Training Officers Conference Presentation 2008

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Training Officers Conference Presentation 2008

  1. 1. From Gilligan to the Professor: Making the Transition to eLearning Training Officer’s Consortium April 2, 2008 Dr. Greg Williams
  2. 2. From Gilligan to the Professor: Making the Transition to eLearning
  3. 3. Dr. Greg Williams <ul><li>Director & Clinical Assistant Professor </li></ul><ul><li>UMBC, ISD Program </li></ul><ul><li>410-455-6773 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.umbc.edu/isd </li></ul>
  4. 4. Agenda & Overview
  5. 5. Agenda & Overview <ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Growth of eLearning </li></ul><ul><li>Career opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>KSAs for teaching online </li></ul><ul><li>My transition to eLearning </li></ul><ul><li>How you can make transition </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learner Assessment <ul><li>Who have taken eLearning course? </li></ul><ul><li>Who has taught eLearning course? (or manage those who do) </li></ul><ul><li>Who wants to try teaching online? </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges as learner?, as teacher? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Your Expectations
  8. 8. eLearning Quiz <ul><li>What is eLearning? </li></ul><ul><li>Positives </li></ul><ul><li>Negatives </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Does eLearning Look Like?
  10. 10. What Does eLearning Look Like? “ I know it when I see it” Potter Stewart, Former Supreme Court Justice, describing pornography
  11. 11. What is eLearning? <ul><li>Not really understood </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction delivered electronically </li></ul><ul><li>In part, or totally </li></ul><ul><li>Has structure and purpose (objectives) </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of delivery methods </li></ul><ul><li>Learning tool (e.g. screwdriver) </li></ul>
  12. 12. eLearning History <ul><li>eLearning is not new </li></ul><ul><li>Educational TV in 1960s </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of PC early 1980s </li></ul><ul><li>Growth of Internet early 1990s </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of September 11th </li></ul>
  13. 13. eLearning’s Growth <ul><li>Increased use of multi-media </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile learning, iPod, cell phone, PDAs, digital cameras, video </li></ul><ul><li>Growth of “personal broadcasting” </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking & learning </li></ul>
  14. 14. Learner Perceptions (Clarey, 2007)
  15. 15. Faculty Perceptions (Clarey, 2007)
  16. 16. eLearning Benefits (employer view) <ul><li>Increase access to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce time in classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce travel and hotel costs </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent delivery & content </li></ul>
  17. 17. Blended Learning <ul><li>Combines eLearning </li></ul><ul><li>& in-person </li></ul><ul><li>Digital generation </li></ul><ul><li>Younger trainers using eLearning more </li></ul><ul><li>Adds to growth of eLearning </li></ul>
  18. 18. eLearning’s Future <ul><li>“ eLearning” to simply “Learning” </li></ul><ul><li>New competencies for trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Career opportunities </li></ul>
  19. 19. Quiz Career challenges eLearning presents? Career opportunities eLearning presents?
  20. 20. Exercise - KSAs of Effective Instructor
  21. 21. Exercise - KSAs for Effective eLearning Instructor
  22. 22. Career Impact <ul><li>What does future trainer look like? </li></ul><ul><li>Impact for trainers? </li></ul><ul><li>Trainer’s portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Problem or opportunity? </li></ul>
  23. 23. This Isn’t What I Signed up For? <ul><li>“ Bait and switch” for a job </li></ul><ul><li>“ I train in front of a classroom” </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. elementary teachers, little league coaches, </li></ul><ul><li>What profession are you in? </li></ul><ul><li>Means to an end </li></ul>
  24. 24. eLearning & Your Career <ul><li>It’s not for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not going away </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities are increasing </li></ul><ul><li>Career choices and options </li></ul><ul><li>Too old?, meet Jim Manion </li></ul>
  25. 25. My Transition Story (Gilligan to the Professor)
  26. 26. My Transition Story (Gilligan to the Professor)
  27. 27. Greg’s Plan to Teach Online <ul><li>A </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>B </li></ul>
  28. 28. Greg’s Story <ul><li>Tom Jackson’s jobs of future </li></ul><ul><li>Personal experience w/ lay off </li></ul><ul><li>My motivation, my desired skills </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity knocks (is mailed) </li></ul>
  29. 29. “ Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” Bobby Unser 3-time Indy 500 winner
  30. 30. Greg’s Story & Adult Learning <ul><li>Life circumstances to motivate </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted to apply my experience </li></ul><ul><li>Self directed, specific goal </li></ul>
  31. 31. Greg’s Self Assessment <ul><li>Training and teaching experience </li></ul><ul><li>Access to tools & training </li></ul><ul><li>Access to experts </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to practice </li></ul><ul><li>Sound familiar? </li></ul>
  32. 32. Opportunity Knocks <ul><li>Contacted by UMBC (networking) </li></ul><ul><li>Job required me to teach online </li></ul><ul><li>On the job training </li></ul>
  33. 33. Exercise Action Plan to Teach Online
  34. 34. 10 Steps to Teaching Online <ul><li>Assess motivation & interest </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify your goals, set timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Make a commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Identify expert to interview </li></ul><ul><li>Assess you abilities & competencies </li></ul>
  35. 35. 10 Steps to Teaching Online <ul><li>Explore what eLearning is </li></ul><ul><li>Identify topics to teach </li></ul><ul><li>Explore training opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Practice & experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Fly solo! </li></ul>
  36. 36. Action Plan If You Teach Now <ul><li>Use “Blended” approach </li></ul><ul><li>Less “scary” for instructors & students </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with different things, e.g. discussion board, short video </li></ul><ul><li>Use the strength for each delivery mode </li></ul><ul><li>Build on successes </li></ul>
  37. 37. If I Can Do It… <ul><li>Self Efficacy principle </li></ul><ul><li>Not as hard as you think </li></ul><ul><li>Technology gets easier (really) </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of opportunities </li></ul>
  38. 38. Closing Thoughts <ul><li>eLearning is not going away </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace it as an opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>It’s simpler than you think </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let technology stop you </li></ul><ul><li>You can do it! (if you want to) </li></ul>
  39. 39. A Role for All
  40. 40. Questions & Discussion
  41. 41. Dr. Greg Williams <ul><li>Director & Clinical Assistant Professor </li></ul><ul><li>UMBC, ISD Program </li></ul><ul><li>410-455-6773 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.umbc.edu/isd </li></ul>

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