I find that Liberating Structures posits a fascinating new approach for instructor roles in facilitating learning. I feel like I have just barely scratched the surface on this potential. Normally I am used to the familiar shift in thinking from a TTT (Teacher Talking Time) focused lesson to a more student-centred lesson, or a teacher as facilitator rather than “sage on the stage”. But what I am not used to is really thinking through the structuring of how students will communicate with each other, discuss ideas, brainstorm problems, re-organize or self-organize, etc. I see the power in an approach such as Liberating Structures that gives some shape or intentionality to how instructors should organize students in discussion and other social learning contexts.
As a next step what I would like to do is investigate further, from an instructional design standpoint, how something like LS can be integrated into an online educational context and what that would involve on the part of the instructor/instructional designer in terms of organizing students or facilitating student behaviour/interactivity.
Mobile learning (mLearning) is definitely a huge trend, as I’ve explained in my latest blog post and also in these 21 Inspiring Quotes & Thoughts on mLearning. As a Learning Eco-systems Support and Solutions Architect at Sauder Learning Services, my challenges is to take all the innovation, discussion, hype, novelty, effectiveness and productivity-enhancing qualities of mLearning and conceptualize how to channel that into integrating with an LMS such as Blackboard Learn in a large institutional context such as UBC. In order to do one would need to engage with stakeholders in implementing a mobile solution to the various learning eco-systems present in the institution, and come up with feasible solutions for how to practically and effectively put learning in the mobile device hungry hands of 40K plus students.
In completing the webconferencing portion of this project, I interacted with Jodi who is a Sessional Instructor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Her blog for the course is at http://pidpjodi.wordpress.com/. My takeaway from our discussions on mLearning is how relevant and also prevalent the use of mobile devices is in diverse fields, including hers being social work. We discussed how instructors in higher educational context can be faced with students bringing mobile devices to class and how that would effect learning. We also discussed the role of the instructor in terms of how to set boundaries or discuss effective use of mobile devices in the classroom.
Reflect on the Web-Conference experience. How was it? What was
one thing that you learned?