As our own CELT Symposium looms at the end of the week, it seems fitting that I finally reflect on the last conference I attended.
This year's EdTech theme allowed us to pause and reflect about TEL in a complex age. Throughout the two day event, it was evident that we are indeed facing challenges, but also using those challenges to create strategies and opportunities.
The first keynote of day one was from Gráinne Conole, who is currently a visiting professor at DCU. She focused on the future of learning and harnessing technologies. Her presentation encompassed so much of the landscape and set the scene well for what was to come. In discussing the characteristics of the 21st century learner, necessary digital literacies, the integration of OERs, structures of MOOCS, and the benefits for students; she arrived at a heutagogical approach that allows students more affordances in the Web 2.0 landscape.
In summation, she called on us to rigorously approach learning design, to harness the power of analytics, and implement pedagogies that support the supercomplexity of the future. Her slides can be found here:@gconole links heutagogical approach & autonomous learning via digital technologies, citing work of @LisaMBlaschke #iltaedtech17 @cesitweets— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) June 1, 2017
Mark Glynn from DCU posed a simple idea:
I really appreciated how such a nuanced idea could sum up the whole TEL landscape so succinctly. It's clear that even in our terminology we can accidentally place the focus on the technology rather than the pedagogy.@glynnmark explains use of "learning portfolio" over "e-portfolio". Learning should be visible - tech invisible. #iltaedtech17 @cesitweets— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) June 1, 2017
The Global Challenges in Higher Education session was led by Lawrie Phipps and Donna Lanclos. The discussed Leading with Digital in an Age of Supercomplexity, and namely on the JISC Digital Leaders programme. As a bit of a fan, I get presumptuously excited that Donna was in Sligo, but I was to be disappointed.
At the same time, I unfortunately missed Mary Loftus speaking about her work on learning analytics, but her slides are available here:So, I got really super excited that @DonnaLanclos might be at #iltaedtech17. I guess this will do! @cesitweets #edchatie pic.twitter.com/RoX6fsdL37— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) June 1, 2017
#iltaedtech17 My slides from yesterday's #LearningAnalytics stream https://t.co/sA9GJzjHNa … Thank you all for the hearty discussion :)— Mary Loftus (@marloft) June 2, 2017
The second keynote from Professor Paul J. LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University. He discussed the success of competency based learning at SNHU. He also joked that Americans don't talk about MOOCs as much as the Irish do at an ed tech conference!
The Jennifer Burke award went to Antonio Calderón of UL for a fantastic project with initial teacher educators in PE. This project, #CoolPE, is definitely worth looking at, as it could be adapted across sectors and subject areas.Competency Based Education with Dr Paul LeBlanc from Southern New Hampshire brilliant keynote #iltaedtech17 pic.twitter.com/B3tWNoYJVH— Ken McCarthy (@kenmccarthy7) June 1, 2017
On a beautiful Friday morning, we launched into day two of the conference.Congratulations to @acalderon_pe from @UL for being the 2017 recipient of the https://t.co/UDdliTbRBG #iltaedtech17 #CoolPE— ILTA (@ILTAtweets) June 1, 2017
Day 2 of #iltaedtech17 kicking off here in sunny Sligo! @itsligo @cesitweets #edchatie pic.twitter.com/pPqkFnK3pR— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) June 2, 2017
Mark Glynn outlined Turning off Turnitin. This might sound like a frightening challenge, but Mark was open and candid about the process, and the difficulties they faced.
Niall Watts from UCD, again quite candidly, discussed the creation and use of MOOCs in first year Geography to largely positive feedback from students.
I unfortunately missed our NUI Galway colleague, Bonnie Long, talk about the Flipping the Flipped Classroom:@niallwatts presenting on developing #moocs at UCD at #iltaEdTech17 - 1st year Geog. student feedback largely positive. @cesitweets pic.twitter.com/qTn6ekBp42— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) June 2, 2017
One stand out presentation for me was from Sam Cogan of the National College of Ireland, who discussed dual delivery in his lectures. I've flagged this one for follow up, as he seems to be actively and progressively focused on changing the dynamics of the lecture hall.Didn't get a chance to finish Prezi; here's the link to Flipping the Flipped Classroom presentation: https://t.co/03rQlsVH6E #iltaedtech17— Bonnie Long (@BonnieTLong) June 2, 2017
Professor Meg Benke's keynote was refreshing in its reflective nature and its focus on scholarship through the work of Boyer. She discussed the importance of education, communities of practice, and new methodologies in the age of supercomplexity.Quick but really interesting overview of dual delivery in CS with @NciSam at #iltaedtech17. @cesitweets #heie #edchatie https://t.co/aqdelHgTUA— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) June 2, 2017
It was also announced that ILTA would co-sponsor ten people going forward for CMALT certification.
Reflecting on the two days, it's evident that in age where we as practitioners are faced with complex challenges, that we must remain vigilant and become involved, reflective, and active practitioners. The keynote speakers and presenters at this year's conference are working through challenges and planning for an uncertain future, while focusing on learning and success that is only enhanced through technology.A call for other members and attendees to get involved in @ILTAtweets for the coming year #iltaedtech17 #openness Your community needs you!— ILTA (@ILTAtweets) June 2, 2017
And on a final note, videos will be available soon!
All #iltaedtech17 presentations have been recorded and will be available on Youtube in the very near future @ILTAtweets— Gavin Clinch (@gavinclinch) June 2, 2017