Learning Technologies, Current Debates and Barriers

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  • Polls: Costs, Quality Access – use it several times.What do the authorities want?What do the public want?What do lecturers want?What is your personal priority?Where do you think is the greatest potential for change/impact?I believe “Access” – It is more of a green field computers have not proved to be as smart as we would have predicted but we underestimated the communications potential. (The death of distance)Online Distance will be very important.
  • Learning Technologies, Current Debates and Barriers

    1. 1. Learning Technologies, Current Debates and Barriers Presentation to Union of Students of Ireland Waterford Institute of Technology Brian Mulligan, Centre for Online Learning, IT Sligo 11am, 18th July 2013 View live at: http://itsligo.adobeconnect.com/bmulligan
    2. 2. What’s wrong with Higher Education? You can learn anything online! Do we even need higher education?
    3. 3. Why use learning technologies?  To reduce costs and lecturer hours  To improve the quality of learning.  To stop wasting students’ time  To diagnose and assist underperforming students  To improve access  To prepare students for lifelong learning
    4. 4. Costs AccessQuality
    5. 5. Tools and Techniques  Electronic resources  Interactive multimedia ◦ Simulations  Online collaboration tools  Online submissions and feedback ◦ Including plagiarism detection  Automated and Peer assessment  Live online classes  Lecture Capture  Open Educational Resources  Virtual Learning Environments  The “flipped” classroom  Learning Analytics
    6. 6. Interactive multimedia  “click to continue”  Simple to sophisticated  Branching/Adaptive systems  Simulations
    7. 7. Electronic resources  Websites  Documents  videos (youtube)
    8. 8. Online collaboration  Group projects – Peer support  “Asynchronous “ discussions  Shared documents ◦ Google Docs, Dropbox  Meeting rooms (Google hangouts)
    9. 9. Online submissions and feedback  Allows for fast grading and feedback  Can include plagiarism detection ◦ Eg Turnitin
    10. 10. Automated and Peer assessment  “objective” tests (MC quizzes)  Automated essay marking (?)  Students marking each other ◦ Quite reliable
    11. 11. Live online classes  Skype of steroids  Can be recorded
    12. 12. Lecture Capture  Easy recording and publishing of screen and audio  In the background during lectures  Works well with electronic whiteboard.  Great for: ◦ Difficult topics (can take slowly and repeat) ◦ Studying and revision ◦ Mature students with difficult schedules
    13. 13. Open Educational Resources OER  Includes MOOCs ◦ Massive Open Online Courses ◦ Coursera etc. ◦ Some institutions offering assessment and credit.  Free materials ◦ Including free textbooks and research publications ◦ Eg. Khan Academy
    14. 14. Virtual Learning Environments  Moodle, Blackboard etc  Just platforms to put materials up on  Not all that different from each other.
    15. 15. The “flipped” classroom  Lecture taken outside of class.  Homework done in class.
    16. 16. Learning Analytics  Coming soon!  With large numbers of users  Can prove what works  Can automatically adjust.
    17. 17. Current debates  Ireland ◦ How to get more education online ◦ How to get lecturers to use more learning technologies  Worldwide ◦ Free online learning ◦ Quality ◦ Competency Based Accreditation ◦ Disaggregation ◦ Getting institutions to change ◦ Private vs Public ◦ Competition and failure
    18. 18. Barriers in Ireland  Institutional inagility  Lack of knowledge  Lack of competition  Vested interests
    19. 19. Thank you! Discussion – Questions. Contact: mulligan.brian@itsligo.ie

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