ICEL Keynote Speaker Outlines

Keynote Outlines

The following are outlines for the Keynote Speeches which will take place at ICEL 2018


What Pokémon Go taught me about collectionism in e-learning

Dr Johannes Cronjé Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The current approach to curriculum and instructional design is still very much focused on a deficit-based model (Orr & Cleveland-Innes 2015) that holds that learners of trainees “lack” something that needs to be rectified. This is seen in most instructional design models (Branch & Kopcha 2014) where some kind of needs analysis is conducted in the initial phases of the process. The problem with the focus on needs is that it downplays the opportunity. Moreover Hiemstra & Van Yperen (2015) demonstrated convincingly that strength-based learning strategies significantly outperformed deficit-based strategies in improving students’ effort intentions. (López 2017) . This talk will share my experience in using a flipped classroom approach in which students collect assets, rather than complete assignments The talk will discuss the pleasures and the pitfalls of a gamified approach to teaching communication at undergraduate level.

Challenges of online learning for campus-based universities: Open educational practices and resources as a response

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams,  University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

Many campus-based universities are now offering a combination of on-campus and online tuition (often referred to as hybrid or blended learning) or even fully online courses. The reasons for this move towards technology enabled learning are as varied as the institutions employing these technology supported pedagogies.  The traditional campus-based universities face a number of challenges in this transition, one of which is how to provide access to good quality and affordable resources to students. These challenges are particularly pertinent to higher education where there is variable access to technology in economically constrained environments and where the curriculum itself is under scrutiny.  This keynote will offer some insights on the role of open educational practices and resources in higher education in the Global South drawing upon the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project and personal experiences at the University of Cape Town.

Blending institutions: Technology as a means of uniting universities in the service of our students.

Prof Susan Geertshuis, University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand

Universities are charged with serving their nations well and with .preparing their people for successful futures. As institutions we tend to strive hard but alone in our efforts to serve our students, however, technologies offer universities the potential to collaborate in order to address our shared responsibilities.

This keynote describes a collaboration of six universities which is delivering an online Masters programme in Māoriand Indigenous Business. The thrust of my talk is the collaborative model and an exposition of the challenges we encountered and ways of working we have evolved.

Attendees will gain an insight into the potential of collaborative online programmes in enabling a small country with academic talent distributed over multiple institutions to deliver cutting edge programmes in emerging disciplines. Attendees will also gain an appreciation of the curriculum development, learning design and technological support regime developed to suit Māori and Indigenous students.