Tag Archives: distance education

Smartphones for education & BYOD

Two recent infographics have caught my attention regarding the changing nature of edtech in education. I’m really interested in the statistic quoted about students using a smartphone to support their study are spending more time on their studies per week. Although 40 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot. When I think about this in terms of the distance education students I teach at CSU, I would suggest that a number of my students who are mobile learners are actually investing more than 40 mins of study per week via their mobile devices. I am observing far more ‘learning on the run’ in 2012 compared to 2009 when I was involved in a study which explored DE students’ preferences for accessing DE learning materials online and via mobile devices. It’s amazing how quickly emerging tech becomes mainstream these days, which leads to the second infographic I recommend Going BYOD.

Connecting Apps & Education
Provided By: OnlineColleges.net

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media [infographic]

This infographic provides a nice visual introduction on teachers’ use to social media in their classroom. The four coloured coded functions of Connect, Teach, Notify and Curate are useful in demonstrating the different functionalities of a range of social networking tools. This infographic could be used as a discussion starter with a group of school teachers, or university lecturers.
A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media
From: OnlineColleges.net

Distributive leadership & transformational change presentation

In mid-February I had the pleasure of presenting on my Flexible Learning Institute (FLI) Teaching Fellowship experience with 2 other FLI Teaching Fellows along with Charles Sturt University’s Director of FLI, Professor Mike Keppell and Dr Merilyn Childs (Deputy Director of FLI) at the DE Hub Education 2011 to 2021 International Summit in Sydney, NSW, Australia, 15th-18th February 2011. Here’s the slides for our symposium presentation, “Distributive leadership and transformative institutional change – blended and flexible learning and a Teaching Fellowship Scheme”:

A short video was also produced capturing some of the key points presented as part of the showcase:

Eight of the FLI Teaching Fellows are participating in Mike Keppell’s Transformative Learning: Teaching Fellow Perceptions of Redesigning Subjects/Courses using Blended Learning research project which is focusing on the transformative role of blended learning to improve teaching and learning in subjects and courses throughout Charles Sturt University. This has involved interviews at 6 monthly intervals where teaching fellows reflect on their role in  initiating transformative change using blended learning.

Many thanks to Mike, Merilyn, Richard Taffe and Lucy Webster, it was a great working with you 🙂  And many thanks to James Childs-Maidment of University Media for producing the video – nice work!

CSU TLship residential schools a success

On February 21/22 we had over 80 students enrolled in ETL401, ETL402 and ETL503 for Autumn session attend our Sydnay residential school held at the State Library.  Roy Crotty, Dianne Lane and myself enjoyed an action-packed 2 days getting to know our students face-to-face, and preparing everyone for a new session of study in teacher librarianship with us at Charles Sturt University. This year I think we broke a record of attendance in that we had student representation from every Australian state and territory (yes, even WA, SA, NT and Tassie!). Congratulations to all who travelled long distances and gave up their weekend to learn about the teaching role of the teacher librarian, information literacy & collaboration, collection management and the integration of literature in education.

Four days later Roy and I found ourselves back in Sydney (this time with Ashley Freeman, ETL503 Subject Coordinator), to meet  the group of 51 NSWDET teacher librarians who are enrolled in ETL401 and ETL503 this session. After another hectic 2 days, we came back exhausted but excited about the level of interest, enthusiasm and engagement our new students displayed upon returning to tertiary study (hey folks, how are you feeling now…remember Sampson?)