Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds CHIE ADACHI: Today, the role of technology in education can be seeing everywhere. Toddlers watch cartoons and play games on iPads. Smartphones facilitate connections that allow for all kinds of informal learning, both personal and professional, to occur anytime, anywhere. In schools and universities, learning management systems that support flexible learning are now the new normal. Artificial intelligence is real and raising concerns about the future of our jobs, including those of teachers. Hello, I’m Chie Adachi from Deakin University. And I’m delighted that you’ve joined me to learn digitally about digital learning on this digital learning platform. At Deakin, we take digital learning seriously, both through research and practise.
Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds We’re committed to driving the digital frontier for education and believe that digital learning has the potential to break barriers and transform our lives. I’m excited to share some of our latest thinking, as well as challenging the boundaries of this emerging field. The aim of this course is to tackle the big question how do we transform the future practise of digital learning. In this course, the notion of collaborative and social learning, learning with and from others is a really critical one, both theoretically and in application.
Skip to 1 minute and 41 seconds Behind me is a group of digital learning experts and practitioners from Deakin who you’ll be learning with and from as we dive deeper into the issues and trends driving new approaches to digital learning and practise. We begin with the assumption that everyone here comes with their own perspectives and experiences that contribute to co-creating knowledge and welcome you to be part of our learning community. I hope you enjoy this course as much as we did in creating it, and I really look forward to working with you over the next two weeks.
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Growing access to the internet has created new demands for online learning, but what makes excellent – or, better yet, transformative – digital learning experiences possible?
Welcome to this (digital) course about digital learning.
According to a 2016 United Nations report, 3.5 billion people – or 47 per cent of the world’s population – use the internet. By 2019, the number of learners on just the FutureLearn’s platform grew to over 10 million, On average, each learner has enrolled in 2.5 courses.
35 million comments have been posted on FutureLearn since the first courses were released in 2013.
During this time, the needs and expectations of learners – and the challenges for those who create educational materials – have become more diverse and complex. Rapidly evolving technological advances have also presented new challenges and opportunities.
What will you be learning in this course?
In response to this changing online landscape, especially with the current global health crisis of COVID-19 rapidly evolving, the big question we’ll be looking at in this course is: ‘How do we transform the future practice of digital learning?’
To answer this, we’ll explore what is meant by transformative approaches to digital learning from a range of professional contexts, including your own.
We’ll examine what (digital) learning is, who needs it, who creates it and why. We’ll look at the most up-to-date thinking informing digital learning, including the relatively new concept of ‘service’ as part of our design practices.
Throughout the course, we’ll hear from a wide spectrum of digital learning specialists and go behind the scenes to meet the team who created this course and learn from their stories.
Your learning outcomes
By completing this course, you should be able to:
- identify the diverse needs of digital learners
- investigate digital learning approaches to design and create premium digital learning experiences
- examine the role of team teaching and social learning in digital learning practice
- produce a reflective professional practice plan.
Meet the team
Your lead educators will be Jo Elliot, Digital Learning Innovation and Dr Chie Adachi, Director, Digital Learning at Deakin University. Chie is part of the learning and teaching (Deakin Learning Futures) unit, where she leads innovation projects with her teams across the University. Chie’s research interests include digital pedagogy, social learning and authentic assessment. Throughout the course, keep a look out for Chie’s ‘behind the scenes’ stories.
Joining you in conversation will be highly experienced Mentors:
- Dr Lisa Milne, Lecturer, Digital Learning Innovation
- Joan Sutherland, Senior Education Developer in the Digital Learning Innovation team
- Jenny Pesina, Senior Educational Developer in the Global Studio team
- Dr Sharon Pittaway Senior Lecturer, at Deakin University
- Erik Beyersdorf Senior Educational Designer CloudFirst, Deakin University.
If you haven’t already, make sure you follow Lisa, Chie and the team for the latest course updates, feedback and discussions.
As we’ll soon learn, social learning plays a vital role in getting the most out of your online learning, so you might also like to join in on conversations and help create a community of practice by using #FLdigitallearning on social media.
A note about this course
As such, keep in mind that the material that we’ll cover in this course only begins to touch on the many and varied topics that we’ll be covering in subsequent courses.
Watch the video to find out more from Chie about what you’ll be learning in this course.
Next, take a moment to get to know one another by telling us a little about yourself in the comments. For example:
- What’s your background and interest in digital learning?
- Why are you taking this course and what do you hope to get out of it?
When you’re done, select the ‘mark as complete’ button and use the forward arrow to move on to the next step.
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