Posted by Frank Steiner on 23/09/2011
This is the final agenda for this year’s FOTE conference. For instant updates follow us on Twitter and set up a search for the #fote11 hashtag.
FOTE11 – Friday, 7 October 2011
Posted by NSkelton on 23/09/2011
” Why do you want to study at Bristol?”
“Because the city looked cool on Skins.”
- overheard at open day, September 2011.
Why did you choose to study at one university over another? Go on, be honest…
What do students actually expect from University? One long party? To pass a few exams? Or something more than that? And why are those geeks from the IT department even thinking about this?
Technology is now pervasive. It has become so small, so light, and so cheap, that it disappears into the environment around us. Technology is no longer something unto itself. The computer is not a special box in the corner to be approached with reverence, it is mobile and personal, accompanying us in our daily life.
When technology surround us we need a whole new way to think about it. The most interesting answers come from looking outwards, and working across disciplines. As the technologists emerge into the daylight, they are working with educationalists, with theatre practitioners and with game makers to answer some big questions. How do we make university a transformative experience?
Posted by NMckoy on 16/09/2011
Our graduates of tomorrow face an increasingly competitive job market. Competing for jobs will no longer be confined to the communication channels we have traditionally used for decades and there is a growing shift to digital alternatives. What is clear therefore is that there is a vital need to ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop the necessary digital skills they will need to prepare them for their future. The notion of the digital native /digital immigrant must be challenged as whilst many are visitors to online forums, this does not necessarily indicate that they have given consideration to the development of their own professional online presence or indeed have the skills to do this most effectively.
In this presentation we will explore some of the innovative ways students are already using social media and technology to give them the edge and the changing approach to the way employers are recruiting.
Posted by NMckoy on 15/09/2011
Although investment in education has steadily risen over the last decade, we have not seen a corresponding rise in student attainment levels.
Students still fall behind and drop out, yet officials lack the data to spot the at-risk cases. Paper processes, siloed systems and antiquated administrative functions waste precious resources and block access to the real-time information that could provide insight. By connecting academic, operational and financial data and coupling it with the right reporting and analysis capabilities, education organisations can:
- Track student performance across institutions, intake and courses.
- Monitor attendance, mobility and intervention patterns to take remedial action.
- Analyse lecturer development and curriculum effectiveness at any level.
- Measure effectiveness of spending against results to report to stakeholders.
Taking a proactive approach to deriving insight from data will enhance decision-making and means that we can target issues before they happen.
This provides students the support they need with tailored education and the college an improvement in success rates – while simultaneously getting the best returns from college resources and protecting revenue streams.
Posted by NMckoy on 15/09/2011
I will be exploring through this presentation how students have differing expectations and motivations of higher education and how they may change in light of an increase in fees. I will then explore how using technology effectively and purposely can enhance the student experience and encourage a positive effect on each students experience through their journey through higher education. I will then conclude by introducing the NUS technology charter which students and their respective student unions will be pushing to make sure the technology agenda is high on the agenda and will hopefully ensure institutions do deliver, so that experiences of students from starting in their first year to entering into employment as graduates are equipped and ready for the 21st century environment.
Posted by Frank Steiner on 14/09/2011
Voted for by the FOTE community, this year’s panel will be discussing challenges associated with ‘Bring Your Own Device – BYOD’.
Just as colleges and universities do no provide students with paper, pens and stationery
items but expect them to be used, the time is coming when mobile devices will be another
expected part of a student’s toolkit.
Doug Belshaw – Mobile Learning infoKit / JISC infoNet
In February Forbes ran an article thanking Apple for the BYOD trend, in which Victoria Barret makes the point that the rise of “smart” devices, the blending of personal and professional tasks we perform on them and ease of use are liking it to a ‘bring your own bottle’ dinner:
“Your IT department will supply the meat and potatoes (think chunky, salty ERP systems), but if you want to have a really good time, you’re left to your own devices.”
Victoria Barret, Forbes Staff
A ComputerWorld article outlines Unisys’ beta-testing a BYOD policy and warns of remote wipes & legal holds, while BusinessInsider claims that the ‘smartphone invasion is changing the way we work’. Access to apps, management practice and mobile device management are identified as core issues in both and are the particular focus the Information Age article entitled ‘BYOD Requires Mobile Device Management’.
Surely the same concerns apply to students bringing their own devices? Can BYOD be extended to include staff of universities and colleges and which challenges would arise? These are some of the questions our panel of experts will help to address.
We invite you to post your questions and concerns about BYOD via the comments below. You can also ask questions remotely during the conference by using the #fote11 #byod hashtags in your tweets.
Posted by KBradford on 09/09/2011
In many institutions the structures, processes and procedures we have in place are there for many reasons; these may be for security, safety, financial, prevention, health and safety. Often change is blocked by these same reasons; reasons that exist because of politics, inertia and because we have always done it that way. It is easier not to change.
The result is that learners can often find that their learning experience is one of challenges, difficulties and frustration. Institutions that listen and act on the voice of their learners can find that students can be agents of change.
Posted by KBradford on 08/09/2011
This session will discuss Microsoft Kinect within teaching, learning and research.
Since its release of Kinect, there has been tremendous enthusiasm and fascination. Kinect is not only a tool to help navigation and interaction, but a tool to help students to get even more engaged in learning. Kinect is already making a difference in getting students more excited about their learning environment, and helping students to get engaged…and actually get more excited about studying.
We are at an exciting time with the availability of the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). Kinect and NUI will bring more interactive classroom environments, the development of new learning styles that will help students with and without disabilities to get more engaged with learning, as well as the potential for much more interactive navigation tools, helping to get students involved in the teaching, learning and research.
The power of Kinect is here it’s now your turn for ideas and exploration.
Posted by SBurton on 01/09/2011
The changes in higher education funding have re-written the rule book and the full consequences are yet to be understood. From next year, as fees of £9,000 become the norm (at least for now), it is the student who will be paying for their higher education, not the government. One thing is for certain – information technology needs to be very closely aligned with the market positioning and financial reality of each and every higher education institution – otherwise IT will be part of the problem for a new generation of “broke students”. If that’s the harsh reality, what is the Future of Technology in Education?
Posted by Frank Steiner on 23/08/2011
The 140 Challenge
This year we want to get the whole FOTE community more involved so we decided to have a 140Challenge during FOTE11. This is your opportunity to have your say on where you think the future of (technology in) education is going.
We have set aside 10 slots in total for people to get up on stage and share their views on the future of technology in education in 140 seconds. Candidates can look at any aspect ranging from hardware, software, web2.0, strategy, students, etc.
At the end of all the presentations the audience will be able to vote on their favourite presentation, with the winner and runner up receiving a prize – more on this at a later stage.
too many rules…
Well there aren’t any really other than keeping in mind that we won’t accept sales pitches.
To make sure that the 140 seconds are used effectively we suggest either no slides at all or just 1 slide per participant; containing the full name, Twitter handle and title of the talk.
Other than that we don’t want to be too prescriptive and very much agree with the sentiment in the BBC’s social media guidelines: “Don’t do anything stupid”.
“The guidance is based on common sense, the section on personal activity starting with the phrase: “Don’t do anything stupid”. It goes on to say – among other things – that you shouldn’t say anything that compromises your impartiality or sound off “in an openly partisan way”.“
How to enter
It’s very simple really:
- Post a short comment containing the title and brief outline of your 140Challenge presentation below
- Tweet the link to your comment using the #fote11 and #140 hashtags
- All comments/tweets with the correct hashtags posted by Friday, 3 September will be considered
- If more than 10 proposals are received we will let the FOTE community vote
- The 10 final 140Challenge presenters will be announced on Friday, 10 September
If your ‘application’ is successful then you will receive a guaranteed ticket to FOTE. Tickets are normally gone within hours of release – the first batch of 125 tickets sold out in less than 90 minutes – so they are quite hard to come by.
So it’s time to get your thinking caps on and start getting involved. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @FOTiE.