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Anne-Marie Cunningham - Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University; Rajeev Arora - Vice-President, Blackboard Collaborate (Two Invited Speakers 0505 and 0508)


09:00 - 10:00 on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 in A1

0505 On being public…how social media reshapes professional identity. Anne-Marie Cunningham

0508 The ROI of Online Collaboration: Doing More With Less Rajeev Arora

0505 On being public…how social media reshapes professional identity. Anne-Marie Cunningham

Social media has created opportunities for all of us can to spend a lot more time in public than we used to. Professionals who have grown used to working in confined spaces, with distinct boundaries, are learning how to be in the digital world at large.

In the past three years I have inhabited these spaces as a professional in public: an educator and a doctor. What are the opportunities and challenges this has brought me? I will describe my personal journey, but consider the wider implications for professional identity of increasing opportunities, and sometimes pressure, to maintain a public profile.

0508 The ROI of Online Collaboration: Doing More With Less Rajeev Arora

It’s an exciting time for education and training. Teaching, learning, and collaboration are evolving from traditional classroom lectures and activities to online courses, collaborative ad-hoc discussions, and easy access to information and experts. To achieve their academic, administrative, and financial goals, today's educational institutions are investing in online collaborative technologies that go beyond web conferencing or the virtual classroom to also facilitate the business of education. The time has come to blend pedagogy with sound business decision-making. Learning for the digital age must be less structured and more informal, self-enabled, interactive, and collaborative. The early success of new tools, like social networks, video, wikis, podcasts, IM, and more, show a demand for learner-driven education. At the same time, educators are resource constrained and must economically find and leverage relevant content and peer expertise to develop new practices with these 21st century tools—while maintaining high-quality teaching and learning. On an organizational level, a collaborative approach can help increase competitive advantage, drive peer-to-peer learning and engagement, support strategic planning and decision making, and enhance productivity for faculty and staff. With ever-decreasing budgets, academic institutions and training organizations must balance important educational impacts with bottom-line revenue implications, including a rapid return on their investment in technology. Hear how educational organizations at all levels are implementing integrated collaborative technologies that enable them to: • Enhance teacher effectiveness and learning experiences • Increase learner comprehension, engagement, and satisfaction • Increase retention and completion rates • Facilitate adoption of learning technologies • Increase operational efficiency and productivity • Leverage existing technology investments • Reduce travel and physical infrastructure costs.