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socialmedia / 04 – Inside Higher Ed

Professors and Social Media

socialmedia / 04 – Inside Higher Ed.

Data suggest that 80 percent of professors, with little variance by age, have at least one account with either Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, Slideshare, or Google Wave. Nearly 60 percent kept accounts with more than one, and a quarter used at least four.  A majority, 52 percent, said they used at least one of them as a teaching tool.

Improving E-Learning in Higher Education: Strategies to Better Support Learning and Teaching Online

Speaker: Dr. Marc Rosenberg Ph.D., Marc Rosenberg and Associates.

E-Learning represents a “sea change” in university education. From supporting traditional campus offerings to implementing innovative, stand-alone, lifelong learning products, new technologies and new understandings of how people learn are reshaping academic teaching. Of course, this has tremendous implications for how students learn, how the university is structured, and how faculty deliver on one of their primary missions. With about fifteen years of past experience, efforts by colleges to deliver e-learning have had successes and disappointments. What have we learned? Plenty, especially that one of the most important constants of quality, sustainable e-learning initiatives is the design of the program.

Technology is an important enabler, but pedagogical considerations are critical. As FIU continues to move forward with e-learning, important questions arise as to how to make e-learning work, how to make it easy and rewarding for faculty to participate, and what it takes to engage students and yield valuable educational outcomes. In this keynote presentation, Dr. Marc Rosenberg will present a variety of strategies and approaches designed to address these challenges. Learn why significant enhancements to e-learning programs do not have to be difficult or time consuming, and how a little creative thinking, combined with solid instructional design, can yield the types of quality programs that reflect positively on university teaching and generate solid student enthusiasm.

Lecture Notes

Myths:  eLearning is
1. New, 2. Easy, 3. equals eLearning strategy, 4. Success is getting it to work,  5. Eliminates the classroom, 6. Opposition comes from users/students, 7. Build it, they will come.
Why does eLearning Dissappoint?
1. Poor/broken technology 2. Bad content 3. Software 4. Bad user experience 5. Boring, 6. Talking, not teaching
Balanced Instruction & Events of Instruction
Explain for 50% ; Excercise for 35% ; Evaluate 15%
  • Explain: Gain Attention, Inform Learners, Stimulate Recall of prior learning, Present Content, Provide Learning Guidance.
  • Exercise: Elicit Performance/Practice (Games, Sims, Role Playing), Provide Feedback
  • Evaluate: Assess Performance

Teaching in Second Life: A Faculty’s Perspective

Presentation by Marcelo Alvarado & Luis Gomez, FIU Professors

I’m super excited about this presentation; last year at this time FIU Online had a SL guru presenting on what is and what can be done with Second Life.  This year, we have 2 of our own faculty sharing the experiences they had developing and piloting their online courses thru SL.  This technology is used along with the LMS so there still is an asynchronous and grading component that goes along with it.

Part 1: Alvarado begins:

Management Studies Center (MSC) is the building he worked with FIU Online to develop which he would use to host his MAN3025 fully online course.  His avatar chills on top of the building (his building) and also chills with the Panter mascot (still dressed in suite and tie because after all, he is a Business Prof.)  He was a great candidate for this pilot because he, like many students, feels that lectures or PPT w/Audio are boring ways of delivering content… His teaching methodology in SL includes ACTIVITY/PROJECT BASED LEARNING!

  1. There still needs to be a boring part: SL Intro and Learning Curve Period
  2. Individual Decision Making: Group Leader must decide from 20 locations
  3. Group Organization: Meet and Document proof that they all attended the location visit at the same time (real-work scenario where logistics and commitment matter; Interaction)
  4. Negotiation Exercises: If everyone can decide on 1 Location, activity is over by convincing the others why they should go to their chosen location; it started by 2 groups uniting and went on to motivate/pressure others to unite with them (majority begins to fight for all the power)
  5. Still to do and final thoughts:
    1. Guest Speakers in SL
    2. SL is interactive and can simulate any activity

Part 2 by Luis Gomez

Gomez is the perfect subject for piloting SL as his course is all about activity and physical interaction and sound… WELCOME TO MUSICALES!  SL allows him to bring his students into the life and the world of music. Students feel comfortable in SL – and the students who can not come to campus can still be touched by his passion, love, and musical experiences.  Musicales is a collaboration of many different music houses and technology being used and tapped into by taking advantage of all that it has to offer.  Environment supports course content by also integrating quiz stations and stimulating design.

  1. Gomez is “Mello Sole Star” in SecondLife
  2. Students will sit and click to see, feel, taste, and touch music
  3. They create their own avatar and touch or experience things.
  4. Rooms where you can learn how to put instruments together
  5. the composer’s lounge so you can sit, talk, and collaborate with others.
  6. links to Facebook, Twitter, Email, Text, ….
  7. ALLLL AT THE FINGERTIPS OF THE STUDENT!!!!

SL meets the face to face challenge and allows students/professors to NEVER STOP DREAMING!

Education is NOT the Google Search BarSpeaker

Allison Rossett, San Diego State University, Professor of Educational Technology.
Today, when you inquire about higher education, most envision a room, with a professor up front, and students seated around. That snapshot however, does not fully reflect current realities or future trends. International report finds a steady increase in technology-based delivery and a parallel decrease in time spent in classrooms. These studies find more college students engaged in independent and asynchronous learning and reference. Three years from now, will we say education and envision a Google search bar?

Education is NOT the Google Search BarSpeaker: Allison Rossett, San Diego State University, Professor of Educational Technology.Today, when you inquire about higher education, most envision a room, with aprofessor up front, and students seated around. That snapshot however, does not fully reflect current realities or future trends. International report finds a steady increase in technology-based delivery and a parallel decrease in time spent in classrooms. These studies find more college students engaged in independent and asynchronous learning and reference. Three years from now, will we say education and envision a Google search bar?

Closing Points:

5. Focus on their outcome
4. Focus on their experience
3. Use the literature
2. No flopping around. Guide!
1. Measure…