"Any time, any where, any how" - flexible teaching and learning practice


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Here are a few thoughts about the issues that face teachers when they are endeavouring to be more flexible in their teaching and learning practice

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  • Some of the issues we’ll talk about today
  • Will be telling my story: “ Facilitating Online” – open, online course – Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Midwifery, Griffth University Virtual International Day of the Midwife My own experiences as student using learning as informal learner which was integrated in GCTLT
  • Flexible about time I deliver content as well as length of course.
  • FO2011 – students have a designated time for the course, but they can have long extensions. They can also do the course as self-directed students because it is in an open environment and then enrol for assessment when they choose Whilst some students like open ended courses, others like a schedule to work to
  • Griffith – time frame for completing so more constraints around that *I have to re-consider my attitudes to how my work – freed me to be flexible in my approach to work, so I suit my needs *Have to support students to think about their attitudes to time *time zones, when working with people overseas *Difficult to please all the people all the time – work out what best suits people *Facilitate other methods of content delivery to suit all time zones etc *Implications about workload for me for people finishing all over the place
  • Mix of delivery modes.
  • Need to think about learning styles – try to keep things exciting and “sexy” . I don’t think so much about learning styles, but more about using a variety of delivery modes.
  • Need to think about digital literacy, and people who do not have access to good computers or Internet. Challenge for me, to develop my technology skills
  • FO2011. Needing to align delivery of course with institution policies eg enrolment of informal students
  • Mix of live and asynchronous – need to think about giving access to students who cannot get to the live session ie recordings Use open content – course materials openly available Re-use of open materials developed my other people eg Nancy White’s work…iFacilitate Griffith – flexible about location, but having issues working through processes about things like moderation and equitable access to resources and learning opportunities.
  • FO2011 Explain model of enrolment
  • Open entry can be problematic for some courses – you will have to think about how you prepare & support students who have academic challenges
  • My experience with CCK2008, transferring in GCTlT & GETTING CREDIT FOR f02007
  • Open content-prepares students for when they do prepare eg NZ midwives course Supporting students to move from sponges of content to life-long learners Put content in open environment – sustainable, supporting bigger world of learners
  • "Any time, any where, any how" - flexible teaching and learning practice

    1. 1. Any time, any where, any how: flexible learning in practice Sarah Stewart Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin 2011 http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5207/5366530695_60d25182f5.jpg
    2. 3. Five elements of flexible learning <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery and logistics </li></ul><ul><li>Entry requirements (formal, informal) </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional approaches and resources (interaction, assessment, strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul>
    3. 5. Flexible use of time http://farm1.static.flickr.com/27/51307333_49319d363f.jpg
    4. 6. Attitudes of you and your students to time and place may have to change http://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/110993877_7e91376579.jpg
    5. 7. Can the times you teach better suit students? How can course time frames suit students’ needs? http://farm1.static.flickr.com/8/9500812_11935bf7a4.jpg
    6. 8. What are the constraints that impact on time? http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2686/4086292276_d36fa4d6a8.jpg
    7. 9. Delivery & logistics http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/3120816179_8ea5a4167a.jpg
    8. 10. Different modes of delivery and medium http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3546/3353936487_2599d7b8dc.jpg
    9. 11. Digital literacy, yours and students http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3214/2651957971_5f09f0f24b.jpg
    10. 12. How is flexible practice affected by institutional processes? http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3436/3219197135_e2b8a35a03.jpg
    11. 13. How do you ensure equitable access and processes? http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2248/2002931359_d90c740fa5.jpg
    12. 14. Entry requirements (formal, informal) http://farm1.static.flickr.com/150/418045751_5ee4695e99.jpg
    13. 15. Support for students who have open entry to a course
    14. 16. Instructional approaches & resources (interaction, assessment, strategies) http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2031/4508732411_c8c6dc210f.jpg
    15. 17. Content http://farm1.static.flickr.com/8/19650368_ad5e5c496e.jpg
    16. 18. What’s the secret to being a flexible teacher? http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5207/5366530695_60d25182f5.jpg
    17. 19. Letting go of your traditional views of teaching and learning http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1117/1307859206_72c5480e01.jpg
    18. 20. Be prepared to be challenged – to think outside the box http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1090/760054533_abfad7a79d.jpg
    19. 21. Think of sustainable ways to manage your workload http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/2745563123_2d03f5500d.jpg
    20. 22. Be creative with institutional processes http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2250/2404778213_7ce3917701.jpg
    21. 23. <ul><li>Email: sarahstewart07@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/sarahs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: http://twitter.com/SarahStewart </li></ul>