The Online Rogue Professor, Daniel Quigley
iPad 2s to a class (speech class)
- Learned that because of increased number of mobile apps and melding world of mobile v web - things are starting to get confusing.
Before - about web apps. Now - about mobile apps
- Just in 1 year
If you are gonna work in the cloud - gotta put a floor in there for the students
- People get disoriented.
Online Rogue Professor (these days)
- When the "go rogue" - have left the protection of the agency. Still working for the good guy, but on his own.
- Using Web 2.0, web computing, the open/free/very cheap. Supported outside the IT Department.
- Used to enhance or replace official CMS for Institution.
+ They use Blackboard
+ Sees Blackboard as a ferarri. He needs a tractor
Problem - you can't call IT if you go rogue
- (though that NEVER stops people)
- (It requires a level of self-responsibility to go rogue)
- Over 80% = fully online
- 30% - 80% = blended (appx. this guy speaks fast)
We NEED Rogues
- Speed of Technological Enhancements (Moore's Law and its Children)
+ Mobile a LOT more important this year than last year.
- Budgetary Cycles - decisions made in annual cycles. This way wind up a year behind
+ These Rogues are your R&D team
- Proliferation of Variations on a Theme in Categories
+ Ex. Screenshop and it's ilk. Who is checking out the various tools.
- Only ones in a truly accurate "Laboratory"
+ Until you get them in front of students and see things blow up - won't know what works and what doesn't
So what if it doesn't work?
- Plan your workarounds
- Everyone has learned something
- (all about the attitude. Just don't penalize the student for a technological snafu)
Ghost of Online Past
- What do you need the professor for if you can get it on the internet?
- In 1989 - lots of what is happening today predicted
- Galludet - grammar of sign language not the same as conversational grammar
+ 1988 - put in a room with networked computers - RTW. People type messages and people would see it (early version of texting)
+ Learned writing in 1/2 the time
Hyperlinks - big revolution (a href = best invention ever)
Blackboard originally a rogue site. Used to be free for any teacher. Before colleges put it in institute-wide
- Like drug-dealers.....
- Monitization later
Still uses online to enhance face to face.
Convergence of events
- Widespread adoption of the web
- Generational expectations - "Why isn't this available on my phone?"
- social networking - Skype and Facebook now integrated.
+ Why can't we get one social network? (and what is the advantages / disadvantages....)
- Faculty concerns with "boundaries" and "roles"
+ Should I let students / colleagues etc "friend" me?
+ Do I create separate identities?
+ Who owns the content?
+ Who gets the money for your work?
+ Big Open Source movement. People driven to do stuff open since they don't want to be bought.
(BTW - Blackboard bought MoodleRooms....Moodle still open source.)
Storage is going to be HUGE
- Video by not just professors but students
- Large digital files. Accrediting agencies now wanting stuff in digital form (think Architecture departments)
Teaching Quality in Higher Ed
- Greater emphasis on Learning Outcomes for accrediation
+ Middle States are starting to turn the screws on outcome assessment
+ Remember: professors NEVER TRAINED AS TEACHERS (true)
- Expansion of Centers for Teaching and Learning
+ Because of the increased accrediation focus on outcomes
Explosion of Mobile
Move from WebApps (Free / Freemium (see Ad Free so pay something)) to Mobile Apps (Native, Modest to No Fee)
- Native device does not have a native file system. Everything created on the device has no home base. ie. gotta email to ourselves
Promise of Clouds
- Google Drive / Amazon / iCloud. This still takes some thought. If can't get in one way, gotta find the other ways around.
Foundational Differences between Web and Mobile Apps
- DropBox and Academic Senate
+ Attempt to go paperless
+ How do you get stuff into the iPad?
+ DropBox has its limits.... Including limited rights managment. So people take folders take stuff out of your folder, including the meeting notes YOU need.....
Lesson: Understand how your tool works.....
- "iPad Experiment"
"Flipping a class" - do stuff you normally do IN the class at home. Do the other stuff done outside of class IN the class.
- Traditional college class - professor lectures. Student passive.
- Flipped class - the student watches the video of the lecture FIRST, then quiz, then have students DO STUFF.
3 things we do in education
- Information to them - textbook, lecture (might as well do online - he uses Camtasia and films powerpoint)
- They need to reflect - they get quiz 1st thing,
- They need to use. - doing stuff, conversation etc
"How do you look for the blank confused looks" (audience question)
- He worries less about the blank stares because they can rewind.
What am I teaching when I lecture? Drama or note-taking?
(Whole design idea - focus on activity in class. Interaction.)
What's out there and how do I know if it's any good?
- Web 2.0 directories
- App Stores - warning: Google and Apple are not good friends. (and Wendy continues dreaming of the standardization tipping point)
- Journal Reviews
- Librarians - Let's go to the Google Site!
+ Librarians really far ahead of the faculty. Huge shift to digital.
+ Changes search and how to search.
+ (Increases importance of validating information)
"How did you keep from feeling overwhelmed" (audience question)
- He spends 20 minutes a day
- Question: what do you want to get done? (This is IMPORTANT)
- Find some smart people you trust (ie. Mark Oehlert, Brent Schlenker et al)
- Family and friends and students
Livescribe - time coded notes.
Building floors - he uses Google Sites as a "home base"
- Just one thing for the audience to go to
- Links and stores everything need for the particular even / etc (demo of Google Sites)
His school uses Google Apps for education
- Issues: remember that Google looks at everything in ways that aren't clear
- Personally: moving grades off the cloud
- Google Drive - more control over the folders than Dropbox.
Principles of Effecting Rogueing
- This thing has to have headlights - so where is the switch?
+ You get used to one model, then move to a different one.
- If one of them has it, they all do or will shortly
- Learn to be McGyver
+ The challenge is - almost always the stuff you are using are not made for education.
+ The worst apps are "made for education"
+ Technology is all about the money. Education...no money there.
+ (Repurposing is your friend)
+ ex. Jing -meant for quick 5 minutes videos. He uses it for quick student comments on papers.
(I use it for quick and dirty training videos)
- It's not brain surgery
+ Doesn't mean it's not difficult
+ If you make a mistake - no one dies
+ If you aren't freaked out about it - the students stay relaxed
- Let the techies worry about the tech
+ Don't worry about how it is working underneath.
Students fall into this in a heartbeat - staff/faculty..not so much
- More directions we give, more they can screw it up.