Online Learning Networks in Higher Education


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  • The Brock Learning Network (BLN) is an innovative, online community of the Faculty of Education. It’s a bit like Facebook ™, Youtube ™, news reports, calendars, and a staffroom – rolled into one dynamic site. The BLN is a great place to find information, hold discussions, blog, conduct research, and contribute to the issues in education and teaching that YOU care about!
  • 11,631visits     * 2,382unique visitors     * 83,988 pageviews     * 7.22pages/visit     * 11.64%bounce rate     * 00:05:24 average time on site     * 190 active users in the last 30 days     * 704 active users since the start of the academic year     * 1085 registered users     * 1221 blog posts     * 512 group posts
  • Student engagement
  • Benefits
  • Recommendations: Both sides of learning
  • Classroom learning
  • Outside of the classroom - learning community
  • Outside of the classroom - learning community
  • Status updates - Low engaged student get insight into the lives of engaged students
  • Online Learning Networks in Higher Education

    1. 1. <ul><li>Online Learning Networks in Higher Education: </li></ul><ul><li>A Case Study of the Brock Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Camille Rutherford </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Candace Figg </li></ul><ul><li>Brock University - St. Catharines, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>www. </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Media 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Toronto </li></ul>
    2. 3. Drupal Toolkit <ul><li>Advanced Help </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Block </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogtheme </li></ul><ul><li>Comment </li></ul><ul><li>Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Content Permissions </li></ul><ul><li>Database logging </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded Media Field </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded Media Import </li></ul><ul><li>Event </li></ul><ul><li>Fivestar </li></ul><ul><li>Filter </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Front Page </li></ul><ul><li>Google Analytics </li></ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Node Legal </li></ul><ul><li>IRC </li></ul><ul><li>Notice Board </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Groups Access Control </li></ul><ul><li>Poll </li></ul><ul><li>Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Rotor </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>System </li></ul><ul><li>Taxonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Trigger TinyMCE </li></ul><ul><li>Update Status </li></ul><ul><li>Upload </li></ul><ul><li>User </li></ul><ul><li>Views </li></ul><ul><li>ViewUI </li></ul><ul><li>Voting API </li></ul><ul><li>Wikitools </li></ul>
    3. 4. Drupal Toolkit Ineffective! Internal Statistics Tagging Not Utilized Chat Forum Five Star Rating Nice, Not Essential Poll RSS Feed Calendar Resources Essential Modules Profile TinyMCE Blogs Organic Groups Comment Front Page (News) User Registration Google Analytics Recent Posts Insert Images & Video
    4. 5. How is the BLN being used? <ul><li>Low Bounce Rate </li></ul><ul><li>Average Time on Site </li></ul><ul><li>Visit a Day, Pages per Visit </li></ul><ul><li># of users </li></ul>Stickiness! Sep 2, 2009 – Mar 10, 2010
    5. 6. <ul><li>Benefits - Student Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Active & collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive campus environment </li></ul><ul><li>Student-student interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Student instructor interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Student engagement in educationally purposeful activities is positively related to academic persistence and academic achievement (Kuh et al, 2007). </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>BLN Benefits - Student Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Active & collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing of resources & ideas -> Learning community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Supportive campus environment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction of isolation -> Learning community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Student-student interactions </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased interactions with peers ->Positive relationships with peers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Student instructor interactions </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased interactions with instructors -> Positive relationships with instructors </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional networks vs third party sites </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional networks provide for separation of professional & … </li></ul>
    9. 10. <ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional networks provide for separation of professional & personal life. </li></ul>
    10. 11. <ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional networks are better able to protect intellectual property rights and ensure ongoing access. </li></ul>
    11. 12. <ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>Learning networks better able to support student engagement vs LMS </li></ul>friend friend friend friend
    12. 13. <ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>Learning networks allow students to highlight their individual persona. </li></ul>
    13. 14. <ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Learning network recommendations to further enhance student engagement… </li></ul>