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
Current Debates and Barriers
Presentation to Union of Students of Ireland
Waterford Institute of Technology
Centre for Online Learning, IT Sligo
11am, 18th July 2013
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What’s wrong with Higher
You can learn anything online!
Do we even need higher education?
Why use learning
To reduce costs and lecturer hours
To improve the quality of learning.
To stop wasting students’ time
To diagnose and assist
To improve access
To prepare students for lifelong
Group projects – Peer support
“Asynchronous “ discussions
◦ Google Docs, Dropbox
Meeting rooms (Google hangouts)
Online submissions and
Allows for fast grading and feedback
Can include plagiarism detection
◦ Eg Turnitin
Automated and Peer
“objective” tests (MC quizzes)
Automated essay marking (?)
Students marking each other
◦ Quite reliable
Live online classes
Skype of steroids
Can be recorded
Easy recording and publishing of
screen and audio
In the background during lectures
Works well with electronic whiteboard.
◦ Difficult topics (can take slowly and
◦ Studying and revision
◦ Mature students with difficult schedules
Open Educational Resources
◦ Massive Open Online Courses
◦ Coursera etc.
◦ Some institutions offering assessment
◦ Including free textbooks and research
◦ Eg. Khan Academy
Virtual Learning Environments
Moodle, Blackboard etc
Just platforms to put materials up on
Not all that different from each other.
The “flipped” classroom
Lecture taken outside of class.
Homework done in class.
With large numbers of users
Can prove what works
Can automatically adjust.
◦ How to get more education online
◦ How to get lecturers to use more learning
◦ Free online learning
◦ Competency Based Accreditation
◦ Getting institutions to change
◦ Private vs Public
◦ Competition and failure
Barriers in Ireland
Lack of knowledge
Lack of competition