When first asked to present at this conference I was given a proposed brief which is what you see in the brochure. I was offered to change the topic but I thought the brief was an exciting challengeIt has raised lots of questions and challenges in relation to the future of education institutions and my role as an educator.
Flexibility in teaching & learning is growing in demand all the time - Learners need skills NOW! And they have limited time to learn it.Individuals and employers want their staff to be able to learn anywhere, anytimeTo be recognised for their prior learningOften I think flexibility is seen as ‘distant education’... Where students don’t come into a physical classroom.If you teach in the classroom there are still many ways to offer flexibility – Varied activities to suit varied learning styles; info so that students who miss a class can easily catch up e.g. audio recordings, video, ppoints, notes, worksheets etcDifferent coloured paper for visual issues, different keyboards/screen settings, larger print, audio devices for hearing impairment, changing the room layout – even within the lesson to improve dynamicsOpportunities to reflect after class and connect with the teacher and other students; e.g. blogs/wikis/discussion forumsI’ve taught classes where students are in the classroom and we’ve had a sick student unable to come into class & student across the state all connected in a virtual classroom. This enabled recordings of the session, demonstration and communication between all the students and developed skills and experience in learning online.
What is being used by Vocational Education teachers in Australia and the world?We have flexibility in the type of delivery and the tools we use to teach and learn byVirtual classrooms – for synchronous same time connection, engaging in voice, visual, text, emoticons,recording lessons/presentationsVirtual worlds – e.g. 2nd Life simulation of stage production, hairdressing salon and greeting clients, tourismVideos – to demonstrate and assessPoint of view cameras – to demo how to stir paint, or do a medical procedureLearning management systemsConnection with tools – laptops, smart phones, ipads, Smartboards, smart phones, Social media Collaborative tools such as Google docs, wikis, social bookmarking, Blogs to help you reflect
Since 2007 the Jane Hart the founder of Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT) have been building an annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list based on the contributions of learning professionals worldwide. These sites are gathered from learning professionals (academics, teachers, trainers, etc) from around the world to share their favorite tools for learningThe list is released in November and at present you can see Twitter has been the top tool for 3 years – Note the change in the listYou as trainers can share your top tools and contribute to this global surveyRaise hands Who has heard of twitter? – now keep them raised if you tweetYoutube – have you checked it out? (Did you know it was the biggest search engine) Who has actually placed a video on youtube?Now you have heard of Google – hands up who hasn’t? google docs have you engaged in it? – I have been using with students for their assessment tasks – enabling the student and myself to comment on their project and keep a record of that discussion, I can give them ideas and reflections on what they are planning; it enables me to see when they are active in one spotSkype – who has used it? Keep your hands raised if it is to connect with family? Work?
Our learners are changing along with technology and social communication – We will see this increasingly so... People wanting skills and solutions to issues... Not necessarily qualifications (perhaps more so recognition of prior learning.. From their self directed learning.Gottfreson also states that: These kinds of learners will ultimately abandon outright our formal learning solutions if what we providethem fails to efficiently prepare them to effectively perform at their moments of “Apply.” Why? Because when facing a traditional course that fails to do this, today's learners are predisposed to simply walk away and look elsewhere forthe shortest path to successful performance.
in the Other side of Learning: Performance is eMany want to learn but it is finding the time... Time poor teachers:Must have access to tools that help them detect change before it is upon themNeed to cultivate personal learning strategies to minimise the probability of their own skills becoming automated/deep rooted We need to engage them as flexibly as we canWe need to create resources they can Understand intuitivelyBuild quicklyEasily adapt Engage with @ home and @ work
Do your staff have access to tools that help them facilitate their own learning?Do classrooms and staff rooms have access to technology that works?
Who stores and accesses files on the internet?Ability for students and teachers to access files, and tagging of information, networks, communication anywhere, anytimeAllows for assessment tasks to be coedited without being sent backwards and forwards
Here’s an diagram of using a Delicious account – Thanks to Stephan Schmidt from South Australia for this diagram which I have slight adapted.Having access to your favourite websites – anywhere anytime you are online is a vital skill for being a dynamic learner... Cloud and social bookmarking allows you to gather, tag and share sites... Eg. Delicious, remember this, diigo, and more
“New IT servicing models like cloud combined with improved user experiences make it easier for non-technical employees to download and install technology services.”An interesting statistic... That I think could easily cross over to teachers (would be very interesting to see the statistics)It isn’t necessarily a deliberate rebellion of the system but a way to get the job done effectively and improve productivityI have worked with lots of organisations who’s staff are firewalled from using sites.. In an attempt to protect systems etc and well intended bureacracy that actually impedes work flow and achievement of the companies goals. To the point of limiting communication and development of their own employees.
Citrix a company that gives businesses the ability to embrace consumerization using virtualization, networking, collaboration and cloud technologies.Looking at Gen Y working for IT companies that prefer to take their own technology devices to work.. Why?More efficiencyNot having to learn new systemsHave their workspace organised on their systemFrustrated by out of date programs or limited to programs in the workplaceLet people work from anywhere, any place, any timePrefer to bring my own computer – to be more efficient, own applications, more confortable, know where everything is,, don’t have to work on and learn new systems.Sense of ownership and responsibilityNo need to carry 2 computersHave all the applications I want to use.CITRIX company offer services that Enable employees to exercise their desire to use the best tool for the jobImprove business activity by using iPads to replace paper-based activitiesDevelop support and reimbursement models for employee-provisioned devicesSafeguard corporate data with proper device management and security models
Jane recommends the ways that organisations need to 1. Integrating learning in the work flowValuing informal and social learning2. De focus on courses & Refocus on performance aidsGood info designNot reinventing the wheelEncourage effective use of the social web3. Recognise you can’t create everything your people needTap into the growing phenomenon of sharingEnable infrastructure of sharingLetting groups organise their own content4. Assist in building Personal learning networks and helping establishing and maintaining Communities of practice and the likeRecognise you cannot enforce social learning, provide a framework for conversations, encourage to set up their own6. Help individuals with their personal knowledge management and dealing with info overload! e.g. a social bookmarking site, Encourage sharing and sorting content with their teams... Blogs/social bookmarking and more7. Encourage the use of personal devicesWorkflow audits, offer performance consulting approach to business8. Keep out of the way of self reliant learners and help others become more self-reliantLearning is not the end goal but the means to an end
To meet the varying needs, learning styles & abilities of Trainers consider a variety of PDShort & Sharp – Quick bites of learning Longer term engagementOpportunities to revisit the learning... Recordings, videos Own time learningLearning with others
Encouraging or supporting staff to engage in Communities of Practice – that relate and support the work they doDon’t force or enforce networking... It won’t work unless there is real engagement and value seen by the participantProvide or support access to networking e.g. facebook, yammer,
So many ways to communicate & reflect on learning and teachingHere StephanSchmidt has recorded a 3 minute video asking other respected colleagues about what we see are the pros and cons of using video and audio in online learning... I get to see and engage in a new tool, reflect on my learning and teaching... Give him material for a conference presentation (Moodlesymposium) to share with other teachers, I embed them in my e-portfolio wikispace which I can use to share with students and colleagues, and then he sends back to me other responses with even more reflections...Did you consider that reading is quicker than watching a video?... There are pros and cons to everything in elearning.
Offer engagement in courses outside of your organisation... Develop new networks, see different perspectivesIt is why I stay a part time employee and a consultant – it enhances my productivity to my employing organisation 10 fold.
staff and students to build a transportable online, growing eportfolio with them not locked into an organisation. Professional conversations regarding RPL – in conjunction with eportfolios is exciting. Give them skills to access to alternatives not lock them into a system and especially don’t lock it into your organisation.. Why would the dynamic moving workforce want to bother with that?So many opportunities online for self driven learningMany of it freeEncourage and assist staff to engage in personalised ePortfolio building – blogs, wikis, mahara, ‘on this day’..Personal communication skills if used can easily and quickly transfer to VET training e.g. facebook, twitter, youtube, use of mobile phonesRecognise and reward staff in their achievements... I have been lucky that my managers have recognised me... It inspires me to continue the learning curve.
What is it that contributes to my professional development?This mind map is my effort to capture my Career Map in one page... It was for my Career Portfolio as part of achieving a NSW Quality Teacher Award in 2009.This mind map is now 2 years old... Not sure where I can squeeze the last 2 years in? Formalised education & trainingEmployment – learning on the job – professional development within the job/ EXPERIENCEAustralian Flexible Learning FrameworkConsultancy Business – major projects every year – working with a variety of Personalised learning and online toolsRecognition – goals to achieve and work towards – being recognised by my employers and management
Teachers are not the only dynamic learners required in any training organisation Time poor challenged learners need – practical solutions that need to address and improve performance
Learn with others – share strategies and skillsNSWTAFEWestern Institute delivery video/satellite delivery... What an exciting duo these pair were connecting to adults via the School of the air students satellite system –I really liked their model where They had a mentoring team work as skills and confidence increased they then went on to mentor othersTeam teach in virtual classrooms - expensive? Worth it?
So many opportunities online for self driven learningMany of it freeTeacher challengesMOOCSCOPS
Who has heard of a MOOC?Who has engaged in a MOOC?What is a MOOC?Massive Online Open CourseDave Cormier, a recognized leader of the MOOC movement, defines these unique learning opportunities as: An online phenomenon gathering momentum over the past few years, a MOOC integrates the connectivity of social networking, the facilitation of an acknowledged expert in a field of study, and a collection of freely accessible online resources.While these courses are free to take, learners may sometimes pay an institution to receive RPL – this has been done at University level mostly in Canada and US. Usually, all the work within the course is shared with everyone else: readings, discussions, repurposing of material, etc. The idea is that the more you engage within the course, with other participants, and with the distributed content, the more you will learn. One of the biggest gains from participating in a MOOC is the network of connections formed between all the elements that make up the course. Most MOOCs to date have revolved around educational technology or learning theory topics. As new facilitators take the challenge of developing their own MOOCs, the subject matter is broadening. It is a bit like the wild frontier with MOOCs requiring the facilitator and learners to be early adopters, researchers, as well as self-directed. The very structure of MOOCs is rapidly evolving as facilitators learn from each iteration, methods used by other facilitators, and feedback provided by the participants.Tools they use are many and varied from Blogs, wikis, ning, youtube, google+ circles and hangouts, twitters, facebook to name a few of the recent Australian hosted Eportfolio – EPCop MOOC and rely on a #tag to keep people connected. A challenge navigating and keeping in the loop.. With so many loops to engage in.
Is your organisation so concerned about time & $ invested in resources that you aren’t prepared to change content and thow away assets?Are flexible classroom teachers forced to lock down their online delivery? Can they change the content/strategy of the course to meet the student group needs or do they rely on IT support or bureaucratic approval? Is the course even written by the teacher delivering the course?In a face to face classroom does the teacher adapt delivery to meet the varying learners needs? Are the lessons for the whole course written at the start before meeting the students and not changed or adapted once engaging with them.Does the LMS engage the learners with their teacher, fellow students or do they feel isolated trawling through content that could have been pulled out of a book?Can a student access their work/ an engaging discussion thread they recall from the course last year that applies to their workplace issue now? Or is it locked away in an institute’s hard drive or even deleted?
These are not in priority order
Where we are heading??? Just think of the potential for learning at home and in the workplace or any place with this sort of technology?I certainly know that we do need to rethink learning and training... And where we as trainers and managers/ leaders/ innovators take our Also the digital divide... Between individuals, communities and across the road.
Elearning innovation - Presentation at the Vocational Education Summit
e-learninginnovationVivian EvansConsultant: Specialising in Community FacilitationSynchronous Learning ExpertPresentation: Tonkin’s Vocational Education SummitOctober 2011
Flexibility in Teaching & LearningWhether students are• In the classroom• In the workplace• In the home• Any where• Any time
Learning solutions now!“And the actual nature of 21st centurylearners is resistant to learning optionsthat are delayed and removed from thehere and now. They are self-directed,adaptive, and collaborative in theirapproach to learning.” From The Other Side of Learning: “performance is Everything” by Conrad Gottfredson April 2011
What is/will be our role? “The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.” Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
Anywhere Anytime NOW! • “People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.” Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
ENCOURAGING STAFF TO ENGAGEWith technology to support and increase flexibility inteaching and learning
“Digital media literacy continues its rise inimportance as a key skill in every discipline andprofession.” “The challenge is exacerbated by the fact that digital technologies morph and change quickly at a rate that generally outpaces curriculum development.” Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
“Keeping pace with the rapid proliferation of information, software tools, and devices is challenging for students and teachers alike.”Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
“There is a greater need thanever for effective tools andfilters for finding,interpreting, organizing, andretrieving the data that isimportant to us.” Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
Grow dynamic learners“ This unpredictable unrelenting, and unforgivingenvironment of change requires organisations to cultivatedynamic learners – learners who know how to be rapid,adaptive, and collaborative in how they learn, unlearn andrelearn.” Conrad GottfredsonConrad Gottfredson in The other side of learning -Performance is Everything
Technology availability• Bandwidth Divide• Access• Cost of provision of latest equipment• Compatibility of tools• Constant changing By Yutako Tsutano http://flic.kr/p/8d4XB3/• Life of an item?
Cloud Computing“The technologieswe use areincreasinglycloud-based, and ournotions of IT supportare decentralized.” Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
“Today already 47% of business technology users at North American and European companies report using one or more website(s) to do parts of their jobs that are not sanctioned by their IT department. We expect this number to grow to close to 60% in 2011 as frustrated workers work around IT to self-provision technology.”Source: http://blogs.forrester.com/reineke_reitsma/11-02-11-the_data_digest_how_democratization_of_technology_empowers_employees
BYO TechnologyTeachers and students want or will want their preferred teaching & learningtools
The Smart Worker:1. Recognises they learn continuously as they do their job2. Wants immediate access to solutions to their performance problem3. Is happy to share what they know4. Relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues5. Learns best with and from others6. Keeps up to date with their industry and profession7. Constantly strives to improve their productivity8. Thrives on autonomy Source. The Future of learning is... Social by Jane Hart See Bit.ly/futureoflearning
Offer a variety of Strategies• Short & Sharp• Longer term engagement• Opportunities to revisit the learning.• Own time learning• Learning with others
Personal learning Networks &Communities of Practice• Encourage, support • Don’t restrict or limit don’t enforce the tools...
Recognise personal learning• Encourage & support building E-portfolios• Reward staff
Use appropriate technology aspart of management teamEnable staff to become comfortable and seethat it increases their performance by utilisingthe technologyFor Example• Live virtual meetings• Shared bookmarking sites• Collaborative tools to coedit and manage version control e.g. Google docs, wikis
Learn with others share ideas• Try co delivery• Co building of resources• Mentoring
“In an info rich world we need to becontinual learners”
Learning management systems:Questions to ponder• Are they inert/stagnant?• Are they locked down for the life of the course?• Can the teacher edit content easily & quickly - anytime?• Do they engage the learner? Can the learners connect?• Can students access and retain content after they complete the course?
Analysing Best practice• Accessibility anywhere, anytime, any tool• Connection between fellow learners and facilitator/s• Real time and asynchronous• Ease of use• Bandwidth friendly• Variety• Engagement of the learner• When learner wants it!• Having fun, laughter social• Access to all learners – varying abilities• Developing ‘dynamic learners ‘ giving them skills to learn on the run and in the future
Measuring success?Jane Hart suggests• “measured by moving from an LMS to social and collaboration tools/platforms”• “Defining objectives and how well individuals meet those objectives.”Source: The Future of Learning is Social