SITE 2015

ryancousett EdTech, Education, Grad School

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From MOOCs to SmOOCs: Creating a Manageable but Networked Open Learning Environment

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As new technologies are developed, educational institutions also come up with instructional practices that take advantage of the potential of technology to meet the needs of current students. In the field of online education, practices have evolved overtime from the hybrid model that complemented restricted traditional classroom learning to a global virtual learning open system in the form of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Using virtual learning systems (VLSs) and cloud computing, MOOCs have become the next educational platform for students interested in open, flexible and sometimes free education. As a new phenomenon, MOOCs are increasingly becoming popular and institutions of higher education are developing MOOCs. The popularity of MOOCs may also be attributed to the leadership and support of top universities that generally pioneered them.

Key Takeaways

Using MOOCs for the situation of on-boarding is a fascinating idea in a corporate situation. Having a sustainable MOOC where new employees can complete tasks at their own start date and time.

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Teacher Transformation: The 4 T’s of Becoming a Digital Educator

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Abstract: There are four critical elements required for successful teacher technology transformation: Time, Tools, Training, and Teamwork. These 4 T’s are interdependent, and if the integral connectivity among the elements is missing, if only one element is isolated as the priority, or if even only one element is missing, efforts and resources intended to support teacher development will be less effective at best, or in the long term, ineffective altogether. It is the integration of these key elements that is the hinge that swings the door wide open to successful technology integration and teacher skill development. This 4 T’s theoretical framework offers new definitions of four fundamental components of teacher development and posits their critical symbiotic relationship. This framework works across a wide range of contexts including learning environments with veteran teachers, pre-service teachers, and university faculty.

Key Takeaways

Tools, training, teams and time all contribute to digital leadership. The right tools are needed to move forward. Support from a team effort and training make things possible. Time is also essential to move forward.

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eLearning: Welcome to the Modern World

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Many people attribute Henry Ford with the saying, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.” Unfortunately, many eLearning students get what they have always gotten because their online courses are not designed to promote engagement and interaction. This presentation will demonstrate how one “do it like I’ve always done it” instructor rethought methods by which she presented her content and evaluated student learning in her online course. This instructor discovered the importance of incorporating interactive and vibrant technologies, such as Video Everywhere, Google Earth, Mindomo, Glogster/Smore, and others, that are available through one learning management system and free software online. By integrating the many technological opportunities available today, instructors from most disciplines can create an engaging environment that ushers students into the modern world of eLearning.

Key Takeaways

“Successful learners in the online environment need to be active, creative, and engaged in the learning process.” (Paloff & Pratt, 2013) So many times online learning is passive completing modules on your own time. This allows learners to loose interest and fall back. Successful learners need to be allowed an environment that allows for creativity, activity and engagement.

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iEducate: a mini-conference about iPads in Education for Preservice Teachers

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This session will describe a professional development approach used in a college of education that has a one to one iPad initiative. Students were strongly encouraged to attend workshops on effective iPad integration strategies for the classroom during a one week period. This session will discuss the structure and management of the event, student feedback and plans for future implementations.

Key Takeaways

Setting things up in a mini-conference may allow learners to be more engaged. Having learners teach their peers allows for more motivation to be present in the trainings.

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