Distance Learning and Learning Technologies by wgv13363


									     Distance Learning
   Learning Technologies
         March 11, 2003
       Cindy Vinson, Ed.D
Dean Learning Technologies FHDA

•   My background
•   What is Learning Technologies at FHDA?
•   Distance learning at FHDA
•   Distance learning trends focus on higher education
•   Distance learning trends focus on corporate
•   What does this mean for K-12?
•   Questions?
                    My background

• Speech Pathologist
• Technology Coordinator
• Instructional Technology; curriculum
• Learning Technologist
                What is Learning

Learning technology is the use of
technology to produce a long-term
change in human capability. The
technology we use can be one or more
of the following: tools, processes,
methods, and knowledge that produce
repeatable, predictable, and desirable
                      What is LT at FHDA?
                        Who we are…
• Broadcast Media Center
   – Community College Network
   – Streaming Media
   – Webcasting
• Instructional development group
   – Consultation with faculty
   – Customized workshops for departments or divisions
   – Online course development with faculty experts
• Technical training
   – Training on district supported software
   – Individualized training for faculty and staff
   – Just-in-time support for the web
               What LT does at FHDA
• Work with the distance learning deans of both
  colleges to assist in the design and delivery of
  their courses
• Solve instructional and learning challenges
• Promote collaboration, best practices, and
  diffusion of learning technologies in the classroom
• Train and retrain FHDA employees in using
  technology for learning, communication, and
  personal productivity
• Research learning technologies to identify those
  that have practical application for the district
• Support the building of sharable and reusable
                                Key Projects
• Web-enhanced courses
   – Brought approximately 200 De Anza faculty online
• Hybrid instruction
   – Over 100 faculty trained
• Promoting Technology Enhanced Instruction
   – New certificate program for faculty
• Sharable resources
   – Language learning library
   – Academic Integrity module
   – Writing project
              Distance Learning at FHDA

• De Anza serves approx 12,000 students per
  – Television based (mostly)
  – Both licensed and in-house produced courses
  – Growing number of courses include online
  – Online distance learning is growing
              Distance Learning at FHDA

• Foothill serves about 9,000 students
  – Web-based (mostly)
  – Owns their own LMS ETUDES
  – Widespread use of ETUDES for web-enhanced,
    hybrid, and distance classes
  – Most development is individual faculty
    designing their own course
  – It is possible to get an AA totally online in
    some curriculum areas
                       Trends in Higher Ed.
                          (Public sector)
• Blurring of distance and traditional education
• Growth of hybrid instruction
• Course management systems
   –   Blackboard
   –   WebCT
   –   eCollege
   –   ETUDEs
• Issues that make adoption of online distance
  education challenging
   – Academic freedom
   – Intellectual property
   – Tradition of faculty working alone
             Trends in Higher Education

• Desire to merge television and web, but
  bandwidth is still a problem.
• Pew Grant Program on course redesign
  (lower costs AND higher performance)
  (Carol A. Twigg)
• Story Centered design (Roger Shank)
                      Trends in Higher Ed
                    (maybe K-12 ) For Profit
• Life-long learning requires asynchronous distance delivery
• Students live all over the world
• Accredited graduate online programs (National, Phoenix,
  DeVry etc.) are experiencing exponential growth
   – Build one excellent course
   – Train faculty to deliver course
   – Course continually redesigned based on “customer”
• Undergraduate programs are growing
• Recognize that there is (will soon) be a huge pool of
  knowledgeable and talented retired workers eager to
  provide online distance instruction
                      Trend in Corporate

• Most e-Learning is connected to a corporate
• Longer courses have a high drop out rate if a
  manager does not monitor the course
• Successful courses are short, delivered as just-in-
  time support, or offer a real person as a mentor
• Anytime and anyplace for work-related training is
  harder to promote than online education
                         K-12 Implications
Ideally students will experience using the web to…
   – Access class resources and information via the web.
   – Engage in threaded discussions, communicate in an
     online environment, and download and upload
   – Locate and evaluate information found on the web.
   – Engage in collaborative work groups (with students
     they may never see or meet).
                         K-12 Implications

• Parents will expect
   – class-based web sites to pull information.
   – more mediated communication through FAQs and e-
   – just-in-time tutorials for basic skills.
• Non-public schools are likely to
   – grow in number.
   – use technology to reduce costs and offer basic skills
     education (No Child Left Behind).
   – build standardized curriculums and hire more part-time
     teachers to deliver content online.

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