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Our future HE students

Last year JISC published a report ‘Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World‘.  The report is well worth reading, but if you haven’t got time the summary on the link I’ve provided gives a good overview.  One thing which the report highlights is that the use of Web 2.0 technologies is high and pervasive across all age groups from 11 to 15 upwards. One of the key findings in the study was that

Present-day students are heavily influenced by school methods of delivery so that shifts in educational practice there can be expected to impact on expectations of approaches in higher education.

Whilst current students in higher education may have little sense of how Web 2.0 technologies might be used to support their learning and are not pushing for changes in traditional educational approaches in a couple of years time this is likely to change.  One of the report’s conclusions is

The world they encounter in higher education has been constructed on a wholly different set of norms. Characterised broadly, it is hierarchical, substantially introvert, guarded, careful, precise and measured. The two worlds are currently co-existing, with present-day students effectively occupying a position on the cusp of change. They aren’t demanding different approaches; rather they are making such adaptations as are necessary for the time it takes to gain their qualifications. Effectively, they are managing a disjuncture, and the situation is feeding the natural inertia of any established system. It is, however, unlikely to be sustainable in the long term. The next generation is unlikely to be so accommodating and some rapprochement will be necessary if higher education is to continue to provide a learning experience that is recognised as stimulating, challenging and relevant.

So what kind of student might we expect to come to medical school in a few year’s time.  This video by a 7th grade school pupil (12-13 years old) in the States gives an insight into 21st century learners and how they have developed their personal learning environment using Web 2.0 tools.

This second video looks at ‘What is Next Generation Learning’ and our presenter is 11 year old Harry in the UK.  He gives a tour of his school and how it’s using ICT. The classroom and learning environment are changing and we need to support staff to develop skills in e-pedagogy.

  1. dundeechest
    February 3, 2010 at 09:29

    Happy to see that Mum is learning on a superior computer.

    We need to get a bank of Wiis and big TVs like they have at the school! It improves concentration , says Harry, so that should be perfect for any of the wards…

    His school looks like they’re pretty switched on. My lad’s school is great, but they are still using reading books from the mid 80’s, and their ICT is based on **Amiga 600s**. I’m sure I have a copy of Monkey Island 2 on 3.5i” disc in the loft…..

    • Dundee e-MedEd
      February 3, 2010 at 12:49

      I think Harry’s school is perhaps exceptional. From speaking to friends who teach locally in both primary an secondary schools, the Smart Boards do seem to be standard kit and they make good use of them pulling in resources from the web etc, though I hear other teachers only use them as whiteboards. But clearly there’s still not the same level of ICT engagement in all schools and I guess this may be down to leadership in individual schools. There is some really good stuff going on in schools and some interesting teacher blogs that give an insight to how they are using the web and technology to enhance the learning experience.

      I’m sure we could be looking at the use of the Wii etc in medical education, in fact I’m sure soemone mentioned an idea to me recently.

  2. Nicky Schembri
    June 28, 2010 at 14:46

    What technology can we use to get the best out of problem-based teaching sessions? Most students are bringing their laptops with them and reading out their answers/discussion points off their laptops – is there a way we could get these laptops linked up an electronic whiteboard or something interactive so we could link up with weblinks etc (esp if they have hyperlinks in their references)


    • dundeechest
      June 28, 2010 at 15:08

      One project I am working on with the help of others more talented than I, is a way to link up iPads to a single projected image, so students can work on their own screen, then share the results up on the main screen.

      I have a system to do that with a single iPad, and it works very nicely. Just need a wireless version now….

    • Dundee e-MedEd
      June 28, 2010 at 15:08

      Hi Nicky – they could tweet the links to you via Twitter, and you could have these on the screen and then click on the links. Another option is that the students give their feedback to the PBL cases online and then you can look at this collectively as a class. Do you fancy trying a few things out?

      • dundeechest
        June 28, 2010 at 15:10

        Oooh oooh oooh. JiTT???

      • Dundee e-MedEd
        June 28, 2010 at 15:14


  3. Nicky Schembri
    June 28, 2010 at 15:25

    the 2 of you are so funny:)) I’m loving this – should have experimented with these sites earlier!! I’m gonna have to have internet on the move at this rate! arrrgh …

    the twitter idea is probably a good start – how possible is it to use Blackboard to facilitate the bit you mentioned re getting them to post their answers online (the questions would be avaialbe in thier study guide on BB); I’m referring to the CVS PBL sessions that shihab organises during the CVS block in january/feb and the intor to outcomes PBL sessions held in sept as part of phase 1


    • Dundee e-MedEd
      June 28, 2010 at 15:56

      Hi – should be easy to do in Bb – we can set up group spaces for them to post their responses.

      • DundeeChest
        June 28, 2010 at 16:23

        Easier on DC 3.0

  4. Joel Schneider
    June 28, 2010 at 18:47

    Sorry to hijack the thread, but how about using instant messaging? E.g. jabber, everyone in the group logs in and posts, put the discussion on screen? It lets you do file transfer etc. to, and doesn’t have a limited character count like Twitter! (I was considering integrating something like this with PRN, but never got round to doing it properly…)

    • Dundee e-MedEd
      June 28, 2010 at 20:10

      Hi Joel, welcome to the thread. Something like Jabber could be another option, thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  5. Nicky Schembri
    June 29, 2010 at 10:19

    nathalie can probably fill me in on this Jabber thingy ;P sounds like the sort of thing I need!! hopefully the PBL sessions get better this way – see you Thursday Nath ad hear you soon too Joel (bdw tell us the no. we can call you on!) tnx

  6. Joel Schneider
    July 5, 2010 at 22:08

    Is http://www.dundee.ac.uk/ics/services/email/gwim.htm installed on the university PCs? I’ve tried it from home over VPN, and it seems to work – a bit retro in looks, but it seems to work! (I’m guessing it’s been semi-abandoned, otherwise I would try an IM someone to see if it works?)

    (PS I’ve set up jabber on PRN, must be VPNed in or on the uni network, you can register an account!)

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