I had wanted to go to “What Works in Asynchronous Online Discussions,” but by the time I got there it was super-crowded, and I saw Kevin in the room, so I thought we could learn about the content from him. I took the opportunity to get to my next session 15 minutes early and score a seat by a power outlet. This was nice, too, because it’s the room Susan, Kevin, and I are presenting in, so I was able to see the layout and front of the room in use.
No More Traditional Classes: A Campus-Wide Transition into Future Learning
Jay Holden – Session Chair
Dan Lim, Donald Williams – Florida Hospital College of Heath Sciences
- Moving from traditional education to innovative education. Teachers come from mainly a clinical environment. These teachers have less resistance than teachers coming from traditional education.
- As a small school they can do thing larger institutions can’t. For example: carved out a block of time on Monday with no classes in order to have time for workshops etc.
- Structural changes: moved from desks to tables, wireless, etc.
- As an institution had to create a framework so that people who want to be engaged with new approaches to education have the capabilities to do so.
- Trainers are people who get technology but also able to talk with people who don’t. He says, “It comes so naturally to a superstar that they can’t break it down for the rest of us.” Says to look for educators-at-heart.
- Social as a modality (like visual, auditory, etc.): constructivist, social network, and virtual world learning
- limited blend: using online as supplement; regular F2F blend: regular lecture with all assignments online; another type of blend: lectures delivered with tech so classroom for discussion
- synchronous blend: F2F replaced with real time interaction online; ubiquitous blend: fully online with limited synchronous interaction
- Mentioned games and virtual worlds
- Talked about using a gaming environment for the entire class
- His hope is that when his daughter goes to school in the future, she could get an education from wherever she wants at home
- Lessons learned: get campus prepared, get faculty prepared, work with a variety of faculty in a constructivist approach