Join me in Toronto for STLHE 2010

Well not physically, but virtually!  I’m giving a presentation next week in Toronto at the STLHE 2010 Conference on opening our classrooms in higher education.  It is meant to be a conversation, and I would like to invite you to join in.  You can check out the session description below, and join us in my Elluminate classroom for the session if you like (I have 100 seats available).  Obviously, given the topic, I’d love to see a good group of people from outside the conference be able to join in.  This is not a technology group, so this will be pretty radical stuff for most of them.  STLHE is a group of professors and other higher education types who love teaching, but who may be a little freaked out by this kind of thing.  I hope so anyway.  Hope to see you there.

So, join us if you can:

Online location:

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Time: 12:45 – 1:15 EDT (Toronto time: UTC/GMT -4 hours)

Thinning the Walls of our Classrooms: Inviting Informal Learners to Join Formal Learning Environments

Richard A. Schwier, University of Saskatchewan

This roundtable discussion will consider ways to open our classrooms to groups of participants who are not registered in a course. By using streaming technologies, it is possible to invite non‐registered participants from anywhere in the world to join our classes and to observe or participate partially or fully in classroom activities.

Participants will consider whether universities should open their classes to individuals who have no formal responsibilities, who are not registered, and who do not pay fees or complete assignments. In addition to considering the desirability of open learning environments, participants will experience one firsthand. This session and discussion will include participants who will join the roundtable conversation via Elluminate Live!, a videoconferencing and discussion application. Online participants will be recruited to join the session. During the conversation, we will discuss the following questions:

1. Should instructors allow non‐registered learners to join their classes?

2. What benefits and drawbacks accompany an open classroom approach?

3. What pedagogical strategies and accommodations support open classrooms?

4. What technologies are available to support open classroom strategies?


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