How the Northernmost University uses Elluminate Live

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  • How the Northernmost University uses Elluminate Live

    1. 1. How the Northernmost University uses Elluminate for Blended and Online Learning Associate Professor Mariann Solberg
    2. 2. WHAT is Elluminate Live? <ul><li>A collaborative web conference environment allowing synchronous communication and sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio/video-broadcast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing documents & desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive whiteboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer of control to participants possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording of sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Realtime classroom teaching online – on your own computer </li></ul>
    3. 3. What could it look like? - Geographical Information Systems in Public Service
    4. 4. Geographical Information Systems in Public Service - Application Sharing
    5. 5. Department of clinical dentistry – guidance of 4.th year students in practice in 12 clinics
    6. 6. WHY webconference for teaching? <ul><li>Demography of Northern Norway: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vast / Sparsely populated / Dispersed settlements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Points to (partial or full) online education </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>” Edification” / ”Bildung” – PARTICIPATION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice in three dimensions : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking with / Thinking against / Thinking on your own (selbsdenken) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Points to actual interaction between people </li></ul>01.06.10
    7. 7. Why did we select Elluminate? <ul><li>Pedagogy / Functionality: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needed a tool for oral teaching, especially language teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needed to balance writing in online studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Elluminate - same or better functionality as in other web conference tools </li></ul><ul><li>Fronter picked Elluminate – integrated solution, one entry-URL, one login-procedure </li></ul>
    8. 8. Elluminate Live – integrated in Fronter - asynchronous and synchronous
    9. 9. Diversity of usage <ul><li>Social meeting – creating a good learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Oral dialogue and discussion, spontaneous reflection and spontaneous correction from teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Report on status of work </li></ul><ul><li>Present and share texts, statistics, pictures etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to and evaluate work, teacher to students and between students </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to record sessions </li></ul>
    10. 10. Our approach <ul><li>The classroom in Fronter is the teacher’s main point of contact with the students & the very foundation of the course </li></ul><ul><li>Elluminate – utilized for the more advanced learning processes </li></ul>
    11. 11. Challenges of use <ul><li>High threshold for use for average teacher and student </li></ul><ul><li>Demands on user’s equipment: quality head-set with microphone & web camera </li></ul><ul><li>Locations with unstable lines </li></ul><ul><li>Power plugs fall out </li></ul><ul><li>Sessions must be structured, & plan must be well communicated to students </li></ul>
    12. 12. How to meet the challenges <ul><li>(Somewhat) advanced digital competence of teachers & strong motivation an advantage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>” Don’t use it if you don’t mean it” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive courses (technology & pedagogy) for teachers needed </li></ul><ul><li>Close follow-up from technicians needed for the first sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>” While believing we would be driving cadilack, we discovered that we were driving the snow plough…” </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. When all challenges are met  <ul><li>Spontaneous social interaction is made possible </li></ul><ul><li>Users tend to forget that they are using the application </li></ul><ul><li>Learners find the way of communicating interesting and fascinating in itself </li></ul>
    14. 14. Why will we continue and expand our use of Elluminate Live? <ul><li>Oral PARTICIPATION in online courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Effective form of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Formative for the well edified, well built, well socialized University student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Decisive for quality and le g itimacy of online learning in University education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plus: all the other various, foreseen – and unforeseen – ways of using it! </li></ul>
    15. 15. Bibliography <ul><li>Gadamer, Hans Georg: Truth and Method , Crossroad, New York 1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Kant, Immanuel: Critique of Judgment , trans. Werner Pluhar, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1987 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Anthropology” in Anthropology, History, and Education , translated/edited by G. Zoller, R. Louden, M. Gregor and P. Guyer, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Rorty, Richard: Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature , Princeton University Press, Princeton 1979 </li></ul>
    16. 16. Thank You! <ul><li>Mariann Solberg </li></ul><ul><li>U-vett, University of Tromsø </li></ul><ul><li>9012 Tromsø </li></ul><ul><li>Norway </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: mariann.solberg@uit.no </li></ul><ul><li>Homepage: http://tinyurl.com/y9zj6n8 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: http://twitter.com/msolberg </li></ul>

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