Cloud Based Resources for Teaching and Learning By Remi Ademola, MBA PMP Director, Center for Online Education and Instructional Technology
Texas Southern University Profile * Located in Houston, five minutes from downtown* 9600 students enrolled* Undergraduate and Graduate degrees offered* Eleven(11) Colleges and Schools* 500 faculty* Predominantly African American students
Overview * Defining the “Cloud” * Pedagogy Challenges * Cloud based teaching tools * Demonstrations
Cloud Computing defined NIST* defines cloud computing as:...a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models.* National Institute of Science and Technology
Barriers to technology adoption * Learning to use technologies. * Reliability of the technology.* Is the technology worth it? - Educause Quarterly, November 2002
Evolving Pedagogy † Changing expectations of today’s learners require new instructional approaches. † Provide ample opportunities for faculty development. † Revisit and revise curricula structure. † Adequate institutional support.
Institutional Support * A dedicated educational technology support team with a mission of facilitating the incorporation of technology into the curriculum. * Distinct from the general helpdesk and enterprise systems support. * Visible and accessible at the academic department level. * Incentives for innovative teaching.
Cloud Based Teaching Tools 1. File Sharing applications. 2. Animation generators.3. Collaborative applications. 4. Document Editors.5. File conversion6. Screen capture and video editing. 7. File publication and sharing 8. Interactive 3D generators. 9. Password management and security.
Websites with Cloud Based Teaching and Learning Resources 1. Multimedia Education Resources for Teaching and Online Learning (MERLOT)www.merlot.org2. Edjudo – Education + Technology www. Edjudo.com 3. Edudemic – Connecting Education & Technologyhttp://edudemic.com
Demonstrations 1. Multimedia Education Resources for Teaching and Online Learning (MERLOT)www.merlot.org - 2. Edjudo – Education + Technology www. Edjudo.com 3. Edudemic – Connecting Education & Technologyhttp://edudemic.com
Key Takeaways * Cloud computing is not a fad. It offers many opportunities for teaching and learning. * Need for creativity in course content delivery. * Have a robust faculty development plan. * Provide incentives for participation and adoption of education technologies in the curriculum.