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MMU46101014 Case Study 1011


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These slides present a case study of MMU's review and selection of new learning technologies.

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MMU46101014 Case Study 1011

  1. 1. The Networked Society Case Study: New Learning Technologies for MMU Professor Mark Stubbs Head of Learning & Research Technologies | Wednesday, January 26, 2011 The Networked Society 2009-06-30
  2. 2. Case Study <ul><li>Large UK university reviews ICT used to support learning & teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Review Context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging policy and economic context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging cultural and technological context </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning from the past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Envisioning the future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishing decision criteria </li></ul></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Environment Scanning
  3. 3. Case Study | MMU <ul><li>Largest campus-based undergraduate university in England </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive range of courses serving national and regional needs (2 nd most popular for UCAS applications) </li></ul><ul><li>37,000+ students | 1,000+ courses | 7 sites </li></ul><ul><li>WebCT since 1996 | 30,000+ student + 1,350 staff users </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  4. 4. MMU Learning Technologies Review <ul><li>WebCT software and hardware contracts expire 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to do something different </li></ul><ul><li>Support new internal policies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Framework for Learning, Teaching and Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Threshold Standards for the Student Learning Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respond to our customers… </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to external pressures … </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  5. 5. Student Voice <ul><li>.. students want more direct face-to-face time with their lecturers and teaching staff, in smaller groups. … Vice Chancellors … would say it is not possible … I think we need a radical rethink … Why on earth is it that we’re still delivering teaching and learning as we were when higher education was an elite pursuit and lecturers were talking to lecture theatres no bigger than this room? The numbers of students on our campuses have changed, who they are has changed, so why has teaching and learning stayed so similar? </li></ul><ul><li>Those entering HE now are immersed in digital technologies and use social networking as a natural part of their every-day lives … these technologies might make HE more open, democratic and willing to redefine the relationship between students and their tutors </li></ul><ul><li>@WesStreeting | </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  6. 6. Committee of Enquiry into Changing Learner Experience <ul><li>Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HE influenced by expectations carried through from school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Face-to-face matters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties imagining social technologies in an educational context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for students to use technical proficiency to express themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to address the digital divide for students and staff (access + skills) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to develop information literacies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Web.. profound effect on behaviours, …a strong sense of communities of interest …a disposition to share and participate …a preference for quick answers … a casual approach to evaluating information and attributing it… [W]orld they encounter in HE has been constructed on wholly different norms </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  7. 7. Higher Ambitions <ul><li>Government’s commitment to greater flexibility .. That includes making the best use of digital technology and e-learning. This can also play a role in improving quality and the overall learning experience. Technological advancements are providing opportunities to enhance contacts and two-way feedback between students and academic staff. … The potential of communications technology to extend the reach of our universities is one of the most exciting aspects of our higher education today. Students should leave university with a competent mastery of these modes of communication and information transfer. </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  8. 8. Digital Britain <ul><li>a new HE Framework … will set out how Government will establish clear signals and incentives to universities so that new programmes are established in priority areas and existing programmes re-focused. It will also include the creation of the Skills Funding Agency to ensure that the skills system is prioritising the things that sectors such as digital technology and digital media need </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  9. 9. HEFCE Enhancing Learning Wednesday, January 26, 2011 <ul><li>Evidence suggests that the use of technology can improve recruitment and retention … [E]nhancing the quality of teaching and learning, and meeting student expectations, are the two most significant drivers for institutions to invest in new technologies… </li></ul><ul><li>[T]here is an opportunity for institutions to engage further with technologies with the intention of supporting learners in building knowledge collaboratively and engaging in social learning. Staff require support so they can effectively exploit the potential of these new technologies… </li></ul><ul><li>Learners want and expect to be able to use their own devices in institutional contexts, and to personalise institutional services to meet their own requirements … </li></ul>
  10. 10. Turbulence in the learning technologies market <ul><li>Leading commercial VLE, Blackboard, buys WebCT and Angel and needs to consolidate diverse customer base onto BB Learn 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Open source VLE Moodle gains ground in schools, FE and HE but the complete re-write, Moodle 2, keeps slipping promised release dates </li></ul><ul><li>Association of Learning Technologists debates whether VLE is dead </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft and Google begin to offer education-oriented variants of their cloud offerings </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  11. 11. … and then … “I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left” … <ul><li>Browne </li></ul><ul><li>CSR </li></ul><ul><li>Fees </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011 The Networked Society 2010-02-03
  12. 12. Learning Tech Review approach <ul><li>Steering Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DVC Student Experience (Chair) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Learning & Research Information Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Head of the Centre for Learning & Teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Leads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Head of Learning & Research Technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal Lecturer in Learning Technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scope </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VLE + podcasting; classroom tech; e-assessment; e-pdp; support; analytics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inputs... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>System evaluation: usage & student achievement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User requirements: focus groups, road-shows & scenarios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User evaluation: BB9 versus Moodle </li></ul></ul>MMU’s Learning Technologies Review 2010-05-20
  13. 13. Learning from past usage <ul><li>Staff & students access VLE over 50 times a year, with students clicking more </li></ul><ul><li>Content distribution dominant pattern of use and correlated with student success </li></ul><ul><li>More interactive mode of engagement slower to expand across institution </li></ul><ul><li>Students look for updates about assessment and discussion postings more frequently than changes are made </li></ul><ul><li>Different norms for staff-student communication with announcements being most widely-used mechanism but some intensive use of VLE-only email and some synchronous communication </li></ul><ul><li>Use of VLE for assessment <15% of institution with online quizzes twice as popular as online assignment submission + very small use of SCORM materials </li></ul>
  14. 14. Scenario thinking <ul><li>Scenario#1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>integration between classroom and online learning environments; varied devices; varied preferences for paper; active interest in student engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scenario#2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students’ consuming information in ways & on devices of their choosing; use of Live@Edu, podcasting and IM; note-taking; appointment synching; ubiquitous campus wifi </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scenario#3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>student collaboration; students booking meeting rooms; social learning zones; augmented classes + voting with twitter; laptop loan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do these capture Network Society / Policy themes? </li></ul><ul><li>What other scenarios would you add? </li></ul>MMU’s Learning Technologies Review 2010-05-20
  15. 15. Scenarios  Vision Wednesday, January 26, 2011 MMU’s Learning Technologies Review 2010-05-20 Learning technologies not isolated : interaction with personal and administrative systems and underlying infrastructure are major determinants of the quality of the overall experience Approved : we set up & train staff to use Recommended : staff set up & we train to integrate Recognised : watch how staff use them
  16. 16. Aspirational ‘thresholds’ <ul><li>All teaching staff will be provided with laptops (and a monitor, keyboard and mouse) </li></ul><ul><li>All teaching rooms will have a means of plugging a laptop into a large screen or projector </li></ul><ul><li>All staff and students will be able to access WiFi from anywhere within MMU </li></ul><ul><li>All students will receive a personalised timetable and assignment submission deadlines and be notified rapidly of any changes to either </li></ul><ul><li>All students will be able to book small teaching rooms when rooms are not timetabled </li></ul><ul><li>All students can expect their engagement to be monitored for active progress review </li></ul><ul><li>All staff and students can expect institutional calendar appointments and news items to be made available for use on personal devices where legally and technically possible </li></ul><ul><li>Every Unit will have a presence in the VLE </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011 MMU’s Learning Technologies Review 2010-05-20
  17. 17. Learning Tech Option Appraisal <ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>fit to vision; fit to transformation timeline; robustness & scalability; value-for-money; avoiding lock-in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul>Wednesday, January 26, 2011 VLE + Repository Learning Resources Talis Aspire + Apple Podcast Producer Moodle + Equella hosted by ULCC Classroom Tech WiFi + projection/lcd to complement laptops Portfolio Trials: PebblePad, TalentOnView…
  18. 18. Integrated Learning Platform Past Papers Scanned articles On/off-campus media Unit Code Reading Lists Unit Code Podcasts Unit Code Unit Code Student ID Timetable Unit Code Student ID Enrolments Hand-ins
  19. 19. The Networked Society Case Study: New Learning Technologies for MMU Professor Mark Stubbs Head of Learning & Research Technologies | Wednesday, January 26, 2011 The Networked Society