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Enthusing Higher Education Getting Universities and Colleges to Play with Online Tools and Services

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WiZiQ session on ways to get people in higher education enthusiastic about online tools and services.

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Enthusing Higher Education Getting Universities and Colleges to Play with Online Tools and Services

  1. 1. Enthusing Higher Education Getting Universities and Colleges to Play with Online Tools and Services Alexandre Enkerli http://enkerli.wordpress.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/Enkerli
  2. 2. Abstract <ul><li>Online tools in higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Slow adoption </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obstacles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generating enthusiasm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Playfulness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open discussion </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Context <ul><li>Moodle Lounge </li></ul><ul><li>EdTech </li></ul><ul><li>WiZiQ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Previous presentations <ul><li>Spirit of Inquiry Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free, Open, Flexible: Rethinking Learning Materials Online (Slidecast) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Tools and Learning (Ph.D. Seminar) </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Teaching and Learning Services workshop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploring Online Tools for Teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enthusing Higher Education: Getting Universities and Colleges to Play with Online Tools and Services </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bio <ul><li>French-speaking ethnographer from Montreal </li></ul><ul><li>Temp lecturer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anthropology, folkloristics, and sociology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diverse universities (Canada and the United States) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Life online (social networks, blogs) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Alex’s Approach to Teaching <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Constructivism </li></ul><ul><li>Degrees of informality </li></ul><ul><li>Bridges between life and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Controversial Stance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Learning happens despite teaching” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building context for learning </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Alex’s Approach to Teching <ul><li>Anti-deterministic </li></ul><ul><li>Tech and human life </li></ul><ul><li>Tools meant to be used </li></ul><ul><li>Tech enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play around with tools (rehearsal vs. performance) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about possibilities (“drift-off” in sales pitch) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Audiences to Enthuse <ul><li>Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Deciders </li></ul><ul><li>Entourage </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learners <ul><li>Primary audience </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning styles and Ways of Knowing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different types and levels of motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Varying comfort level with technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutional common ground </li></ul>
  10. 10. Teachers <ul><li>Colleagues and friends </li></ul><ul><li>As audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential collaborators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential adopters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commonalities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Busy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trained as teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Varying comfort levels with technology </li></ul>
  11. 11. Deciders <ul><li>Department heads/chairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource allocation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Micro-level decisions on support </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Entourage <ul><li>Spouse </li></ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Acquaintances </li></ul><ul><li>Relatives </li></ul><ul><li>Oblique role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing enthusiasm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identity negotiation </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Tech Identity <ul><li>Luddites to technology enthusiasts (continuum) </li></ul><ul><li>Negative reactions to technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Threat to livelihood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amish-style adoption </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Geek culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geek cred (“debugs binary code on the phone”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From elegant solution to proof of concept </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Advocacy <ul><li>Anti-interventionism </li></ul><ul><li>“ Softer” than proselytism </li></ul><ul><li>Clueing in </li></ul><ul><li>Throwing ideas out there </li></ul><ul><li>«Mettre la puce à l’oreille» </li></ul><ul><li>Planting Landmines </li></ul>
  15. 15. Some Ways to Get Momentum <ul><li>Assess comfort level </li></ul><ul><li>Making tools available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not forcing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low stakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizing usefulness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adapt to context </li></ul><ul><li>Accept unintended uses </li></ul><ul><li>Prompt occasionally </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage ongoing interactions </li></ul>
  16. 16. Some Online Tools <ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Tools? </li></ul><ul><li>Obstacles? </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Enthusing Higher Education Getting Universities and Colleges to Play with Online Tools and Services Alexandre Enkerli http://enkerli.wordpress.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/Enkerli

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