Tuesday, June 05, 2012

#iel12 Online Rogue Professor Pt 1

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.

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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)

Carnegie Institute
- 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

- Blogs

- 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.



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