Mathieu Plourde, University of Delaware
Monday, June 13
Santa Anita C
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Interests from the Room
- Best Practices / Innovation in T&L / TWSIA/ Curriculum Design - Rob, Mathieu
- Mathieu's Wiki report: http://udel.edu/~mathieu/wiki/
- The what and the how of social media for teaching and learning
- elearning / Distance Learning / online - Kate
- Change Management / Training/Transition / Piloting - Kim
- Teaching & Learning Portfolios - Lynn
- User Needs / Requirements / Research - Jon
- Faculty Adoption / Increase Usefulness / Tips - Roger
- OEAOAE: Open Academic Environment (Sakai 3.x)
- CLE: Collaboration and Learning Environment (Sakai 2.x)
- TWSIA: Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award
- OSP: Open-Source Portfolio
Migration / Change Management / Piloting Sakai Group
- Student assistants manually moving @ Tufts: 700 faculty, 10,000 students, 500 fall courses -- 6 students 20 hrs/week
- Scripting development to extend Longsight's migration script; shadow courses displayed in a new system
- Tailor-build courses in Sakai based on their Bb courses -- hired a team ("White glove" strategy)
Migration service offerings:
- Start fresh - blank Sakai course site
- Shadow course - content moved from prior system to Sakai Resources folder
- White glove - manually replicate the prior course layout in Sakai
How to get people to start thinking beyond courses/migration including the long-term vision of the LMS & pedagogical concerns:
- Peer support and identification of things people are doing successfully (share innovations)
- Administrative buy-in/confirmation of move
- Need to highlight new markets & educational audiences like global/international ed
- Intro to Sakai Training: 4 tools: Announcements, Resources, Forums & 1 other "elective" depending upon the audience needs
- Course Creation - How to create your sites and populate them
- Video/tutorials - on-demand, always available snippets of "how to" do something or larger contextualized chunks of info -- "How to Set Up Your Course Site"
- Scheduled drop-in sessions at peak stressful times of year (like August in the US)
- Create a site that demonstrates different teaching & learning scenarios or use cases to serve as a model for others to replicate and/or modify.
Strategies for getting the word out:
- How to handle inertia? It's easier to do nothing!
- Segment the population and target specific messages that will resonate with them to take action
- Make things fun - if you can, have food, tee shirts, gift cards, raffles
- Drag-net strategy: create "special events" for people to drop in and get help with a "live consultant" during a specified window; hype it up!
Other comments & suggestions:
- Beware: Many of us are focusing so much on faculty that we forget to communicate with students.
- Many want to see real examples of course and project sites and from real people (colleagues at their own or at other institutions).
- Many of us need project sites. These can serve as another way to teach people about Sakai in a low-risk environment. The skills, to some degree, will transfer when using Sakai for instruction. It becomes more "known" and less intimidating to use Sakai.
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