Week 1 Summary – Digital education in modern learning

In Rosevear’s paper, it stated that legacy LMSs can no longer meet the needs of the modern learner.  I can share a real life case which happened recently in my work.  We have been using Skillport to provide elearning on leadership and management training to our staff.  Unfortunately, in recent staff survey, we are told that the learning is not effective to them since the design and delivery of this “traditional” elearning is rather boring to the learners, and they look for something more interactive and dynamic in nature.  This is exactly what we refer to “learning experience platforms” in the tweet.

 

In considering McGraw-Hill Education’s third annual Workforce Readiness Survey in Conlan’s paper, I have doubt about 52 percent of students believing that their use of technology during college classes and study sessions will help them secure a job.

would it be only the technology in the class that helps?  What about the society at large including the importance of social media and online communications?  I would also question about the survey result, e.g. about background of students, what technology has it been applied in the class to have made the remarkable difference for the employer, and what kind of job nature do they prefer to.

 

Another interesting point is about digital communication and digital etiquette mentioned in Corbitt’s tweet.  In digital education nowadays, we greatly rely on e-channels for communication.  How to use the tools effectively and with respect is a key area to take note.

 

References:

Conlan, M. 2016.  Technology Use Boosts Students’ Confidence in Their Job Prospects.  EdTechHigher.

Rosevear, P. 2017. 5 Powerful Forces Shaping L&D in 2017 http://blog.grovo.com/5-powerful-forces-shaping-learning-development-2017/

Corbitt, A. 2017. 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship https://twitter.com/Alex_Corbitt/status/818658433406824448/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

Quick inputs about Bayne’s reading

I am reading Bayne’s paper today and would like to elaborate with a twitter post I have seen this week.  I was attracted by an article from McGraw-Hill Education via Twitter and it stated that “52% of students feel using tech in class or to study will help them land a job” (Source: McCraw-Hill Education 2016 Workforce Readiness Survey of over 1,300 college students; conducted by Hanover Research).  I have the question that if technology itself is such an influential factor in job search.  This is supported with Bayne’s point of view that there are many different factors interrelated to each other to make a change.

“As researchers and practitioners of digital education, we need to move away from our over-emphasis on how technology acts on education, or how education can best act on technology… but rather as critical protagonists in wider debates on the new forms of education, subjectivity, society and culture worked-through by contemporary technological change.” (Bayne, 2014)

In considering this example, would it be only the technology in the class that helps?  What about the society at large including the importance of social media and online communications?  I would also question about the survey result, e.g. about background of students, what technology has it been applied in the class to have made the remarkable difference for the employer, and what kind of job nature do they prefer to.

 

References

Bayne, S. (2014) What’s the matter with ‘Technology Enhanced Learning’? Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2014.915851

Conlan, M. 2016.  Technology Use Boosts Students’ Confidence in Their Job Prospects.  EdTechHIgher.

 

9 elements of digital citizenship

Digital etiquette is very eye catching to me.  It is just like learning people manners since young for kids.  However, there is no proper and formal education for digital etiquette, when digital communication has now become extremely important for everyone of us.

 

Who am I?

I have been working in a leading role in training career – in professional industry, utilities, property development, as well as in retail market – for more than 15 years. I enjoy providing the training and development solutions to my internal clients.

In terms of my training needs, definitely I need a more advanced support in digital education. While I have already obtained an MBA some years ago, I strive to equip myself with updated skills and knowledge as a learning role model in the community.  Besides the full time work, I also taught in Diploma in Knowledge Management as a part-time lecturer in 2006-08.  At that time I was already aware of the importance of equipping e-learning knowledge which is part of KM scope.  I have been looking for the most suitable program along the years until recently I heard about the Master Degree via a LinkedIn L&D community group.

I am greatly impressed by the support which the MSc in Digital Education is providing to me. I enjoy posting updates and exchanging ideas with my tutors and peers : )

About my life other than work and study, I am a working mum to take care of my 4-year old girl.  She is now in kindergarten and I can tell how digitally capable this generation is.

Her iphone selfie

 

In Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is getting near.  It is one of the most important traditional holidays here, celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar.  The new Chinese year will be the year of the Rooster.

Here are some highlights of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong…

  • Flower markets: Visit the flower markets, only available in the week before Chinese New Year, to bring good luck for the Year of the Rooster. Lots of New Year decorations, plants and of course, flowers are available.

  • International Chinese New Year Night Parade: It is one of the most iconic events in Hong Kong! With the theme of Best Fortune World Party, the parade will light up the city’s streets with illuminated floats and magnificent international and local performing groups.