New Zealand Group 4

New Zealand Strategic Technology Summit Group 4 Workspace

Wiki workspace for Group 4 [//return to Summit Page//]

Discussion/Analysis of Key Trends

  • As the availability and use of electronic books continue to grow, the traditional publishing (and textbook) market is undergoing a profound and lasting change.
  • Social and open forms of peer review and scholarship are gradually gaining acceptance.
  • The availability of educational content for mobile devices is increasing as more providers develop for these platforms.
  • The way we think about learning environments is changing

Discussion: What are the implications of trends identified in the 2010 research?
  • add notes here
  • The social and open forms of per review have been in place for some time now.
  • The availability of educational content for mobile devices - students have laptops and download all types of content. Are we producing content in NZ directed at mobile devices? Podcasts are becoming common. You can access the net from anywhere. Students are using iPods - but are they listening to podcasts? Coverage is a limitation in New Zealand. Broadband to every home will improve the uptake of learning. Supply of bandwidth needs to be reliable.
  • The environment changing - We should not distinguish between classroom and distance learning when creating content. Consideration needs to be given to the way we design and implement our teaching spaces. We are stll limited by our semester structures when considering pace of learning. It could be counter productive to allow too much time for course completion.

Discussion/Analysis of Critical Challenges

  • Even where technology for learning is strongly promoted, there remains a desperate need for professional development opportunities around emerging technology.
  • There is a conceptual mismatch between pedagogical practice and the design of many emerging technologies that makes it difficult for teachers to appreciate or use new tools.
  • There is a growing need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy.
  • In today's networked world, learners are placing greater value on knowing where to find information rather than on knowing the information themselves.

Discussion: What are the implications of challenges identified in the 2010 research?

  • Need for professional development - we agree that getting the technology in place is easy - training the people to use it is the real challenge. Staff development does not deliver. We need to encourage participation from academics. Is uptake of new technology related to age group?
  • Agreed - we need to be helped, supported, encouraged - who is doing this? We need to train people how to use the new tools. Training and development is key.
  • Formal instruction - There needs to be recognition of the requirement for formal instruction (TEC) when reviewing performance. Student participation is limited to their access to expensive technology. Visual learning is effective - a picture is worth a thousand words. we are still dependant on words, verbal communication.
  • Knowing where to find information - agreed. Knowing where to find accurate information is a challenge.

  • Building a Case for Action
Identify critical groups, audiences, and projects of local significance:

  • group, audience, or project
  • group, audience, or project
  • group, audience, or project

What Actions can we Catalyze?

Identify 3-4 practical & timely potential action steps- consider actions in the areas of National Policy, Innovation Catalysts, and Outreach.
  • Action Step
  • Action Step
  • Action Step
  • Action Step