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  • Themes of community, culture and communication! The AL Cycle woven in to presentation. Old hierarchical f2f teaching and learning paradigms giving way to new paradigm of a networked world with virtual communities. Was 2007 and interviewing participants in Taiwan for diss. And I learned.by fourth interview realized it wasn’t about the language learning or the fancy technology—it was all about the human connection. What it means for you ad this workshop is that we’ll be exploring a new frontier for learning. Online Social Networks represent a paradigm shift! Goal of workshop is to provide an appreciation for the power of social networks to create learning environments that accelerate learning through peer to peer relationships, and a movement from teacher as sage on stage to guide at (virtual) side. Will show a spectrum of technology and social networking—f2f and online—and how they combined to accelerate performance outcomes.
  • Mutant vehicle—fun, creative, lots of classes, be who you are …or who you want to be for a week!
  • Moving from old model to new model ( put T->S to T->S->S->T on flipchart)
  • Moving from facilitating as teachers and trainers into a virtual space, and virtual community. Will look now at facilitation as a cross-cultural e-mentor …
  • The focus of the e-mentoring program was online collaborative problem-solving between Sri Lankan faculty and professional and graduate students from the University of New Mexico, USA. One type of training was the professional development of faculty, tutors, and mentors who would be responsible for facilitating the learning process of online courses offered through NODES. The case study centers on the portion of the course that used e-mentoring to teach protégés, all Sri Lankan faculty and professionals, collaborative problem-solving skills in an asynchronous online environment.
  • Social Presence and Teaching & Learning
  • AL Cycle: 1 – Learning preparation phase – VC and training and coaching Cycle 2 – Connection phase – across cultures AL Cycle 5 – was forum at end of course that people contributed to
  • Learning now organic and non-linear. In same position with Social Networking that were when e-learning first started…textbooks put up on web…great resistance by companies to adopt.
  • GO OUT IF HAVE COMPUTER AND CHECK IT OUT. AL element: Addresses multiple learning styles. AL element: Importance of voice itself. Singing touches lives and enhances community building. Inherently social dating back to Neanderthals. “ Stick out in your mind? All those experiences where, there were classes when students would sing. All they would do is sing songs. Kerrin, I’m getting all choked up. It was just so touching even then to see the community that songs and music bring and how these classes people loved them! They couldn’t wait until it was their turn to sing a song.” – American NS Teacher Laughter breaks the ice and makes students and teachers less apprehensive and nervous **contrasted with “humor”, which is culturally specific. Drawing was used to add social presence to the online environment, easing the fear of this new environment Recorded music Using a whiteboard to post content
  • Now video to show students how to use site. – Learner Prep Phase Interactive, dynamic sessions encourage participation and enhance the quality of the teaching and learning experience in the online synchronous VoIP-enabled environment.
  • AL Elements & Cycles
  • Assumptions: already know English from school-reading and writing, but have little speaking skills and listening comprehension. Non-linear instructional design. Learners empowered to make own decisions about what they need to know and practice.
  • Situated learning – task based. Tasks situated within context. AL Learning Cycle: Connection Phase. AL element: Addresses multiple learning styles. AL element: Music – created by staff, young & hip. Enhances online environment. Earcons. AL Learning Cycle: Creative Presentation. AL element: Imaginative games and activities to make learning fun. AL Learning Cycle: Video explains how to use the site. Designed user experience to be simple and welcoming. AL Learning Cycle: Creative presentation Connection phase – next slide SN
  • Move into Activation Phase.
  • Cycle 5- When successfully complete lesson get fireworks and referral to other lessons. College Schedules Active Dialog – Beg Level Path: Hey! What’s your schedule like? What classes are you taking? Who did you get for Chem? I got Boreman too! I have him M,W,F at 9.
  • 1 16 10 AL W/S Tech & Social Networking & AL

    1. 1. Using Technology & Social Networking to Accelerate Performance Outcomes Kerrin Ann Barrett, PhD 35 th IAL Conference 2010 New Frontiers in Learning & Innovation
    2. 2. “ This is exciting and fancy learning.” -- Taiwanese Student in Speak2Me <ul><li>Workshop Theme </li></ul><ul><li>Communication, Community & Culture! </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies – Sandia National Laboratories & Sri Lanka Distance Education Modernization Project </li></ul><ul><li>Group discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies – Speak2Me & VOA GoEnglish.me </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul>Because the most important thing is to communicate with each other.” - -Taiwanese Teaching Assistant in Speak2Me
    3. 3. Building Community – Fast! Burning Man
    4. 7. Sandia National Laboratories accelerating past Munich to post-9/11 <ul><li>Challenge: new engineers, old engineers and a new era </li></ul><ul><li>Group 1: “Security Technology” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get newbies from novice to expert and improve experts’ skill set </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Substantive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitation skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Model: f2f – mentoring, training, mother-hen, community of practice, media enriched presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Group 2: Everybody! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change paradigm in organization </li></ul></ul>
    5. 8. Technology intervention: Videos! <ul><li>From Reading “Viewgraphs” to audiences to…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical thinking and facilitated group discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>View “Wrong Way” video </li></ul>
    6. 9. Facilitator Role
    7. 10. From f2f to online: Building an Interconnected World <ul><li>World in midst of technology revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Internet technology, VoIP and *mobile* rapidly expanding around globe </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide communities of practice reach across culture </li></ul>
    8. 11. Sri Lanka & The Virtual Canteen: Learning How to Learn Online <ul><li>Project objective: Improve competencies in online teaching as part of an overall professional development course </li></ul><ul><li>Increase intercultural communication competency between e-mentors and protégés as it related to supporting online problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Role of culture in the design of a cross-cultural online environment </li></ul><ul><li>Course activities - online problem solving </li></ul>
    9. 12. Creating Community ( Asynchronous)
    10. 13. Virtual Canteen Forum
    11. 14. Mutual Interests Forum
    12. 15. What did we learn from the Sri Lankan e-mentoring program? <ul><li>Need for social interaction outside of problem-solving forums to engage participants in “practicing” cross-cultural communicative functions </li></ul><ul><li>Need for building in opportunities to ask questions relating to participants’ respective cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of training e-mentors and coaching protégés </li></ul><ul><li>Can successfully-and creatively-problem solve collaboratively online across cultures </li></ul>
    13. 16. Breakout Groups: Exploring Social Networking in Learning & Teaching – f2f and online <ul><li>What is the role of community and, more specifically, social networking, in learning and teaching? </li></ul>
    14. 17. Virtual Learning Communities
    15. 18. Moving beyond limitations www.Speak2Me.cn <ul><li>“I turn on the happy power.” — Taiwanese Teaching Assistant/Teacher </li></ul>“ It’s really very amazing that I found I have progressed and I have never felt shy anymore.”– Taiwanese Student
    16. 19. Accelerating Performance Outcomes in Language Development <ul><li>“You really could use it [the platform] to learn English and you really could use it to make strides forward. Not just little incremental improvements but strides.” </li></ul><ul><li>– American NS Teacher </li></ul>
    17. 20. How did it work? <ul><li>Sessions designed to get students to talk </li></ul><ul><li>Role of “patter” </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant topics or ones that would peak interest </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronous (real time) VoIP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like Skype </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Highly interactive sessions engage students </li></ul><ul><li>Online tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whiteboard, import web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivate students to return </li></ul><ul><li>Make learning fun! </li></ul>
    18. 21. As educators, what are the lessons from Speak2Me? <ul><li>Culture’s impact on teaching and learning in a synchronous VoIP-enabled online environment </li></ul><ul><li>Managing conflict across cultures: the role of negotiation and mediation in VoIP-enabled online environments </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of social presence in cross-cultural online VoIP-enabled communities of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Transformational learning can occur as result of synchronous online exchanges across culture </li></ul>“ [The experience was] something that defined my life…[and has] given me perspective in how I go about my daily interactions with other people. It informs my world experiences even today.” — American NS Teacher
    19. 22. VOA GoEnglish goenglish.me <ul><li>Project Objective: Development of a fully-hosted website staging a multi-skill level American English teaching curriculum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>24 Modules, 3 levels each </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Correspond to communicative task </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on speaking and listening </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Entry into American culture and way of life </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 23. Instructional Activities <ul><li>Characters – woven into stories </li></ul><ul><li>Practice speaking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Listen and Repeat” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Mini Dialogs “ – one turn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active Dialogs - many different conversational turns possible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening comprehension (Adv level) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Native speakers talking about real life experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Casual games </li></ul>
    21. 24. Social networking features <ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community member list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadables </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Email or RSS feeds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friends and friend requests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Member home pages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Private messaging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>User comments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who's Online discussion forums (asynchronous) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Upload and share files (e.g., photos, music, videos) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Links to other resources (e.g., TEFL and TESOL sites, TOEIC – China, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 25. Demo-College Schedules <ul><li>A very realistic task- discussing classes with a peer at the onset of the semester. </li></ul><ul><li>A neutral topic that can help them make friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Ties together American college culture (sharing opinions of professors and TAs) with relevant language- “my schedule’s lame,” “I have class every morning,” “my professor’s so boring,” etc. </li></ul>
    23. 26. Breakout Groups: Exploring Social Networking in Learning & Teaching Online <ul><ul><li>How would you incorporate social networking -- f2f and online learning communities and CoPs -- in your educational and training endeavors? </li></ul></ul>
    24. 27. Review & Reflection