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Learning and Teaching Cultures in Higher Education: The Role of Technology in Turning the Vicious Cycle into a Virtuous One

posted Dec 8, 2012, 10:42 PM by Yotam Hod

תרבות למידה והוראה בחינוך הגבוה: תפקיד הטכנולוגיה בהיפוך מעגל הקסמים

As wider and more diverse audiences attend universities, nowadays, more advanced instructional approaches are required. This joint presentation, by Ornit Sagy and Yael Kali explores the role of technology in facing this challenge. We report on a three-year long study which examined a pedagogical-technological innovation infused into a large (~350 students) introductory biology course at the Technion. An online-tutorial was used as the main resource for student self-learning of course contents. In parallel, students participated in a more in-depth process in small technology-enhanced knowledge-building teams, each focusing on a specific course topic. 

To explore the effect of this course, we developed the Cultures of Learning and Teaching (CLT) framework, which is a continuum ranging from learning that is driven by external-values to internal-values, and teaching that supports this range of values. Findings indicated that students' learning-culture was highly affected by the teaching-culture encapsulated in the course design. Additionally, interviews with introductory course-instructors at the same institution revealed compromises in teaching, made by these instructors, based on their faulty views about the learning-culture of "the typical student". We conclude that reciprocal relations exist between learning-culture and teaching-culture, which may cause stagnation of traditional instruction in higher-education. Technology can serve as a key enabler in channeling this process into a productive cycle that fosters a learning-culture based on internal values.

Ornit Sagy is a post doctoral researcher at the Technologies in Education Graduate Program at the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa. Her expertise is in designing and exploring technology-enhanced learning environments to promote an internal-value-based learning culture. Ornit holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Education in Technology and Science, an MBA in Industrial Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. In addition to her thirteen years of experience as a software engineer in the Israeli and American high-tech industry, she has taught computer science in high-schools, graduate courses in technology-enhanced learning at the University of Haifa and the Weizmann Institute.

Yael Kali is an associate professor of technology-enhanced learning, and head of the Technologies in Education Graduate Program, at the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa. She explores technology-enhanced learning and teaching at various levels, from junior high school to higher education. Her work focuses on the role of design principles for supporting Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Instructional Science. Before joining the University of Haifa, Yael was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning & Cognition (CoCo) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Before that she has been a faculty member at the Department of Education in Technology and Science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a Co-Principal Investigator at the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) centre, headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley.

מועד המפגש: יום רביעי, 28.11.12
15:45-16:15 - התכנסות וכיבוד קל
16:15-17:45 - הרצאה ודיון
מקום המפגש: בניין הפקולטה לחינוך, חדר 362.
איש קשר: יותם הוד, yotamhod@edtech.haifa.ac.il