Thursday 21st May 2015
Professor Giles Perryer, Academic lead for e-learning at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Technology enhanced dental education: a whistle-stop tour of 9 developments
The School of Dentistry has long been in the forefront of Technology Enhanced Education, and is embracing the opportunities offered by the brand new Dental School and Hospital being built at the old Pebble Mill site.
In this presentation Giles introduced the new building, and covered some of the key technologies being used to underpin teaching and assessment. These include cloud based mobile assessment and self evaluation apps, a range of hi-tech devices used in simulation training, Massive Open Online Courses (Giles is the University’s Academic Lead for MOOCs), and an online distance-learning Masters Degree in Dentistry.
Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology, Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology
The changing Landscape of Technology Enhanced Learning
Mike discussed the following:
- Drivers for change: new technology, finance, globalisation, innovative pedagogy
- New landscape: Massive open social learning, blended learning, personal learning technologies, assessment for learning, mobile and contextual learning, connecting formal and informal education, global marketplace
- How can we predict, and design, the future of education? Distinguish hype from reality. Identify ‘weak signals’ of systemic change. Support design-based research. Scale best practice.
- Pedagogy-led innovation: educational transformations based on deep knowledge of how people learn mediated by innovative technologies. Agile design-based research and development.
- Example: massive open social learning for FutureLearn.
- Blended learning: blending campus and online. Blending free and paid-for
- Navigating the future of education: don’t evaluate how technology makes traditional learning slightly more efficient. Explore effective and transformative forms of learning enabled by technology.
The Parallel sessions included a number poster presentations and workshops on topics such as ePortfolios - developments and Technology Enhanced Learning for healthcare providers.