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Top eLearning Tools for African Higher Education


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Looking at the top elearning tools for African Higher Education. Presented at Cloud Computing in Higher Education Conference, Johannesburg, 28 August 2014. Discusses free and open online learning tools.

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Top eLearning Tools for African Higher Education

  1. 1. Top eLearning Tools for African Higher Education Greig Krull Cloud Computing in Higher Education Sunninghill, Johannesburg 28 August 2014
  2. 2. Agenda Context – Drivers and Constraints Key Trends and Challenges Technology Outlook Top Free Learning Tools Principles for Success Discussion
  3. 3. Context: Motivation and Constraints Take a quick poll: What motivates and constrains you?
  4. 4. Trends and Challenges
  5. 5. Global Trends and Challenges The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Growing Usage of Social Media Integration of Online, Blended & Collaborative Learning Expanding Access Low Digital Fluency of Staff Keeping Education Relevant
  6. 6. Moving to the cloud? Image: Vanguard Visions [CC-BY] • Driven by end of useful life of current solutions • Hosted vs buying hardware & maintenance & support • Monthly cost vs time to achieve ROI Stern (2014)
  7. 7. Constraints for Cloud Computing in Africa Ghandi (2014) • Rural areas still outside coverage areas • Cost of access is high • Energy still a problem Rapid internet access growth, but • Comparatively low speeds • Costly Mobile broadband readily adopted, but Lack of available local content
  8. 8. Technology Outlook
  9. 9. Educational Technology Stack Adapted from Marquard (2013)
  10. 10. Consumer Technologies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Digital Publishing Mobile Phones Tablets Wearable Technology 3D Printing Social Media
  11. 11. Internet Technologies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Cloud Computing Internet of Things Quantifiable Self
  12. 12. Digital Strategies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Flipped Classrooms Gamification Digital Identity Digital Storytelling
  13. 13. Learning Technologies The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition Badges Learning Analytics Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Open Educational Resources (OER)
  14. 14. What are your top learning tools? Take a quick poll: What is your TOP learning tool?
  15. 15. Top 20 Tools for Learning in 2013 © 2013 Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  16. 16. Top 20 Tools for Learning in 2013 © 2013 Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies Need for Internet Access Use of Non- Educational Apps Rise of Social Media Open Technologies
  17. 17. Free and Open Source Software Strandberg [CC-BY-SA] • Lower-cost technology options • Able to use and/or modify the code
  18. 18. Free and Open Learning Tools Watson (2014) Benefits • Free • Familiar • Easy to Use • Automatic upgrades Drawbacks • Lack of integration • Record of data • Lack of institutional support • Privacy Concerns
  19. 19. Platforms Content Curation Polls / Quizzes Collabora- tion Blog & Microblog Social Networks Multi- media Sharing Virtual Meeting Rooms Free / Open Source Learning Tools Adapted from: Cavazza, Social Media Landscape [CC-BY-NC-SA]
  20. 20. 1. Virtual Learning Environment: Moodle • Access to resources • Submit assignments • Discussion forums • Tracking & reporting • Alternates: Sakai, Canvas, Edmodo, ClassroomImage: Unknown (PD)
  21. 21. 2. Blogging: Twitter • Keep up to date • Share links / resources • Communicate • Feedback • Alternates: Blogger, Wordpress Image: Search Engine People Blog (CC-BY)
  22. 22. 3. Social Network: Facebook • Create groups • Join groups • Interact • Share links & resources • Alternates: Google+ Image: Simon (PD)
  23. 23. 4. Multimedia: YouTube • Watch how-to videos • Create own tutorials • Alternates: Vimeo, Slideshare, Soundcloud, Flickr Image: Schäfchen (CC-BY-SA)
  24. 24. 5. Virtual Meeting: Skype • Live meetings • Presentations • Screensharing • Alternates: Google Hangouts, Zoom Image: Jones(CC-BY)
  25. 25. 6. Collaboration: Google Drive • Share documents • Collaborate • Create forms • Alternates: Dropbox
  26. 26. 7. Curation: Scoop It • Bookmark sites or articles • Categorise information • Share • Alternates: Diigo, Delicious Image: Coelho (CC-BY)
  27. 27. Principles for Success
  28. 28. Do you have a plan or strategy for using learning technologies in your learning? Fryer (CC-BY)
  29. 29. Academics - Where to start? Start slowly Select tools best aligned to outcomes & activities Become familiar with the tools before use Allocate sufficient time to orient students Provide ongoing support Watson (2014)
  30. 30. ICT Infra- structure & applications Connectivity / Internet Access Programme & Course Develop (Open) Licencing of Resources Capacity Building Quality Assurance Change Manage- ment Leadership areas to address In alignment with: Vision / Mission Strategic Plan
  31. 31. Quiz: Best Learning Tools Test your knowledge in a quick online quiz
  32. 32. Thank you greigk_za Greig Krull Discussion This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
  33. 33. References • Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (2013) Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 • DHET (2014) White Paper for Post-School Education and Training. • Ghandi, E (2014) ICTs, public access and the African Internet Governance Forum. Association for Progressive Communications. • Isaacs, S and Hollow, D (eds) (2013) The eLearning Africa 2013 Report, ICWE: Germany. • Johnson, L, Adams Becker, S, Estrada, V & Freeman, A (2014) NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. • Marquard, S (2013) Educational Technology Stack. • Saide (2013) Considering Mode of Delivery in Education • Stern, A (2014) The Pros & Cons of Cloud Server Hosting in Education Verticals • University of New South Wales (nd) Selecting Technologies • Watson, K (2014) Learning To Teach Online Videos College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales.