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Retrofitting Learning Environments Carter F. Smith  615-656-3505  [email_address]  www.carterfsmith.com  for Today’s Hyper...
Outline <ul><li>Why retrofitting? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are our students - what do they want? </li></ul><ul><li>Technology...
<ul><li>Who can help us learn? </li></ul>
Anyone!
Emmy Award-winning ABC reality television series in which a family's house, including all rooms, exterior and landscaping,...
Retrofitting Learning Environments <ul><li>. . . the ongoing practice of radically redesigning learning environments, incl...
Net Generation <ul><li>Not based on age, based on  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure </...
Technology Assistance <ul><li>Learning Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>L...
Learning Management Systems <ul><li>Desire2Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>ANGEL </li></ul><ul><li>Ep...
Asynchronous Opportunities <ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Private messages </li></ul><ul><li>Message boards </li></ul><ul...
Live Engagement Opportunities <ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Call </li></ul><ul>...
Group Engagement Strategies <ul><li>Mailing list & forum posting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires minimal time investment </...
Social/Business Networking Sites <ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>L...
Student Benefits <ul><li>Encourages Collaborative Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Using Established Social Networks and Techniq...
Technology-Enhanced Synergy  <ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary </li></...
What’s in it for me? <ul><li>The joy of learning something new.  </li></ul><ul><li>Envious looks from your peers.  </li></...
Shared Knowledge with Networks <ul><li>Power = Knowledge Shared </li></ul><ul><li>Synergy happens when diverse types colla...
Catalyze the learning process  <ul><li>. . . personally and professionally   </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalizing on student use...
Cost for use <ul><li>Email - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking site - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>IM account - $0 </li></ul>...
<ul><ul><li>Michael Powell, FCC Chairman, after using Skype </li></ul></ul>Change is inevitable
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Retrofitting Learning Environments For Today’S Hyper Networked Students

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Where did all my students go? This question is (or could be) asked by faculty all over the world. It is most appropriate in response to the migration of students from one professor to another (who listens to and understands them), or from one University to another (where everyone responds to them). It happens when students realize that their learning environment is the same one their parents had – boring, stifling, and very limited. In this presentation, we will discuss and demonstrate some recent technology developments that easily modernize teaching methods and quickly engage students. Learning environments should not be confined to the classroom – it’s time for them to be retrofitted . . . we’ll look at some examples.

Audio file available at http://www.archive.org/details/Retrofitting_Learning_Environments_339
Video is at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8633232169755148829&hl=en

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Retrofitting Learning Environments For Today’S Hyper Networked Students

  1. 1. Retrofitting Learning Environments Carter F. Smith 615-656-3505 [email_address] www.carterfsmith.com for Today’s Hyper-Networked Students UT – Martin, March 6, 2007
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Why retrofitting? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are our students - what do they want? </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Assisted Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professor </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Who can help us learn? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Anyone!
  5. 5. Emmy Award-winning ABC reality television series in which a family's house, including all rooms, exterior and landscaping, is made over by a team of builders and designers in 7 days while the family goes off on vacation. Pimp My Ride is an MTV TV show that consists of taking one car in poor condition and restoring it, as well as customizing it.
  6. 6. Retrofitting Learning Environments <ul><li>. . . the ongoing practice of radically redesigning learning environments, including all participants, so learning is not stifled, hampered, or otherwise limited by unnecessary restrictions of space, time, topic, or any combination thereof. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Net Generation <ul><li>Not based on age, based on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experience gives them the ability to acquire information on virtually anything within moments. </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure places institutions of higher education in direct competition with Google. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Technology Assistance <ul><li>Learning Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Live Engagement Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Group Engagement Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Social/Business Networking Sites </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learning Management Systems <ul><li>Desire2Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>ANGEL </li></ul><ul><li>Epsilen </li></ul><ul><li>Learn.com </li></ul><ul><li>e-College </li></ul><ul><li>Element K </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul>
  10. 10. Asynchronous Opportunities <ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Private messages </li></ul><ul><li>Message boards </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  11. 11. Live Engagement Opportunities <ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Call </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Call </li></ul><ul><li>Video Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Event Attendance </li></ul>
  12. 12. Group Engagement Strategies <ul><li>Mailing list & forum posting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires minimal time investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaches large numbers of people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually builds diversity, stimulates thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to set up and use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal vs. corporate voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs create networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publishing online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-zines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online publications / web sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content communities </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Social/Business Networking Sites <ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Live Mocha </li></ul><ul><li>Tribe </li></ul><ul><li>Bebo </li></ul>
  14. 14. Student Benefits <ul><li>Encourages Collaborative Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Using Established Social Networks and Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters Creativity and Imagination </li></ul>
  15. 15. Technology-Enhanced Synergy <ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Textbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Courseware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defense Acquisition University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvard Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Johns Hopkins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan State </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UMass Boston </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UC Irvine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notre Dame </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. What’s in it for me? <ul><li>The joy of learning something new. </li></ul><ul><li>Envious looks from your peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Take less time to communicate more. </li></ul><ul><li>The satisfaction of equipping an entire generation with the tools and strategies needed to rule the world. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Shared Knowledge with Networks <ul><li>Power = Knowledge Shared </li></ul><ul><li>Synergy happens when diverse types collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Networks provide for knowledge distribution </li></ul>
  18. 18. Catalyze the learning process <ul><li>. . . personally and professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalizing on student use of social networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategically stay in contact with graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Students establish and maintain valued connections </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cost for use <ul><li>Email - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking site - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>IM account - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>Skype/Conference Call - $0 </li></ul><ul><li>Text messaging on mobile phone $? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depends on provider </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication with students . . . </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><ul><li>Michael Powell, FCC Chairman, after using Skype </li></ul></ul>Change is inevitable
  21. 21. Retrofitting Learning Environments Carter F. Smith 615-656-3505 [email_address] www.carterfsmith.com

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