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1 Maree GosperNo 1 22 August 2007 Learning and Teaching in the Information Age Learning with Technologies Dr Maree Gosper CPD/IHERD

2 Maree GosperNo 2 22 August 2007 Learning with Technologies Technologies are the tools around us – why not use them? Introducing new technologies leads to change – learning, teaching and the curriculum Managing the changes

3 Maree GosperNo 3 22 August Technology? Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born (Alan Kay 1980)

4 Maree GosperNo 4 22 August 2007 At MQ In 2006 the number of students enrolled at MQ was 31,660 60% - 18,996 were under the age of 25 ( MQ Annual report, 2006) What implications does this have for the way we teach and the way students learn?

5 Maree GosperNo 5 22 August 2007 Learning is a process of knowledge construction knowledge dependent highly tuned to the situation in which it takes place (Resnick 1989)

6 Maree GosperNo 6 22 August 2007 Point 1 Technologies are the tools around us….. Skills and knowledge are not independent of the environment – mental, physical and social – in which they are used. We should therefore be using the tools of the 21 st Century when developing learning environments

7 Maree GosperNo 7 22 August Learning with Technologies Common elements across disciplines encompass the processes of: Accessing, exploring & interacting Communicating, collaborating, creating & contributing Reflecting, evaluating & refining

8 Maree GosperNo 8 22 August 2007 Communicating & collaborating The environment of higher education is changing. There is an increasing need for distance education, with pressure coming not only from nontraditional students but also are seeking flexible options The “shape” of the average student is changing, too; more students are working and commuting than ever before, and the residential, full- time student is not necessarily the model for today’s typical student. (Horizon Report 2007) What does this mean for the way we communicate and collaborate

9 Maree GosperNo 9 22 August 2007 Communicating & collaborating

10 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Creating & contributing Writing an essay Giving a presentation Sitting for an exam

11 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Creating & contributing Second Life: Melany Toombs – Year 6.Second Life: Melany Toombs – Year 6. The virtual doorways project was done as a reflection for a unit on sustainability and global warming. Producing a podcast Developing a group resource on a wiki.

12 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Reflecting, evaluating, refining Task / lecturer feedback Tutorials Online discussion forums Blogs ePortfolios

13 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Accessing, exploring & interacting Lectures / Tutorials Practicals /Field trips Readings - Simulations Role plays Problems -> PBL Just introducing new technologies is not enough iLecture Research

14 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Point 2 The introduction of new tools will impact: –the way we teach –the way students learn –the way we assess This has implications for the way we structure the whole curriculum. We need to rethink the alignment of aims outcomes activities and assessment tasks

15 Maree GosperNo August Managing the changes Learning is an effortful process Technology should not get in the way of students learning

16 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Will they use it? The 4 E’s - Collis and Moonen (2001) Ease of use Effectiveness Efficiency Environmental readiness

17 Maree GosperNo August 2007 A balancing act The Curriculum The ICTs The Organisational Environment The CICTO Framework JS Flagship Project (M Gosper, K Woo, H Muir, C Dudley, K Nakazawa. AJET 23, 2.

18 Maree GosperNo August 2007 eBenchmarking - quality enhancement 1.A statement of context –Vision, why, for what purpose 2.Infrastructure –Expectations around Univ LMS, external hosting, use of tech not supported by central services 3.Academic practice –Workload, responsibilities expectations, policy implications 4.Professional development and training –Pedagogical, technical, organisational 5.Student induction and development –Expectations and responsibilities, pre-enrolment information 6.Quality Assurance and enhancement –Curriculum & pedagogy, technical & compliance, risk management

19 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Point 3 In managing the change we need to consider and act upon three interrelated elements 1.The curriculum 2.The technology 3.The organisational environment

20 Maree GosperNo August 2007 Thank you The Machine is Us/ing Us


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