New Zealand Strategic Technology Summit Group 2 Workspace

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Discussion/Analysis of Key Trends

  • As the availability and use of electronic books continue to grow, the traditional publishing (and textbook) market is undergoing a profound and lasting change.
  • Social and open forms of peer review and scholarship are gradually gaining acceptance.
  • The availability of educational content for mobile devices is increasing as more providers develop for these platforms.
  • The way we think about learning environments is changing

Discussion: What are the implications of trends identified in the 2010 research?
  • Collaboration - changes in the way people work together, being facilitated in a new way. Cloud computing has opened this up, enabling more collaboration. Real time collaboration, synchronous. Crowdsourcing.
  • Communities will be the locus of quality control?
  • Time zones are a challenge, and cultural differences. Smaller size of country makes it more of a global imperative. New Zealand can be more informal, making it more of a cultural norm. Small business mentality helps.
  • In science research it means one can do intense research w/o having to travel.
  • Cloud computing creates more of a common / shared starting point. Collaboration can be more pervasive, less "pass it on".
  • Risks of entrepreneurship; can innovation be poached. Academics have to get credit for their research. Selective sharing. Publishing is strategically.
  • Vast amounts of data. Distance is less of a factor in being able to participate
  • for peer review.... PBRF - how are things declared valid? Printing in a journal is known; physicists have figured it out how to open publish (Public Library of Science). Are people getting same PBRF ratings? This needs to happen in every discipline, not just a few. Which social community is defining the tules of engagement?
  • There is easy access to work with different groups, but funding is industry linked-- they may not want the results shared, protecting IP. Biggest issues of funding in defining how things are being shared. Funding models drive behaviors.
  • Resistance to creative commons licensing. Institutions have not taken it on seriously. Teaching materials are owned my individual academics at some places, but other places owned by the institution.
  • More than two degrees of separation in business. Why is this? Density? being a long skinny countries? More outbound connections than inbound? Internet may make your horizons more narrow.
  • Lack of appreciation among academics for opportunity costs.
  • At some places it is all teaching has to be research informed. That might limit collaboration. mainly for post grad (400 level) not true at lower levels. Not appropriate to bring in new research at low levels.
  • Level of use of technology in research is "patchy" - is it generational (no).
  • Organizational awareness for ebooks is important; publishers are reproducing closed model of a book. DRM is a problem.

Discussion/Analysis of Critical Challenges

  • Even where technology for learning is strongly promoted, there remains a desperate need for professional development opportunities around emerging technology.
  • There is a conceptual mismatch between pedagogical practice and the design of many emerging technologies that makes it difficult for teachers to appreciate or use new tools.
  • There is a growing need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy.
  • In today's networked world, learners are placing greater value on knowing where to find information rather than on knowing the information themselves.

Discussion: What are the implications of challenges identified in the 2010 research?
  • Copyright is constraining. New Zealand may have an advantage with library deals on national level- EBSCO databases, but might be even more locked down (?). It is supposed to make life easier for people, but the rights element is making even harder.
  • Electrical power is a challenge- what happens to our resources when one is away from the grid? More planning is done for electrical.
  • Access to network is becoming a non issue due to personal network devices.
  • How to manage quality of publishing?
  • Interoperability
  • In today's networked world, how can you have confidence in the information you generate? And consume? Info literacy, relevance to discipline. Knowing how to use new tools. More than being an expert in your own field.
  • Social networks intersecting with face to face (twitter back channels) conflict of cultures between amplifying the communication or people feeling it works against the purposes. Changing conferences from lecturing. Social Media and Learnig conference at Athabasca (George Siemens)
  • on learning space, using the capabilities of the cloud in a local sense-- Open Web Lecture (OWL) from QUT changes activity away from classroom lecture
  • Business moving away from a "command and control" business model, esp in small companies.
  • Students not quite demanding the change (yet) but we are in cusp. Massey is changing- recently had a 100 year old graduate.
  • What is purpose of university? a piece of paper that says they are qualified for a job. Having a degree is worth $15k per year in salary (Ministry of Ed study). How can one stand out once they have a degree? 70% of studets show up because of proximity to provider.
  • We are replicating online what is done in the classrooms- video lectures, not using social collab channels, not taking on personalized learning. Early adopters are not persuasive; people want leaders, top successfula academics.
  • New Zealand teaches to a more diverse range of learners, not the etxremes of quality in other places (we are not harvard; but we hit mid upper range. Teaching a diverse group of people with an undiverse set of institutions. Unis are designed for the top 5% of learners.

Building a Case for Action

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What Actions can we Catalyze?

Identify 3-4 practical & timely potential action steps- consider actions in the areas of National Policy, Innovation Catalysts, and Outreach.
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