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The annual GMIT Online Teaching and Learning Symposium - GMIT Staff Development Day will take place on Thursday May 9th in Galway. This learning event is developed by the Teaching and Learning Office and it will cover a range of topics and practical workshops to help GMIT staff and HE guests, develop confidence in designing, teaching and assessing for online and blended learning.

Guest Keynote: Simon Thomson NTF SFHEA ADE
Director, Centre for Innovation in Education (CIE), University of Liverpool

Simon Thomson is a "flipped academic" and has a track record for developing and supporting digital pedagogic practice in Higher Education. His academic career has been entirely focussed on teaching excellence and his work is dedicated to improving the staff and student experience. You can connect with Simon on Twitter @digisim, through his personal website: https://blog.digis.im or through the University of Liverpool: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/centre-for-innovation-in-education/staff/simon-thomson/publications/

Keynote title: Repurposing the “Human-Factor” for blended learning.

“Digital and Online” are core aspects of our modern world, however we must not lose sight of the human-factor when we use digital tools and systems as part of our teaching and learning experiences.

In his keynote presentation, Simon will deconstruct three core questions set out by Paul LeBlanc in his article The Human-Technology Intersection: A Framework. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/3/the-humantechnology-intersection-a-framework

1. What (face-to-face) human interactions are most critical for student success?

2. How can technology enable better versions of those interactions?

3. Where can technology replace people so that human resources can be redirected to accomplish more of those interactions?

These questions will be explored in relation to rethinking the curriculum design of blended courses with an emphasis on repurposing the face-to-face experience to support effective blended experiences.

Pre-reading / Pre-Activity

The keynote session will be “flipped” in the sense that there is a small amount of pre-reading required of Paul LeBlanc’s Educause article. There is also an interactive Padlet space for attendees to add some initial thoughts and comments relating to these questions, which you are invited to contribute to before the event.

https://padlet.com/digisim/human_interactions

Please bring a web-enabled device with you to the keynote session.

Workshop with Simon Thomson NTF SFHEA ADE

The workshop will build upon the themes drawn out of the Keynote. During this workshop attendees will be asked to consider a module/session that they currently teach and begin to redesign this as a rich blended experience with these key questions in mind:

1. What (face-to-face) human interactions are most critical for student success in the context of your own subject area?

2. How can digital tools enable better versions of those interactions?

Prior to the session attendees should have identified a module/session that they currently teach or support so that this can be explored during the workshop.


For further information on the development day, please contact Dr Carina Ginty carina.ginty@gmit.ie GMIT Teaching and Learning Office www.gmit.ie/teachingandlearning email TLO@gmit.ie

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