New Zealand Strategic Technology Summit Group 1 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?
New Zealand focus - notes taken by Niki who ended up mixing it a bit and so all our input is in italics.

To a large extent these are
  • marginal cost of additional content is negligible perhaps.

  • traditional assumption of books, what is an e-book in New Zealand? The final statement seems to assume a book and yet the recent stuff on MP3 and music suggests transferable content. Google books project is notable - Winnie the Poo on a mobiel phone here, but may be more . Open content?
  • Propiety formats are unlikly to be sustainable for e-books, e.g. Kindle.
  • TKI a project in the school sector illustrates the problem of lack of control and issue of naming ownership and ability to .
  • However in the tertiary sector - academic sector is good at sharing. IP in tertiary sector may not have right to share thier IP. and this is likely to hold sharing. In addition staff may feel threatened when they share it.
Social and peer review
  • Platofrm for supporting peer review, so the capability for maturity.
  • NZ goal just publsihed by Parliament
  • This involves citizen involvement and digital literacy. Acting responsibility. However, conter example Unitube passworded OK but other stuff onto Utube for entertainment that was insensitive to animal rights. At times the teachers do not have that experience.
  • Need for more incentives to upskill staff including teachers. Also more opportunites for PD. Noted Ako A's recent report on the lack of coherence on tertiary teacing qualifications.
  • Noted that students into cloud computing, but not all are digital natives and even those who have a rich access and resources have patchy skills. The student expectations do link with what they have experienced at schools and colleges - the work ethic.
  • Noted international trend opting out of the formal tertiary system in a world where information is freely available. This may not be true for NZ where fees are a not so much of an issue. Student debt is one cause of migration. Top gradautes move overseas after 2 years.

  • Open access journal and the variation of quality. Acceptance and quality assurance is impacted by quality assurance processes such as PBRF.
  • We note that tertriary organisaitons produce much of the knowledge in the first place. Wikipedia has proven the concept to the advantage of the academy and publishers also sell it if they want to. There is a partnership which is also problematic and we recognise this, particulalry the conflicts of interest. Similarities with drug industry. Conflicts of interest are likely to be difficult to unravel. E.g Mahara open source portfolio software and the adoption of Moodle in New Zealand that includes for profic orgnaisations as well as users.

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. - many points and our discussion show strong agreement on this point.
  • 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. - we said this in our discussion. Also a technical infrastructure problem of what a class has access to with particular class. The pace makes it difficult to adopt with knowledge of effective pedagogical strategies.
  • Artisan based PD models. There is an issue on culture and access, which is particualry true for those with low literacy. Here community and tutor support is more essential.
  • There is a growing need for formal instruction in key new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy. - we siad this and it may include teaching staff even more.
  • In today's networked world, learners are placing greater value on knowing where to find information rather than on knowing the information themselves. -but the sheer volume is a real problem. Universities may want to own the expertise. Outsourcing of the infrastructure may be an issue. Need to clarify here Creative Commons in relation to hardware, networking, software, and content.

  • Design the dead hand of the programmer is less visible and open source can enable the software designers to stay in touch with the needs of the users. E.g. LMS is now in a generation that is more sympathetic tothe creativity of the teacher. We have a higher densitiys of OS use adn there is recognition of the national fudning that enabled this to evolve. While there may be a danger of stalling, the strength is in the networks between the institutions. The move to an austerity culture may provide new opportunties, e.g. ** Gold policy recently passed. Networked projects with multiple partners.

Discussion: What are the implications of challenges identified in the 2010 research?
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Building a Case for Action

Identify critical groups, audiences, and projects of local significance:

  • new particpatns listed on board
    • Need more links to resources and projects that indicate caution, e.g. Heath issues related to mobile phones relating to cellular effect in the BioInitiative report
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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.
  1. An analysis of the origins of the funding behind all the projects slected by the Horizon Report (where possible). This will imporve transparency and help to identiy conflicts of interest.
  2. Include citations and links to resources and projects that indicate caution, e.g. Heath issues related to mobile phones relating to cellular effect in the BioInitiative report
  3. 2016 scenario for tertiary education in New Zealand, which would also identify all the players and partnerships potentially to stimulate planning and more effective education. The first step is underway led by DEANZ in a proposal currently being considered by Ako A.
  4. EIS - early intervention system for potential/at risk students for Massey University under creative commons. Project currently underway. Java based visual data anaysis.
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