My brief and belated notes from the Higher Education Teaching and Learning conference (HETL) 2014 conference, Anchorage

Chair HETL – John Anchan (Canada)

Organiser and CEO – Patrick Blessinger

Some notes from the workshop presenters:

Nancy Hensel
– is a priority for online to be ‘cost effective’ or can it be about taking topics in-situ, given that we are to be concerned w the total experience
– prof support needed for staff teaching online (if we want staff to be engaging)
– how do we have the conversation about educational purpose?
– whose doing interesting things w technology? Grounded and bottom up..
– where is the generative dialogue?

Robin Melton
– app-ologist
– need to make use of technology
– device powered learning
– purpose vs technologies (technologically enabling?)
– BYOD (bring your own device)

Danny Birchall
– key role of HE today is to ‘curate’ sd’s lng

Hash # sites

@ sites
@nearpod – recommended we explore

Someone said
– sds need to see us using IT tools
– heutagogy is ‘life for life’

Richard Martin
– unesco pillars
– service projects as experiential learning for undergrad sds

– learn to STORIFY todays experiences, then curate for all. Eg

Michael Sutton (Westminister College)
– with blogs, need to dev soft skills if you wish to dev a community of inquiry
– “Blogs are the way of the future”
– blogs as sds lng space
– using wordpress, set up a blog that is a collaborative lng space for students to blog as a team,
– blogs for negotiating meaning
– bandura – self regulating learners

Tools of engagement project (TOEP)
– discovery lng
– prof dev
– edrs must have a ‘commitment to pedagogical quality’

Albert Sangra (
– res on ‘lng ecologies’.
– 4 main pillars – 1) flexibility 2) personalisation 3) collaboration 4) informalisation
– UNESCO Chair of Ed and technology for social change
– Barron, 2004 – opportunities for learning cf learning all the time, integrative learning supported by technology

Ruth & Jan
– MOOCs are widening access, linear / sequential
– re MOOCs – difference between ‘connectivity’ and ‘connected’
– are MOOCs just cheaper lng?
– there is a difference between a ‘platform’ and ‘pedagogy’

Robert quigley (Uni of Texas)
– uses software
– this software can be taken into a blog

Claire Hamshire
– Claire has a teaching role in the school, narrative researcher
– technology-enhanced learning ie use the video function on the ipad to capture and critique others practice
– tchg is about inspiring change
– never stop listening

Paul Cashian
– what does digital literacy mean?
– why are we doing this?
– what does a mobile lng strategy look like?
– why don’t we ask students to access the Internet/Wi-Fi from the mobile phones as the primary medium of inquiry
– we need to debate BOYD
– how can we use media to clarify the message?

Please note that these notes are the views and opinions of the author
Prof David Giles
June, 2014

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