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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

Annie Olson

October 30, 2007


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$2500 Grant

  • Travel to Melbourne, Australia

  • Attendance at e-Learning Symposium, held at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

  • December 3-5, 2006


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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


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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


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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


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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?


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Your Turn

  • What are the three most significant ways you use technology in your teaching?

  • What is most innovative about these uses of technology?


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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.


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Global Problems—Online Learning

  • Attrition in online courses

  • Why educate online?

    • Competition, supply-demand economy

    • Accommodate student needs, preferences

    • Accommodate faculty needs, preferences


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Global Problems--Technology

  • Technology attracts students

    • Institutional pressure

  • Transportation vs. transformation

  • Roadmaps from three important contemporary theorists


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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”


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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”


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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?


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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?