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Developing a Vibrant Digital Learning Culture: Exploring the Question of Quality

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Invited presentation at Talis Insight 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 15th April, 2015.

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Developing a Vibrant Digital Learning Culture: Exploring the Question of Quality

  1. 1. Professor Mark Brown Talis Insight 2015 Birmingham 15th April 2015 Developing a Vibrant Digital Learning Culture: Exploring the Question of Quality
  2. 2. Officially launched 28th November, 2013 by Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, and Lord David Putnam, Ireland’s Digital Ambassador. http://www.dcu.ie/nidl
  3. 3. Innovation Quality Access Golden TEL Triangle
  4. 4. Innovation Quality Access Golden TEL Triangle
  5. 5. The inconvenient truth is…
  6. 6. Most technology-enhanced learning initiatives reinforce traditional outcomes… The inconvenient truth is…
  7. 7. And the ‘pump, pump, dump’ model of digital learning still dominates teaching practice. Most technology-enhanced learning initiatives reinforce traditional outcomes… The inconvenient truth is…
  8. 8. 1. What’s your flavour? 2. Three flavours of quality 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour Outline… Developing a Vibrant Digital Learning Culture: Exploring the Question of Quality
  9. 9. Keep it simple stupid!
  10. 10. 1. What’s your flavour?
  11. 11. 1. What’s your flavour?
  12. 12. If this picture is the answer, then what is the question? 1. What’s your flavour?
  13. 13. 1. What’s your flavour? What is the most popular flavour of ice cream?
  14. 14. If this picture is the answer, then what is the question? 1. What’s your flavour?
  15. 15. Do you prefer ice cream in a cone or bowl? 1. What’s your flavour?
  16. 16. If this picture is the answer, then what is the question? 1. What’s your flavour?
  17. 17. 1. What’s your flavour? What is the flavour of New Zealand’s iconic ice-cream?
  18. 18. 1. What’s your flavour? According to Google…
  19. 19. 1. What’s your flavour? BONUS QUESTION: What was Albert Einstein’s favourite ice cream?
  20. 20. 1. What’s your flavour? BONUS QUESTION: What was Albert Einstein’s favourite ice cream?
  21. 21. “All generalizations are dangerous, even this one” (Alexandre Dumas) 1. What’s your flavour?
  22. 22. 2. Three flavours of quality…
  23. 23. 2. Three flavours of quality… Quality is Standardized (i) Mass production metaphor…
  24. 24. 2. Three flavours of quality… (ii) Boutique craft metaphor… Quality is Unique
  25. 25. 2. Three flavours of quality… High Quality Milk Quality depends on the raw ingredients
  26. 26. 2. Three flavours of quality… Quality is NOT to Everyone’s Taste And…
  27. 27. 2. Three flavours of quality… Who defines quality? … and for what purpose?
  28. 28. 2. Three flavours of quality… Quality standards are important… …but they are not a proxy for innovation!
  29. 29. 2. Three flavours of quality… (iii) Personal ethos metaphor… Quality is a Relative Concept
  30. 30. 2. Three flavours of quality… • Complex • Contestable • Multi-layered • Context bound • Discipline specific • Is a moving target • Involves an X factor In sum…
  31. 31. 2. Three flavours of quality…
  32. 32. 2. Three flavours of quality… “Not everything that can be counted counts, not everything that counts can be counted”. Albert Einstein
  33. 33. 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour…
  34. 34. 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour… Delivery Institution Clear standards External requirements Central quality police Quality compliance Service Individual Creative flair Internal commitments Local responsibility Quality culture
  35. 35. 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour…
  36. 36. 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour…
  37. 37. 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour…
  38. 38. 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour… • Understanding people matter most • Winning the hearts and minds of people • Promoting a high level of professional trust • Giving responsibility for quality back to teachers • Building distributed leadership at the module and programme level A quality culture involves…
  39. 39. Help lecturers learn how to make their own unique ice cream that students can truly savor! 3. Tools for enhancing the flavour…
  40. 40. Conclusion…
  41. 41. Conclusion… Technology-enhanced learning can be transformative, but…
  42. 42. Conclusion… Technology-enhanced learning can be transformative, but…
  43. 43. Conclusion… Without the right institutional culture…
  44. 44. Conclusion… …your efforts might end up looking like this! Without the right institutional culture…
  45. 45. Conclusion…
  46. 46. Thank You!
  47. 47. Contact Details mark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz http://www4.dcu.ie/nidl http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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