This is my presentation from FOTE 2009.
This is my presentation from FOTE 2009.
After posting the “video” of my presentation I have uploaded some more media from the MIMAS mobile learning event.
A video of my presentation.
A slideshare overview of my slides.
Some images from the day.
Yesterday I presented at the MIMAS Mobile Learning event on “The Future of Learning”.
What I was hoping to do was get people thinking and discussing, to start the conversation.
New technologies emerge all the time, feeling confused by it all then this is the handbook for you.
Over the last decade, in seminars, conferences, and workshops, Peter Tittenberger and I have had the opportunity to explore the role of technology in transforming learning.
From conversations during these engagements, a set of concerns has emerged:
Educators express interest in improving their teaching and learning practices, particularly emphasizing the need to improve engagement of learners (online or in-class).
While concerned about improving teaching and learning, educators generally resist:
This Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning (HETL) has been designed as a resource for educators planning to incorporate technologies in their teaching and learning activities.
It is written by the well respected George Siemens and Peter Tittenberger.
Via Andy Black’s blog.
The HE Academy have published an interesting report into research into integrating formal and informal learning.
Potential affordances of this integration have been largely unexplored and there is little evidence base to draw upon. This project will address this issue by providing an educational rationale for integrating formal and informal learning supported by electronic tools.
According to a report by Sheffield University the UK exported £28bn worth of learning in 2003-04.
That’s a lot of learning…
When I was told I had to teach statistics to a group Advanced GNVQ Business students many years ago I did wonder how I would approach it.
In the end I went with themed series of bitesize lessons.
Each lesson had a theme, some of these included:
Time Series – Toy Story, to infinity and beyond, could now use Doctor Who
Correlation – Indiana Jones
Regression – Star Trek
Dispersion and Range – Blackadder goes Forth
Normal Distribution – X-Files
Each lesson was self-contained and included theory and different kinds of assessment.
It seemed to work well, with students who years later still remembered many of the lessons.
As for copyright, well I was a different person then…
It is often thought that e-learning can be used in order to “replace” teachers and save money.
This is a bit of myth for virtually all educational institutions. e-Learning can’t replace teachers, you still need someone to facilitate and support the learning experience.
But e-learning can save money, let me give you an example.
Three local institutions deliver an A Level in Zebra Studies. They each deliver to five or six students.
If all three institutions can collaborate and deliver a single course in a mixed-mode delivery to the 15-18 students, then rather than three staff been paid to deliver, each institution only needs to pay a 1/3 of a member of staff.
You use e-learning to support and enhance the delivery. You use online discussions, video conferencing, podcasts, video webcasts, etc…
The students will benefit from the larger group, more so if students withdraw, withdrawals from a small group could mean not only a group which is unviable from a cost perspective, but also from a learning pespective – it is always difficult to break into groups of three when there are only four students!
Rooming costs will also be lower.
Institutions don’t need to be just FE colleges, they can also be schools, HE institutions as well as colleges.
Only a thought.
Also where there is cross curriculum areas, ie Customer Service, Finance, Health & Safety, groups could be combined in a single college to save on costs. A single cohort of twenty students instead of two groups of ten – actually that one doesn’t even need to use e-learning, just co-ordination!