Panel Presentation EDT166
Face-to-Face and Online Synchronous Education in the "Hybrid" Classroom - Adapting to New Solutions
Organisational and technological readiness and seamless execution of live streaming. What are the dos and don’ts and critical questions regarding the integration, implementation and adoption of new technology solutions? Many institutions face similar challenges as student populations change (requiring more flexibility in when and how their education is provided). This panel offers ways to do this and an opportunity to learn from experiments in these developments, which is of value to all involved in the process.
Marieta Jansen Van Vuuren
North West University, South Africa
Ready for Technology Adoption and Implementation? A Case of Live Streaming in Higher Education
Marieta Jansen van Vuuren is a former teacher from South Africa who majored in languages and started her teaching career in 1984. She holds a doctorate in Sociolinguistics - Afrikaans - with the focus on Language and Internet-based Electronic Communication using Corpus Linguistics as a research method. In 2000 she joined the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark Gauteng, lecturing English and Communication studies. In 2004 she joined the North-West University(NWU) – School of Languages - where she lectured Sociolinguistics to undergraduate students. Marieta was subsequently appointed in the School of Educational Sciences in 2008 where she lectured language teaching (Afrikaans) to education students and provided supervision to Honours, Masters and PhD students.
In 2012 she was appointed at the Academic Development and Support Unit of the NWU – Vaal Triangle Campus, responsible for the implementation of elearning projects and innovation and technology integration. Her current position is that of Senior Academic Developer in the Directorate Special projects and Research with the focus on Technology Innovation projects, research in Higher Education, OER and micro credentials and the mentorship of the Academic Developer.
Current fields of interest and research and publications include topics such as transforming education in a blended learning environment, eLearning and mobile learning development and the integration of video in Education. Research on curriculum redesign and implementation thereof for blended learning environments and the development of online learning modules as well as the integration of video as assessment tool are current research projects. Marieta has been the project leader for the successful implementation of the first One Button Studios video studios undertaken by her team at the NWU. This implementation was the first of its kind on the African continent.
Inholland University of Applied Science, The Netherlands
Developing Online Synchronous Education in the Hybrid Classroom
Zac Woolfitt is a lecturer and researcher at Inholland University in the Netherlands. With a background in tourism where he worked in North America for ten years, he is now based near Amsterdam.
Since 2010 he has been conducting research into the effective use of video in higher education. His research has examined challenges teaching staff face when transitioning from face-to-face, to teaching via video (from 3d to 2d). Using a variety of technologies, he has recorded over 100 web lectures that are used when ‘flipping’ the classroom in an interactive, dynamic and blended learning environment.
His current research focus examines how educatoinal organisatoins are formally and informally shifting into the hybrid classroom. In the hybrid classroom, education is delivered face-to-face and online. Students are in the classroom, and also join online. Formally (through school arranged technology), or informally (via student smartphones and student laptops). What challenges does this pose to the educator and students? What is needed in order to faciltate this transition into this educational format?
Articles on this subject and more are outlined on the 'Video Teaching' Blog: http://zacwoolfitt.blogspot.nl/