Back to the Future: The Power of Traditional Teaching with Modern Communication

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Mulligan, B., "Back to the Future: The Power of Traditional Teaching with Modern Communication", m-ICTE 2009 Conference, 22-24 April 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.

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Back to the Future: The Power of Traditional Teaching with Modern Communication

  1. 1. Back to the Future: The Power of Traditional Teaching with Modern Communication Brian Mulligan Open Learning Coordinator Institute of Technology Sligo m-ICTE2009 Conference 22 nd – 24 th April, 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.
  2. 2. Why is online-distance learning developing so slowly ?
  3. 3. Could we be the problem? <ul><li>Distance Learning Developers </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Developers </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Designers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teaching in Higher Education <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Textbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handouts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low investment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online/Distance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High level of Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Large class sizes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The ‘progressive’ lecturer <ul><li>Online resources and communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Online submission and feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Web resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Recording of lectures. </li></ul><ul><li>No extra payment </li></ul><ul><li>The result is more ‘flexible’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effectively distance learning. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Growth of online distance learning at Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland “ Organic” growth in one department How was this achieved?
  7. 7. ‘ Evening Classes’ online
  8. 8. live classes (online)
  9. 9. textbook
  10. 10. Course Webpage
  11. 11. handouts
  12. 12. independent learning <ul><li>Assignments, support, feedback </li></ul>
  13. 13. Assignment Submission
  14. 14. Good online communication
  15. 15. Peer Support
  16. 16. Bring ‘em in if you have to!
  17. 17. Overview <ul><li>Online Live classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>+ recordings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low cost learning resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Textbooks, Existing Word, PPT, websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Independent Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced contact, Assignments, support, feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication via Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(LMS/VLE – eg. Moodle) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practical Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do whatever is necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examination and Accreditation </li></ul>
  18. 18. Why it works. <ul><li>Familiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Simplicity </li></ul>
  19. 19. Why is this approach not more common ?
  20. 20. Influencers and ‘traditions’ <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text - > Multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sophistication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resulting in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High start-up costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced agility </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Underestimation of variable costs? Enrolment level € Fees Instructor led Multimedia? Multimedia?
  22. 22. Moving to Online Distance Learning Multimedia Progressive Lecturer Distance Learning ODL
  23. 23. Any Questions?

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