40 years ago on 12 June 1981 ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was first released in cinemas. Indiana Jones is a hero, as well as discovering ancient artefacts, he fights Nazis and does amazing things. Though I sometimes think that learning technologists are like Indiana Jones. Now before you grab your fedora and whip, I am not saying that this is a good thing. No the reason I have a theory that learning technologists are like Indiana Jones is really down to the views of Amy Farrah Fowler in the Big Bang Theory. I should really write a longer piece about this…
Some beautiful weather this weather this week as it felt more like summer, however by Thursday the weather had turned and it was grey and damp.
Monday I went to the office, which was quiet, but the change of scenery and routine was very welcome.
Tuesday I was chairing the Connect More event, which was online.
Wednesday saw myself and Lawrie deliver an online Digital Leadership programme to a cohort of university staff. It has been a few years since I delivered on the digital leadership programme however it all came back and I felt the session went well.
Got some nice tweets about my keynotes I have done over the years. There was this one on the Twitter.
— Emily Armstrong (@ejarmstrong) June 16, 2021
Dave Hopkins blogged about his thoughts on inspiring keynotes. Though I didn’t take the top spot I did get an honourable mention about my FOTiE 14 keynote on the dark side.
Thursday I was back in the office, it was a grey and damp day.
Decided that I would do the #JuneEdTechChallenge and caught up very quickly on the Twitter.
I did a five minute presentation to RUGIT on dual model teaching.
Should we be doing dual-mode or hybrid teaching? Well there’s a question I get asked quite a lot these days by colleagues across the higher education sector.
Firstly, what is it? Well Durham has a nice definition.
At its best, dual-mode teaching combines the face-to-face and online experience into one cohesive whole. It keeps the class together, providing a shared learning experience that works for students who are on campus and those joining remotely at the same time. It allows you to include and draw on the full diversity of your students and their experiences to date.
They add though
The challenge is to provide an equitable experience, to engage with the people in the room and those joining remotely, using spaces and technologies that were not designed for this.
Generally from what I have researched in this space (and this is backed up by the research we have done with universities in the ) is that basically it doesn’t really work.
UCL for example say
‘Dual-mode’ teaching is where students are taught face-to-face in a classroom and online simultaneously. We strongly recommend this be avoided unless pedagogically appropriate for both groups and adequate staffing is in place to manage and integrate remote students into sessions fully.
There are individuals who say that they can do this, but not really seeing the evidence from the students that it is effective. It does require more resource (staff and technology) which makes it more expensive, but still unsatisfying for both the in-person and the online students.
My top tweet this week was this one.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) June 16, 2021