Scanning the eLearning Landscape - September 2019

The Monash Education Innovation team keeps a close eye on news and discussions in the Technology Enhanced Learning community. This is our Around the Grounds summary of interesting posts and publications for September 2019.

1. SoTL: What works? Interview with Gary Poole - YouTube (3:23)

This brief interview with Canadian academic Gary Poole touches on the ways we can determine the value of Scholarship of Teaching & Learning research projects, even the ones that don’t work.

2. A century of shrill: How bias in technology has hurt women’s voices - The New Yorker

History is littered with examples of the ways that men have designed technology in ways that best suit themselves and other men. This article examines how this unconscious bias has impacted women in terms of the transmission and recording of their voices.

3. Enjoyment and Not Competence Predicts Academic Persistence for Distance Education Students - The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Brubacher and Silinda discuss factors that influence dropout rates in distance students, which can be used to improve retention. They find that learners’ intrinsic motivations to study are powerful influences in whether they persist.

4. Critical Pedagogy, Civil Disobedience and Edtech - Jesse Stommel (Slideshare)

Jesse Stommel is a Digital Learning Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Digital Studies at the University of Mary Washington. He is co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: an open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology. This slideshare from his Keynote speech at the 2019 ALT conference offers some insightful ideas into the ways we work with (and for?) education technology

5. Goodbye Lecture Halls, Hello Active Learning Spaces - Harvard Business Publishing Education

Carol Rolheiser, Kathleen Olmstead and Kelly Gordon from the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation at the University of Toronto share some valuable practical tips for transitioning away from conventional “sage on the stage” lecturing. These include redesigning the available space, using universal design principles for accessibility, coping with large cohorts and making better use of in-room technologies.