ERIC Number: EJ977094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Digital Socrates: A System for Disseminating and Evaluating Best Practices in Education
McEachron, D. L.; Bach, C.; Sualp, M.
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v29 n4 p226-237 2012
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine existing learning innovation systems and propose a systematic methodology of delivering educational innovations in the right amount, in the right place and at the right time. Design/methodology/approach: Higher education is not effectively incorporating new discoveries in cognitive science and human learning into effective teaching strategies. In this paper, the authors explore the various impediments to change. To partially overcome these barriers, Drexel University, in collaboration with Untra Academic Management Solutions, LLC, has embarked on the development of a knowledge management system to assist instructors in obtaining, implementing, evaluating and disseminating new educational innovations. The system as envisioned would be capable of adapting to various educational environments and evolving with changes in curricula, faculty expectations, learning outcomes and student characteristics. Findings: The SocraticNet as a learning environment is stimulated, based on Socratic inquiry among teachers and learners. It is an interactive social network system utilising Web 2.0-based emerging technologies fostering communication and sharing among faculty, students and others (e.g. librarians) engaged in a particular course or other educational experience. Students learn by sharing what they know, by asking questions, judging and evaluating the retrieved information, and using this information efficiently in completing their assignments or research papers. This approach results in multidimensional information flow: instructor to instructor, instructor to student, student to instructor, student to student: which adds a new richness to the interactions between faculty and students providing the framework for a true learning community. Research limitations/implications: The present work has been conducted at one institution. This can be extended to include more institutions and tried with different disciplines. There are implications for changes in relation to teaching and learning approached adopted in higher education and also for development of technology tailored to address issues emanating from the scenario. Practical implications: The research work presented has the potential to stimulate debate to further develop and refine thinking on the role and use of technology directed at improving teaching and learning in higher education. Originality/value: This paper examines learning and teaching styles in higher education taking cognizance of conditions and factors impeding new innovations in practice. Details discussions are presented and unique suggestions are made.
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Research Papers (Students), Educational Innovation, Information Transfer, Educational Technology, Cognitive Psychology, Best Practices, Barriers, Cognitive Science, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Networks, Computer Software, Computer Assisted Instruction, Web 2.0 Technologies, Access to Information, Information Dissemination, Computer System Design, Web Sites, Databases, College Instruction, Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Selection Criteria, Decision Support Systems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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