The Distributed Teacher
April 19, 2:00 PM, Hawaii Standard Time Zone
Dr. Jon Dron
Chair, School of Computing and Information Systems
Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
Dr. Dron will explore what makes online learning different, describing how its boundaries affect how we learn. He will suggest ways to rethink and dis-establish the course as the primary unit of education, to rethink the role and nature of assessment, and to consider what educational system we might build if we started now. He will discuss tools, built at Athabasca University, to support beyond-the-course learning, assessment approaches, and ways to adjust course-based teaching so that we can learn together and become a part of one vastly distributed, collective teacher.
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Into the Great Beyond: Exploring the Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment
April 21, 2:00 PM, Hawaii Standard Time
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Director, Online Programs, EDUCAUSE
Associate Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Here’s a paradox: grousing about the LMS is a favorite sport on most campuses. Yet nobody seems to think they could possibly do without one (or two or three). So what might a next-generation digital learning environment look like? What should it enable us to do? EDUCAUSE has started researching and conceptualizing the next-generation digital learning environment, and in this session we will, together with its participants, continue our exploration of that environment.
This successor environment will be enabled by digital technology, driven by a vision of a learner-centered approach to higher education, and will demand a great deal of innovation and creativity to realize it. Together we’ll review some of the discoveries that informed the ideas in the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s white paper, and then we will collaboratively seek to unpack the five core functional domains of this next-generation environment. Participants will understand the scope of a next-generation digital learning environment, learn about the community’s consensus on what this environment needs to be able to do, and explore the alignments of the research with your institution’s academic strategies.
In this session, the facilitators will guide participants through two activities:
- a brainstorm to identify a set of LMS features to preserve and to identify a set of features to add to the next-generation digital learning environment, including a discussion of the results; and
- facilitate a discussion with participants to identify the impediments to establishing the next-generation digital learning environment.
About The Presenters