Teaching in the Next Dimension; from Virtual Presence to Hologram Lecturer
Just because you cannot travel to a university to give a lecture, does not mean you can’t be there ‘in person’. Students can still benefit from your expertise via two potential remote presence educational formats.1 – Remote Presence Robot2 – The Lecturer as Hologram. From a teaching and learning perspective each format has its own strengths and unique affordances. By developing our understanding of the pedagogical potential, we can leverage these distinct elements to enhance learning and create new opportunities for education. Are these credible teaching formats of the future? Examining these innovative modes of remote teaching gives us a new position from which to reflect on our traditional face-to-face teaching. Not only do we open our mind to new possibilities, but we gain a deeper understanding of the core-essence of teaching and learning. Current circumstances do not allow us to demonstrate these formats on the stage of the OEB. But there is still room for a lively discussion about the educational possibilities of virtual presence teaching.
Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
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/