4 March 2010 eLearning in teacher education challenges

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4 March 2010

4 March 2010

e-Learning in teacher education: challenges and strategies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education

e-Learning in teacher education: challenges and strategies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education Professor Alex Fung Dr. Elson Szeto Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Developmental Phases of LMS �Diverse endeavours (1998 – 2002): Pioneering Phase o Scattered individual

Developmental Phases of LMS �Diverse endeavours (1998 – 2002): Pioneering Phase o Scattered individual and departmental efforts o Various e-learning projects initiated during the period �Transitional pilot (2000 – 2002): Converging Phase o “Next-Edu” as a ‘localised shell’ of Blackboard version 4 o The first ‘chosen’ platform derived from a project and housed in an academic department �Standardised platform (from 2003 onwards): Centralised Phase o First installation of Blackboard LMS version 5 as an institute-wide platform o Major upgrade to Blackboard Learn Plus recently in late 2009

Organisational Issues in LMS Development 1. Issues on Decision-making o A top-down approach via

Organisational Issues in LMS Development 1. Issues on Decision-making o A top-down approach via an institute-wide committee o An associate vice president chaired the committee until 2007 o An IT service unit is responsible for the decision-making 2. Issues on Policy and practice o No explicit e-learning policy o Voluntary use of LMS o Individual academics o Departmental coordination

Organisational Issues cont’d. 3. Issues on Resources & Support o University senior management level

Organisational Issues cont’d. 3. Issues on Resources & Support o University senior management level o Triennial budgeting o Seed money for teaching development (2004/05 and 2006/07) o ICT infrastructure level o Information technology services o Teaching and learning support level o Blackboard training workshops/self-learning materials/consultation o On-demand Blackboard course creation and student enrollment (from 2003 to 2009)

Blackboard LMS at the HKIEd Evolving LMS Development Bb 5 & 7 Course Bb

Blackboard LMS at the HKIEd Evolving LMS Development Bb 5 & 7 Course Bb 9 Content Collection Content Activities Assessment New Assessment Types: Self/peer evaluation, e-portfolio, Turnitin etc. Communities Creating Sharing Evaluating Updating Reusing

Structure & Strategy A Partnership Strategy LTTC (Blackboard training, user support) Students’ Learning HKIEd

Structure & Strategy A Partnership Strategy LTTC (Blackboard training, user support) Students’ Learning HKIEd community Blackboard Inc. y nit mu com IEd HK HK IEd com mu nit y Academic & Teaching Staff (e-learning in practice) ITS & ISO (infrastructure support)

After all … so what? Can we foster quality teaching and learning with e-learning

After all … so what? Can we foster quality teaching and learning with e-learning in practice? Teacher-controlled Learner-controlled environment o Re-engaging students in learning o Facilitating students to take charge of their learning o The trend of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)?

Lessons to share � Partnership � Understanding of faculty’s pedagogical preferences � Understanding of

Lessons to share � Partnership � Understanding of faculty’s pedagogical preferences � Understanding of students’ learning needs � Ongoing staff development to keep up with fastchanging technologies � Being entrepreneurial in fostering e-learning