Highlights from EdMedia 2016

Instead of attending the ALA conference this year, I chose to attend (and present at) the EdMedia conference that met in Vancouver, BC last week. EdMedia is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). This is a conference worth going to for any academic librarian involved with embedded librarianship or instructional design and technology.

In this post, I will highlight some of the things I learned that are of particular importance to academic librarians:

On open education from keynote speaker, Laura Czerniewicz, Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), South Africa:
  • Open education is always culturally and historically situated
  • Openness not always seen as a way to democratize knowledge (e.g., colonialism used openness to take aboriginal knowledge)
  • Inequitable access to technology infrastructure still a problem
  • Analog can be more open than digital, copyright a BIG issue
  • Click here to access the presentation slides
Jenni Parker from Murdoch University, Australia presented her research on an Authentic Online Community of Learning Framework for Higher Education, a must read for embedded and instructional design librarians

Keynote speaker, Saul Carliner from Concordia University, Canada presented Revolution or Evolution? Lessons from Nearly a Half Century of Computers and Learning

  • Much of the ed tech we use is evolutionary, new tools–same uses
  • Revolutionary tools change the way we teach, and two such tools are Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (yes!!)
    • These might be boring tools in the world of ed tech today, but much of what we do has evolved from these tools (e.g., word processing -> blogs; presentation slide structure serves as the foundation of much of e-learning today)
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