Next Generation In Distance Learning

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Next Generation In Distance Learning

  1. 1. Next Generation in Distance Learning Dr. Meri MacLeod Western Theological Seminary Holland Michigan, USA
  2. 2. Next Generation – 4th <ul><li>First about Learning – social, interactive, faculty guided, holistic </li></ul><ul><li>Learning that matches standards of residential outcomes, can in some programs exceed residential outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is not reduced for the priority of access or priority of a new technology </li></ul>
  3. 3. Technology is transparent <ul><li>The most successful technology is not only subordinate to learning but is invisible </li></ul><ul><li>Effective technologies are transparent so faculty and students focus on learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Next Generation <ul><li>Characterized by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>educational excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High value for interaction (student to student & faculty to students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often is a blended format (f2f and online) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty develop and teach courses their own courses, not instructional designers </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Next Generation for Theological Education <ul><li>On campus, online and in ministry learning are integrated into a whole program </li></ul><ul><li>Personal, spiritual & pastoral formation are integrated </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians are essential to program effectiveness </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blended Distance Learning <ul><li>Blending periods of on campus and online allows for the best of the face-to-face time of relationships and community with the deepening community and active student learning when online </li></ul><ul><li>Blended learning captures the opportunity for experiential learning of being in ministry </li></ul>
  7. 7. Distance Learning and Librarians <ul><li>Encourage faculty to think about how to include the library in their course design </li></ul><ul><li>Discover how courses match library resources, suggest what students might need </li></ul>
  8. 8. Librarians bring <ul><li>Experience with technology that many faculty may not have </li></ul><ul><li>Wisdom regarding best use and criteria for selection </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the end user - learners </li></ul>
  9. 9. Librarians bring <ul><li>Focus on service and support – one of the most essential requirements for success in distance learning programs </li></ul><ul><li>Strong organization skills – essential for faculty when creating new courses </li></ul>
  10. 10. Librarians bring <ul><li>Capacity for change </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning requires change in how faculty and students engage learning </li></ul>
  11. 11. Librarians are <ul><li>Leaders – bring vision and energy for the place of appropriate technology </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders – who will need to model partnership and creativity, actively bring resources to distance courses and students </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders – with technology integration lessons for distance learning programs </li></ul>
  12. 12. Librarians will need to <ul><li>Create new ways for distance students to think about, remember and reach out to the library when there is no physical space to remind them </li></ul><ul><li>Gather regular feedback from distance students on their patterns of use and experience </li></ul>
  13. 13. Criteria for technologies <ul><li>When choosing new technologies criteria to consider are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption – faculty, students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product stability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support required, provided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other users feedback and history </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Criteria for technologies <ul><li>Cycles of upgrades, % of down time </li></ul><ul><li>Migration possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect costs – staff time, added hardware or software </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction applications as actual or potential components </li></ul>
  15. 15. Librarians are Pioneers <ul><li>Change agents – adapting, envisioning </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneers who can become a Community of Practice (CoP) sharing, coaching, supporting and modeling partnerships </li></ul>
  16. 16. Tips for Success <ul><li>Know your audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort with technology, what type? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much assistance will they need? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the change well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students and faculty need success as they begin a challenging new shift to learn apart from traditional school patterns </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Tips for Success <ul><li>Focus on Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance learning should be committed to the same educational goals as the courses on a campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start slowly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carefully select highly motivated students, build confidence with success </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Tips for Success <ul><li>Carefully match technology with the learning goals </li></ul><ul><li>Often collect feedback from everyone involved, make adjustments and assist as quickly as possible </li></ul>

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