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1 Learning Technologies Past, Present & Future AusWeb 2004 Murray W. Goldberg Silicon Chalk, Founder WebCT, Adjunct Prof. UBC

2 Technologies Learning Technologies Past, Present & Future This is a very exciting time to be in education. So much is changing - So much to do! More changed in ed. during last 7 years than during previous thousand (Unfair? No!) At a turning point – one which will be remembered Seen much change already, but are only at the beginning! Lets look at some of these changes: Where did WebCT come from? Where we are now? Where might we be going with ed tech …

3 Revelation #1 If you are a faculty member and you can think of something entertaining to do, someone will give you money and time to do it!

4 Revelation #2 If someone else agrees that what you are doing is fun, they will help you do it!

5 Revelation #3 Sometimes when you try something, it works!!!

6 Revelation #4 If the entertaining thing you thought of works, someone will give you more money to try it again!

7 Revelation #5 People are never really interested in what you think they will be interested in!

8 Revelation #6 Supporting users of your grant- funded software is an inappropriate use of grant funding!

9 Revelation #7 Universities can sometimes move more quickly than continental drift! (or … some universities get it more than others)

10 Revelation #8 You can screw up royally and, if you are lucky, people will still love you!

11 Revelation #9 Despite anything you (inadvertently) do to try and kill it, sometimes a company will continue to grow despite you!

12 Revelation #10 Learning Technologies are Here to Stay

13 Learning Technologies – the Present Educational technologies are everywhere. WebCT alone: –10,000,000 students –At institutions (mostly HE but also 6-12) –In over 80 countries In North America, over 80% of HE institutions use CMS Standardizing: 38% WebCT, 26% BB, 25% > 1 Growth continues, faculty rely on these systems CMS systems now considered mission critical

14 Learning Technologies – the Present People are talking and thinking more about them: –Integrating technology into instruction top IT issue –As of 2002, 22 national publications with focus on ed. tech. –T.H.E. conference listing 360 ed. tech. conferences

15 Learning Technologies – the Present Seeing real results – mission critical: –Addition of technology can improve outcomes –Addition of technology can increase inclusivity –Addition of technology can improve community –Addition of technology can improve experience, satisfaction –Addition of technology can improve access Outcomes: Web based equal to lecture based. Combined group performed significantly better Inclusivity: 55% comfortable in class, 75% comfortable in BB 89% comfortable in at least one of two. Community: Originally thought BB would be S/I Students support others, strong community formed 65% - 85% of students felt stronger community Students demand these technologies now. Far most satisfied group was combined group. 94% said web resource improved experience. Access: Brings education to the student. Improves flexibility. Needed more now than ever.

16 Learning Technologies – the Present Not just CMS – also other technologies: Wireless –In % of all laptops had integrated wireless –In % will have integrated wireless –Wireless at 80% of institutions Mobile computing –Most HE students have computers, > 80% in –More students are buying laptops (about half of 2002 student computer purchases were laptops) –Some institutions requiring ownership (> 10% in N.A.) So where are we going with Learning Technologies? What does the future hold? Lets take a peek …

17 The Future: Telepresence! to make user fully present in every sense at a physically remote site Imagine the implications for distance education! Moving in that direction with A/V conferencing Much further ahead in research labs: –NIME: 5-sided room –TTRG: remote controlled camera demo But no need to wait for telepresence for remote collab.

18 The Future: Hybrid Learning Networks increasingly used for synchronous collaboration Why not apply this to education? We can! With targeted commun. & collab. tools, remote networked students can participate meaningfully in live experiences! Remote students able to follow & be full contributors Notion of distance vs. present begins to fade Helps ease move toward hybrid learning environments

19 The Future: Ed Tech Will be Ubiquitous … IT will be everywhere! … IT will be ubiquitous throughout education For first time ever students now (or will soon) have wireless networked mobile devices I believe we are at a turning point. In a small number of years it will be unthinkable to enter any educational experience without a computer (laptop, tablet, PDA …) This is going to drive ed. tech. in a new (previously impossible) direction – the classroom!

20 What Does it Mean for the Classroom? Classroom no longer defined by chairs & 4 walls, but by our learning community interactions (where and when ever they occur) Computers will enhance & extend classroom Classroom connected to other aspects of learning 1.Improve presentation, communication, collaboration & feedback in the face to face classroom 2.Make a complete recording of learning sessions so students have persistent learning asset 3.Make that classroom experience available to physically distant students

21 The Future: Sooner Than We Think? 1.Improve presentation, communication, collaboration & feedback in the face to face classroom: –Presentations beamed live to all participants –Students can take notes and make annotations –Polling & questions –Feedback on pace & clarity –Quizzing –Exercises and collaboration

22 The Future: Sooner Than We Think? 2.Make complete, searchable, interactive recording of learning sessions. –Students no longer need to transcribe experience –Includes audio, presentation, notes & all interaction –Creates permanent learning asset w/ search & navigation –Almost live - students refine & interact (notes, questions, exercises, quizzes, polls, etc)

23 The Future: Sooner Than We Think? 3.Make the classroom experience available to physically distant students: –Remote students can participate as though present –Can follow presentation, interact, respond, question, provide feedback, perform exercises, etc. –Creates distance course from every existing lecture course –Allows seamless move to hybrid delivery

24 The Future: Sooner Than We Think? Today! The laptop, with wireless poised to become central educational resource: –Mobile access to web based resources such as WebCT –Provides access to publisher material (textbooks) –Communication, collaboration & learning in the classroom –Searchable access to all the notes taken by the student –Provides a searchable, live archive of every learning experience ever attended by the student –Provides remote access to courses for distance students

25 The Future: Sooner Than We Think? Today! Educational technology can touch every educational context and experience –In class –Seminar groups –Individual study –Asynchronous and synchronous distance learning How long until all students have mobile computing devices and use them in every educational experience? Technology is a wonderful tool, but lets keep our perspective about the future …

26 But What is Future Really About? Not about technology – about learning! your students! Its about how we use tech & other tools Tech doesnt inspire students – you do! Tech doesnt change edu. – you change edu Tech not a solution, its a tool – provides faculty & students with flexibility & opportunity Future is about this community effort – of faculty, IT professionals, instructional support professionals, students … - tiny supportive, collaborative, collegial community of millions of people who care about education

27 And Whats This Tiny Community Accomplished in 6 Short Years? We now know: –That Ed Tech will enable some to be educated who might not otherwise have the chance –That students who use Ed Tech in the education can have better experiential and academic outcomes –That students with improved access or outcomes are more likely to reach their personal intellectual potential and therefore will be more productive and positive contributors to society

28 How Important is all This? Therefore youll agree: –That your efforts with appropriate technology will result in more effective scientists, doctors, lawyers … and teachers! –Your work will have a huge effect because it is societal –Your work will have a global effect because it is world- wide –Your work will have a lasting effect because it is cumulative Your work is changing the world! You deserve congratulations.

29 Thank You! Murray W. Goldberg

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