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Dancing Towards the Future: Designing New Moves for New Times

Mark Brown (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Session Information
July 9, 2014 - 8:00am
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Session Type: 
Plenary Session
Plaza Ballroom A-C
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
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This plenary critically reflects on the fickle dance between teaching and technology in promoting better educational outcomes. It challenges educators to go beyond shadow dancing, the relative safety of line dancing and the popular appeal of flash mobs. The inconvenient truth is that we still need to design and choreograph more creative, flexible and personalized forms of blended teaching and learning for today’s increasingly diverse and geographically dispersed learners. There is no one dance! The key to student success is selecting the most appropriate dance rhythm for particular learners and teaching the right moves and techniques at the right times. This point is illustrated through a comprehensive conceptual framework for student success across the study lifecycle, which aims to better exploit the affordances between 21st century pedagogies and new digital technologies. Finally, a transformative agenda of blended education for change in new times is outlined as we endeavor to teach people to successfully dance towards the future so they can tackle many of the big issues facing the world.

Lead Presenter
Mark BrownProfessor Mark Brown is Director of the newly established National Institute for Digital Learning in Ireland. He is based at Dublin City University. Before taking up this position at the start of 2014, Mark was Director of both the National Centre for Teaching and Learning and Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance (DELFA) at Massey University, New Zealand.

Over the last decade Professor Brown has played a key leadership role in the implementation of several major university-wide digital learning and teaching initiatives, including the enterprise wide deployment of Moodle, development of the Mahara eportfolio system and recent launch of Massey University Worldwide which targets international students living overseas.

Professor Brown serves on several international journal editorial boards and has published and/or presented over 300 papers in the area of online, blended and distance learning. Mark was until recently President of the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ) and he remains Treasurer and an executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). Ascilite is the peak professional body for digital learning in Australia and New Zealand. Mark is a recipient of a National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching and is a member of the New Zealand Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

This Plenary Address is made possible by the generous support of our National Titanium Sponsor