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Digital Learning: Challenges Ahead

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Invited workshop at Richmond Publishers, Bogota, Colombia, 31st July.

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Digital Learning: Challenges Ahead

  1. 1. Digital Learning: Challenges Ahead @mbrownz Bogota, Colombia 31st July 2018
  2. 2. @mbrownz
  3. 3. MICRO MACRO MESO NANO Challenges Ahead…
  4. 4. • Openness movement • Unbundling movement • Impact of AI on education • Impact of BIG data on education • Rising costs of higher education What are some of the major macro-level change forces?
  5. 5. 1. Quality cultures 2. Teachers’ mindsets 3. Lack of strong evidence Three cases….
  6. 6. The light comes through the gaps https://pixabay.com/en/train-tracks-walking-journey-alone-1081672/ @mbrownz
  7. 7. 1. Quality cultures
  8. 8. Access Quality Cost Sir John Daniel Iron Triangle
  9. 9. Quality Delights…
  10. 10. Quality Delights… What is the flavour of New Zealand’s iconic ice- cream?
  11. 11. What is the flavour of New Zealand’s iconic ice- cream?
  12. 12. According to Google…
  13. 13. Quality is Standardized (i) Mass production metaphor…
  14. 14. Quality is Standardized (i) Mass production metaphor…
  15. 15. (ii) Boutique craft metaphor… Quality is Unique
  16. 16. Quality depends on the raw ingredients You need quality milk to make great ice cream!
  17. 17. Quality is NOT to Everyone’s Taste And…
  18. 18. Who defines quality? … and for what purpose?
  19. 19. Quality standards are important but… …they are not a proxy for innovation!
  20. 20. (iii) Personal ethos metaphor… Quality is a Relative Concept
  21. 21. Teachers need to learn how to make their own unique ice cream that students can enjoy!
  22. 22. Or even better… … truly personal learning!
  23. 23. • Complex • Contestable • Multi-layered • Context bound • Discipline specific • Is a moving target • Involves an X factor In sum…
  24. 24. …efforts might end up looking like this! Without the right quality culture and conditions for learning then your…
  25. 25. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  26. 26. 2. Teachers’ mindsets
  27. 27. Learning by sharing (Connectivist) Learning by listening (Instructionist) Learning by doing (Constructivist) Learning by making (Constructionist) Pedagogical Compass
  28. 28. “Because no two students have the same needs and no two teachers arrive at their best performance in the same way, theoretical exclusivity and didactic single- mindedness can be trusted to make even the best educational ideas fail”. (Sfard, 1998, p.11)
  29. 29. Pedagogical Beliefs not core to the Framework
  30. 30. Digital learning is about challenging and transforming mindsets
  31. 31. Bolting or Infusing?
  32. 32. [ Blended | On-line | Digital ] B O L D
  33. 33. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  34. 34. 3. Lack of strong evidence
  35. 35. (OECD, 2015)
  36. 36. 2018
  37. 37. …the old ‘pump, pump, dump’ model of teaching still dominates practice The uncomfortable reality is…
  38. 38. Learner-Content Interaction Learner-learner Interaction Teacher-Learner Interaction Learning Interactivity Framework
  39. 39. Learner-Content Interaction Learner-learner Interaction Teacher-Learner Interaction Places Tools Spaces Learning Interactivity Framework
  40. 40. Learner-Content Interaction Learner-learner Interaction Teacher-Learner Interaction Place of Learning (Where Learning Ocurrs) Mode of Learning (How Learning Occurs) Pace of Learning (When Learning Occurs) Learning Interactivity Framework
  41. 41. Off Site in Class Off Site out of Class On Site in Class Acquisition Participation On Site out of Class Physical Virtual Digital Leakage
  42. 42. Performance Takes in the Network Learning Design is Complex
  43. 43. Teachers Learners
  44. 44. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  45. 45. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking Finally…
  46. 46. “What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology” (Steve Jobs; cited in Oppenheimer, 1997, p.61).
  47. 47. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you @mbrownz

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