The importance of Dialogue for staff development

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  • Digital immigrants? Laggards? Insistence on being ‘sage on stage’? Fear of what – perhaps identity theft, viruses etc. Needs to be ‘trade-off’: benefits must out-weight disadvantages Other barriers – from Butler & Selbom 2002 (Educasue Quarterly): uncertainty of worth, reluctance to learn, lack of institutional support
  • The importance of Dialogue for staff development

    1. 1. Using Dialogue to build SustainableCapacity in a Challenging Climate Presented by Christine Davies (cpdavies@glam.ac.uk )
    2. 2. Teachers are key to learners’ digital success
    3. 3. What works for teachers?• Workshops?• Online staff development resources?• Departmental ‘champions’ & ‘infection’?• Peer pressure?
    4. 4. Barriers http://www.onrec.com/news/the_fear_of_technology_is_holding_teach ( 28.8.10)
    5. 5. Inquiring…and appreciating• Actively make contact with individuals• Personalised conversation• Appreciate...Give praise!• Seek out curriculum deficits (both for teaching & learning)• Establish existing technological expertise• Identify particular barriers• Personal approach may be more useful than a group approach – but cost??
    6. 6. Dialogue: Raising awareness
    7. 7. Dialogue: explaining purpose and curriculum context http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc from Dan Pink, RSA (April, 2010)
    8. 8. Dialogue...andragogy...practice • videos on YouTube for peer review (Performing• Links, guides, ‘self- Arts) support’ • mind-mapping for• ‘Self-help groups’ assignment planning (Humanities)• TEL • Screen-casting for leaders/champions feedback (Advanced groups Technology) • Specialist software (Chemistry)
    9. 9. • Lack of time, money, manpower Issues?• ?

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