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Successes challenges issues: Launching an Initial Teacher Education Program Online

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Writen by Sheena O'Hare and Mick Grimley
Presented by Sheena O'Hare and Gilly Salmon
Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference, Swinburne Universtiy of Technology, Melbourne, 2013
More presentaions available at www.gillysalmon.com/presentations

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Successes challenges issues: Launching an Initial Teacher Education Program Online

  1. 1. Successes, Challenges, Issues: Launching an Initial Teacher Education Program Online Sheena O’Hare (Swinburne Online) Mick Grimley (Swinburne University) 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 1
  2. 2. Overview • Start-up from Swinburne University Perspective – Written by Mick Grimley – Spoken by Gilly Salmon • Start-up from Swinburne Online Perspective Sheena O’Hare 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 2
  3. 3. A New Partnership a New Discipline • 2011 Swinburne Online (SOL) is formed • 100 per cent online delivery • Students are Swinburne University students • First courses launched in March 2012 • First Teacher Education students in November 2012 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 3
  4. 4. Online Education: a market? • Online education is growing exponentially: – Top 4 adopters of self paced e-learning with 35% + projected 5 yr growth rates are: • Vietnam, Malaysia, Romania, Azerbaijan (Ambient, 2011) • In 2010, 6.1 million students enrolled in at least one online course (Allen & Semen, 2011) • Over 1000 providers of online education in Australia- although few are purely online (Ibis World, 2012) 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 4
  5. 5. Teacher Education a New Discipline for Swinburne Not currently taught at Swinburne – No history of Teacher Education – No Education Academics 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 5
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  7. 7. The Nature of Initial Teacher Education • Regulated by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and the Australian Children’s Education and care Quality Authority (ACECQA) – Practicums – State Curriculum versus National Curriculum – National Standards • Personal Numeracy and Literacy Standards 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 7
  8. 8. Current Offerings • In November 2012 we launched: – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) – Master of Teaching (Primary) • In November 2013 we plan to launch: – Bachelor of Education (Primary) 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 8
  9. 9. Building a Team • Very fast start-up – The need to get people on the ground quickly • Consolidating and planning for the future – Appointing full-time seasoned academics 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 9
  10. 10. Building the Programs and the Units • Professor Gilly Salmon’s five stage model of online learning (Salmon, 2011) • Social constructivist approach • Highly supported • Tasks that mimic professional expectations (realistic) 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 10 www..e-moderating.com
  11. 11. Teaching Teacher Education Online • Perceptions – F2F versus Online • Professional practice – Teacher as expert 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 11
  12. 12. The teaching model at Swinburne Online: recruiting e Learning advisors Teaching vacancies are advertised through Seek Telephone interview – Passion is crucial 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 12
  13. 13. Development & Training • 4 or 5 weeks online • Based on Social Constructivism (Gilly Salmon’s 5-stage model) • Challenge to ensure quality teachers allocated into appropriate groups according to qualifications 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 13 www.e-moderating.com
  14. 14. Week by week break down • Access and motivation (encouraged to get to know their tutor and their peers) • Online socialisation (encouraged to be active in online activities that are created to support the development of a learning community • Information exchange (more cooperation and time management) • Knowledge construction (work together to complete projects) • Development (able to apply and integrate knowledge into work place) 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 14
  15. 15. Promotion of participation • Effective online education differentiated from distance education by opportunities for participative opportunities. • Effective online participation does not just happen, it needs to be supported. • Challenge to ensure that the participations lead to desired learning outcomes 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 15
  16. 16. Growth over time • Accessible from anywhere; study can be structured around job or family; and can be streamlined, condensed or accelerated. • Danger that technologies add a new layer of complexity • Isolation and disconnectedness can contribute to student attrition 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 16
  17. 17. Support for Students at Swinburne Online • E-learning Advisors • Student Liaison Team (7 day support) • Practicum Placement Team 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 17
  18. 18. Virtual academic support • 140 E learning Advisors are based solely online, around the world – Sri Lanka, Greece, Scotland etc. • Online networks set up to support – teaching coaches – focus on working more efficiently and effectively, not harder • Blackboard staff lounge + Yammer private social networking site 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 18
  19. 19. Education Staff at Swinburne Online • Program Director – quality of overall program • Unit coordinator – unit management • Learning designer – unit glitches and clarification • Learning technologist 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 19
  20. 20. Unit Moderation through Partnership • Internal moderation • HD/Fail cross marking • SUT/SOL moderation • Leads into unit review process 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 20
  21. 21. Thanks for listening Slides at www.gilly.salmon.com ….Resources …….Presentations 7/08/2013 Mick Grimley & Sheena O'Hare ANZ Blackboard conference 21
  22. 22. “Never doubt the power of a small group of people to change the world. Nothing else ever has.” Margaret Mead “Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Ghandi No budgets or humans were harmed in the making of this presentation “Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." Mignon McLaughlin

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