Thursday, April 11, 2013

ocTEL big questions

I have added to the table of big questions from twitter.  Apologies to those I have misclassified and those questions I have midded


Question/ topic

Nigel Jones
how to evaluate the technology enhanced learning items/objects/methods before, during, and after implementation.
Wendy Wood
How can I help people engage, enjoy and learn effectively using TEL?
Sarla Gandhi
how can it [my module] be developed into a more effective teaching and learning medium to enhance engagement?
David Read
how technology, especially mobile devices, can motivate and encourage students to learn English outside of the classroom.
Maria Hacker
the technologies available and how they can best be used for student engagement.
Andrew MacLeod
ways to engage these reluctant professionals without alienating them.
Pete Richardson
What is the best way to help classroom teachers adopt digital materials and methods to improve their practice and the student experience?
lisa anderson @lisaa233 10h

#octel @thinksitthrough great webinar. Big Q, how do we get student engagement and hi standards of learning at a viable cost through MOOCs?
James Kerr @Kerr63 10h
Should reluctant staff be pushed to TEL if they don't fully embrace it? #ocTEL
Kayla Barlow @McrKayla
How can TEL support personalised learning in a way that works for both teachers and students?
Vanessa Camilleri @veecam
how can I, as an academic, help my students (who are teacher trainees) see TEL as a way of living and learning, rather than an imposition?
David Read @dreadnought001
will teachers who will not or cannot get on board with educational technology find themselves increasingly marginalized in their work?
Vanessa Camilleri @veecam
how can I, as an academic, help my students see TEL as a way of living and learning, rather than an imposition?
Staff development
Roger Gardner @rgardner
How best to develop staff digital literacies,especially awareness,practices & attributes,as opposed to access & skills?
Jim Pettiward @jimpettiward
How to address the gaping chasm in digital literacies of many teaching staff in HE?
S Huskinson @FieryRed1
:How can I convince academic colleagues to look at the teaching theory behind using a technology before using it?
Technology selection and effectiveness
Lynne Francis
what technologies are actually available, how do I use them, how are they beneficial for me to use as a teacher, and what are the learning gains for those I teach.
Barbara Wilford
how do we encourage academics to use appropriate technologies to support student learning and to enhance digital literacy?
Tracey Yeadon-Lee
I use a general VLE for my courses and in lectures I will often YouTube and radio podcasts. I think my big question is what else can I use and how
Mary Watkins
I'd like to know more about TEl outside of the VLE so academics and students aren't constrained by the features of the VLE.
 Bill Miller
[What is] the scope of the field
 Orla Daly
I can ensure that what I offer in terms of TEL initiatives/projects/suggestions is meeting the requirements and expectations of staff and students for an enhanced teaching and learning experience.
Maria Hacker
the technologies available and how they can best be used for student engagement.
Kari Rasmussen
How do we clearly identify who our student is, what responsibilities are they balancing and how to we best select and implement technology in a way that supports their learning and success in an educational career?
jamila osman
with the various technology that is being developed to enhance learning, how does the teacher determine whether teaching has taken place or not?
Quick wins
Sue Watson
I am really interested in quick fixes for teachers in formative assessment and would like to discuss how BTEC higher order grades can be assessed easily online. I think we need to get the assessment part integrated, which will lead to greater adoption by staff
Examples of good practice
Stephanie Bennett
I am really keen to learn and discuss more about best practice for implementing TEL both for campus and distance students – and also discover new and effective ways to encourage student learning through participation and interaction.
Elizabeth Charles
how TEL can be best used in teaching information literacy both face-to-face and via the VLE to support the self-directed independent learning of Birkbeck's mature students.
Hazel McAllister @TeflteacherUK
What are the best ways to use technology to help students learn a foreign language?
Evidence base
Donald MacLean
What do other practitioners find most effective in this field, why, and is there any research to back it up? I often find that research backed activity, and evidence, can be difficult to find.

"Simpson, Kate"
Is the student getting a different quality of experience by not being in the same room as the teacher; and, does TEL justify its worth in terms of money and time?
Tom Franklin
To what extent is evidence informing practice in technology enhanced learning?
How do we promote ethical and robust content in online courses?

Understanding MOOCs (and wider TEL)
Lesly Huxley
I am hoping to learn a) what it's like to participate in a MOOC b) what innovations as well as the basics of TEL are 'out there' and peoples' experience of them and c) how others respond to the MOOC.
Tim Bones
to glean a wider understanding of OOCs and their workings
how, both as an educator and participant/learner, might I benefit from engaging in MOOCs?
Tom Franklin
To what extent will Moocs transform learning and educational institutions?
Tim Herrick @minkymonkeymoo
question about MOOCs and TEL - who is it for?
Tim Bones @mrtimbones
Hope to discover pros/cons of being a participant/educator in comparison to other learning environs.
Effeciency and effectiveness
David Read
how technology can free up teachers’ time to focus on the more important things in the classroom.
James Clay
How do we create a culture in which TEL can be effectively used by all staff and learners to improve learning?
gemma holtam
How can technology be embedded in to everyday teaching and learning to support and enhance the needs of dyslexic students as well as all of the other student in the class?
Beth Tunstall @tunners78
How to make TEL more accessible in areas of economic (and so arguably ICT?) deprivation.
Pedagogic theory
 Bopelo Boitshwarelo
Is there a specific online pedagogy?
Rawad Hammad
how learning can be done through ICT?
Helen Crump @crumphelen
#ocTEL my big question “would thinking of TEL/eLearning from a literacies perspective answer a lot of questions?”
Julia Clarke @LUBSStudentEd
how will TEL  change learner identies? If we are all students now doesn't that change what it means to be a student?
Making technology invisible / ubiquitous
Alejandro Armellini @alejandroa
how can we get rid of the 'T' in 'TEL'? The question could be re-phrased as: how can technology become transpa
Assessment / recognition / employability (ouch that is pushing the topic a long way)
GraphicDesignProject @GraphDesProject
in what ways do employers recognise skills and achievements? Is it just educators? Where does it go?
I can’t classify
How do we build thinking content that seeps into society such that people start to revalue an enhanced and thoughtful version of themselves over the comfort and effortless state of general dumbness and pointless ammusement?
"Nortcliffe, Anne"
With Tablets sales exceeeding desktop/laptop sales, Ahmed (2013), what are implications for academic and student learning practice?  How are others embracing Post PC technology to enhance student learning? How others are encouraging their students to user their personal devices to support their learning?  Particularly as in our student population as smart device ownership has increased  the useage of smart devices for learning appears to have narrowed, to an expensiving surfing tool (Woodcock et al 2012c).    How do we engage our learners to utilise their smart devices and apps more effectively to develop and deepen their learning
Simon Bates
How can we fill the void between the need to co-create TEL work with educators and the needs of large (and mainly necessary) central administration systems?’
Janet Holmes
How can I enable learners to learn as they want to? It could be How can I learn what I need to do that! Maybe it should be  How can I get the trainees to teach each other?
Sue Barnes @suebbarnes45
Is it the technology that enhances the learning or is it that in considering use of technology we are prompted to consider innovative approaches to learning and teaching that lead to enhancement?
Bob Harrison @bobharrisonset
Does it matter and if so why? [not sure what it refers to]
clairedonlan @clairedonlan
Anyone for cricket? [Sorry Claire, couldn’t resist]
Tom Buckley @bigbadbuckley
How do we get from what  an academic is willing to make to what a student will appreciate consuming approach to the design process?
Hazel McAllister @TeflteacherUK
What does it feel like to be a distant learner?How can I use my experience to make a better one for my sts?


Mark Glynn said...

Thanks Tom. Is list is excellent

Scott J said...

Thanks Tom,

The table you assembled looks very useful to me as a guide for finding people with similar ideas to start conversations with (or in my case, look for someone furthest from my interests to start up a new train of thought).

As an avid fan of MOOCs I’ve been asked by our new director of teaching to observe and report on OCTEL as a way of learning what other institutions might be up to in the use of technology. All our previous effort has gone into training in the use of gadgets or a type of neutral instruction theory that is entirely based in the f2f environment. My take on learning is it can be done anywhere under all circumstances and identifying what learning looks like under various conditions will help us pick the correct technology to deliver it. By this method we may be able to assemble a picture in our minds of what school will look like online and this is one way to present change to our talented but reluctant instructors.

Without a picture of themselves being there and teaching in some way afforded by some tools our pragmatic instructors will remain unwilling to rethink their practice. Unfortunately, our provincial government does have a vision for education based purely on business logics that will prevail as our instructors hold back. Your table gives some hope that teachers (at least in this MOOC) are beginning to see themselves in the future as participants and not simply as attendants of the technology.

Thanks for putting me in the unclassified category. Being too close to a clear concept at our school gets a person elected to head a committee on it.

Tom said...

Thanks for your comments Scott, I hope that you find this MOOC useful. Though, I don't think that there is such a think that there is such a thing as neutral instruction theory. All instruction comes with an embedded theory, whether this is explicit or implicit. On the whole I believe that the "theory neutral" really bundles up a bunch of things around the teacher as authority figure (thereby deserving of respect?) and a didactic form of learning.

I think you might find it particularly useful to follow some of the threads around pedagogic theories (construcivism, constructionism, dialogic, didactic etc). Giving some theoretical underpinning to what you are doing might also give it greater credibility with other teachers.

Sorry if I am "teaching grandmothers how to such eggs".