A small step for the professor, but a giant leap for universities
2012 (English)In: Online Educa Berlin 2012, 18th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training: Book of Abstracts, Berlin: ICWE GmbH, 2012Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
The demands on professors and universities are increasing in many ways. One set of challenges are in the form of state policy on higher education and the demands this puts on the educators. As an example all study programs in Sweden are currently being evaluated by the graduation projects, failed graduation projects mean a low rating for the study program, which eventually can result in cancellation. Another set of challenges are the demands of students for more flexible study, both in time and place. The average student is changing, as well as the needs of the average student. The third challenge is to increased demand for higher education; the number of students seeking a degree is increasing at a higher pace then the resources available to deliver the education. Many professors are working more and more hours to keep up with demand. So, how can technology help us to meet these challenges both as professors and universities? We believe that by creative use of IT support the challenges can be overcome. For the professors this implies system that makes routine tasks, administrative as well as pedagogical, more efficient in the respect of having to spend less time on theses tasks. For the universities the challenge can be meet by systems that facilitate management of large numbers of students with a minimum of administrative and pedagogical staff. From the students’ perspective the challenge could be overcome by making the knowledge easily accessible and tools that makes the student more autonomous. The time involving direct interaction with the professor should therefore focus on quality guidance, not on basic routines and administrative issues. In the Lab session we aim to demonstrate a group of tools that will assist all three interested parties to handle the challenge. An administrative system that decentralise much of the administrative activities, students can administer their own studies to a large extent, the small central administration can handle more students and professors. The professor has to spend less effort on routine and administrative matters. We will also present a system that will facilitate the managing of supervision with quality despite large student numbers. The system will provide the student with basic knowledge for all steps of the thesis process, at the moment the need arises. This makes the student self-propelled in the process and it frees up time for the professor for more individually adopted quality supervision. An important element of this is the availability of quality video presentations that have been customised for use in higher education. Video presentations that can be linked to other media for added richness. Last but not least the session will work with two models for using peer review to improve the learning experience.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: ICWE GmbH, 2012.
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84852ISBN: 978-3-941055-16-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-84852DiVA: diva2:581610
Online Educa Berlin 2012, 28-30 November 2012