Busting the myths about online, flexible and distance learning (OFDL)
12pm, Thursday 28th September 2023
The September 2023 CALT Korero brings to you a group of experienced OFDL teachers who will discuss the realities of teaching by distance. OFDL is often tarred with a negative brush: it is a poor substitute for in-person education; students dislike it; teachers find it to be educationally lacking; one would only contemplate OFDL as a last option. The panel in this CALT Korero will bust the many myths that surround OFDL as they talk about the frustrations and challenges as well as the joys and the immense satisfaction that can be attained through teaching well-designed courses that meet student needs.
We will be broadcasting this CALT event from the Media Production studio. You can register to be a part of the live studio audience or watch the event via a live stream.
In Studio Audience
The CALT Kōrero series is broadcasted live from the Media Productions Studio. Due to this, we can only offer 30 in person registrations for those that like to be live in front of speakers. These will go fast so register now to reserve your spot. Due to the limited availability, we ask that you only register to for an in-person spot if you are 100% sure you will attend.
If you missed out on an in-person registration or you prefer to watch talks online, we have set-up this event for watching via zoom. We will be taking questions from our online participants which will be answered either live or via an additional Q and A video. The live broadcast will also be recorded and uploaded here for viewing after the event's completion.
Please note the event will be recorded and uploaded to this website after the completion of the broadcast.
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About the 'CALT Kōrero' series
The Committee for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching is proud to present a new talk series launched in February 2023.
A speaker or panel of speakers will be invited each month to share their knowledge and experiences in their field. With both in-person and online registrations available, we hope that people from across our campuses and beyond will join us as we probe the questions that lie at the heart of advancing learning and teaching.
Previous CALT Kōrero
Student voice in decolonising education at Otago
Thursday 20th July 2023
Panel: Dr Kim Brown, Dr Rachel Martin & Professor Alex Gunn About: In our kōrero, we will be talking about our place and the space of the University of Otago, what this means for decolonising and Indigenising education, for students, and ourselves as educators and researchers. We placed student voice at the heart of our project to learn more about the ways that students encounter Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and mana whenua relationships and partnerships in their education here.
Student perspectives on the shifting landscape of education
Thursday 22nd June 2023
Panel: Patrick Mazzocco, Quintine Jane, Annabelle Parata Vaughan, Tessa Worthington. About: A dynamic student panel discussion on the transforming educational landscape. Hear students share their experiences and insights on navigating the impact of recent events like the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of emerging technologies like ChatGPT, and shifts in higher education practices.
Fostering student engagement: the value of students coming to class
Friday 26th May 2023
Panel: Dr John Williams, Dr Ruth Toumu'a, Dr Sylvia Robertson and Dr Sheila Skeaff. Facilitated by Dr Sarah Stein. About: Digital technologies have revolutionised the educational landscape, offering unparalleled accessibility and flexibility to students. In this new era, students' motivations for attending classes have shifted, and as educators, we must adapt accordingly. In this CALT Kōrero session we look at how we can navigate a dynamic environment, tailor our teaching methods to fulfil students' learning needs, and foster greater engagement.
Assessment - Now and in the Future
Friday 21st April 2023
Panel: Professor Simone Marshall, Professor Blair Blakie, Dr Angela Clark, Dr Nave Wald About: Our panel come together in this CALT Kōrero session to discuss the objectives and challenges of assessment. Together they shared their personal experiences in using innovative assessment methods and what their thoughts are on the impact advancing technologies may have in this area.
Implications of Generative AI such as ChatGPT in Higher Education
Thursday 9th March 2023
Panel: Associate Professor Grant Dick, Senior Lecturer Lech Szymanski, Professor Brendan McCane, Professor James Maclaurin About: Our panel come together in this CALT Kōrero session to discuss the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and language models like ChatGPT into higher education. Together they explore how AI can be utilised to presonalise learning experiences for students and free up workloads for educators while also touching on the concerns of privacy, ethics and the potential impact on employment has context menu.
Open Resources in Education
Wednesday 8th February 2023
Panel: Richard White, Dr Lynnaire Sheridan, Christine Yip and Dr Sophie Briggs About: Students encounter many barriers when it comes to access to resources. Whether it's buying text books, getting to the library or downloading ebooks that have user limits, these obstacles can get in the way of student learning. In this first CALT Kōrero we talk to tertiary teachers about what lead them down the path of creating open resources as well as the challenges and benefits.
Upcoming CALT Kōrero
To be advised
Details to be confirmed
If you have an interesting topic for a panel session - we would love to hear from you - contact: [email protected]
A special thank you to the Media Production Team, University of Otago for directing and producing this broadcast event. We extend to you our sincere gratitude. Your hard work and dedication have made this event possible. Thank you also to the Audio Visual Unit for your support with online streaming. Finally, thank you to the Marketing & Communications team as well as the Events Hub for your support in promotion of these events.