BbWorld – Day 3 Highlights

The following post provides highlights from Day 3 of BbWorld’11!

  1. Ten over Ten – A Decade of Online Learning Strategies

    Becky Vasquez
    , Chief Technology Officer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    John R. Watret
    , Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus

    Session Description
    For over ten years, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has been using Blackboard to power and grow online learning. What started as correspondence courses has now become a transformative learning experience for over 12,000 students per year. Our presentation will provide information on the top ten strategies that have helped us achieve success with eLearning.

    Strategy #1 Believe
    Myths – online classes are easier… students cannot learn online… how can i teach if i am not in front of students?

    Strategy #2 Leadership
    – Leadership support is paramount as people listen to leadership // gospel
    – Need funding as it relates to mission – may need to reallocate funding.
    – Faculty and staff buy in is important
    – There needs to be college initiatives
    –  Need to convince them is an important marketing need – influential
    – Tap into influence (Sloan-C, ITC, Educause, ECAR, NSSE, Blackboard)
    – Technology makes us better – interview with president featured in student newspaper.

    Strategy #3 Have a Plan
    – Write a plan for elearning: Exec Summary, Methodology, Planning Period, Purpose, Campus Strategy, eLearning Strategy, Initiatives (current, initiative, tech required, category, impact, timeline, and resources.)

    Strategy #4 Make it easy!
    – Keep it simple keep it customer focus.
    – Toolbox optimize – make it so people say “that was really easy”
    – All courses available by default
    – Use templates
    – Instructional designers
    – Course developers
    – Student orientation
    – Bb Training
    – eLearning support
    – Center for teaching and learning effectiveness

    Strategy #5 Be Bold
    – Be bold!  Faculty senate declares that all faculty must use bb with faculty development courses, software certification, requirements for full-time faculty and directors of academic.

    Strategy #6 Innovate
    – The act of starting something for the first time, introducing something new.  live virtual classroom
    – Find faculty to bring initiatives forward to solve problems together

    Strategy #7 Quality
    – Focus on quality – need to ensure things get done well, end of course evaluations, quality managers, surveys, monitoring, oversight teams

    Strategy #8 – Evolve
    – Evolve what you are doing – “technology is not technology if it was invented before you were born” / sir ken robinson

    Strategy #9 Fun!
    – Have fun!

    Strategy #10 Believe
    – Believe some more!!! Can’t stop believing in the power of elearning and what it can do for your students and the benefits for them  “We need men who can dream of things that never were.” John F. Kennedy

    Celebrate also, at Embry-Riddle, face to face classroom enrollment down nearly -10% and online growth up nearly +5%

    Get recognition through: Bb Exemplary Course Award, UCEA Course Award, CIO 100 Award CIO Magazine, Best Academic Deployment, Quality Matters  — and market this!

    Highlight students – word of mouth!

    Presentation available here.

  2. BbWorld Keynote

    Sir Ken Robinson, Author, Creativity Expert and Thinker

    Session Description
    Sir Ken Robinson, best-selling author and internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human potential, will deliver the closing keynote address at BbWorld 2011. Robinson has authored two New York Times best-selling books about the intersections between education, creativity and the challenges of the 21st century: “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything,” and the recently re-released “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative.” His famed 2006 TED Talk has been downloaded more than 5 million times and is one of the most favorite TED videos of all-time. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for decades of service to education and the arts, Robinson currently works with governments in Europe, Asia and the United States as well as international agencies, cultural groups and Fortune 500 companies to address creative challenges facing education in today’s global economy.Notes:
    Book: “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”

    3 Themes:
    1) We are living in Times for which there is no precident in human history.  No prior examples to learn from.  Driving forces include:
    2) Meeting the challenges we face we need to think differently about our talents skills and capabilities.
    3) We have to do things differently if we are to face the future.

    “To face the future we need to radically re-think the core concepts of education.” -Sir Ken Robinson

    We have to think differently about our talents…we must radically reinterpret the differences in education
    “come on…I haven’t got all minute!”

    New technologies profoundly affect *how* we think…

    Nobody knows where technology is going really… we can project but we cannot predict effects on culture.  We have always been bad about this.  Gutenberg and press could not predict Martin Luther and the reformation.

    Technologies don’t add to culture they transform the culture.

    No committee will stop technology innovation and people will use them – eg. a committee could not stop TV.

    Population growth – how many people have their been?  Nobody knows… but it is an interesting question.  There are estimates and the best is: 60 and 110 billion.  Almost 10% of them are here now.  We are the largest generation ever in the history of humanity.  We are approaching 7 billion.

    Technology has affected our sense of “possibility.” – Sir Ken Robinson

    This is a time of revolution and we are facing the future with institutional structures rooted in the past and not for the future.

    The Element – How finding your passion changes everything.  – Book
    – Cultural differences in visual perception. Some cultures people see the whole picture in western culture we see a focus in the picture and focus on individualism  It frames how we see things and what we see.  How are we perceive things we can screenout enormous areas of human potential.

    People tend to underestimate their natural abilities and talents.

    Our current systems of ed are about standardization and conformity.

    “No child left behind” is… ironic.  We are leaving millions of children behind… unintentionally because of the obsession with standardization and conformity.  Intelligence is tremendously diverse. We thrive in diversity… each person is unique.

    To be born at all is a miracle – so what are you going to do with your life.  Our educational systems are not predicated on diversity but for conformity with efficiency in mind rather.  Many feel marginalized by ed because it was not designed to meet their needs.  More and more are simply dropping out of it.  30% dropout between 9 and 12 grade this is a catatastropy.  Education is a PERSONAL process.  Each has own personal drivers, motivations, expectations, desires, interests.  Ed doesn’t engage them generally.  New tech offering like Blackboard can provide extraordinarily capabilities to personalize and to encourage creativity.

    Why is Las Vegas here… it makes no sense.  The power of imagination is the one thing that sets us apart from life on earth.  We have an edge of power to bring to mind of things are not present… creativity is applied imagination.

    This power has led us to problems and innovations.  We need ot look further ahead and more deeply.  Look hard at nature of teaching/learning and the curriculum and personalization of our assessment systems.  Tehcnology has a role but is not the whole answer.

    Tools are only valuable if there are creative minds using them.

    If the conditions are right… life is inevitable.  If the educational conditions are right and there is freedom to grow and the encouragement is there if the energy is there – they will grow.  The tech needs to be personal and the furtherance of creative thinking.

    Poet – There came a point where the pain of remaining tight in a bud is greater then the pain to flower and flourish.

    “If we do this right we will create a future we want to live in.”

  3. Ask Dr C Booth – Eric Kunnen participated in the Exhibit Hall as an ask Dr. C.

About ekunnen
Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning. Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I'm on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies... More

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