April 10, 2014 - 7:45amMichael Staton (Learn Capital, USA)Plenary SessionLone Star A/BSpecial Breakfast Information Session30 MinutesVirtual Session
Why is it essential for today's higher education organizations to become adaptive, innovative partners of edtech startups and what practices will make this happen?
April 10, 2014 - 8:15amMichael Staton (Learn Capital, USA) - Panel ModeratorEmily Foote (ApprenNet, USA)Kiran Kamity (Collaaj, Inc., USA)Ridvan Aliu (EDUonGo, USA)Lisa Dawley, Ph.D. (GoGo Labs, USA)Alex Selkirk (Ponder, USA)Brian Sowards (USEED, USA)Plenary SessionLone Star A/BThursday Plenary Address75 MinutesVirtual Session
In this plenary panel, Michael Staton will explore the opportunities and challenges in today’s new higher education ecosystem through a thoughtful panel discussion with representatives from the Launch Pad, cutting-edge edtech entrepreneurs selected to participate at ET4Online through a competitive process.
April 11, 2014 - 8:00amAmy Collier (Stanford University, USA)Jen Ross (University of Edinburgh, UK)Plenary SessionLone Star A/B75 MinutesVirtual Session
To quote John Law (2007), ‘the world is largely messy’, and so is the education, learning and teaching that goes on in the world. Mess can mean many things: unpredictable, complex, diverse, uncertain, risky, disruptive and disrupted. Mess can mean unruly and creative. It can even mean ‘broken’. Mess, however, is not a bug - it’s a feature. If, as online educators, developers, policy makers, designers and researchers, we don’t attempt to work with the messiness of learning, we will not be able to make really meaningful educational experiences online, or make meaning from the online experiences that our students, faculty and colleagues are having.
In this plenary session, Jen and Amy offer some ideas about how and why we should stop offering and accepting promises of simplicity through educational technology. Tidiness, order and sameness should never be our ultimate goal when it comes to fostering great online learning. Through stories, examples and provocations, we’ll try to convince you to abandon simplicity and embrace mess in your digital educational practices.
Law, J (2007) Making a Mess with Method. In W. Outhwaite and S. Turner (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology. London: SAGE.