Perspectives on Digital Integration Approaches

These are a sampling of some of the considerations, perspectives, issues, and opportunities for integrating digital approaches to learning.  The list of topics here is not exhaustive.  Each of the areas can be amplified into longer, more formal workshops.  -ray

Learner-Centered as a Primary Contextual Value


A key value in successful online and blended programs is learner-centered, that is, moving the focus from the teaching to the learning.  It is not as easy as it might seem, but it pays huge benefits in learning outcomes and student satisfaction.  

Thinking about the Future of Work to Make Better Decisions about Learning Today

7 Things You Should Know about Universal Design


Digital Learning is Guided by Instructional Designers

Committed to Accessibility and Universal Design
http://www.washington.edu/doit/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Universal%20Design%20in%20Higher%20Education_Promising%20Practices_0.pdf




New Continuum of Learning Approaches

table on three gogies



Community of Inquiry Model

COI Model by Marguerite Koole https://coi.athabascau.ca/coi-model/coi_model_small/


Community of Inquiry - social constructivist model of online learning


Community of Inquiry Framework - first ten years




Online Student Engagement:  Tools and Strategies / Time and Balance

Measuring Student Engagement in an Online Program
http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/summer182/bigatel_williams182.html

8 Tips for Engaging Students in e-Learning (note photo of "distance learning")
http://elearningindustry.com/8-tips-for-engaging-students-in-e-learning

If we are going to get all of this done, doesn't it take a lot more time?

How does one balance all of these tasks?



Identifying and Assessing Learning Outcomes

Increasingly we are writing our syllabi with learning outcomes; mapping those to program outcomes.  Here are are some tips from Rochester Institute of Technology outcomes implementation in online courses:  
https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/outcomes/online-student-learning-outcomes-assessment

This is a great step-by-step example of how one can implement outcomes in an online class - and assess those outcomes, tracking in a simple excel sheet (Canvas is likely to have more sophisticated tools, but this explains the nuts and bolts):

Research shows that injecting "difficulties" early in the semester may result in better learning outcomes:




Data Analytics  

 The power of data is now leveraged by higher education
  • Descriptive
  • Predictive
  • Prescriptive

At the class level, the program level, the campus level

Class Level Analytics

Dashboards - faculty and student
Monitoring student progress, Purdue Course Signals gives
students access to live class data in the aggregate
http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/signals/

Program Level Analytics

A couple of quick examples:
  • "heat map"  - which courses are working; which are not
  • most importantly, how do students do in gateway courses (courses required to advance to higher levels)
  • where are the hang-ups (D,F,Withdraw)?
  • where are the successes?



Some Examples:

select department from global listings of all courses and prefixes
depts, courses


Program "heat map" - green is lower "dew (D, F, Withdraw) rates - to red (highest rates of unsuccessful completion of the class)

Program Heat Map


Select a course and look at the "dew" rates by semester:


course dew rates by semester

PAR Project Codebook including Student Success Matrix Variables
Critically important in building data analytics is the creation of a well defined codebook of variables that are to be collected.  It is from this collection that reliable data is collected and reports, predictions and prescriptions can be made.




University Level Analytics

 A couple of quick examples:
  • If a student at UIS enrolls for more than 2 online summer classes, the likelihood that student will complete in fewer than four years is doubled
  • If an on-campus student takes one online class, on average, that student takes 2 more credit hours (in two out of three cases, the online class seems to be added to the normal course load)
  • Poison pair classes - multiple instances of poison pair classes have been identified.  Poison pair classes are ones that if they are taken the same semester results in lower grades on average and higher dropouts.
  • In depth data on gateway classes



Emerging Now

Some Current Trends that May Shape the Future

Augmented Reality - Virtual Reality 

AR in higher ed
http://www.academia.edu/889344/Using_Augmented_Reality_as_a_Medium_to_Assist_Teaching_in_Higher_Education

VR in higher ed
http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/03/virtual-reality-invites-new-era-learning-higher-education

Holoportation by Microsoft
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/holoportation/



Leap Motion - available now - 3D interactive on laptop/desktop
https://www.leapmotion.com/





Adaptive Learning 

https://www.edsurge.com/research/special-reports/adaptive-learning/
https://www.knewton.com/blog/adaptive-learning/
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/04/16/the-great-adaptive-learning-experiment.aspx

Artificial Intelligence in Education
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/25/can-ai-fix-education-we-asked-bill-gates.html

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-ceo-pichai-says-devices-will-fade-away-but-launches-new-hardware-division/



UPCEA Hallmarks of Leadership:  http://www.upcea.edu/hallmarks



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Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning
University of Illinois Springfield
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Director of the UPCEA Center for Online Leadership and Strategy
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