ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Online Session with Tony Bates

Posted on: October 16, 2011

30 participants in elluminate at the beginning (21:00 in Austria) . Stephen Downes presents Tony Bates … 34 participants – while Stephen explains technology we chat and don’t listen to him 🙂 .. 35 participants …. 38 participants … 41 …. 43 …. 45 … 46 ….

Tony: Technology management isn’t boring.

  • Should universities benefit from digital era?
  • Should technology enhance OR transform Higher Education? – Tony hopes for transformation!

We teach instead of allow students to learn. Web2.0 technology give students control.

Institutions have to rethink HOW to teach.(I’m reading, translating, writing this contribution, reading the chat contributions, …)

At HE institutions technology is often adding costs without showing benefits. Enhance (via technology) to imply maintaining status quo.

Examples for goals of the use of technology: (a plan is needed)

  • flexible delivery
  • 21th century skills
  • IT skills / knowledge – every discipline needs IT skills
  • improving cost-effectiveness

Most important part for strategic planning: at programm level (students at university f2f in the first year, more eLearning in the next years) – experts in Learning technology centers are useful

Case study results: committees with weak mandates, rapid growth of eLearning if LT support units, because faculty don’t know how to use technology with respect to pedagogy.

Best practice: high-level technology comittee with sub-committees, clear mandates for committees

Innovation: three stage process: exploration, pilot and evaluation, adoption

Important to make decisions, and have a modell for responsibilities – with rehard to technology mangement

Quality assurance: programm team decides content, cooperation with media designers.

Main costs of courses: instructors time and instructor support, course design, number of students, method of working (pedagogy)

Ways to control cost: transfer “work” to students, OER – pre-service instructor training (how high is “value” of teaching?)

Barriers to change: HE culture (Socratic myth: Socrates with 1-5 brilliant and rich students), reward system (no reward for teaching)

Opening audio channel for discussion ….

Questions & discussion (chat, audio):

  • Does the excisting classroom model have to change? If so, why?
  • How can technology help – or does it make it worse?
  • What can you do to bring about the necessary changes?

Can a MOOC work in a university?? Problem of accreditation

Lot of resistence, management wants to have control, it is about power and the fear of loosing it. We have to change instructors!

Resistence from faculty, but of students as well. Students object because they have to work harder  – Tony: a lot of these remarks are excuses.

Hope students come into a mooc and experience how learning can be done – it is a very slow and frustrating process to change a HE institution.

Question for Tony: What do you see as the weakness of a MOOC ? Tony is not keen on webinars (instructor driven). He likes to work on a MOOC, he can use his website, a webinar, discussions – it’s his choice. He is curious: what take people away from a MOOC?

Stephen: This MOOC – each week a new expert – five different ways how teaching and learning can be done.

Questions for Tony’s week:

  • Can universities or colleges change from within, or do we need new institutions for 21th century learning?
  • What would reformed or new universities / colleges look like?

– follow up on website (book website) –  a lot of activites, questions, we can create own forum) – hope to see us all in the discussin forum, Tony prefers asynchronous versus synchronous discussions.

Lost the chat in the last 2 minutes!

Tony’s newest book: Bates, A. and Sangrà, A. (2011) Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Co. – website of the book

3 Responses to "Online Session with Tony Bates"

Thanks for sharing your notes! It sounds like this topic is very important for ZML, this is the ZMLchallenge as well, do you think? I think the short statement about the two bariers to change “HE culture (Socratic myth: Socrates with 1-5 brilliant and rich students), reward system (no reward for teaching)” points out to two very important problems.

Yes, and I think at the center of this problem is our understanding of learning. And in the 14 years of observing my son I’m convinced that I cannot influence his learning processes. Learning succeeds inside him – and my role is: to offer him a lot of possibilities to learn and to respect him as learner (and respect his choices – that’s the hardest part).

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