Hot Seat Tutorial

The current situation (context)

Within HE today there is a push to create blended and online learning environments. To harness some of the potentials and promises of digital media, online communities, MOOCs, LMS, open educational resources and suchlike.

At Aarhus University teachers are asked to include digital media or elements of online education in their teaching. Either through the official BlackBoard LMS, through including net-based tasks and resources or by using the potentials of online and digital media to engage students, make HE more engaged in society, make teaching product-oriented, diverse and creative and to engage learners through digital media and change the learning and teaching culture at the university today. However, there is at least three problems involved when the universities try to integrate, utilize, and promote the use of digital and online technologies in HE.

  1. Most of the teaching carried out is in the form of one-way transmission of knowledge where students read texts, recieve lectures and hand in assignments. There is nor real dialogue, co-construction or emerging participatory academic communities present in HE today.

2. The transimission or banking model of knowledge is then transferred into the university's use of digital and online media leading to LMS where students can only recieve assignments, access texts, read the syllabus and so on - but are unable to enter into real dialogue with each other or the teeacher, invite the world into the LMS and interact with it, or co-create the course together with the teacher and each other to create a shared participatory community

3. Given the above what online education often look like and is experienced like is a watered down classroom, where there is no experience of precence, participation, community, dialogue or co-creation. It is even worse than it was in the lecture hall

The change you would like to see (challenge)

However, if we begin with the values and the visions instead of the technologies and traditions. We might discover new ways, formats and activities. We might use technologies not only to transmit knowledge but to enter into intense communication and critical reflection, to feel a high level of aliveness and presence, to experience participation and invitations to co-creation, to feel a shift from transmission to dialogue and from being a student handing in assignments to be assesed to being a particpant in a joint community engaged in research. It would be using digital online technologies to support and promote communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and citizenship.

How you might go about bringing that change (solution)

Beginning with the academic values of dialogue, presence and equality from the standpoint of ciritical padagogy it is important to find technologies and create a setup that supports and promotes these values in a Frerian way. In the concrete case, an effort was made to connect the Google Hangout technology with The Oxford Tuturial signature pedagogy to create the 'Online Hot Seat Tutorial' - an intimate space focusing on live dialogue in an unheirarcial set-up where presence merged through the intimate baing together in a gruop of 5 within the room - while the rest of the groups' members followed the live-stream communicated with their representative in the Hot Seat Tutorial and switched places if necessary.

Measures of success (evaluation)

If there is a strong experience of community, dialogue, presence and engagement.


Author(s): Frederik Aggerholm, Casper Albertsen, Kasper Arvin, AWWM, bjarkelindso, brnsbjerg, Ceciliecopeland, Heidi F, ida franck, JensJakob90, KatrineLoeth, kimhaagenmathiesen, Simon Langkilde, Magnus Larsen, Lærke Lundø, Mette Lyngsaa, Mona, Morten_FR, Nparbst, Helene Pedersen, RikkeToftN, Lis Zacho
Published at: 25 Apr 2016 17:34 GMT
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