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Exploring the Frontiers of e-Learning @ UKZN 2010 Teaching and Learning Portal: Learning and Sharing Blewett & Quilling
Learning & Sharing Sharing our Learning Learning by Sharing
The journey “ Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?”  (Principal’s Publication, 1815) “ Students today depend too much on ink. They don’t know how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.”  (Journal of the National Association of Teachers, 1907) “ Students today depend on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.” (Rural American Teacher, 1928) “ Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.” (Federal Teachers, 1950)
What will they do when… Students don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. What will they do when they run out of paper? They run out of iPads…
Tomorrow is Yesterday? “ Who dares to teach must never cease to learn” (John Cotton Dana) Office 1875 Office 2010
Where are we going? Where are we going?
The Chasm of Lost Acronyms CBI (Computer Based Instruction) CBT (Computer Based Training) CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) ILS (Integrated Learning Systems) LMS (Learning Management Systems) CMS (Content Management Systems) LCMS (Learning Content Management Systems) CMS (Course Management Systems) VLE (Virtual Learning Environments) SLN (Social Learning Network)
In Search of Learning iTopia A place where students & staff meet, share, and learn Key Principle - Ubun2.0 Web 2.0 Technologies + Sharing amongst equals Ubun2.
“ A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him…Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?”  (Nelson Mandela)
In Search of iTopia The Search Virtual Worlds Virtual Learning Environments (focus) Mobile Phones
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003
WebCT Before search for Social/Ubuntu OK for Content Delivery & Course Management Mt. Institutionus Non Uni people access Wasn’t good at collaborative docs
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007
OLS Mt. Institutionus Focus on Learning Designed for Social Constructivst Integrated to UKZN Good document handling Lacked strong social/community aspect No powerful collaboration
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008)
Elgg Ravines of Technicality Investigated Brighton Good Social Networking Institutional Lock Out Self Managed Servers Difficult to make fun/engaging
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Ning – 2008
Ning CLOUDe Valley Good Social, Community Control nice – any time, place Access from anywhere Fun interesting interface, functionality File Handling poor
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 Ning – 2008
Mahara Ravines of Technicality  Open source Used portfolio approach Nice educational approach  Confused students with this approach Not easy use No community/fun experience Limited plugins Had to keep tech up to date (new versions) Had to teach external examiner how to use it
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Ning – 2008
CollectiveX CLOUDe Valley Bland – no real community feel No stamping own personality Layout restrictive Plugins limited Storage/bandwidth costly nextrovert.collectivex.com
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Grou.ps – 2009 Ning – 2008
Grou.ps http://grou.ps/nextrovert CLOUDe Valley Cloud based Free Lots of collaborative tools Control over everything including ads Files based on tagging Fairly good  with individual pages Cloud blew away & USA students often couldn’t get in
Our VLE Journey to iTopia Ning - 2010 Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Grou.ps – 2009 Ning – 2008
Ning returNING 2  CLOUDe Valley Even more plugins File system still clunky Lots of freedom for creation of identity Can choose own skins etc The best embedded chat (others didn’t have or didn’t work well) Nearly 1000 blog posts in 10 weeks No Free Ning
Have we found iTopia? NO…. But, we’re developing a map…
Key Lessons -  éducation sans frontières   Beta here to stay (and happy to move) The Elevator Lesson (don’t complain) Mission Critical – Be Careful Blended Living Life Streaming Living Learning Community - Ubuntu Institutional limitations/blocks/bandwidth Course Management is different
NextEd Initiative Funded by AAU 2 Year Project Collaboration with universities around world Vision Setup a global, virtual educational network, built on an ubuntu philosophy of collaboration and a scaffolded model of supportive engagement.
University 2.0 Project
2Togethger to iTopia Ning - 2010 Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Grou.ps – 2009 Ning – 2008
NextEd.info – Educator Collaboration
Groups, Forums, Blogs, Tweets…brain stream
NextEd Ubun2.0 Building tomorrow together  Directed…together Using Social Media Collaboration Ubun2.0 Scaffolded Engagement Today it’s Beta, which is better! Tomorrow it might be something better which will also be beta!
The times…they are a changing…
Stepping into  new frontiers Are you coming? Or are you still wondering what they will do when they run out of iPads?

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Teaching and Learning Portal: Learning and Sharing

  • 1. Exploring the Frontiers of e-Learning @ UKZN 2010 Teaching and Learning Portal: Learning and Sharing Blewett & Quilling
  • 2. Learning & Sharing Sharing our Learning Learning by Sharing
  • 3. The journey “ Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” (Principal’s Publication, 1815) “ Students today depend too much on ink. They don’t know how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.” (Journal of the National Association of Teachers, 1907) “ Students today depend on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.” (Rural American Teacher, 1928) “ Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.” (Federal Teachers, 1950)
  • 4. What will they do when… Students don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. What will they do when they run out of paper? They run out of iPads…
  • 5. Tomorrow is Yesterday? “ Who dares to teach must never cease to learn” (John Cotton Dana) Office 1875 Office 2010
  • 6. Where are we going? Where are we going?
  • 7. The Chasm of Lost Acronyms CBI (Computer Based Instruction) CBT (Computer Based Training) CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) ILS (Integrated Learning Systems) LMS (Learning Management Systems) CMS (Content Management Systems) LCMS (Learning Content Management Systems) CMS (Course Management Systems) VLE (Virtual Learning Environments) SLN (Social Learning Network)
  • 8. In Search of Learning iTopia A place where students & staff meet, share, and learn Key Principle - Ubun2.0 Web 2.0 Technologies + Sharing amongst equals Ubun2.
  • 9. “ A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him…Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?” (Nelson Mandela)
  • 10. In Search of iTopia The Search Virtual Worlds Virtual Learning Environments (focus) Mobile Phones
  • 11. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003
  • 12. WebCT Before search for Social/Ubuntu OK for Content Delivery & Course Management Mt. Institutionus Non Uni people access Wasn’t good at collaborative docs
  • 13. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007
  • 14. OLS Mt. Institutionus Focus on Learning Designed for Social Constructivst Integrated to UKZN Good document handling Lacked strong social/community aspect No powerful collaboration
  • 15. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008)
  • 16. Elgg Ravines of Technicality Investigated Brighton Good Social Networking Institutional Lock Out Self Managed Servers Difficult to make fun/engaging
  • 17. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Ning – 2008
  • 18. Ning CLOUDe Valley Good Social, Community Control nice – any time, place Access from anywhere Fun interesting interface, functionality File Handling poor
  • 19. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 Ning – 2008
  • 20. Mahara Ravines of Technicality Open source Used portfolio approach Nice educational approach Confused students with this approach Not easy use No community/fun experience Limited plugins Had to keep tech up to date (new versions) Had to teach external examiner how to use it
  • 21. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Ning – 2008
  • 22. CollectiveX CLOUDe Valley Bland – no real community feel No stamping own personality Layout restrictive Plugins limited Storage/bandwidth costly nextrovert.collectivex.com
  • 23. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Grou.ps – 2009 Ning – 2008
  • 24. Grou.ps http://grou.ps/nextrovert CLOUDe Valley Cloud based Free Lots of collaborative tools Control over everything including ads Files based on tagging Fairly good with individual pages Cloud blew away & USA students often couldn’t get in
  • 25. Our VLE Journey to iTopia Ning - 2010 Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Grou.ps – 2009 Ning – 2008
  • 26. Ning returNING 2 CLOUDe Valley Even more plugins File system still clunky Lots of freedom for creation of identity Can choose own skins etc The best embedded chat (others didn’t have or didn’t work well) Nearly 1000 blog posts in 10 weeks No Free Ning
  • 27. Have we found iTopia? NO…. But, we’re developing a map…
  • 28. Key Lessons - éducation sans frontières Beta here to stay (and happy to move) The Elevator Lesson (don’t complain) Mission Critical – Be Careful Blended Living Life Streaming Living Learning Community - Ubuntu Institutional limitations/blocks/bandwidth Course Management is different
  • 29. NextEd Initiative Funded by AAU 2 Year Project Collaboration with universities around world Vision Setup a global, virtual educational network, built on an ubuntu philosophy of collaboration and a scaffolded model of supportive engagement.
  • 31. 2Togethger to iTopia Ning - 2010 Mt. Institutionus Ravines of Technicality CLOUDe Valley éducation sans frontières WebCT – 2002-2003 OLS – 2003-2007 Elgg – (2008) Mahara – 2008 CollectiveX – 2009 Grou.ps – 2009 Ning – 2008
  • 32. NextEd.info – Educator Collaboration
  • 33. Groups, Forums, Blogs, Tweets…brain stream
  • 34. NextEd Ubun2.0 Building tomorrow together Directed…together Using Social Media Collaboration Ubun2.0 Scaffolded Engagement Today it’s Beta, which is better! Tomorrow it might be something better which will also be beta!
  • 35. The times…they are a changing…
  • 36. Stepping into new frontiers Are you coming? Or are you still wondering what they will do when they run out of iPads?

Editor's Notes

  1. Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson, I came across quotes that every educational technophile MUST hear. They are reproduced from the work of Dave Thornburg and David Dwyer.