. A Technology Enhanced Learning Case from Birth to Deployment: Critical Analysis of the ALaRI Intranet Platform (Case Study). Innsbruck, Microlearning.
  5. 5. • Universities of Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and the Southampton Institute. • Create a questions database that tutors would use to prepare students’ worksheets. • formation a community of practice for Electrical and Electronic Engineering. • Problems • Technical and programming issues with the use of xml and databases not meeting the users’ requirements. • the lecturers in the project did not have good internet connection all the time failing to give the tests online. Source: Su , W. & Hugh, D. C., 2007. Experiences of Technology Enhanced Learning: What Went Wrong?, London : University of Southampton.
  6. 6. Sharing our failures • Sulafah Basahel • Endrit Kromidha
  7. 7. GROUNDRULES • No names (use ONLY the roles and responsibilities) • No blame (just state what happened) • No recording (including NO webcasting, no blogging, no live Tweeting of identifiable information) • You can only speak about projects you were involved with • Chatham House Rule applies (you are free to use the information received, but not to reveal the identity or the affiliation of the speakerS) • Keep to the time limit • Work in groups, discuss and share
  8. 8. Task 1: TEL failures • Describing the project and its goals • Explaining the nature of the failure • 15 min preparation • 2-4 min presentations • Listen carefully because you will have to think of solutions on others’ projects •
  9. 9. Task 2: Building on open innovation for turning failure into success • Think and present a group solution to others’ failures • 15 min preparation • 3-4 min presentations