Grey Tales


Tales from an Instructional Technologist in the world of legal education and beyond…

NERCOMP: Educational Technology in Professional and Executive Education

The Evolution of Learning Technologies Thoughts Over the Horizon, Stephen Laster, CIO Harvard Business School

Where have we been, what is happening now, how do we move forward?

In the past technology has been driving this effort. Today the world has changed and the nature of how we are teaching in executive education has changed. Why? Time. Can’t afford to send 100 employees out to receive the education desired.

What the experts say: The Horizon Report-2007 Educause Learning Initiative:

  • Higher education is changing rapidly
  • Globalization is changing the nature of collaboration
  • Collective intelligence is pushing the boundaries of scholarship-creating environments where we can all contribute and vet, so they are stronger (e.g., wikipedia)
  • Assessment of new forms of learning is challenging
  • Issues of intellectual property raise challenges-who owns it?
  • Device proliferation creates complications and costs-how we are communicating is changing and is different (e.g., iPhone)

We are doing okay with the early adopters but that is about it. How can we get this into the mainstream? We struggle with the “Boredom” issue (historically the issue was in the classroom and is now online). We continue to believe that if we build it they will come (it always seems just a generation away…). Maybe we don’t get it?

So what are successful models.

I. Think about the learner experience. Ask would you take this? If not, think about the boredom factor.

  • need instructional technologists and educators working together
  • is there a need for it
  • build a community around the experience
  • clear andragogy/pedagogy, teaching methods and curriculum (e.g., websites need consistent naming and navigation)
  • timely, relevant, learning materials
  • support services: how do we support (technology, mentoring, being able to get materials)
  • feedback and analysis (need to understand what is working)
  • technology platform stable, fast, up all the time. If not there it becomes annoying, if it is, it becomes transparent.

Successful Approaches in Place Today in Business Education

  • UMASS (Dr. James Theroux), The Real Time Case Study
  • Yale, The Simulated Case: construct an overload of information (primary materials) and have them find the relevant information. Students love it.
  • HBS Executive Education, Learning Nexus: blending online community with face-to-face. They are figuring out how to add value during intercession. They are forming tighter bonds and richer experiences. Communities aren’t spontaneous events.
  • Babson College, Fast Track MBA: how to reach the adult learner who can get an MBA in 2 years and not leave work. It is a blended format with 60% online (primarily asynchronous). Turns out to be about 20 hours worth of work a week.

Measuring Success: The Sloan-C Pillars

  • Learning Effectiveness
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Student (Learner) Satisfaction
  • Faculty (Teacher) Satisfaction
  • Access

Is the future Facebook and iPods, Second Life or Game Based? The future may be some of this AND the classroom. It is a mix of the Sloan Pillars and the diagram of successful e-learning.

The one thing we can always count on is that change is imminent.


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