Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Welcome to: Crossing the chasm, offering sceptics a helping hand across the digital divide

This is a space for the ALT-C 2008 conference workshop: Crossing the chasm, offering sceptics a helping hand across the digital divide. A place to post submissions, suggestions and reflections drawn from the Business e-learning (BeL) workshop. All materials here may be hosted on Community @ Brighton (http://community.brighton.ac.uk/crosschasm) for posterity.


SueG said...

please come to this workshop!! more the merrier. share your favourite problems (or successes) in helping academics to plan online learning into their teaching and learning.

Brian Whalley said...

Hi Sue and Asher,
thanks for the workshop - useful and interesting as well as knowing there are others of like mind. I shall contribute more after a meal!

Brian Whalley said...

Let me put my head above the parapet! Many HE lecturers do that, they lecture rarely is there a worked out pedagogy for a module. 'Pile 'em high and lecture 'em long - then give an examination' just will not do to give students of the 21C a 'proper education' When the pedagogy is worked out then appropriate e-learning can then be used to help a student-centred experience.

asher rospigliosi said...

Thanks for the positive feedback Brian. I appreciate your thoughts on where 21s C education should be focussed. I would like to qualify, that if I appear to be an advocate of e with everything, I was simplifying, in my enthuiasm. THere are many times when I think sitting round a fire, sharing words, will allow a level f teaching that may never be achieved online. It is a matter of the right tool for the right task. I don't want to drag colleagues over the chasm, but to make the chasm crossable when the time and circumstances are right. asher

SueG said...

It's great when you have access to the fire to sit around :-). But afterwards, how do you keep the learning live? How for example do we keep learning live from today's keynote - we'll have a great memory of the technology and great presentation, and the stepladder, but to turn this into learning for ourselves? As teachers we have responsibility for engineering some enduring experiences for learners. That includes, for me, making possible extended conversations beyond the class session, or offering student support above the group offering- focussed on what individuals need. Online activities and objects can be used to offer this - allowing reinforcement, reflection for the learner, but definitely not R&R for the teacher or moderator!

THanks for your postings and contribution today Brian - look forward to continuing the conversation.

SueG said...

I have just posted outputs from the workshop on the community@brighton site to which there is a public link from this blog.
Includes your contributions on designs, your comments on our Brighton examples, and the output ideas from the plenary.
many thanks to all