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Engaging Students through Technology Symposium 2014

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From a presentation made at the University of Pennsylvania about trends shaping higher education and technology.

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Engaging Students through Technology Symposium 2014

  1. 1. Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium 2014 Kimberly Eke kimeke@upenn.edu
  2. 2. Trends from 2014 NMC Horizon Report
  3. 3. Long-range 5+ years
  4. 4. Evolution of online learning
  5. 5. Evolution of online learning Nearly every day, some new platform, technology, or tool is announced that brings us closer to the kinds of highly interactive, socially-engaging, and academically-rich online environments that support learning. ! While it’s a slow moving trend, the implication is that the online learning will continue to improve, and may be realized in a form quite different from ways we think of it today. We need to prepare for that eventuality.
  6. 6. Agile approaches to institutional change
  7. 7. Agile approaches to institutional change A natural tension arises between the rapid evolution of technologies, and universities’ time-honored tradition of shared governance in decision-making. ! If technology is a key driver of change, how can institutions adapt to quickly changing circumstances, business models, and pedagogies?
  8. 8. Mid-range 3 - 5 years
  9. 9. Rise of data-driven learning & assessment
  10. 10. Rise of data-driven learning & assessment With hundreds or thousands, or hundreds of thousands of learners engaged in educational activities online, what can be gleaned that might inform our teaching practices, or help us understand learning outcomes in ways we’ve not been able to achieve before due to scale and/or technology?
  11. 11. Students as creators
  12. 12. Students as creators Increasingly, students can collaborate, learn, and create through phones, tablets, computers and the internet. How can we, as educators, take advantage of new digital affordances that enable students to construct and demonstrate their learning in new and authentic ways?
  13. 13. Fast-moving 1 - 2 years
  14. 14. Ubiquity of social media
  15. 15. Ubiquity of social media Social media is changing the way we interact. Whether it is sharing news and resources, crowd-sourcing projects, or participating in new forms of scholarly communication, social media is exerting forces that directly impact education. ! If learning is socially-situated, how can we leverage social media to engage students yet also respect their privacy?
  16. 16. Integration of online, hybrid & collaborative learning
  17. 17. In the very near term, we will see the distinctions between online, hybrid, and collaborative learning fall away — and what will remain is simply learning. ! As educators contemplate designing effective learning experiences and environments, they have a much wider universe of options from which to draw. ! This includes people and networks, technologies and tools, and content (licensed, open, and that generated in the course). More choices can be both liberating and overwhelming.
  18. 18. To say our current context may be confusing, is an understatement.
  19. 19. Fast-moving Mid-range Long-range Integration of online, hybrid & collaborative learning Students as creators Evolution of online learning Ubiquity of social media Data-driven learning assessment Agile approaches to institutional change
  20. 20. Take Fast-heart, moving Penn community! Mid-range Long-range ! Faculty, students and staff are already wrestling with these tough questions, and some issues will be addressed by our presenters today. ! While our collective awareness of on-campus innovations may not be evenly distributed yet, it’s events like these, and people like you, whose curiosity and willingness to share ideas helps advance the discussion at Penn. Integration of online, hybrid & collaborative learning Students as creators Evolution of online learning Ubiquity of social media Data-driven learning assessment Agile approaches to institutional change
  21. 21. Meet with colleagues and students who share your interest in teaching and learning. Talk with them and offer your experiences. ! Also, note that there is a small army of support staff from across schools and centers. ! Whether it is consulting on in-class strategies for active learning, using Canvas effectively, or supporting your students in creating innovative media projects, we are here to help you.
  22. 22. kimeke@upenn.edu twitter.com/kimeke linkedin.com/in/kimeke slideshare.net/kimeke Thank you
  23. 23. CC-licensed photo credits https://www.flickr.com/photos/7849372@N04/3582297307/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/48734005@N03/14281294788/

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