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e-Learning Alphabet
E-Learning Atheists

E-Learning Zealots
Barry Dahl
Senior Community Manager

Barry.Dahl@Desire2Learn.com

@barrydahl
@D2Lbarry

community.desire2learn.com
Barry Dahl dot com
The e-Learning Battle
E-Learning Atheists

• These are the
naysayers.
• They are the nonbelievers when it
comes to online
...
Sample Atheist Comment
Online education is fake-education.
It is not "real".
Convenient? Yes.
Profitable? Yes.
Popular wit...
e-Atheists Viewpoints
1. Online students are missing the “true”
college experience.
2. Online students are lonely.
3. Onli...
The e-Learning Battle
• The Zealots are those
that tout the benefits
of online learning
without having any
evidence to bac...
Sample Zealot Comment
• And here we are, in 2011, fer
cryin‘aloud, with dodgy naysayers STILL
kicking and screaming and th...
Badges
Can’t
• You can’t do
THAT online!
• Get a haircut
• Train your dog
• Deposit cash
Can’t

Some things just
cannot be taught
online
Public Speaking
You can’t effectively teach
Physical Education
Interpersonal

STEM Courses
Communication online.

Developm...
“On-Ground?”

Maybe some things
shouldn’t be taught
in the classroom
Data
You’ve waited 10
“On-Ground?”
years for this…
Are you ready??
Edutainment
Most Faculty Agree…

Entertaining Students is
NOT my Job
Few Faculty Agree…

Engaging Students is
NOT my Job
Not this kind of entertainment
Who said this?
“Anyone who tries to make a
distinction between
education & entertainment
doesn't know the first thing
abou...
Marshall McLuhan
Online learning is
Anyone
Anytime
Anywhere
Online learning is
Anyone
My Anyone
Does NOT
include my
group mates
on diff scheds
Online learning is
Anyone
Anytime
My Anytime
Does NOT
include MonWed nights
or weekends

My Anyone
Does NOT
include my
group mates
on diff scheds
Online learning is
Anyone
Anytime
Anywhere
My Anytime
Does NOT
include MonWed nights
or weekends

My Anyone
Does NOT
include my
group mates
on diff scheds

My Anywhe...
Online learning is
Anyone
Anytime
Anywhere
My Anytime
Does NOT
include MonWed nights
or weekends

My Anyone
Does NOT
include my
group mates
on diff scheds

My Anywhe...
Conventional Wisdom
• eLearning enables
anyone, anytime, anywhere
learning.
Unconventional Wisdom

• No, it doesn’t. You do that!
Flexibility
Flexibility
• #1 Reason why student take
online courses
• Not distance, not cost, not
preferred learning modality

TIME FL...
Generations
Take a moment to think
about all the things you’ve
heard and read about
Digital Natives, Gen X, the
Millennial...
Generations
Handheld Devices
Wearable Devices
Is this Innovation or Insanity?
Culture, Gender, and Identity – taught with World of Warcraft

CC Flickr photo by
glenn.ba...
Is this Innovation or Insanity?
History of Rock-n-Roll Music course – taught with Guitar Hero
CC Flickr photo
By 5th Ape
Innovation

Who said this?
Jargon
The Khan Academy

Is NOT the
problem
The Khan Academy

Is NOT the
solution
The Khan Academy

Just move on
Learning Styles
With technology, we can
better match content with
students’ learning styles
Learning Styles
• Hello Professor …
• As we start this new semester, I just
want you to know that I have
determined that m...
Learning Styles

http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=2070611
What do these guys have in common?
What do these guys have in common?

Let’s get MOOC-y!
MOOC

Massive
Open
Online
Course
Day of the MOOC, by Michael Branson Smith
Are MOOCs
Disruptive?
Are These Things Disruptive?
• 7% Completion rate
(Coursera Software Engineering – 2/12)
• No interaction with faculty
• I...
Is This Disruptive?

At Stanford, “I normally teach 400 students.”

In the MOOC, he “taught” 100,000 students.
Is This Disruptive?
Is This Disruptive?

• $134 per credit
–less than $7,000 total cost
MOOCs, hah!
What are they good for?
Absolutely...

something

cMOOCs
Professional Development
Lifelong Learning
Networked Learning

How many
people are in
this room?
Everybody Stand
Stay standing if you have an account at
each of the following.
Open
Postman

Now
this...
Neil Postman
• Public Discourse
in the Age of
Show Business
• Published 1985
Amusing Ourselves to Death
• Many of the
remarks he made
about television
can be made
today about
computers and
social net...
Graphics by Stuart McMillen
Graphics by Stuart McMillen
• All words from “Amusing
Ourselves to Death: Public
Discourse in the Age of Show
Business” by...
Atheists View of Postman
E-Learning Atheists

• Much like television
turning serious
discourse into
entertainment…

• Tech...
Zealots View of Postman
• There’s no comparison
between Honey Boo Boo
on television and
eLearning in education…
• eLearnin...
Quality

E-Learning Quality
=
Quality Matters

Right?
Quality

E-Learning
Quality
I’m so sick
of this, …
This is typically our goal

Learning Level
Is High
Learning Assessment

Teaching Level
Is High

Course Design
Meets Standa...
Readiness

Free webinar
archive

Barrydahl.com
Success

In particular…
Student Success
in eLearning
Expectations of Success Rates?
On-ground Success

25%

75%

A,B,C

D,F,W
Expectations of Success Rates?
On-ground Success

Online Success

Equal?
25%

75%

A,B,C

D,F,W

25%

75%

A,B,C

D,F,W
Expectations of Success Rates?
On-ground Success

Online Success

WHY?
25%

75%

A,B,C

D,F,W

25%

75%

A,B,C

D,F,W
Why, indeed. For example…

• Do we expect that every math
instructor will have the same
success rates?
Why, indeed. For example…

• Do we expect that the
accounting program and the
art program will have the same
success rates...
Why, indeed. For example…

• Do we expect that the urban
community college and the
rural community college will
have the s...
Demographics Differences?
Gender On-Campus

Gender Online

68%

50%

50%

Male

32%

Female

Male

Female
More Differences?
On-Campus Ages

Online Ages

49%

35%

65%

24 & ↓

51%

25 & ↑

24 & ↓

25 & ↑
First-time Learners?
• Each term, how
many students
are sitting in a F2F
(traditional)
classroom for the
very first time?
...
First-time Learners?
• Each term, how
• Each term, how
many online
many students
students are
are sitting in a F2F
“sittin...
Instructors?

• Do we expect that the new
online instructors will have the
same success rates as
experienced online
instru...
Typical “Learning Curve”
90%

Success Rates – New Online Instructors

80%
Instructor 1
Intsructor 2
Instructor 3

70%

60%...
Fair Comparison?

On-Ground
Success
Rates

=

Online
Success
Rates
Fair Comparison?

=
Twitter

Speaking of
Twitter …….
Twitter is
Stupid!!!
My Twitter Network
• Social Learning
• I learn more every
day from my
Twitter network
than I ever did in
(Blasphemy, I kno...
Un

Unfriend
Unfollow
Uncircle
Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebook
makes me hate people I know in real life. @shaylamaddox
Value Added
• How does the use of emerging
technologies add value?
• If we aren’t adding value, are we
simply trying to am...
Web
Accessibility
X
A-Z

Xena, Warrior Princess

A-Z

A-Z

T U V W X Y Z

A-Z
You Tube
The State of YouTube
The e-Learning Battle

E-Learning Zealots
143
Higher Ed Moves Slowly
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  1. 1. e-Learning Alphabet E-Learning Atheists E-Learning Zealots
  2. 2. Barry Dahl Senior Community Manager Barry.Dahl@Desire2Learn.com @barrydahl @D2Lbarry community.desire2learn.com
  3. 3. Barry Dahl dot com
  4. 4. The e-Learning Battle E-Learning Atheists • These are the naysayers. • They are the nonbelievers when it comes to online learning. • In fact, they’re pretty sure that it’s the DEVIL. 5
  5. 5. Sample Atheist Comment Online education is fake-education. It is not "real". Convenient? Yes. Profitable? Yes. Popular with students who mostly just want a "degree"? Yes. And it is garbage in the end. Source: http://chronicle.com/article/How-Big-Can-E-Learning-Get-At/128809/ 6
  6. 6. e-Atheists Viewpoints 1. Online students are missing the “true” college experience. 2. Online students are lonely. 3. Online students can’t possibly learn as much. 4. Online students are being ripped off.
  7. 7. The e-Learning Battle • The Zealots are those that tout the benefits of online learning without having any evidence to back it up. • Zealots begin many of their sentences with “one time there was this one student …” E-Learning Zealots 9
  8. 8. Sample Zealot Comment • And here we are, in 2011, fer cryin‘aloud, with dodgy naysayers STILL kicking and screaming and throwing fits in regards (sic) to online teaching and learning. Get over it, already – the days of having students seated around your flowing toga in utter awe of your knowledge and acumen are LONG GONE. Welcome to the present. Source: http://chronicle.com/article/How-Big-Can-E-Learning-Get-At/128809/ 10
  9. 9. Badges
  10. 10. Can’t • You can’t do THAT online! • Get a haircut • Train your dog • Deposit cash
  11. 11. Can’t Some things just cannot be taught online
  12. 12. Public Speaking You can’t effectively teach Physical Education Interpersonal STEM Courses Communication online. Developmental Ed
  13. 13. “On-Ground?” Maybe some things shouldn’t be taught in the classroom
  14. 14. Data
  15. 15. You’ve waited 10 “On-Ground?” years for this… Are you ready??
  16. 16. Edutainment
  17. 17. Most Faculty Agree… Entertaining Students is NOT my Job
  18. 18. Few Faculty Agree… Engaging Students is NOT my Job
  19. 19. Not this kind of entertainment
  20. 20. Who said this? “Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education & entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.”
  21. 21. Marshall McLuhan
  22. 22. Online learning is Anyone Anytime Anywhere
  23. 23. Online learning is Anyone
  24. 24. My Anyone Does NOT include my group mates on diff scheds
  25. 25. Online learning is Anyone Anytime
  26. 26. My Anytime Does NOT include MonWed nights or weekends My Anyone Does NOT include my group mates on diff scheds
  27. 27. Online learning is Anyone Anytime Anywhere
  28. 28. My Anytime Does NOT include MonWed nights or weekends My Anyone Does NOT include my group mates on diff scheds My Anywhere Does NOT include places without free wi-fi
  29. 29. Online learning is Anyone Anytime Anywhere
  30. 30. My Anytime Does NOT include MonWed nights or weekends My Anyone Does NOT include my group mates on diff scheds My Anywhere Does NOT include places without free wi-fi My Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere Is different from theirs!
  31. 31. Conventional Wisdom • eLearning enables anyone, anytime, anywhere learning.
  32. 32. Unconventional Wisdom • No, it doesn’t. You do that!
  33. 33. Flexibility
  34. 34. Flexibility • #1 Reason why student take online courses • Not distance, not cost, not preferred learning modality TIME FLEXIBILITY
  35. 35. Generations Take a moment to think about all the things you’ve heard and read about Digital Natives, Gen X, the Millennials, etc.
  36. 36. Generations
  37. 37. Handheld Devices
  38. 38. Wearable Devices
  39. 39. Is this Innovation or Insanity? Culture, Gender, and Identity – taught with World of Warcraft CC Flickr photo by glenn.batuyong
  40. 40. Is this Innovation or Insanity? History of Rock-n-Roll Music course – taught with Guitar Hero CC Flickr photo By 5th Ape
  41. 41. Innovation Who said this?
  42. 42. Jargon
  43. 43. The Khan Academy Is NOT the problem
  44. 44. The Khan Academy Is NOT the solution
  45. 45. The Khan Academy Just move on
  46. 46. Learning Styles With technology, we can better match content with students’ learning styles
  47. 47. Learning Styles • Hello Professor … • As we start this new semester, I just want you to know that I have determined that my learning style is, ummmh… Aquatic!
  48. 48. Learning Styles http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=2070611
  49. 49. What do these guys have in common?
  50. 50. What do these guys have in common? Let’s get MOOC-y!
  51. 51. MOOC Massive Open Online Course
  52. 52. Day of the MOOC, by Michael Branson Smith
  53. 53. Are MOOCs Disruptive?
  54. 54. Are These Things Disruptive? • 7% Completion rate (Coursera Software Engineering – 2/12) • No interaction with faculty • Impersonal feedback via auto-grading • No technical support • An acronym that means anything you want it to NOTE: these apply to xMOOCs
  55. 55. Is This Disruptive? At Stanford, “I normally teach 400 students.” In the MOOC, he “taught” 100,000 students.
  56. 56. Is This Disruptive?
  57. 57. Is This Disruptive? • $134 per credit –less than $7,000 total cost
  58. 58. MOOCs, hah! What are they good for? Absolutely... something cMOOCs Professional Development Lifelong Learning
  59. 59. Networked Learning How many people are in this room?
  60. 60. Everybody Stand
  61. 61. Stay standing if you have an account at each of the following.
  62. 62. Open
  63. 63. Postman Now this...
  64. 64. Neil Postman • Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business • Published 1985
  65. 65. Amusing Ourselves to Death • Many of the remarks he made about television can be made today about computers and social networking
  66. 66. Graphics by Stuart McMillen
  67. 67. Graphics by Stuart McMillen • All words from “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” by Neil Postman … a book about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.
  68. 68. Atheists View of Postman E-Learning Atheists • Much like television turning serious discourse into entertainment… • Technology and eLearning are turning education into nothing more than entertainment… 101
  69. 69. Zealots View of Postman • There’s no comparison between Honey Boo Boo on television and eLearning in education… • eLearning is not trivializing education, but expanding access and opportunity E-Learning Zealots 102
  70. 70. Quality E-Learning Quality = Quality Matters Right?
  71. 71. Quality E-Learning Quality I’m so sick of this, …
  72. 72. This is typically our goal Learning Level Is High Learning Assessment Teaching Level Is High Course Design Meets Standards
  73. 73. Readiness Free webinar archive Barrydahl.com
  74. 74. Success In particular… Student Success in eLearning
  75. 75. Expectations of Success Rates? On-ground Success 25% 75% A,B,C D,F,W
  76. 76. Expectations of Success Rates? On-ground Success Online Success Equal? 25% 75% A,B,C D,F,W 25% 75% A,B,C D,F,W
  77. 77. Expectations of Success Rates? On-ground Success Online Success WHY? 25% 75% A,B,C D,F,W 25% 75% A,B,C D,F,W
  78. 78. Why, indeed. For example… • Do we expect that every math instructor will have the same success rates?
  79. 79. Why, indeed. For example… • Do we expect that the accounting program and the art program will have the same success rates?
  80. 80. Why, indeed. For example… • Do we expect that the urban community college and the rural community college will have the same success rates?
  81. 81. Demographics Differences? Gender On-Campus Gender Online 68% 50% 50% Male 32% Female Male Female
  82. 82. More Differences? On-Campus Ages Online Ages 49% 35% 65% 24 & ↓ 51% 25 & ↑ 24 & ↓ 25 & ↑
  83. 83. First-time Learners? • Each term, how many students are sitting in a F2F (traditional) classroom for the very first time? • Est. < 1%
  84. 84. First-time Learners? • Each term, how • Each term, how many online many students students are are sitting in a F2F “sitting” in an (traditional) online classroom classroom for the for the very first very first time? time? • Est. < 1% • Est. >= 40%
  85. 85. Instructors? • Do we expect that the new online instructors will have the same success rates as experienced online instructors?
  86. 86. Typical “Learning Curve” 90% Success Rates – New Online Instructors 80% Instructor 1 Intsructor 2 Instructor 3 70% 60% Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5
  87. 87. Fair Comparison? On-Ground Success Rates = Online Success Rates
  88. 88. Fair Comparison? =
  89. 89. Twitter Speaking of Twitter …….
  90. 90. Twitter is Stupid!!!
  91. 91. My Twitter Network • Social Learning • I learn more every day from my Twitter network than I ever did in (Blasphemy, I know) school.
  92. 92. Un Unfriend Unfollow Uncircle
  93. 93. Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebook makes me hate people I know in real life. @shaylamaddox
  94. 94. Value Added • How does the use of emerging technologies add value? • If we aren’t adding value, are we simply trying to amuse ourselves?
  95. 95. Web Accessibility
  96. 96. X
  97. 97. A-Z Xena, Warrior Princess A-Z A-Z T U V W X Y Z A-Z
  98. 98. You Tube
  99. 99. The State of YouTube
  100. 100. The e-Learning Battle E-Learning Zealots 143
  101. 101. Higher Ed Moves Slowly

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