"Getting Real: Making Online Learning Sustainable", Thomas Michael Power, Faculty of Education - Université Laval - CANADA
This presentation is a research-based critique of some aspects of Blended Learning as well as of Distance Education and Online Learning. It argues in favour of more effective ways and means to improve university outreach and cost-effective instruction while emphasizing quality and promoting greater core faculty participation, without increasing workload. It proposes a completely online, combined-technology approach that connects directly with traditional faculty instructional practices and values while taking into account student and administrator priorities. This presentation thus redefines blended learning, specifically at the graduate studies level, in order to reach off-campus learners. Furthermore, it will describe past university decentralisation strategies and their successes and failures. Finally, it will present the author’s actual experience in applying a redefined blended learning model based on effective pedagogical practices that maintain faculty-perceived quality of instruction, increase accessibility for off-campus students for whom BL is not a solution and improve cost-effectiveness, which is essential to developing a sustainable outreach model.
About the presenter:
Dr. Thomas Michael Power is Associate Professor of Educational Technology at the Faculty of Education, Laval University in Quebec City, Canada.
- Founder of the www.BOLD-research.org researcher community,
- Deputy Director – Education for the GEOIDE-sponsored GeoEduc3D project http://geoeduc3d.scg.ulaval.ca/ and
- Member of the Board of Directors and of the Coordinating Committee for the Inter-university Learning & Technology Research Center (CIRTA)http://www.cirta.org/
- Researcher with the The Centre for Research and Intervention on School Success www.crires.ulaval.ca/
- Expert with www.IFADEM.org (under AUF and OIT)
- Reviewer for numerous scientific journals.
- Author of A Designer’s Log published by Athabasca University Press.
He was formerly
- Director of Communication and Associate Researcher with the SAGE for Learning Research Network, Simon Fraser University/Télé-université;
- Adjunct Faculty and Instructional Designer at University of Moncton;
- Visiting Scholar at Simon Fraser University
- Field Director for the CIDA-funded, Canada-Gabon Technical and Scientific Project, Gabon, Central Africa.
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