Sunday, July 15, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Friday, July 13, 2018

T21C Conference - Getting started with online collaborative learning

Just a quick post to share my presentation/workshop at the T21C event this week. A small local conference at Hillcrest Christian College on the Gold Coast.

What a lovely school! We were in purpose built classrooms with a socratic approach to learning and furniture arrangement.

It was good to catch up with friends (and former students of mine in the MEd Knowledge Networking and Digital Innovation degree at CSU) Jacques du Toit, and Yvonne Barrett. Jacques is the Assistant Director of Academic Performance and Innovation at Hillcrest, and Yvonne is a teacher librarian about to head back out of Australia to take up a position in an international IB school in Turkey.




My session was about 'Getting started with online collaborative learning: Tools and strategies to move from 'local to 'global'.




Sunday, July 08, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Monday, July 02, 2018

IUT Conference 2018 - Holistic approaches to online collaborative learning design

Last week I attended the 43rd Improving University Teaching Conference held on the Charles Sturt University Port Macquarie campus. As an international conference it attracted representatives from Australia, Scotland, China, South Africa, USA, Canada, Fiji and more..... This was a small and very friendly event and over the three main days I did three presentations - each one with a slightly different format.

This post focuses on the 'Paper presentation' which was a 45 minute session where I talked about my topic based on a slideshow, and then we had discussion and questions in the room. The outcome of this session is an academic paper (yet to be finalised!). Here are some essential artefacts to learn from in the meantime. Thanks to Judy O'Connell for tweeting this out during the session!



Abstract
When designing online learning consideration should be given to how a community can be built around subject content and objectives and how students will interact with the academic and with each other. The institutional learning management system affords a safe and reliable albeit often less than inspiring space for learning. New digital learning environments using the affordances of Web 2.0 technologies support connected and collaborative pedagogies. Holistic approaches with a focus on multimodal design extends learning into online spaces for improved engagement, provision for response choices (text, audio, video), online publishing and media creation while fostering new pedagogical approaches.

Digital learning environments using the affordances of Web 2.0 technologies support holistic learning design for connected and collaborative pedagogies.



Essential Discussion
This session shared research-based holistic implementation of Web 2.0 tools (tools that allow for multimodal communication, interaction and collaboration as well as online publishing and media creation), or the ‘collaboration web’ (Harasim, 2017) as a design feature for online subjects in higher education. Emerging pedagogies based on participatory and collaborative online learning were examined with current examples of learning space design using Web 2.0 tools shared via the Case Study of INF537 - Digital Futures Colloquium. This is the capstone subject I co-wrote and teach at Charles Sturt University as part of the Master of Education degree in Knowledge Networking and Digital Innovation.

These three essential understandings frame the presentation content:

  1. Subject and learning design in conjunction with management of Web 2.0 tools is crucial. There needs to be a pedagogical purpose for each tool and transparency around why and how each tool is implemented. Design must respect student time and workflow, and not all activities may be mandatory.
 
  2. Teacher presence in conjunction with online agility and flexibility is a key factor. The ideal approach is for academics to be in the online spaces with the students. Teacher presence is the glue that holds this holistic approach together.
 
  3. Open scholarship in conjunction with networked and digital learning should be the norm when using Web 2.0 tools. Leaving a digital legacy is a goal afforded by Web 2.0 tools. It can be exciting to see where the learning grows and interconnects with others beyond the class (experts, peers etc.).


Harisim shares how Web 2.0 has  drawn attention to online social communication and collaboration and the invention and adoption of social networks that marks the keystone for Web 2.0. (Harasim, 2017). The overall instructional design and active facilitation including the selection of effective tools and design of meaningful assignments is the best use of Web 2.0 tools (Koehler, Newby & Ertmer, 2017). According to McLoughlin and Lee (2010), pedagogical change requires knowledge of appropriate teaching methods and awareness of the learner experience while using Web 2.0 technologies and social media.

Veletsianos (2016) believes that sociocultural factors make technologies and practices emergent. Participatory technologies like online social networks and blogging have become an integral part of open scholarship. However, he questions what effect online socialisation with peers via social networking sites might have for online learners, as well as the pedagogical affordances of these sites. Tensions between Web 2.0 use and educational practice in higher education are shared in research by Bennett, Bishop, Dalgarno, Waycott and Kennedy (2012) where more successful outcomes saw alignment between educational and Web 2.0 practices and highlighted the potential learning benefits from effective use, through student content creation and sharing. Lock and Johnson (2016) discuss the need for careful consideration of technology to support student completion of collaborative learning tasks, and at the higher education level students should be empowered to make those decisions. Kuit and Fell (2010) found that constructivism underpins the use of Web 2.0 technologies, and the role of the academic in this process is pertinent to foster judgement, synthesis, research and collaborative practices.




As part of the INF537 Case Study discussion one of the tools shared is FlipGrid. This is a vital communication and collaboration tool that has recently been bought out by Microsoft. Kudos to FlipGrid creators for their inspiration and we will wait to see what MS does with the tool - so far it has been made FREE to educators but with the implementation of a mandatory password on each Grid. My thoughts about that as an educational imposition will be shared in a subsequent blog post.....

Meanwhile you can access the INF537 FlipGrid where students discuss preliminary ideas for their Research Assignment.  Password is INF537-17




REFERENCES 
Bennett, S., Bishop, A., Dalgarno, B., Waycott, J., & Kennedy, G. (2012). Implementing Web 2.0 technologies in higher education: A collective case study. Computers & Education, 59(2), 524-534.

Harasim, L. (2017). Learning theory and online technologies (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Koehler, A. A., Newby, T. J., & Ertmer, P. A. (2017). Examining the Role of Web 2.0 Tools in Supporting Problem Solving During Case-Based Instruction. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 49(3-4), 182-197.

Kuit, J. A., & Fell, A. (2010). Web 2.0 to pedagogy 2.0: A social-constructivist approach to learning enhanced by technology. In R. Donnelly, J. Harvey, & K. O’Rourke (Eds.), Critical design and effective tools for elearning in higher education: Theory into practice (pp. 310-325). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Lock, J., & Johnson, C. (2017). From Assumptions to Practice: Creating and Supporting Robust Online Collaborative Learning. International Journal on E-Learning, 16(1), 47-66.

Veletsianos, G. (2016). Digital Learning Environments. In N. Rushby & D. Surry (Eds.), Handbook of Learning Technologies (pp. 242-260): Wiley.





Sunday, July 01, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

  • This course offers theoretical and real-world insights into why and how globalisation can be used as a conduit for sustainable development. Globalisation is associated not only with significant economic development opportunities but also with pressing environmental and social challenges. Through readings, videos, discussions and interactive learning activities you will examine and critique the potential of globalisation to drive sustainable development. You will also explore and reflect on the impact of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on current and future economic, environmental and social trends.

    tags: education sustainability globalization

  • @cogdog is Alan Levine - and in this blog post he talks about the history and motivation for purchasing and using domain names. Good to read for motivating 'brand of one's own'

    tags: education brandofme domain

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

  • The suggestion that teaching and learning can be significantly improved by better supporting our teachers is vital and should not be overlooked. In particular, there is growing evidence that teacher collaboration can lead to more satisfied teachers while producing better outcomes for students. Great read to get to before #uwclearn Development Week @louiebarnett123 @GeoAlchin1 @Elfdaws @UWCSEAEastGlopo https://t.co/qtaRPCS8Ey

    tags: uwclearn education collaboration DesignThinking Gonski

  • Excellent blog post. Dewey would remind us that being a citizen means more than just following rules. A citizen is part of a community, and being a citizen of a community means interacting with each other, supporting one another, and working together to make our corner of the world a better place. Isn’t it time for our digital citizenship lessons to start reflecting some of his ideals? @julielindsay - this may interest you #digcit https://t.co/PGmVFITSc2

    tags: digcit education digitalcitizenship

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

  • Is your online training content ready to go global? When developing online training material, it is important to plan ahead and create a realistic budget. It’s best to design the online training content in such a way that it’s easier to adopt localized versions. A little organization and research beforehand can go a long way and make online training globalization a much smoother process. Let’s take a closer look at the following 6 steps to globalizing online training content.

    tags: education highered globalization

  • tags: culture education interculturalunderstanding

  • Welcome to All Aboard! Are you keen to improve your digital knowledge, skills or confidence? If so, we’d love to help. All Aboard is a national project that aims to empower learners, teachers, and anyone who uses technology to support their work, their study, or other aspects of living in a digital age. We have: developed a simple, fun (we hope!) way of thinking about digital skills (in the form of a Metro Map) produced and shared lessons and learning materials that anyone can access online promoted the use of ‘digital badges’ across a range of applications including, of course, digital skills worked in partnership with many organisations and groups, including supporting student engagement projects championed a focus on confidence, empowerment, identity, and wellbeing. Interested? Then read on and start your digital journey!

    tags: opened education digitalliteracy

  • How do you develop a cost-effective quality learning model for the 21st Century for disadvantaged children in small rural schools scattered across Colombia? Beginning in the 1970s, Vicky Colbert rose to the challenge. She focused on building an innovative education model in which key strategies were cooperative learning and cross-peer tutoring. Colbert and her team at Fundacion Escuela Nueva essentially pulled off a paradigm shift, moving their schools from a teacher-centered education to a student-centered learning model that integrates curriculum and teacher professional development and engages local communities in the education journey of their students.

    tags: education pedagogy future

  • “Retrieval practice” is a learning strategy where we focus on getting information out. Through the act of retrieval, or calling information to mind, our memory for that information is strengthened and forgetting is less likely to occur. Retrieval practice is a powerful tool for improving learning without more technology, money, or class time. Download the FREE retrieval practice guide

    tags: education thinkingroutines

  • New to blogging and image use online? Read this short article to develop skills key to knowledge work online

    tags: education INF530 ETL523 images creativecommons

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Sunday, April 01, 2018

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Conversations about learning - Podcast series you must subscribe to!

Have you have found this podcast series yet?  

Rethinking Learning Podcasts hosted and created by Barbara Bray, Creative Learning Strategist, USA.


Barbara has been involved in education for a long time and has an astute understanding of trends, needs and priorities. Her website has resources, a blog and services - make sure you take note of the Personalized Learning page!

The Rethinking Learning podcast series is a hand-picked selection of thought leaders, movers and groovers what are out there affecting change. These are the educatirs you should be following on twitter - and reading their blogs and listening to what they have to say. Plan to listen at teacher staff meetings or casual PD sessions. Share, tweet, blog.....

Don't forget to listen to my conversation with Barbara - Podcast #29 - Learning about the world, with the world



Thanks Barbara! You are an inspiration to us all!