Distance Learning and Learning Technologies March 11, 2003 Cindy Vinson, Ed.D Dean Learning Technologies FHDA Agenda • 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 developer • Learning Technologist What is Learning Technology? 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 results. 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 resources 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 year – Television based (mostly) – Both licensed and in-house produced courses – Growing number of courses include online component – 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” input • 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 university • 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 documents. – 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- mail. – 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. Questions?
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