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Navigating 21st Century Education

Presented at ULT Futures Colloquium, UNE

Sarah Thorneycroft

on 20 September 2010

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Transcript of Navigating 21st Century Education

A practical integration strategy for
interactive and collaborative learning Navigating 21st Century Education (as in, how on earth do I actually go about it?) (Buzzwords: web 2.0, social media, student-centred, e-learning) Why use web 2.0 tools/social media in my teaching? There is extensive research available on the benefits of web2.0 tools and social media in teaching:

Bibliography - ULT Futures wiki That's not what this session is about.

The bigger question is:
How do I actually get started? How do I structure my teaching? I don't have time to rewrite everything.
How do I find relevant tools?
Will it take me forever to learn to use them? I don't really get a lot of this stuff.
Will my workload blow out trying to support and assess it? Image credits:

Social media icons by Barta Media Group

3D figures by
http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystaljingsr/ What do you want students to learn?
What learning experiences do you want them to have? START:
Outcomes. Selecting tools is half the battle Management Assessment Why we chose blogs:

Short learning curve - no more difficult than a word processor
Easy setup (self-hosted, web-based even easier)
Flexibility of content (video embeds etc)
Easy to manage

And most important:
Blogs allow for a high level of collaboration and interaction in a student-driven environment Don't underestimate the power of Google searches and networking
You don't have to know what you're searching for - try Googling concepts and outcomes to find tools
Stick with popular tools - don't try to reinvent the wheel
Summarise the tool's features in three main points
Check these against your outcomes/learning experiences
Don't get bogged down in case studies and research
Set it up once, set it up right
Efficient digital processes are identical to efficient analogue processes - plan an efficient workflow
Use your developers and IT staff - it's not your job to be tech support
Don't over-scaffold
You don't have to be the expert So what does it look like? Much of your assessment structure can stay intact
Use the tool features - don't resort to analogue marking
Investigate plugins and tools to make your life easier
Use peer assessment BIM (Moodle plugin):

ReviewBasics (free online marking/website markup):

Wordpress plugins:
Add Users: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add-users-sidebar-widget/
FeedWordPress: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add-users-sidebar-widget/ [Blog links that were here require UNE authentication to view, sorry guys!] BUT.

It doesn't have to look amazingly exciting to be effective learning. The simplest structures can be often be the most effective. Start with one thing and do it well, rather than trying to rewrite from the ground up and include every new tool - whatever you do, it will only be a tiny part of what's out there.
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