As the boundaries of time, geography, and even “reality” are blurring, how can educators put the tools of distance collaboration and sharing to work in their courses and in their greater communities of learners and practitioners? What tools, techniques, approaches, and examples can guide an educator looking to branch into distance teaching and collaboration? This presentation offers highlights about readily-available internet-based and virtual technology tools and will suggest ways that educators can plan to learn and then integrate collaborative and distance approaches into their courses, thereby enriching their own instruction. More details and references are in the associated paper.
On August 22-24, 2012, SUNY—Empire State College will be hosting a virtual conference on open education. The conference is global in scope and will be occurring over multiple time zones; therefore, the event will be conducted in Second Life. The modality will be a synchronous/asynchronous mode—participants can attend sessions as they occur, or session presentations will be recorded for play back at later times. Currently, we seek individuals to participate in the conference.Call for Presentations (and Posters) The OP*EN Virtual Conference welcomes presenters and posters that integrate one or more of these themes, as they relate to the concept of open education. As the aim is to cover open education for a world-wide audience, we would value a range of presentations, challenges, and discussion-starters around these areas: Philosophy: what conceptual, sociological, institutional, and educational underpinnings separate open education from other forms of teaching and learning? What are the core issues in defining openness, and what other forms of openness are required for open education (open leadership, open science, etc.)? Are there related concepts, constructs, and paradigms that serve or enhance openness as a concept?Process: what ways can a resource, course, learning experience move into the process of becoming “open”? How can current courses and resources be moved from behind ivory towers into open educational areas? How can current post-secondary institutions transform themselves into open universities? Projects: what are the examples of projects within your experience, personal, institutional or within your learning sphere that you would like to offer as a model or best practice? Policy: are there institutional issues that surround Open Education within your educational sphere? Have projects and ideas been brought forward within your institution and what organizations, governance groups, unions, or professional organizations have spoken to these issues? What areas do you expect might influence policy within your educational and learning sphere? What public policies effect openness (regulation, legislation, grants, accreditation)?Practices: in what ways have you or your colleagues begun to consider and develop open resources and practices? We encourage a variety of presentation styles as well as topics. The only common element we ask from all presentations and posters is that it should in some way challenge your audience to take openness to the next level.Abstracts/summaries/battle plans or other treatments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 22nd, 2012.
Collaboration At a Distance in Higher Education
Collaborating and sharing at a distance, through virtual and web- mediated approaches Dr. Eileen O’Connor, Eileen.email@example.com Empire State College, State University of New York (USA) June 2012The 5th International Scientific and MethodologicalConference on "Information and CommunicationTechnologies in Linguistics, ELT and Crossculturalcommunication“ Faculty of Foreign Languages and AreaStudies of Lomonosov Moscow State University. http://conf.lingvograd.ru/en
Agenda• Reasons for collaboration – educational / research underpinnings• Approaches to distance / e-mediated collaborations• eTools for collaboration – A selection of the many available tools• Examples
Call for Presentations (and Posters)On August 22-24, 2012, SUNY—Empire State College will be hosting a virtualconference on open education. The conference is global in scope and will beoccurring over multiple time zones; therefore, the event will be conducted inSecond Life. The modality will be a synchronous/asynchronous mode—participants can attend sessions as they occur, or session presentations willbe recorded for play back at later times. Currently, we seek individuals toparticipate in the conference.The OP*EN Virtual Conference Abstracts/summaries/battle plans or othertreatments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 22nd, 2012.
New levels of thinking and planning• Think outside the “tradition” of the present class / course / program – What are the REAL goals for your educational endeavors? What does an “educated” person in your area look like? act like? talk like? – How could more collaboration and use of emerging e-tools facilitate the achievement of the educated person?
What is the value of educational collaborations? What aren’t you doing not? Creating & expanding content & Create & knowledge develop (ALL) “open”resources too
Ways of thinking – generating & valuingnew outcomes in classrooms & programs Implement research on learning (constructivism) Start small (part of a Value more than course) evaluate just papers improve Evaluate both collaborative & individual work
Ways of thinking – expanding scholarly & committee work Initiate a collaboration within your content area or committee Determine governance Structure store (web & maintenance; resources), scheduling, consider publication & meeting locations sharing Create criteria & evaluation for materials to be saved
Internet based Open to text, Free, for image, video, basic oftenAvailable to With settableother users, permissionsas an option Interactive, Easy-to-use, often sort of
Tags can help to keep track of the content of the bookmarksShare good resources with others http://www.diigo.com/user/eoconnor1
Google applications can really enhance collaboration – letsconsider several of these outlined below
GOOGLE DOC: SHARING A DOCUMENT,SPREADSHEET, POWERPOINT (PRESENTATION) Keep notes for yourself on different computers – at home & at school Share with colleagues and students Track the revisions Check progress & participation Make attractive materials using internet Helpful when funding is limited Similar to Microsoft, but less An example within a Google Site that is public https://sites.google.com/site/teachingscience2011/
GOOGLE DOCS: GENERATE MANY DIFFERENTTYPES OF SHARED RESOURCES
GOOGLE DOCS: OPTIMIZE FOR YOUR NEEDS,FOR EXAMPLE
Nothing new here; but very usefulDetermine who One way Establish levels communicationcan see & who of permissions & info storage can edit the website -interactivity You can review who is submitting work Ensure that all are participating – accountability & assessment
And who can do what – thereby setting controls & limitshttps://sites.google.com/site/teachingscience2011/
Control the interface, and thecomments on the videos
Video lets you share best practice . . . &observe your students’ work too An unlisted video on a research project A public video on a project A teaching exemplar This student made a video to go along with a project on mining All are viewable except the first one; click the blue terms next to the video image
Create virtual spaces• More advanced in terms of setup• But can be used like a webinar too – But the context, setting, and “persistence” of these features can make virtual a good way to collaborate
Using / creating virtual spaces• Download and visit www.secondlife.com – visiting is free – Many good educational materials here (link to past Moscow slideshare) – Rent your own island too – but this is getting expensive• Learn how to create your own island – Available through open source – such as http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Main_Page – However you need more tech expertise• What follows are some examples
Have meetings with guests &administrators, such as thismeeting the Dean
Use as a class meeting space – here students share their scienceprojects from across New York State
Embed websites & YouTubes in virtual spaces – have peer or student discussionshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz1ld2AUTUQ
Create conferences too – in this poster sessionstudents presented science projects to “judges” (former students); they then e-voted on best using teacher-developed criteria
New ways appearing for peerassessment valuing and extending learning (https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges)
Use badges to make web-evident learning more valuedand identifiable and to ensure quality work & governance without constant supervision
Have students findthe relative location of the “foreign” language country using Google Earth (free download)
Have students find websites related to the foreign country, culture, and language save & share with e-bookmarking
Also, have students make YouTubes of thecultural background and of their speaking the language
Have students make a class website forsaving, sharing, & later extending their work
Motivate student performance & enhance learning-from-others• Have students review each others work – Ensures learning from others – Strengthens evaluate skills – Provides additional assessments & peer review – Make “good contributor” a badge-able area too• Have students suggest areas of study for future classes – Strengthen ownership – Gain insights into student learning and areas in need of improvement
Overview of a possible e-mediated collaboration in language education Google YouTube – YouTube – Badge – Diigo – save Maps – video of video of Class peer & share locate cultural students website – assessment language & country aspects of speaking for sharing & review & cultural with the the all projects encourage websiteslanguage language language ownership
Keep it Test withsimple, for Use in only part of a course or project colleagues before bringing to students starters Applyoutside the Spreadsheet as a calendar Website for cultural celebration box Have them Ask a They want to help – & often know these participate actively in making a student tools learning community Try Try Try
Timing / Saving Ownership /scheduling – interactions and governance – when will materials – how what will make interactions will you save the the occur? results collaboration achieved? efforts sustainable?