Higher education is undergoing a rapid transformation due to changes in societal interests and values. As educators, we must be responsive to these changes and look to develop strategies to best meet the needs of our students inside and outside of the classroom. We are bombarded with new technologies and practices to aid us in our efforts, including blended learning, learner analytics, MOOCs, open education resources (OER), mobile technologies, social media, gamification, and more. How do we decide what is right for us and our students? I will discuss considerations derived from these trends that will help us design our future.
OpenMOOCs, OERYouTube, Social MediaGoogleResources at our finger tips, in a instantEveryone has access to these techologies, to thee coursesStatus levelingDemocratizing
AccessEvery campus process needs to be able to be completed on a mobile device, mobile web or appThis includes instructional materials need to be accessible depending on device, bandwidth, time, and disAbilitySupport needs to be able to be received from all units through multiple mediums and timesLibrary, IT Help, Tutoring, Advising
Increase in use of social media and self-disclosure has led to an increase in the weight indivdiuals put on being real – being human, and being authenticEmotions are valued, emotional intelligence is valued over other intelligencesGreater need to develop an identify, express that identify, by building a strong culture and presence as an institution, and developing a voice as a teacher, teacher presence or social presenceThis is no longer the days of IBM corporate culture, no emotions, logic drives everything…
ConnectedStudents want to feel connected – to their instructors, to their universities, to the worldWe must develop these strategies and choose the technologies that develop these connectionsWe must connect with k12, with employers, corporate partners, with global partners and studentsEngaged and ChallengesPedagogy is learner centeredActive learningNo more lecture-based, teacher-centered modelsEverything is blended or onlineInstructors are learning journey guides not just content expertsInstructors must be able to develop activities, not just contentStudents need to be engagedStudents need to be challengedThey need motivation and rewards beyond gradesThey need to understand the impact of their work and the link to their future, to society, They need do-oversThey need multiple livesBut, they need high expectationsLiteraciesGlobalTechnologicalDigitalInformation
CollaborateWe must collaborate with each other on campus, faculty – faculty, faculty – student services, researchers, business operations, etcWe must collaborate with our studnets future employers in developing students who will get hired, interdisciplinary degrees that matterWe must collaborate with other institutions like ours to solve our problems.
Pedagogical Need -- Media CharacteristicsNeed – can a need be met, clickers – increase engagement and retentionSecond Life -- offering richness to meet pedagogical needs not met by other technologiesHype -- Evidence – Do we have any data that it works? Not always…Theory – Based on the theories, social and learning, could it work? How do we know it works?Maybe we just did it wrong?
Social Mobile –content deliveyr
UWM leads the state in the mediated delivery of courses and programs in tech-enhanced, blended, and online, including traditional and self-paces (UPACE). UWM will lead the state in flex programming and competency based education.UWM has received recognition for its efforts in blended faculty development and self-paced (UPACE) instruction.
GOAL: UWM will lead the state in MOOC delivery.The means to do this will be built off of the knowledge of blended and online faculty development and course design, upace model, and flex programming.
Students:Learning, at our finger tips just in timeInstructor role change, content is already Googleable, what do you bring to the table as an instructorInstructional support, just in timeInstructional materials, Oer, MOOCs, how to find repurpose
We must have business models and financial models that help us meet these needsWe need professional development and training for all organizational members on implementing these considerationsWe need to provide motivation to staff and faculty to participateWe need to provide human resources that focus on these initiatives, not one person, or part of a person
Keynote, Who is driving the bus?
The digital future:
Who is driving the bus?
Assess your students’ needs
Let the data drive your decisions
According to a survey by Joosten (2009), students
reported that they need good (67%) and
frequent communication (90%) with
their instructor and good communication
with their classmates (75%). They also reported
that they need to feel connected to
learn (80%) (http://tinyurl.com/yafu8qz).
According to PEW Internet study, “Teens who
participated in focus groups for this study said that
they view email as something you use
to talk to ‘old people,’ institutions, or to
send complex instructions to large groups “
95.1% of 18- and 19-year-olds use social
media, primarily Facebook on a daily basis
(Salaway, et al., 2009)
96% of undergraduates reported using Facebook
(Smith & Caruso, 2010)
43% of undergraduate use Twitter (Smith &
90% use mobile devices to receive and send text
messages (Smith, 2010), over 1600 a month
92% of college-aged students watch YouTube
In which courses do students struggle?
COURSE # Reporting % Reporting D, F, W Rate
English 101 174 10% 12%
Math 95 115 6% 21%
Math 105 103 6% 29%
Bio Science 202 119 6% 17%
Psychology 101 75 4% 23%
English 102 69 4% 11%
Math 90 60 3% 30%
Philosophy 101 42 2% 14%
Sociology 101 41 2% 22%
Economics 100 37 2% 17%
Chemistry 105 21 1% 21%
Architecture 100 19 1% 16%
Math 19 1% --
Astronomy 103 16 1% 23%
Psychology 13 1% --
Sociology 102 13 1% 12%
Art 100 10 1% 24%
Let technology facilitate your
Don’t let it be your strategy
An array of
Providing you more
access and a choice in
planning your flexible
journey to degree
through –blended, open
access, flex, self-paced,
and traditional online –
courses and program.
Support your students and your
Teaching with technology
Build capacity for responsiveness
• Create infrastructure (technology,
processes, and policies) that are fluid and
• Provide professional development
• Provide best practices and guides
• Motivate use through incentives
• Let grow