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Beyond the Software and Gadgets-Why Technology is Transforming Education

Beyond the Software and Gadgets-Why Technology is Transforming Education

This article (on page 17) was published in Education Technology Insights, January 2016 edition. It considers how today’s technology aligns with our natural human inclinations to “learn by doing” through self-directed discovery and inquiry.

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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in Technology and Learning

 

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As universities push more content to mobile devices to support teaching/learning, enhance communications, and extend features of their enterprise systems more must be done to protect that content in case devices are lost or stolen.  This is necessary for practical reasons and to ensure college compliance with federal regulations like FERPA.  This article shares some practical measures you can take with quotes from yours truly!

 
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Carnegie Mellon University: Symposium on New Paradigms of Teaching and Learning

This is an excellent conversation on the transformation of teaching and learning hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. Highlights include:

  1. Learning Outcomes: Evidence is suggesting that the flipped classroom approach can improve learning outcomes in high enrollment courses like foundation courses. This might allow us to rethink the viability of larger classes in some situations.
  2. Streamlining Course Development: The Gates Foundation is supporting a study at the University of Maryland involving recombining content available in MOOCS for use in campus courses.  The notion that we must build our courses from scratch is being tested.
  3. Residential Learning: Technology-enhanced learning can complement residential learning if used to free faculty for other important activities.  A focus on achieving learning outcomes using the “best mix” of online and face-to-face interaction could create an immersive residential learning experience.
  4. Adaptive Learning Models: The Gates Foundation is supporting the use of adaptive learning models in high enrollment general education and developmental education courses.
  5. Transformation of Teaching and Learning: Transformation takes place when individual course-level enhancements transition to collective change.
  6. Access: We are now reaching audiences that were previously excluded from higher education.  MOOCs were sited as well as the new open source mooc.org (a collaboration between Google and edX.org).
  7. Simon Initiative: Links cognitive models of learning with computation tools to create focus on both the learner and measurably improving learning outcomes (click here).
  8. Getting Technology Right – Focus on the Learner: “Learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks.  The teacher can advance
    learning only by influencing what the student does to learn.”  – Herbert Simon, 2001
 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Technology and Learning

 

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Adaptive Strategic Thinkers

strategic-thinking1After exploring the Six Habits of True Strategic Thinkers outlined by Paul Schoemaker, I can’t help but consider the challenges facing brick and mortar universities and how we might use such an approach to meet the challenges ahead.  The fundamentals of how we approach learning are transforming due to ready access to online resources.  Content expertise no longer resides exclusively “on-location” but valuable resources still exist on residential campuses that can promote immersive learning.  Since today’s learners navigate information online, traditional classroom learning is not needed as much for that and therefore, faculty are finding new ways to guide learning and engage students in collaborative exercises that allow for greater synthesis of content and deeper critical thinking.  Our learning should not be limited to simply remembering, understanding, and applying knowledge.  A residential campus can create opportunities for understanding how we process information differently, how we might reach the same (or different) conclusions through different approaches, strategies, expertise, and mindsets.  As I read the six habits below, I could not help but consider the transformation we are undertaking and how a framework could facilitate that transformation.

  1. Anticipate: Anticipate the impact of such things as MOOCS, badges versus degrees, mobile pedagogy, virtual reality, and gaming on the learning process.
  2. Think Critically: Think in ways that challenge current beliefs and mindsets while respecting the dignity and expertise of our colleagues.
  3. Interpret: Interpret our changing environment by seeking patterns that can help us to think differently about pedagogy and learning.
  4. Decide: Make decisions that support incremental change but in ways that effectively position the university in the marketplace.
  5. Align: Align people and resources in ways that transform but also respect diverse view points and expertise.
  6. Learn: Learn from our successes and mistakes to ensure our strategies can be adjusted accordingly.

Six Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

Anticipate 


  • Look for game-changing information at the periphery of your industry
  • Search beyond the current boundaries of your business
  • Build wide external networks to help you scan the horizon better

Think Critically


Critical thinkers question everything.

  • Reframe problems to get to the bottom of things, in terms of root causes
  • Challenge current beliefs and mindsets, including your own
  • Uncover hypocrisy, manipulation, and bias in organizational decisions

Interpret


  • Seek patterns in multiple sources of data
  • Encourage others to do the same
  • Question prevailing assumptions and test multiple hypotheses simultaneously

Decide


  • Carefully frame the decision to get to the crux of the matter
  • Balance speed, rigor, quality and agility. Leave perfection to higher powers
  • Take a stand even with incomplete information and amid diverse views

Align


  • Understand what drives other people’s agendas, including what remains hidden
  • Bring tough issues to the surface, even when it’s uncomfortable
  • Assess risk tolerance and follow through to build the necessary support

Learn


  • Encourage and exemplify honest, rigorous debriefs to extract lessons
  • Shift course quickly if you realize you’re off track
  • Celebrate both success and (well-intentioned) failures that provide insight

Source: Paul J. H. Schoemaker

 
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Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning

This is a compilation of links to Web 2.0 tools and apps.  A special thank you to Anthony Basham at Berea College for assistance compiling this.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Technology and Learning

 

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Nice Illustration of Learning Theories

Nice Illustration of Learning Theories

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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Technology and Learning

 

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Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates …

Interesting video about what motivates us toward action. The video also uses a “white board” animation technique to deliver the content.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Technology and Learning

 

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EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT Issues, 2014

It is interesting that many of the issues this year focus on student outcomes and learning.  What do you think?

Top-Ten IT Issues, 2014

  1. Improving student outcomes through an institutional approach that strategically leverages technology
  2. Establishing a partnership between IT leadership and institutional leadership to develop a collective understanding of what information technology can deliver
  3. Assisting faculty with the instructional integration of information technology
  4. Developing an IT staffing and organizational model to accommodate the changing IT environment and facilitate openness and agility
  5. Using analytics to help drive critical institutional outcomes
  6. Changing IT funding models to sustain core service, support innovation, and facilitate growth
  7. Addressing access demand and the wireless and device explosion
  8. Sourcing technologies and services at scale to reduce costs (via cloud, greater centralization of institutional IT services and systems, cross-institutional collaborations, and so forth)
  9. Determining the role of online learning and developing a strategy for that role
  10. Implementing risk management and information security practices to protect institutional IT resources/data and respond to regulatory compliance mandates*
  1. Developing an enterprise IT architecture that can respond to changing conditions and new opportunities*

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Technology and Learning

 

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Funny Depiction of the Impact of Technology on Human Evolution

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Technology and Learning

 

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Tom Tapscott

This video is about 4 years old but outlines the fundamental argument for transforming the way we teach and learn in higher education. This transition is still being fueled today by younger faculty that have grown up in a “digital world”.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Technology and Learning

 

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