WebET 2014

The Web has long been recognized as a powerful platform for teaching and learning. The educational community was among the early adopters of the technology and has contributed to its evolution. We are at this point at a major inflection point for Web-based Education Technologies. The convergence (“a perfect storm”) of new technologies supporting search, social media, semantics, data mining (Big Data), and others along with current interest to distributed educational pedagogies such as connectivism, behaviorism, and “the flipped classroom” promises to dramatically change Web-based Education Technologies in the near future. The interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has been described as “a tsunami in education” and has re-kindled valuable discussions regarding the role of WebET.

Topics of Interest

Workshop topics include, but not limited to:

A. Pedagogy

  • Distance and remote learning/teaching models and curriculum design
  • Behaviorist and connectivist models found in xMOOCs and cMOOCs
  • Web-based social media in teaching and learning
  • The “flipped classroom” model
  • Implications of mobile-based and BYOD to create learning environments
  • WebET and the support of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
  • Adaptive and Ubiquitous teaching and learning

B. WebET Resources

  • The availability and use of open resources/content (e.g., OER, open universities, MIT OpenCourseWare)
  • The implications of Linked Open Data (LOD) resources in education
  • Educational “mashup” systems
  • “Big Data Mining” in educational systems
  • Open source education systems and platforms
  • Content generation systems and tools
  • Copyright issues
  • Open Source systems

C. Case Studies and User Experience

  • Utilization of cloud-based services in WebETs (e.g., Google Apps)
  • Web-based Learning Management Systems (LMSs) (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard)
  • MOOC platforms (e.g., edX, Coursera, Udacity)
  • Web-based tutoring systems (e.g., Khan Academy, Duolingo, Lynda.com)
  • WebET and professional education/training (e.g., Webinars)
  • Issues in using content generation systems and tools (e.g., Camtasia, Captivate)
  • Plagiarism detection systems (e.g., Turnitin, VeriGuide)

D. Technological Challenges in WebET

  • Security and Privacy
  • Web-based student assessment systems
  • “Digital Divide” issues (e.g., bandwidth)
  • Accreditation and monetization systems
  • Support for crowd-sourced learning environments
  • Alternative technologies (e.g., virtual environments, augmented reality)
  • Integration of various Learning Management Systems with existing information systems
  • Issues in designing and implementing education cloud systems
  • Educational analytics
  • Accessibility issues

E. WebET Best Practices

  • Policy issues
  • Faculty issues and concerns
  • WebET and Continuing Education programs
  • Legal issues (e.g., accreditation)