Experience of staff developers when preparing for technology integration

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    1. 1. Experience of staff developers when preparing for technology integration Dr Paula Hodgson Educational Development Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong email: [email_address] This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License .
    2. 2. Background information <ul><li>This presentation is based on a doctoral research study of staff development strategies to prepare academics to integrate learning technologies into teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>The research context is staff development units in Hong Kong universities. </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    3. 3. <ul><li>What approaches are adopted by staff developers working in Hong Kong to support academics integrating learning technologies into their teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>From the perspective of these staff developers, what issues emerge in preparing academics to integrate learning technologies into their teaching? </li></ul>Research questions to be explored 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    4. 4. Technologies for teaching and learning 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com Technical applications Pedagogical applications Word PowerPoint The Web Information lit. Sequenced presentations Preparing notes Searching information Building learning community Mobile devices Evidence-based learning
    5. 5. Technologies for teaching and learning 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com Technical applications Pedagogical applications
    6. 6. Diversity of needs <ul><li>Units supporting faculty development in universities need to identify more accurately the diversity of needs of academics from different disciplines. </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    7. 7. Staff development approach for e-learning <ul><li>Centralized </li></ul><ul><li>versus </li></ul><ul><li>decentralized </li></ul><ul><li>activities </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    8. 8. Staff development approach for e-learning 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com University Managed Faculty/School Managed Structured Curricula Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula
    9. 9. Staff development approach <ul><li>Workshops/seminars </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com University Managed Faculty/School Managed Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula
    10. 10. Value of face-to-face workshops <ul><li>Helping academics to understand the potential of using technology; </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating good practice locally and in other parts of the world; </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing educational issues; and </li></ul><ul><li>Helping academics to consider what technologies might do for themselves. </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    11. 11. Staff development approach <ul><li>Consultations </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com University Managed Faculty/School Managed Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula
    12. 12. Value of consultations <ul><li>Providing a private and confidential environment; </li></ul><ul><li>Staff members are more ready to disclose their concerns; </li></ul><ul><li>Building rapport with staff; </li></ul><ul><li>Better meeting the needs – practical tips and professional advice; </li></ul><ul><li>Directly resolving technical problems; and </li></ul><ul><li>Turning from discussion to funding applications for teaching enrichment projects. </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    13. 13. Staff development approach <ul><li>Project-based </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com University Managed Faculty/School Managed Structured Curricula
    14. 14. Support for e-projects <ul><li>SD units provided: </li></ul><ul><li>pedagogical advice and technical support; </li></ul><ul><li>pedagogical advice only; </li></ul><ul><li>pedagogical advice with outsourced technical support. </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    15. 15. Value in supporting e-projects <ul><li>Creating solutions together; </li></ul><ul><li>Building ‘long’-term relationships with staff over time; </li></ul><ul><li>Full learning cycle – planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating; </li></ul><ul><li>Breeding experience-based culture; </li></ul><ul><li>Achieving greater effect through working in departments; and </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a ripple effect between departments. </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    16. 16. Staff development approach <ul><li>Online workshops </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com University Managed Structured Curricula Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula
    17. 17. Value of online workshops <ul><li>Helping academics to experience ways of communication through the asynchronous medium, in the role of a student; </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating skills required in the online environment; and </li></ul><ul><li>Helping academics to reflect on what the roles of an online teacher should be. </li></ul>06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com
    18. 18. Four key approaches 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com Discipline-specific face-to-face workshops Face-to-face or online courses, consultations (project), E-projects University Managed Faculty/School Managed Structured Curricula Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula Generic face-to-face or online workshop(s), Individual consultation(s) Informal sharing session(s)
    19. 19. Conclusion 06/05/09 Free PowerPoint Template from www.brainybetty.com When designing these activities, they need to be flexible, practical and appropriately timed. (McNaught & Kennedy, 2000). Research has shown that the effects of these professional development activities depend heavily on faculty ownership and involvement in the process. While preparing academics to enhance their teaching with e-learning technologies, support in the organizational environment – from the top and at the departmental level – has a significant effect. University Managed Faculty/School Managed Structured Curricula Unstructured/ Experiential Curricula

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