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Title III Presentation. Annie Olson October 30, 2007. $2500 Grant. Travel to Melbourne, Australia Attendance at e-Learning Symposium, held at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology December 3-5, 2006. e-Learning Symposium.

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title iii presentation

Title III Presentation

Annie Olson

October 30, 2007

2500 grant
$2500 Grant
  • Travel to Melbourne, Australia
  • Attendance at e-Learning Symposium, held at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • December 3-5, 2006
e learning symposium
e-Learning Symposium
  • Sponsoring organization, Common Ground, focuses on learning in both face-to-face and online formats.
  • International Representation
    • Primarily from Australia, New Zealand, and Tazmania
    • Also from the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Turkey, Korea, and Afghanistan
keynote speakers
Keynote Speakers
  • Colin Lankshear--prolific author in key contemporary works on online and other literacies
  • Prof. Ian W. Gibson--a leading developer of curriculum and teacher education initiatives with global contexts
  • Dr. Michelle Selinger--a global education strategist for Cisco corporation who specializes in technology education for emerging and developing countries
  • Prof. Mary Kalantzis--Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
session streams
Session “Streams”
  • Pedagogies and Teaching Practices
  • Research Approaches and Results
  • Learning Technologies: What They Do and How They Work
  • Managing and Leading Educational Change
  • Measuring Learning Outcomes
why australia
Why Australia?
  • Technology from a student perspective
  • Two questions:
    • Does my research focus fit into the larger picture of what others are thinking and doing?
    • Is my focus neither redundant to what is being done nor so far out of the picture as to be irrelevant?
your turn
Your Turn
  • What are the three most significant ways you use technology in your teaching?
  • What is most innovative about these uses of technology?
encouragement and challenge
Encouragement—and Challenge
  • LeTourneau University is on the right track in our use with technology.
  • We still face the same problems and challenges others face in using technology effectively.
  • We have much to learn.
global problems online learning
Global Problems—Online Learning
  • Attrition in online courses
  • Why educate online?
    • Competition, supply-demand economy
    • Accommodate student needs, preferences
    • Accommodate faculty needs, preferences
global problems technology
Global Problems--Technology
  • Technology attracts students
    • Institutional pressure
  • Transportation vs. transformation
  • Roadmaps from three important contemporary theorists
james paul gee
James Paul Gee
  • discourse vs. Discourse
    • “Language in use . . .how language is used on-site to enact activities and identities”
    • “‘other stuff’—ways of acting, interacting, feeling, believing, valuing, and using various sorts of objects, symbols, tools, and technologies to recognize yourself and others as meaning and meaningful in certain ways . . . ways of being in the world”
colin lankshear and michelle knobel
Colin Lankshear andMichelle Knobel
  • Insiders and Outsiders
    • (Based on John Perry Barlow’s terms)
    • “natives,” those who have “‘been born and grown up’ in the space of ‘the Internet, virtual concepts and the IT world generally’”
    • “immigrants,” who have “migrated to this space”
new literacies for new learning spaces
New Literacies for New Learning Spaces
  • Game theory—more than 20 higher order learning principles identified by Gee
  • Discourse analysis—Re-inventing Bartholomae
  • Learning models—what does it mean to learn?
  • Teaching models—what does it mean to teach?
research goal
Research Goal
  • “No one had really identified the problem that e-learning was expected to solve”

--Robert Zemsky

Chairman, Learning Alliance for Higher Education

  • What are the questions we need to be asking of ourselves and of our students?
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