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New Roles for Instructors and Learners: Integrating Technology to Enhance Student Success
Overview of Day 2 1.The what, why, and how of e-learning 2.Using e-learning to enhance relevance 3.Using e-learning to model the real world 4.Using e-learning to promote independent practice 5.Conclusion and Q & A
What is e-learning e-learning is the integration of technology in the teaching/learning process for the purpose of enhancing student success
What do we mean by Integrating Technology Integration = adding technology to existing best practices Technology = Hardware + Software
Intellectual Engagement Student Success Where have we been? TextbookInstructor Motivational Engagement
Student Success We then introduced technology: TextbookLaptops and Desktops Instructor Intellectual Engagement Motivational Engagement Something was missing? Hypothesis: Need subject specific content available anywhere/anytime to maintain student focus
Technology tools that enhance relevance: -Textbook resources (http://mcgrawhill.ca/college/larson)Textbook resources Other resources: http://www.sedar.com http://www.globeandmail.com http://www.tse.com http://www.cga-canada.org/ http://www.cica.ca http://www.iasb.org/ http://www.fasb.org/intl/convergence_iasb.shtml
Independent Practice: Think of ways you might incorporate some of these online resources to enhance relevance both in and out of the classroom.
Using e-learning to model the real world Fact: Computers are used pervasively in the business world. Employer surveys show that they require students to have adept computer skills.
Student Success We said earlier that: TextbookLaptops and Desktops Instructor Intellectual Engagement Motivational Engagement Missing piece? Highly interactive subject specific content available anywhere/anytime
What have we done at NAIT? 80 PDA Students + 40 Control Students (Sept/02-Dec/02) - Piloted PDAs through mobile Learning Project - Developed interactive content pieces for use on PDA 50 Laptop Students + 30 Desktop Students (Sept/02 to April/03) : - Piloted highly interactive subject specific software (LIFA) - Student attrition improved significantly - Student/instructor/administration satisfaction high Non-Technology Classrooms (210 Students; Jan/03 to Dec/04): -Piloting subject specific interactive software (LIFA) -Preliminary results show high student satisfaction/improved results
Practical Exercise: Objective: Go to http://www.mcgrawhill.ca/college/larson (follow the sign on instructions on your handout entitled Online Textbook Resources). Explore the Interactive Exercises and TetrAccounting and identify if and how they could be incorporated for teaching/learning both in and out of the classroom to enhance student success. http://www.mcgrawhill.ca/college/larson
Student Success We said earlier that: Textbook Laptops and Desktops Instructor Intellectual Engagement Motivational Engagement Yet another missing piece! Highly interactive subject specific content available anywhere/anytime that is tied to assessment Using e-learning to promote independent practice
LIFA – Lyryx Interactive Financial Accounting -Highly interactive, subject specific online application that can be tied to assessment -Self-correcting, confidence building explorations -Self-correcting, auto-recording labs - Positively impacts classroom management
Incorporating e-learning: What did we learn? Support is #1 Institutional Technical Technology Subject specific content ESSENTIAL Content must be interactive Interactive content must be tied to assessment Smart class room Student access to desktop, laptop, tablet, or personal digital assistant (PDA) Training
Impact of Technology on the Instructor -Technology complements existing best practices -Instructor focus will shift -Know the software/Show the software -Challenges comfort zone -Learning curve impacts preparation -Decreases marking workload (software dependent) -Stimulates creativity -Increases flexibility -Students ask more focused questions -More email traffic -More enjoyable/new frustrations
Impact of Technology on the Student -Transfers greater responsibility to students (a huge positive!) -Stimulates independent learning (because it is tied to assessment) -Increases student flexibility -Enhances students skill portfolio -Increases student confidence -Increased student success/satisfaction -More enjoyable/new frustrations -Increases students expectations for technology!!!
Motivational Engagement Student Success Where have we been? TextbookInstructor Where are we now? Textbook Highly Interactive, Subject Specific Content Tools Tied to AssessmentHardwareInstructor Intellectual Engagement Motivational Engagement Intellectual Engagement
Real World Example of Online Course: Athabasca University (AU) is Canadas premiere online university with more than 45,000 registrations annually and growing at a rate of 10% per year. The School of Business had over 9,000 students and 13,000 course registrations in 2003/04 representing a 12% compounded growth rate over the last five years. Over 70 business courses are available including Introductory Financial Accounting (ACCT253). AU has recently signed an agreement with Soochow University in China.ACCT253 Contact: David Annand Director, School of Business email@example.com
Concluding comments -Teach to essential outcomes -Incorporate continuous questioning (Blooms taxonomy) -Encompass relevance (implicitly or explicitly) in every lesson -Structure lessons using 7 basic elements -Use e-learning tools …. above all, have fun!