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Tethers, Towers, and the Next Wave of Connected Learning

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Slides from keynote address at National EBS Association (NEBSA) 2016 national conference, Jacksonville, Florida

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Tethers, Towers, and the Next Wave of Connected Learning

  1. 1. Tethers, Towers, and the Next Wave of Connected Learning Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D. University of Central Florida @kthompso #NEBSA This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License. Portions of this work are the intellectual property of others and are attributed appropriately in context.
  2. 2. http://bit.ly/thompson_nebsa2016 Primitive audio recording of the session: http://bit.ly/audio_thompsonnebsa2016
  3. 3. Technology is anything invented after you were born. Everything else is just stuff. - attributed to Alan Kay (possibly paraphrased)
  4. 4. A Story
  5. 5. Modified from “Pacific Telephone Ad, c1959” by alsis35 on Flickr under terms of CC BY-NC 2.0 License https://www.flickr.com/photos /alsis35/6091361075
  6. 6. “A blast from the past (**Explored)” by stratman2 on Flickr under terms of CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 License https://www.flickr.com/ photos/stratman2/1659 1859241
  7. 7. Same Time + Different Place Different Time + Different Place Same time + Same Place Different time + Same Place Time Place
  8. 8. “Cell Tower 37th st.” by cvreeland on Flickr under terms of CC BY-NC 2.0 License https://www.flickr.com/photos /cvreeland/23493187721
  9. 9. Every connection point is both a tether and a tower.
  10. 10. Connections A Preamble
  11. 11. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads. - Reverend Henry Melvill (paraphrased)
  12. 12. I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. - Brene Brown, Ph.D. (The Gifts of Imperfection)
  13. 13. [Human moments are] those moments when we feel connected to someone or something outside of ourselves and in the presence of what matters. - Edward Hallowell, M.D. (Human Moments)
  14. 14. X Technological Human +- +-
  15. 15. Networked Technologies Digital Information Abundance Human Interaction
  16. 16. Values Value Proposition Clarification Cost Access Quality Small Public Medium Public Large Public Small Private Medium Private Large Private Large Public 3 1 2 Just an Example…
  17. 17. The Future of Learning is… 1. Untethered 2. Blended 3. Personalized 4. Deeper 5. Connected
  18. 18. Untethered The future of learning is untethered.
  19. 19. BYOD? • Some studies indicate that 95% of college students bring cell phones to class each day - May, 2012 • Nationwide, 90% of adults (98% of those 18-29) have cell phones with the majority (63%) using for internet access • 61% of US adults own a laptop computer - Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2014 http://bit.ly/pew_data http://bit.ly/may_data
  20. 20. “Small [network connected] devices can be carried almost anywhere with minimal effort and can therefore be accessible to the user at all times…. Mobile learners have access to real-time or static data whenever and wherever they need it in addition to rapid access to applications for data-gathering, including note taking, imaging, audio recordings, videos, teacher lecture notes, reference books, simulations, worksheets, etc.” [emphasis added] - Orr, 2014 http://bit.ly/orr_dissertation
  21. 21. Blended The future of learning is blended.
  22. 22. Multiple Approaches Tech Enabled F2F + Online Web Enhanced Flip Class Reduced Seat Time Mandated “Recipes” Understanding “Blended”
  23. 23. Blended Learning at UCF
  24. 24. 27
  25. 25. AY 2014-2015 • 37.79% of total university SCH • 77.7% of all students took at least one online course (W, M, V, RV) • 80.19% of all undergraduates (47,116) • 61.13% of all graduate students (6,469) NOTE: W = fully online M = blended V/RV = video lecture capture
  26. 26. 88 91 87 88 91 8890 94 91 91 95 9289 91 89 90 92 91 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Spring 14 Sum 14 Fall 14 Spring 15 Sum 15 Fall 15 F2F (n=581,010) Blended (n=75,684) Fully Online (n=199,787) Student success (A, B, or C grade) Used with permission. UCF Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness
  27. 27. 4 3 4 4 3 44 2 3 3 2 35 4 5 4 3 4 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Spring 14 Sum 14 Fall 14 Spring 15 Sum 15 Fall 15 F2F (n=655,631) Blended (n=81,091) Fully Online (n=200,095) Student withdrawal Used with permission. UCF Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness
  28. 28. Overall Student “Excellent” Ratings Blended Learning 56% Fully Online 55% Face-to-Face 53% Video (fully online) 47% Video (blended) 45% N = 756,445 Used with permission. UCF Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness
  29. 29. Personalized The future of learning is personalized.
  30. 30. “Isaiah Medina and Corrie Peterson at Trenton Public Library” by NJ State Library on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/15539980979
  31. 31. Individualized learning experiences through application of various technologies for scale. K-12 – personalized = blended (sometimes) Higher ed – personalized = adaptive/CBE/etc. (sometimes)
  32. 32. UCF “Personalized Learning” (RealizeIT) Report on initial trials: “Realizeit at UCF” http://bit.ly/ucfreport_ personalized
  33. 33. “Habitable Worlds” ASU Case Study by SmartSparrow https://www.smartsparrow. com/case- studies/habworlds
  34. 34. Open Questions • What are the limits to personalization? o Remediation only? o All disciplines? o Scale? o Scope? • What is the place of social interaction v. self-paced?
  35. 35. Deeper The future of learning is deeper (learning).
  36. 36. “Deeper” = more accurate assessment “Deeper” = higher cognitive levels (after assuring foundational knowledge)
  37. 37. An overt emphasis on data, particularly learning analytics, to promote foundational student success MOOC Remediation Case Study http://bit.ly/mooc_remediation
  38. 38. Problem-based learning (or other high person-intensive) approaches utilized in pursuit of whole-is-greater-than- sum-of-parts gains Conceptual Model from Georgetown University http://bit.ly/georgetown_model
  39. 39. Connected The future of learning is connected.
  40. 40. We don’t connect to technology. We connect to other people through technology.
  41. 41. “egg crate” by meg-z on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/meg-z/4522641172
  42. 42. Connection in Action http://bit.ly/rogers_video • Watch • Follow directions • Reflect
  43. 43. Dig Deeper… • FREE online course now (BlendKit2016) http://bit.ly/go_blendkit2016 • FREE webinar March 14 from ELI & NMC http://bit.ly/trends_webinar • FREE 2-pagers on emerging learning tech http://bit.ly/eli_7things • FREE monthly podcast on digital teaching http://bit.ly/topcast_web • FREE videos on personalized learning http://bit.ly/etv_personalized • (variable $) monthly newsletter on trends http://bit.ly/ftte_news
  44. 44. "In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." - (paraphrased from) Eric Hoffer “Aha Cleveland” by Erik Drost on Flickr CC BY 2.0 License https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/14669029608
  45. 45. Thanks and Please Follow-Up Dr. Kelvin Thompson @kthompso kelvin@ucf.edu http://linkedin.com/in/drkelvinthompson http://bit.ly/thompson_nebsa2016

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