The Age of Technology-Enhanced Teaching


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We’ve seen many major industries undergo dramatic change in the last decade (i.e. manufacturing, newspapers, and customer service). With the introduction of MOOCs, adaptive learning systems, and content-delivery platforms, higher education doesn’t seem as “untouchable” as it used to. How can you stay ahead of the trends and stay relevant in this new world of technology-enhanced education?

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The Age of Technology-Enhanced Teaching

  1. 1. The Age of Technology-Enhanced Teaching Maria H. Andersen, Ph.D. Director of Learning & Research at Canvas
  2. 2. “Anyone that can be replaced by a computer should be.” - Arthur C. Clarke
  3. 3. “Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.” Bill Gates, in 2010:
  4. 4. What, me worry?
  5. 5. Did these people worry? Switchboard Operators Typists Travel agents Factory workers Cashiers Journalists Law Clerks Farmers Proofreaders
  6. 6. [three predictions for the age of technology- enhanced learning]
  7. 7. (1) Learning that involves information transfer will be replaced by technology.
  8. 8. (1) Learning that involves information transfer will be replaced by technology.
  9. 9. So we see emergence of sites that provide free lessons and lectures.
  10. 10. (2) Any repetitive assessment or learning task that can be replaced by a computer will be.
  11. 11. Thus follows the emergence of services that provide homework and practice experiences.
  12. 12. (3) Any computerized course that is cheaper and results in equal or better learning outcomes for students will be delivered that way.
  13. 13. And so … the emergence of free courses, certificates, and degrees.
  14. 14. So where does that leave you?
  15. 15. So where does that leave you? Wait and see?
  16. 16. (not recommended)
  17. 17. [reflection] What creates a really great learning experience?
  18. 18. Paradigm shift: You are now a learning coach.
  19. 19. Listening Communication Questioning Challenging Accountability Encouraging Showing new perspectives
  20. 20. Add more “Social Spice” Be the person students want to be accountable to.
  21. 21. A good coach also monitors the stats and provides appropriate interventions.
  22. 22. Even if the data is provided by the ProTeach 2000.
  23. 23. In general, find ways to increase student engagement. But be careful … engagement for the students, not you!
  24. 24. [case in point] Classroom mapping research from Vilma Mesa at the University of Michigan. Warning: These will haunt you.
  25. 25. If you are brave enough to let someone else make a detailed observation of the interactions in your classroom, what would they find?
  26. 26. [reflection] How do you stop being the most engaged person in your classroom? How can you get the students more engaged?
  27. 27. Show relevance to current events Ask Interesting Questions Let/make students collaborate Foster thought-provoking conversations Be supportive and encouraging (get out of the way)
  28. 28. And yes … Some of this too. New skills!
  29. 29. Guess who’s taking all these free MOOC courses? Turns out it is people just like you.
  30. 30. “Anyone that can be replaced by a computer should be.” - Arthur C. Clarke
  31. 31. Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice…
  32. 32. Stop wasting time doing things that a computer (or robot) can do better.
  33. 33. Be a human instead.
  34. 34. Any questions? Contact info: Twitter: @busynessgirl