Adobe Connect live presentation recording and transcript

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    Dear colleagues,

    Thank you so much to those of you who took part in today’s live session with Michael Walimbwa. The Adobe Connect recording is available here. Below please find the chat transcript:

    Jakob Pedersen:H Janet
    Jakob Pedersen:We will also be in the Orange room at 1 pm 🙂
    Irene Maweu:Hallo Jakob hallo Janet
    Irene Maweu:Hi Michael
    Irene Maweu:Hallo Cath
    Cath:Hi everyone…
    Michael Walimbwa:Hi Irene
    Michael Walimbwa:Hello Cath
    Cath:Hi Michael – so glad you could make it today ! 🙂
    Jakob Pedersen 3:Hello all and welcom
    Jakob Pedersen 3:welcome
    Michael Walimbwa:Yeah, we are making it amidst all the tension around UCT
    Cath:This is an instance where virtual presence trumps physical disruption 🙂
    Cath:~~ wave ~~ Hi Janet, Irene and Jakob
    Michael Walimbwa:We are hanging around and the presetation starts on time.
    Jakob Pedersen 2:hi Cath good see you here
    Cath:~~wave~~ Hi Jakob
    Tony Carr:hi all
    Cath:Hi Tony and Nicola
    Cath:yes – I can hear you
    Tony Carr:yes
    Nicola:Hello Cath, Irene, Michael, Janet, Tito, Jakob, Tony:)
    Irene Maweu:No problem
    Michael Walimbwa:Hi Nicola
    Nicola:Looking forward to your session Michael
    Irene Maweu:Hallo Nicola, Tony and Titto
    Irene Maweu:Hi kate. Nice to see you again
    Cath:Hi Kate ~~wave~~
    Kate Whittaker:Hi Irene & Cath
    Tito:waiting for it to start
    Irene Maweu:From Kenya, online facilitator and with a lot of intrest in elearning in whatever format
    Kate Whittaker:I was just saying that I’m a freelancer with a broad interest in how introducing new systems changes educational environments.
    Nicola:HI Kate:)
    Nicola:I’m based at CILT at UCT in Cape Town
    Nicola:Interested to hear what universities in Africa are doing RE distance learning
    Tito:The volume is very low
    Irene Maweu:Great intrest in hearing about eb=merging technologies – especiallhy in Uganda – East Africa 😉
    Kate Whittaker:Having worked across large scale digital projects in government an education I now freelance in digital asset development for a publisher.. I previously helped CABI produce a course on managing collections of microorganisms for amongst others, Makerere University so its nice to hear from you, Michael.
    Kate Whittaker:I look forward to learning more about this project.
    Jakob Pedersen 3:Tito are you able to hear Michael clearly?
    Tito:Now it is clear
    Kate Whittaker:Hi Nicola!
    Irene Maweu:What can be done in making the traditional distance education model more interactive?
    Irene Maweu:What is being done to make the learner more engaged?
    Nicola:What kind of online facilitation is happening?
    Irene Maweu:How do we describe critical thinking? Have we given enough skill fro critical thinking? Have we set the learner “free” to be able to think critically?
    Nicola:1st generation learners are consumers and 5th learners are collaborators / social learners?
    Cath:I think that is where one would have to carefully evaluate available technologies, together participant resources (device / connectivity) as well as with content that needs to be delivered in conjunction with required outcomes
    Tito:For learning to be interactive, you need to need engage the learner using variuos emerging technologies
    Cath:I have also found an important aspect is making sure that the technologies utilised integrate well together (usability)
    Irene Maweu:The facilitators have to love new technologies and embrace the opportunities presented by these.
    Tony Carr:MUELE is Moodle
    Nicola:some of these are maybe pedagogic approaches, not emerging technologies? Broader question to the community – how do we distinguish between these?
    Irene Maweu:Did we loose Michael?
    Tito:Irene, how about if the facilitators fear technology?
    Kate Whittaker:Ah you’re back!
    Irene Maweu:Yes Tito – this is usually overlooked
    Tito:That has been a challenge in Makerere
    Irene Maweu:Thanks Michael – we can hear you now loud and clear
    Irene Maweu:So @Tito what can be done for the Facilitators to appreciate the pros and cons of technology?
    Tito:The learning curve is an important aspect. Can you identify champions who will embrace the technology?
    Tito:Those champions can then have a ripple effect
    Nicola:What is needed to happen for transformed practice to happen? Tech only or pedagogic shift involved? Or both?
    Cath:@Nicola – I think both are required!
    Tito:@cath I think so too
    Cath:(What would have happened if we tried to continue to cook with aluminium pots and pans in a microwave oven !? 🙂
    Irene Maweu:;-) @Cath
    Cath:New technologies require new ways of doing things…. A new way of looking at things….
    Kate Whittaker:I would agree, the evidence suggests that its a journey a process of navigating between paedagogic theory and practices and how emerging technologies can be woven in to enable or how they make new approaches possible
    Cath:Thanks Michael ! 🙂
    Irene Maweu:Who are you partnering with in training online facilitaors?
    Tito:Thanks Michael
    Irene Maweu:Thank you for the presentation
    Kate Whittaker:or where the tech affords the educator the oportunity to explore how they can bring their teaching alive
    Kate Whittaker:Thank you Michael that was a very useful overview of your programme
    Nicola:Hi Abigail:)
    Irene Maweu:Welcome Abigail
    Kate Whittaker:Could you tell us more about how you train the e-facilitators?
    Cath:Hi Abigail – great to see you here !
    Kate Whittaker:oopss I’ve lost the sounds
    Tito:you did not talk about whether the students have actually tried to use the emerging technologiues!!!
    Nicola:My question is as before, what needs to happen for transformed practice to occur? And what are the barriers and opportunities that Makerere and other universities in Africa are facing?
    Nicola:sound back
    Irene Maweu:You have shared with us all the emerging technologies – but you did not tell us which ones are being used in Makerere univerisyt and to what extend.
    Abigail Inapat:Great to see you Cath and everyone else
    Irene Maweu:what infrastructure has the univerisyt put in place for these technologies?
    Nicola:Thanks Michael:) Agree, transformed practice not once-off, needs to happen over time. Interesting ‘easily discouraged, need commitment and to be resiliant’. Sharing experiences of practice as strategy, importance of communities like e/merge
    Tito:Whether the students are actually using emerging technologies?
    Kate Whittaker:Ah .. ok that sounds quite comprehensive.
    Abigail Inapat:I manage the Learning Management System-MUELE and it is quite widely used by lecturers who appeciate its advantages
    Kate Whittaker:I can well imagine that that would indeed be an obstacle to understanding the nature of this strangely intimate yet dissassociated teaching/learning environment
    Abigail Inapat:Hi Nicola, good to see you after a while
    Cath:@Abigail – that’s great that lecturers are utilising MUELE…. But how is it utilised by the students? Do they make use of it as much….?
    Kate Whittaker:yes Tito’ your point would be interesting too.. how do the educators select their tech.. is it determined by what licences the university has and or whether they work with the students to draw their prefered tech
    Nicola:You too Abigail:)
    Tito:Thanks Kate
    Nicola:Is there online learning readiness programmes for students?
    Kate Whittaker:that would allow for a lot of independent, student agency though I can imagine so lecturers might feel overwhelmed by the diversity of options!
    Abigail Inapat:@Cath. Yes students utilise very much. Some take online quizzes in their courses, discussion forums in some courses, accessing course materials etc
    Irene Maweu:Thank you Michael – that is what i meant by infrastructure 😉
    Abigail Inapat:@Nicola: I think the students are usually more ready for online learning than the lecturers, unfortunately
    Tito:Apparently the students are actually too ready. Our challenge is to get the lecturers on board
    Nicola:Because that is something I am noticing at various institutions and wonder how these online readiness programmes are difference to other kinds of orientation
    Nicola:lol Tito
    Nicola:What are the challenges for these lecturers to get on board?
    Nicola:Lack of incentives, skills, etc?
    Tito:Change the mindset
    Nicola:Or does it go back to commitment, what is holding that commitment back?
    Abigail Inapat:lack of incentive as well
    Jakob Pedersen 3:Seminar landing page with access to discussion forum: http://bit.ly/1MCCazl
    Cath:“They are comfortable with the traditional methods of instruction”…… YES! I would agree with that Michael .
    Cath:It takes a lot to ask these people to step out of their COMFORT ZONE…
    Nicola:lol and how do we take generation 1 lecturers to get to generation 5 ? Not just eLearning, but kind of lecturer. Thanks for answering:) We also have an induction course, technology is a small part but can also be rethought this side
    Cath:teaching is a calling…
    Nicola:But how to get good teachers to be good teachers online, sometimes they don’t know how to translate these practices to online
    Tito:What reward mechanism would be given outside money
    Cath:@Nicola – Agree!
    Cath:Lecturers need to be open to becoming students again themseleves….
    Nicola:LOL I see a lot of past facilitating online course colleagues here:)
    Tito:Time is a constraint but it is commitment and change the mindset
    Nicola:So professional development for them that is not too time heavy, community of practice they feel intrinsically motivated to be a part of
    Abigail Inapat:yes Nicola, the teachers need every assistance to move and appreciate online learning and teaching
    Nicola:and I guess the tough one Abigail is unravelling what that kind of assistance might be
    Tito:Well, thanks Michael for the answers
    Nicola:Running 4 times next year http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/cilt/facilitatingOnline Great place to start networking and growing an online community
    Michael Walimbwa:Teaching online requires constant update of skills by the facilitator
    Abigail Inapat:training courses like the online facilitation course, or one on one help like we sometimes extend to them to guide them in their preparation of online learning materials
    Nicola:yes, even the facilitators keep learning
    Kate Whittaker:bite sized taste tests? sample courses based on specific needs? either derived from a collective audit or offered as a set of selective options (this is how the Med EDU at UCT offered their diploma for Health Professional Educators.
    Kate Whittaker:Thanks Nicola?
    Cath:@Nicola – YES…can highly recommend! 🙂
    Cath:(am I preaching to the choir….. 😉 )
    Nicola:how to use the basics best don’t change that much, once you know the main once you can adapt for new tools maybe? Perhaps start them with some good basics rather than bombarding them with too many ’emerging technnologies’? I have seen that on another short course, people are used to being bombarded and when a course doesn’t bombard them with lots of stuff they want it. Delicate boudary, when does too much become a barrier too?
    Nicola:*claps*
    Cath:Thanks again Michael….
    Kate Whittaker:Thanks Cath!
    Nicola:Yay Catherine:)
    Cath:Pleasure Jakob….
    Abigail Inapat:Thanks Michael
    Michael Walimbwa:Thank you all for participation. I am impressed by the kind of questions and levels of concetration and the numbers too\
    Nicola:We travel all over in e/merge Africa this month, from Mpumalanga to Uganda to Zambia
    Cath:Yes, I hope to continue this in the discussion forum … hope to see you all there….
    Irene Maweu:Thank You Michael, Cath and jakob. it was a great session
    Irene Maweu:See you in the forum
    Kate Whittaker:Thanks everyone…I look forward to seeing you in the forum
    Nicola:Thank you Michael:) Your story inspired us all to think together
    Kate Whittaker:It did indeed, Michael
    Nicola:Bye all:) Have a lovely day further
    Cath:Guys please use Jakob’s link below to find your way to the forum….http://bit.ly/1MCCazl
    Cath:cheers Nicola –
    Nicola:Do I smell a sketfchnote Cath? I know you wanna
    Cath:~~~ wave ~~~
    Cath:hehehe
    Nicola:*mexican wave*
    Cath:NICOLA !! U mind reader !! LoL!!
    Cath:….are you accessing my web cam secretly?? :-O
    Nicola:he he nah, just superpowers
    Cath:…i thought as much ! 😛
    Cath:Hi Dorothy…. have you just joined us….?
    Dorothy:Thanks Michael
    Dorothy:Hi Cath, ..yes, I have come in right now.
    Cath:Welcome. Michael has finished his live presentation, but you may access his slides here
    Cath:This session was also recorded and the recording will be made available shortly
    Cath:The landing page for this seminar is here: http://bit.ly/1MCCazl
    Dorothy:Thanks Cath
    Cath:and from there you may download the presentation slides and join our forum discussion

    cath

    said

    Thanks Jakob – this is useful. 😉

    Caroline

    said

    Nice presentation Micheal. I think another downside issue would be in regard to leadership in on line learning/distance learning. We need leaders who understand and appreciate needs and challenges of online learners.

    cath

    said

    I agree Caroline that strong leadership can certainly make a difference in setting the tone for what is expected of a team. So would your strategy be to target the existing prominent leaders of the various departments and use them as “champions”?

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