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21st Century Perspective on Teaching in Higher Education


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This presentation was delivered to faculty in higher education to emphasize ways to incorporate collaboration, integration of technologies, and more global approaches to teaching - both online and face to face.

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21st Century Perspective on Teaching in Higher Education

  1. 1. Expanding Learning Opportunities through 21st Century Approaches Drs. Frank McDonald & Eileen O’Connor Empire State College October 2014 This presentation has only the portion presented by Dr. Eileen O’Connor
  2. 2. Agenda  Address ways to use the communications and networking possible today (across geography and practice) to create enriched learning environments that challenge learners to think critically and broadly about interdisciplinary topics.  Considerations will include instructional approaches that can encourage the effective development:  (a.) of international communications with courses,  (b.) of learning communities among students, and  (c.) of practitioner integration within online formats  How are you bringing this ideas forward in your classes? What are the challenges with these approaches?
  3. 3. Embedded assumption Principles can apply to all learning scenarios that use an e-tool for a component of the design 100% online environments Face to face instruction w/ some aspects that are online or supported via the web Blended courses
  4. 4. What are 21st century skills? Many definitions
  5. 5.  Integrate the world and the possibilities today – interdisciplinary; innovation needed; global outreach; new ways of community required 21st Century Perspectives Content Practitioners Learners F2F Online Global
  6. 6. Why learn the content? – think beyond the textbook or research-literature or even the course-to-date Who is served? Why is this field important? What professionals are involved?
  7. 7. Create classes that are authentic, interactive & communicative environments Design for rich interactions Learning Community Use feedback loops across time and technologies Create useful synchronous communications Create ownership; engage w/ practitioners
  8. 8. Create a community of inquiry  Turn the classroom into an interactive, learning community; engage & include professionals / practitioners in the field Professional community Forums & communities of practice Presentations / webinars to the class Guidance / review of work Classroom community Shared experiences / brainstorming Discussion from experience •Value prior learning
  9. 9. Value the learners for their . . . Prior knowledge • Professional / experiential • Transferred • Needs to be integrated Transformative learning • Awake to new perspective • Engage their past Varying tech experience • Use student “variations” • Don’t underestimate adults • Instructor needs open attitude
  10. 10. The box / outside the box – if you could do anything? What encourages value and motivation in the learner? Professional community Textbook & papers Peer interactions / badging Visits / field trips / activities / conferences Required, participatory environments The REAL problems in the field Personal ownership (encourage both pride & application)
  11. 11. Facilitate & frame with technology-mediation & learning object creation Interactions & communications Visual / audio / video Independence, authorship and review Simulations / virtual
  12. 12. Key ways that technologies are expanding beyond just text – in content Audio • Experts presenting • Tape & share later Visual • Static / Video • Multiple intelligences Schematics • Models • Abstractions Mind Mapping • Planning & communicating • Assessment
  13. 13. Key ways that technologies are expanding beyond just text – in organization & community Asynchronous • D-boards / voice thread • Efficient – time independent Synchronous • F2F / Webinar / Virtual reality • Community & sharing Chronological • Course embedded • Emails / blog Linked / interactive • Student lounges • Facebook for class