Institutional strategies for educational innovation and e-learning

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Institutional strategies for educational innovation and e-learning

  1. 1. Institutional strategies for educational innovation and e-learning Prof. dr. Frederik Questier - Vrije Universiteit Brussel Jimma University, Ethiopia, June 2015
  2. 2. This presentation can be found at http://questier.com http://www.slideshare.net/Frederik_Questier
  3. 3. E-learning Challenges at Jimma University?
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  7. 7. 8 Roger's adoption curve
  8. 8. 9 How to get every teacher to apply innovative teaching? ➢ Innovators ➢ will start if no barriers ➢ Early adopters – early majority ➢ will start when you show them best practices ➢ The rest ➢ will need in situ support
  9. 9. 10http://jarche.com/2010/01/work-is-learning-learning-work-2/
  10. 10. Werken met portfolio's 04/10/05 | pag. 11
  11. 11. 12 Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) Venkatesh, V.; Morris; Davis; Davis (2003), "User Acceptance of Information Technology: Toward a Unified View", MIS Quarterly 27 (3), pp. 425–478
  12. 12. 13 Research studies show that how much and how effectively teachers integrate ICT in their teaching process depends mainly on their educational vision (not age, gender, ...)
  13. 13. 14 Teachers modern educational vision  → Teacher's educational ICT use 
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  17. 17. 18 Involve all stakeholders
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  20. 20. 21 Build an educational innovation center ➢ Expertise center ➢ Resources for experimentation ➢ Research approach ➢ Mixed team ➢ Educational scientists ➢ Educational technologists ➢ Provide services to teaching staff and students ➢ E-learning environment ➢ Training of teacher staff ➢ Facilitation of innovation
  21. 21. 22 Formalize contact with faculties ➢ Educational innovation steering committee ➢ members from ➢ each faculty ➢ central academic services ➢ and/or ➢ in each faculty ➢ an active, full time responsible for educational innovation
  22. 22. 23 Collaborate with edu researchers ➢ Researchers / teachers from faculty of educational sciences could ➢ assist with advice ➢ help in training teacher staff ➢ elaborate research projects around local context ➢ involve internship and thesis students
  23. 23. 24 Educational mission and vision on teaching / learning ➢ Get it written ➢ Get it known ➢ Get it implemented ➢ ask on every curriculum reform ➢ ask every new teacher to elaborate her vision on it
  24. 24. 25 Perform a teacher needs analysis Our results ➢ Didactical support for which tasks? (56%-30%) ➢ Adapt to the way students learn most efficiently ➢ Development of activating tasks ➢ Use of ICT in education ➢ Development of efficient learning materials ➢ Motivating my students ➢ Translate competences to evaluation ➢ Giving feedback to my students ➢ Translate competencies to effective learning activities ➢ Formulating end competences for my courses ➢ Adapt to the prior knowledge of my students
  25. 25. 26 Perform a teacher needs analysis Our results ➢ Didactical support in which way? (66%-33%) ➢ Online self study courses ➢ Workshops ➢ Individual support of an educational advisor ➢ Intervision ➢ Project group ➢ Individual coaching/mentoring by an experienced colleague ➢ Formal training 'academical didactics'? ➢ 57% 'yes'
  26. 26. 27 Disseminate best practices ➢ Website, news letter, books, ... ➢ Yearly day of Educational Innovation ➢ External keynotes ➢ Workshops from internal innovators ➢ Panel discussions ➢ Poster sessions
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  28. 28. 29 Provide didactical seminar for (new) teachers ➢ yearly ➢ 4 days residential ➢ 'mandatory' for new teachers ➢ reflection about personal educational vision ➢ didactical methods ➢ Introduction to educational technologies ➢ feedback with video recordings
  29. 29. 30 Provide workshops ➢ How to motivate my students? ➢ How to make my courses more interactive? ➢ Peer assessment for group projects ➢ E-learning platform ➢ Student portfolio ➢ Formulation & analysis of Multiple Choice tests ➢ Intellectual property & plagiarism ➢ Digital formats ➢ Open learning with wiki’s, Wikipedia, wiki courses, ... ➢ Open Source Software & reusable learning resources ➢ Voice techniques
  30. 30. 31 Provide question driven support ➢ Face to face advise and consultancy ➢ E-mail helpdesk ➢ helpdesk@ju.edu.et ➢ OTRS (Open Source Trouble Ticket System)
  31. 31. 32 Facilitate innovation projects ➢ Open call for projects in colleges ➢ Provide funding ➢ Anything from small seed money to 2y 1 FTE ➢ Challenge: continuation after the funding ➢ Dissemination ➢ Scalability ➢ Implementation in other programmes ➢ Or: assign central people that can go from project to project
  32. 32. 33 Facilitate communication between students and staff Firstname.familyname@ju.edu.et yearcode@ju.edu.et coursecode@ju.edu.et + variants for 'ad valvas' and 'work students' Software: GNU mailman : www.lists.org
  33. 33. 34 Learning Management System prerequisite Educational database Students Teachers Courses Unique stable codes!
  34. 34. 35 Involve your LMS users
  35. 35. 36 Evolution in E-learning? e-learning 1.0 e-learning 2.0 closed source software open source software solitary platform integrated in ICT-environment closed to outer world open where useful, closed where necessary only own institution connected with other institutions focus on technology focus on pedagogy consumption interaction courses communities teacher oriented student centered content management knowledge management upload of materials authoring environment tools intelligent assistant institutional learning environment personal learning environment
  36. 36. 37 Your LMS should be ➢ A learning environment ➢ Easy to use ➢ Self explanatory ➢ Pre-populated ➢ Automated ➢ An information hub ➢ A communication hub ➢ Social ➢ A community ➢ Addictive
  37. 37. What do people see in your LMS? your students? your teachers? other staff? external people?
  38. 38. Werken met portfolio's 04/10/05 | pag. 39
  39. 39. Don'tinvestin(pay)walls InvestinOpenness!
  40. 40. 41 Let's avoid the empty box feeling!
  41. 41. 42 Learning Object Repositories S. Ternier et al., Interoperability for Searching Learning Object Repositories: The ProLearn Query Language, D-Lib Magazine, 2008, Volume 14 Number 1/2, doi:10.1045/january2008-ceri
  42. 42. 43 The LMS ➢ will become ➢ the centre of learning ➢ the face of your university ➢ crucial ➢ corner stone infrastructure
  43. 43. 44 Murphy's law Anything that can go wrong will go wrong ➢ power interruptions and surges ➢ overheating (air-conditioning failure) ➢ hardware failure ➢ network interruptions and congestions ➢ bugs ➢ broken updates ➢ unintentional deletes ➢ dirty/faulty data input ➢ security breaches ➢ viruses ➢ fire, flooding, theft
  44. 44. 45 Scale (up) adequately Prepare for disaster recovery Have separate test and backup setups
  45. 45. 46 Recommendations for an open infrastructure ➢ Implement national or institutional portals and repositories for: ➢ Free Open Source Software ➢ E-learning materials ➢ Scientific publications ➢ Research data ➢ Open up and connect your Virtual Learning Environments ➢ OERs ➢ Roaming for students and staff Share experiences and collaborate
  46. 46. Nominal group technique What should JU do to improve e-learning? 1.Silent generation of ideas 2.Sharing ideas 3.Discussion for clarification of ideas if needed 4.Ranked voting (priority 1, 2, 3) 5.Ranking
  47. 47. 48 Example results University of Cuenca ➢ ICT-edu training for teachers (and students) ➢ Funding for ICT-edu projects ➢ Policy for the use of ICT-edu ➢ Promote teachers that have good use of ICT ➢ Introduce ICT in curriculum, carreer, faculties ➢ Center for educational innovation and technologies ➢ Professional networks to share experiences & information ➢ Create awareness about reasons for ICT-edu use ➢ Promote evirtual, e.g. with workshops ➢ Workshops on ICT-edu ➢ Request feedback from attendance in ICT workshops ➢ Give teachers a few months training (learning) time ➢ Deadline for ICT-edu ➢ Open mind for new technologies ➢ Research about ICT-edu (tools) ➢ Project to implement ICT in the classroom with supervisors that monitor implementation ➢ Stimulate ICT instead of manual work for course descriptions ➢ Collect statistics of availability of students computers ➢ Budget for student computers and computer labs
  48. 48. Questier.com Frederik AT Questier.com www.linkedin.com/in/fquestie www.diigo.com/user/frederikquestier www.slideshare.net/Frederik_Questier Questions? Ameseginalehu!
  49. 49. Credits ➢ Empty box, CC by-nc-nd by Mike Bitzenhofer ➢ Open arrow, CC-by-nd by ChuckCoker ➢ Share matches CC-by-nc-nd by Josh Harper ➢ Question mark CC-by by Stefan Baudy ➢ Social Icons by Iconshock http://www.iconshock.com/social-icons/
  50. 50. This presentation was made with 100% Free Software No animals were harmed

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