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CESBA R. LaBonte keynote


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CESBA R. LaBonte keynote

  1. 1. Energizing a walk on the tech side: Rethinking e-learning success Slides:
  2. 2. About me 2
  3. 3. Where I live…
  4. 4. Why I live here…. Telus Fibre
  5. 5. Vision/Mission CANeLearn is the leading voice in Canada for learner success in K-12 online and blended learning. CANeLearn • promotes effective practice in online and blended learning • fosters community and facilitates interaction among online and blended learning educators • connects educators to online and blended learning organizations
  6. 6. About the Canadian eLearning Network • CANeLearn is a pan-Canadian network of K-12 online and blended learning schools, organizations, and educators • Focus is on PD, research, sharing resources • Intent is to leverage our Canadian collective to promote online and blended, or e-learning
  7. 7. CANeLearn Board of Directors Three-year term: • Todd Pottle (ON from Ontario eLearning Consortium) • Frank McCallum (AB from Vista Virtual School) • Allison MacDonald (MB from Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate) Two-year term: • Ramona Stillar(SK from Light of Christ Catholic Schools) • Bruce Weitzel (BC from Western Canadian Learning Network) Board Treasurer • Paul Lachance (ON from CAVLFO) One-year term: • Michael Canuel (QC from LEARN) Board Chair • Terri Reid (AB from Black Gold SD) Board Vice-Chair • Sue Taylor-Foley (NS from Nova Scotia Virtual School) Board Secretary Board Appointee • David Porter, CEO eCampusOntario Todd Pottle – OeLC Paul Lachance - CAVLFO
  8. 8.
  9. 9. Once upon a time…
  10. 10. And then I went online… • Worked in a virtual tech company while doing my PhD – Odyssey Learning Systems • took over Pathfinder Learning Systems • Used dial-up and Yahoo Messenger to connect (& phone) – • Later, in the high speed DSL age, joined Alberta North – Consortium of colleges supporting Northern Alberta adult students
  11. 11. Your Education Café Alberta North
  12. 12. Gift Lake
  13. 13. Alberta SuperNet
  14. 14. Alberta SuperNet
  15. 15. Alberta SuperNet
  16. 16. AB Learning Centres were blending
  17. 17. eCampusAlberta took over AB North
  18. 18. Familiar??
  19. 19. Why are you here today??? For nearly 20 years, the annual CESBA Conference has offered a wide range of professional networking and learning opportunities to inform and inspire exemplary practice in adult and continuing education (A&CE) across Ontario. Depuis près de 20 ans, la conférence annuelle de CESBA offre un large éventail de possibilités de réseautage et d’apprentissage pour informer et inspirer des pratiques exemplaires en éducation des adultes et éducation permanente (ÉAÉP) partout en Ontario.
  20. 20. Where are you at today??? 1.Open a browser laptop, tablet or smartphone 2.Go to 3.Enter event code #C872
  21. 21. Why am I here today?? To shift your paradigm…
  22. 22. Nature of eLearning Activity Single provincial program Primarily district-based programs Combination of provincial and district-based programs Use online learning programs from other provinces
  23. 23. Ministry program & resources?  NL, NS, NB – provincial program  YT, NT, NU – provincial program  MB – mixed provincial/district  QC – mixed provincial/district  ON – mixed provincial/district X AB/SK – mixed provincial/district X BC – no provincial program X Limited or no Ministry resources
  24. 24. Nature of Activity BC AB ON QCSingle provincial program Primarily district-based programs Combination of provincial and district-based programs Use online learning programs from other provinces
  25. 25. E-Learning Ontario Resources
  26. 26. CFORP (ON)
  27. 27. Ministry Resources -- --
  28. 28. Gifts you have… • Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contacts (TELTs) • District e-Learning Contacts (DeLCs) • Virtual Professional Learning Modules – • Free LMS • Free COURSES • Provincial CENTRALIZED LICENSING for tech tools • Provincial FUNDING…
  29. 29. Consortium Supports -- -- --
  30. 30. Vendor Supports --
  31. 31. Post-secondary Supports
  32. 32. Gifts you have coming…
  33. 33. Gifts you have coming… Connect to Innovate - • high-speed Internet to 300 rural and remote communities • to connect institutions like schools and hospitals • "last-mile" infrastructure to households and businesses Eastern Ontario Regional Network - • A 5,500-km network of new and existing fibre optic cable • 160 new access points for Internet Service Providers • High-speed Internet services for residents and businesses Telesat LEO - • A global constellation of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites that will deliver fiber quality broadband everywhere
  34. 34. Alberta SuperNet
  35. 35. Why I live here…. Telus Fibre
  36. 36. Digital Shovelware
  37. 37. Sal Khan and Elon Musk On Education
  38. 38. e-Learning Challenge • A fundamental question in understanding quality in e-learning is not only how to define it, but how to foster quality instructional and leadership practices – “the aim when using technology is not to be as good as face-to-face teaching but better” • Bates & Poole, 2003, p.23 39
  39. 39. Technology plays a role in education…
  40. 40. Connecting…
  41. 41. Its about design
  42. 42. Backward Design Focus on the learning – not the teaching
  43. 43. Its about models
  44. 44. -- ZOOM.US
  45. 45. Its about supporting students online Borup, J., Chambers, C. B, & Stimson, R. (2018). Helping online students be successful: Student perceptions of online teacher and on-site mentor instructional support. Lansing, MI: Michigan Virtual University. Retrieved from online-teacher-and-on-site-mentor-instructional-support/
  46. 46. Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants Prensky: These terms and definitions were added to Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace – and do a disservice I am NOT a digital immigrant! I learn by trial and error just like my grandkids do – and we need to teach them how to use tech
  47. 47. Why? The world we live in today…
  48. 48. Conference Board of Canada Essential Skills • Ability to think critically; • Communicate effectively; • Seek and manage information while solving problems; • Adapt and continue to learn continuously; and • Work as part of a team in a project-based focus. on/learning-tools/employability-skills.aspx
  49. 49. 21st Century Education – Ontario Style In Working Paper 33, Teaching for tomorrow: building the necessary skills today, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity examines whether Ontario’s education system is able to impart youth with 21st century skills.
  50. 50. Main findings: • Of the 1.3 million forecasted job openings between 2017 and 2021 in Ontario, the majority are for positions requiring reading comprehension, critical thinking, and social skills. • More jobs will require mathematics, complex problem solving, and resource management (including financial, personal, and time) skills, and at higher skill levels. 21st Century Education – Ontario Style
  51. 51. So how do you add all that here???
  52. 52. Trending… -- Flexible Learning Campus Virtual Classroom DE Programs Onsite only Online only Flexible Learning • Instruction & learning is both onsite and online • Some element of choice in learning for students Blended and Online Learning Trends Emerging and Trending Shifts in Practices Paradigm Shift?
  53. 53. Technology offers the Promise… Technology holds the potential to revolutionize the delivery and assessment of learning outcomes and will result in fundamental changes in how we teach; which mental processes, skills and understandings we measure; and how we make decisions about student learning. (Taylor, 2005, p. 102) scenario-keeping-the-facts-and-realities/
  54. 54. Others have seized on this promise
  55. 55. To be fair…
  56. 56. Five Underlying Assumptions Here 1. That learners are passive receivers of wisdom – vessels into which knowledge is poured. 2. That learners are blank slates on which knowledge is inscribed. 3. That learning is the strengthening of bonds between stimuli and correct responses. 4. That people predictably transfer learning from one situation to another. 5. That skills and knowledge, to be transferable to new situations, should be acquired independent of their contexts of use.
  57. 57. John Dewey • 1916 John Dewey’s writings • Interaction is the defining part of education • Students construct their own knowledge and apply it
  58. 58. Anderson (2008) • The challenge… is to construct a learning environment that is simultaneously learner-centred, content-centred, community- centred, and assessment- centred. • Teacher[s] can do this by developing a repertoire of online learning activities that are adaptable to diverse contextual and student needs. Theory_and_Practice_of_Online_Learning.pdf
  59. 59. Turn and Talk: How can you build that in your practice?
  60. 60. Canadian Innovation
  61. 61. Add these to your repertoire of online…
  62. 62. Brightspace Accessibility
  63. 63. Brightspace Engaging Learners
  64. 64. Brightspace Video Assignments
  65. 65. The power of video… • Video resources for learning • Screencasting for instruction • Video feedback for assessment • Live video for discussion and engagement • Live video access for communication –Matthew Clulow session B3
  66. 66. Check out these sessions too: • A5 – Multiple Learning Options for Students • A7 – The Teacher Behind the Screen • B4 – UDL for D2L • C2 – Creativity & Innovation in Adult Ed • C3 – Together is Better: Regional Partnerships • D1 – DIY Graphic Design • D5 – Promising Practices for Indigenous Learners
  67. 67. Teaching Online or Hoarding Frogs in a Wheel Barrow Why do students sometimes stumble right out of the gate, fall through the cracks midstream, or abandon course just when the finish line is in sight? @OeLCCoordinator
  68. 68. Your call to action in the next two days: To Lead Change… • In Stephen Hawking’s words, “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”. It is life-long with learning at its core – productive learning, that is, which engenders more learning (Papert) • How you embrace change is central to how you will use online and blended spaces to foster new models of learning for your students • How you embrace change personally, organizationally, and professionally largely determines your successes or failures
  69. 69. The “X” Factor is?
  70. 70. The Tyranny of Technology Bates & Poole, 2003, p. xiii If technology is the answer, what is the question? The paradox of technology-enhanced education is that technology changes very rapidly and human beings very slowly.
  71. 71. • Analysis of 400,000 students in 3000 schools found the most important predictor of quality was the teacher • Teacher effect on student achievement was both additive and cumulative Rice (2003) • The quality of a student’s teacher is the most important determinant of learning after family background. Hanushek (1992) The “X” Factor is you!
  72. 72. Change from the middle… “You’ve got to change to the pedagogical horse, rather than the digital investment horse,” Fullan said. “The pedagogical horse will eat up digital, because there’s so much appetite for it once you start to use it.”
  73. 73. Managing Change and the Problem of More Anne Kovalchick • “We often attribute our reactivity [against change] to a lack of resources, but this is simply a story we tell ourselves – even wealthy institutions do not believe they have sufficient resources.” • “Building a new culture [to embrace change] is not a prescriptive task. Often, it is about telling new stories.” • more?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=ER#_zsPu5Le1_zlNKaD5
  74. 74. Shift the narrative…
  75. 75. tech/todays-kids-are-tomorrows-future Technology for… Not to… Shift YOUR Paradigm!
  76. 76. Take the Lead
  77. 77. So… • Got the theory worked out
  78. 78. Schools of Pedagogy • Behaviourist (Skinner) - what (see) • Cognitivist (Piaget) - how (know/tell) • Constructivist (Vygotsky) - why (build/do) • Connectivist (Siemens) - who (share/link)
  79. 79. So… • Got the theory worked out • Picked up a model or two
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  81. 81. Community of Inquiry • Community of Inquiry framework is the foundation for instructional practice, review, and reflection • Garrison, Anderson, & Archer (2000)
  82. 82. So… • Got the theory worked out • Picked up a model or two • Got the design stuff nailed
  83. 83. Purposeful Design Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Understanding by Design (UbD)
  84. 84. So… • Got the theory worked out • Picked up a model or two • Got the design stuff nailed • Picked up my tech of choice
  85. 85. So… • Got the theory worked out • Picked up a model or two • Got the design stuff nailed • Picked up my tech of choice • So now what?
  86. 86. future.html Leadership is simply all about Change
  87. 87. Plan for the change Change YOUR Paradigm!
  88. 88. Engage the conversation
  89. 89. 92 Thank You! Randy LaBonte @rlabonte rlabonte23 • Images sourced or from , @rlabonte, or Slides:
  90. 90. Check out these sessions too: • A5 – Multiple Learning Options for Students • A7 – The Teacher Behind the Screen • B3 – Administrators Pocket Guide to Video • B4 – UDL for D2L • C2 – Creativity & Innovation in Adult Ed • C3 – Together is Better: Regional Partnerships • D1 – DIY Graphic Design • D5 – Promising Practices for Indigenous Learners