E-learning Mythbusters - COTC Keynote

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E-learning Mythbusters - COTC Keynote

  1. 1. E-Learning Myth-busters Is Conventional Wisdom Wrong?
  2. 2. Lake Superior College Duluth, Minnesota
  3. 3. Vital Stats <ul><li>Approx.2,000 students take at least one online course each semester at LSC. </li></ul><ul><li>141 sections of online courses were taught during spring semester 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>89% of all available seats are taken. </li></ul><ul><li>Approx. 65 faculty members teach at least one online course per year at LSC. </li></ul>
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  5. 5. ITC - North Central States
  6. 6. What is your experience with online education? <ul><li>Taught an online class. </li></ul><ul><li>Taken online class. </li></ul><ul><li>Both 1 & 2 above. </li></ul><ul><li>Neither 1 nor 2 above. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Famous Quotes #1 <ul><li>George Washington once said (re: the cherry tree incident): </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.“ </li></ul><ul><li>(Or did he?) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Famous Quotes #2 <ul><li>Al Gore once said: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I invented the Internet.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Or did he?) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Famous Quotes #3 <ul><li>George W. Bush once said: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Or did he?) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Choose the accurate quote. <ul><li>George Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Al Gore </li></ul><ul><li>George W. Bush </li></ul><ul><li>All of the above are true </li></ul><ul><li>All of the above are false </li></ul>
  11. 11. Against USC, the Buckeyes … <ul><li>Got jobbed by the refs </li></ul><ul><li>Were looking ahead to game with Troy U. </li></ul><ul><li>Were suffering from jet lag </li></ul><ul><li>Were distracted by California girls </li></ul><ul><li>None of the above </li></ul>
  12. 12. E-Learning Myth-busters Point of View: The Student Perspective
  13. 13. Student Perspective: Questions 1-3 <ul><li>E-Learning students believe that a sense of community is important </li></ul><ul><li>Online students plagiarize more than “traditional” students </li></ul><ul><li>e-Learning enables anytime, anywhere learning </li></ul>
  14. 14. E-Learning students believe that a sense of community (in their e-learning) is important <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  15. 15. Online students plagiarize more than “traditional” students <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  16. 16. e-Learning enables anytime, anywhere learning <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  17. 17. Student Perspective: Questions 4-6 <ul><li>Digital natives are well prepared for e-Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Cheating is rampant among online students </li></ul><ul><li>Online students are less satisfied with their college experience than F-2-F students </li></ul>
  18. 18. Digital natives are well prepared for e-Learning <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cheating is rampant among online students <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  20. 20. Online students are less satisfied with their college experience than F-2-F students <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  21. 21. Importance Scale - PSOL
  22. 22. Online Students Plagiarize More <ul><li>Really? Prove it! </li></ul><ul><li>Could it be that online students get caught more? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you really think that on-ground students don’t use mainly the same tools to write their papers? </li></ul>
  23. 24. How Important is AAL? <ul><li>From Birmingham Grid for Learning: </li></ul><ul><li>AAL – Potentially the single most significant educational initiative in decades </li></ul>
  24. 25. Anytime, Anywhere Learning <ul><li>Anyone can learn anytime and anywhere . </li></ul><ul><li>Ummm, no, they can’t! </li></ul><ul><li>This rarely applies to individual students. </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>Net Generation </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>Next Generation </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>Nexters </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>Generation Y </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>Generation Why </li></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><li>Millennials </li></ul>
  31. 32. <ul><li>Digital Natives </li></ul>
  32. 33. <ul><li>Generation Now </li></ul>
  33. 34. <ul><li>iGeneration </li></ul>
  34. 35. <ul><li>Echo Boomers </li></ul>
  35. 36. <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Generation </li></ul>
  36. 37. <ul><li>Nintendo </li></ul><ul><li>Generation </li></ul>
  37. 38. <ul><li>Screenagers </li></ul>
  38. 39. <ul><li>That’s Crazy talk. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s consolidate. </li></ul>
  39. 40. <ul><li>Digital </li></ul><ul><li>Net Gennials </li></ul>
  40. 41. “ Digital Net-gennials” Get It <ul><li>Um, no, they don’t!! </li></ul><ul><li>They get MySpace and FaceBook. </li></ul><ul><li>They get IM and text messaging. </li></ul><ul><li>They have very few technology skills that we expect them to use in e-Learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Is that their problem, or ours? </li></ul>
  41. 42. Cheating is Rampant <ul><li>Really? Prove it!! </li></ul><ul><li>Stanford dorm resident? </li></ul><ul><li>Troy University – Big Brother device </li></ul><ul><li>Lucky for us, Congress is ready to save us from the cheaters. </li></ul>
  42. 43. Student Satisfaction Ratings
  43. 44. E-Learning Myth-busters Point of View: The Faculty Perspective
  44. 45. Faculty Perspective: Questions 7-9 <ul><li>Faculty are embracing the concept of shared electronic learning objects </li></ul><ul><li>Online faculty work harder </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have the time to learn any of this new stuff </li></ul>
  45. 46. Faculty are embracing the concept of shared electronic learning objects <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  46. 47. Online faculty work harder <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  47. 48. I don’t have time to learn any of this new stuff <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  48. 49. Faculty Perspective: Questions 10-12 <ul><li>Web accessibility is NOT my job! </li></ul><ul><li>Entertaining students is NOT my job! </li></ul><ul><li>Highly interactive online courses are better than courses with little interaction. </li></ul>
  49. 50. Faculty: Web accessibility is NOT my job! <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  50. 51. Faculty: Entertaining students is NOT my job! <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  51. 52. Highly interactive courses are better than courses with little interaction <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  52. 53. Learning Objects? <ul><li>Define SCORM. </li></ul><ul><li>What is a SCO? </li></ul><ul><li>Name 3 different ways that an LOR can be used effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Huh? What’s an LOR? </li></ul>
  53. 54. Faculty Effort <ul><li>Work harder? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Really? All of them? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Highly interactive, highly engaged faculty work very hard – regardless of the delivery method. </li></ul>
  54. 55. I Don’t Have the Time <ul><li>Since when is it okay for a teacher to stop learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you sure that all the things you do now are more valuable that learning new things? </li></ul><ul><li>What if the new things make you better, or more efficient, or more effective? </li></ul>
  55. 56. Web Accessibility is Not MY Job <ul><li>Um, yes, it is!! </li></ul><ul><li>If you truly believe that, then STOP teaching on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>See how frustrating this is? Don’t do this to your students!! </li></ul>
  56. 57. Entertaining Students is Not MY Job <ul><li>Um, yes, it is!! </li></ul><ul><li>If you truly believe that, then STOP teaching on the web (and everywhere else for that matter). </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever listened to an incredibly boring keynote address? </li></ul>
  57. 58. Interaction <ul><li>Interaction is good (we think) – but what exactly is it? </li></ul><ul><li>How does one interact with static content? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Interactive” is the most overused and abused term in e-Learning today. </li></ul>
  58. 59. E-Learning Myth-busters Point of View: The Broader Perspective
  59. 60. Questions 13-15 <ul><li>A VLE is an important component of e-Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life will be the Second Coming for teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Through web analytics reporting, we are learning a tremendous amount of useful information about the behavior and activities of our online students. </li></ul>
  60. 61. A Virtual Learning Environment (or LMS) is an important component of e-Learning <ul><li>Absolutely Essential </li></ul><ul><li>Very Important </li></ul><ul><li>Important </li></ul><ul><li>Slightly Important </li></ul><ul><li>Not Really Necessary </li></ul>
  61. 62. Second Life will be the Second Coming for teaching and learning. <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  62. 63. Through web analytics reporting, we are learning a tremendous amount of useful information about the behavior and activities of our online students. <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  63. 64. Questions 16-18 <ul><li>Through the use of rubrics and standards related to the quality of online courses (i.e. Quality Matters™), we are sufficiently addressing the questions about e-learning quality. </li></ul><ul><li>The cost to the institution and the price (tuition) to the student should be lower for e-Learning than traditional bricks-and-mortar education. </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning is plagued by a huge number of fictitious students. </li></ul>
  64. 65. Through the use of rubrics and standards related to the quality of online courses (i.e. Quality Matters™), we are sufficiently addressing the questions about e-learning quality <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  65. 66. The cost to the institution and the price (tuition) to the student should be lower for e-Learning than traditional bricks-and-mortar education. <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  66. 67. Online learning is plagued with a huge number of fictitious students <ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Myth </li></ul>
  67. 68. VLE or PLE? <ul><li>Virtual learning environments need to become more open, more flexible, more creative and less reactive. </li></ul><ul><li>Embracing Web 2.0 concepts in a more open, more personalized learning environment is the future. </li></ul>
  68. 69. Second Life in Education
  69. 70. Web Analytics <ul><li>The amount of information available about our students is mind boggling. </li></ul><ul><li>However, we are not mining it and using it. </li></ul>
  70. 71. QualityMatters is Sufficient <ul><li>QualityMatters looks at the quality of course design. </li></ul><ul><li>That’s good, but it’s only one leg holding up the stool. </li></ul><ul><li>Um, no, it isn’t!! </li></ul>Learning Quality Concerns Design Teaching
  71. 72. Learning Level Is High Teaching Level Is High Course Design Meets Standards Learning Assessment Performance Eval QualityMatters ®
  72. 73. Learning Level Is Low Teaching Level Is High Course Design Meets Standards Learning Assessment Performance Eval QualityMatters ®
  73. 74. Learning Level Is High Teaching Level Is High Course Design Below Standard Learning Assessment Performance Eval QualityMatters ®
  74. 75. Learning Level Is High Teaching Level Is Low Course Design Meets Standards Learning Assessment Performance Eval QualityMatters ®
  75. 76. Learning Level Is Low Teaching Level Is Low Course Design Meets Standards Learning Assessment Performance Eval QualityMatters ®
  76. 77. Learning Level Is Low Teaching Level Is High Course Design Below Standard Learning Assessment Performance Eval QualityMatters ®
  77. 78. Learning Level Is Low Teaching Level Is Low Course Design Below Standard Learning Assessment Performance Eval QualityMatters ®
  78. 79. Lower Cost for Online? <ul><li>Why tuition differentials? </li></ul><ul><li>Just because we can? </li></ul><ul><li>Or because online learning has been an add-on at all campuses with new and additional costs incurred? </li></ul>
  79. 80. Fictitious Students? <ul><li>This has been the #1 fear since online learning began. </li></ul><ul><li>To this date, there is no credible evidence that I am aware of that indicates that this is a real problem. </li></ul>
  80. 81. Other Myths or Realities? <ul><li>I have 35 items on the list so far. </li></ul><ul><li>Send me your ideas to add to the list. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  81. 82. More about e-Learning Myths at: Desire2blog.blogspot.com

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