How do you build a classroom to facilitate 8000 students undertaking group work activity? How do you create a learning activity exploring sustainability in a fun, engaging and meaningful way for students from every discipline or a university’s cohort? How can we design it in such a way so that all students undertake the activity simultaneously, across an entire campus, thus transforming it into one giant classroom? These are the problems that our development team faced, and ultimately conquered.
Delivering rich learning interventions at distance, synchronously and asynchronously, is nothing new with Sugata Mitra and Peter Norvig being fundamental pioneers in developing new techniques for thinking about how we can deliver rich learning experiences at distance. However, attempting to achieve similar results within a large scale time-pressured synchronous campus-based learning intervention had not been attempted and simply scaling up small scale synchronous events quickly became non logistical, for a multitude of reasons. For this journey our learning, and its headaches, were our own.
This session will explore the technical and logistical challenges of developing and delivering blended learning activities at such scale. We will reflect on our learning journey through the trial runs we conducted and explore how the trials impacted on our decision making for the main event. We will also reflect on what we learn from delivering at such a scale and what we will be improving upon for the events next iteration later in 2017. The session will conclude by providing insights into how technical interventions can best be used to support small or large scale synchronized teaching and learning activities when considering your own event.
https://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud (2013) Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud, Available at: http://www.ted.com (Accessed: 2014).
https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_norvig_the_100_000_student_classroom (2012) Peter Norvig: The 100,000 student classroom, Available at: http://www.ted.com (Accessed: 2013).
- Jim Tudor. 2016. The World’s Largest Classroom. Part One: The University. [ONLINE] Available at: http://thefutureindex.com/2016/09/27/the-worlds-largest-classroom-part-one-the-university/. [Accessed 27 September 2016].