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Thursday, November 28 • 14:15 - 15:20
SPLOTs in Action: Targeted Tools, Targeted Goals

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Session Table Name: GENOVA

Learning management systems (LMS) have become an essential teaching tool in the higher education sector and almost all universities use one or more different systems (Pomerantz et al., 2018). Teachers use LMS primarily as an administrative tool such as informing students about tasks, giving feedback on these and posting lecture slides (Dobbin, 2016), and the LMS has been accused of not being very suitable for a social constructivist pedagogy. What is needed instead are tools that are easy to use and which are perceived to be useful by students as well as teachers (Šumak et al., 2011).

Towards this end, some educational developers are pursuing a focused and functional approach to integrate targeted, yet simple, educational tools (cf. Groom and Lamb, 2014). They call these simple tools SPLOTs. The acronym SPLOT was coined by Brian Lamb (Levine, 2014) and while it’s difficult to pin down an exact definition (Splot.ca, 2019), the focus is on simple tools that protect student privacy while providing powerful opportunities for students to create and share media that directly align with learning objectives. SPLOTs support and value open education while making it as easy as possible to post activity in an appealing and accessible way.

The leaders of this Action Lab have extensive experience at developing and implementing SPLOTs in a vast variety of different open online as well as campus courses in the United States as well as Europe. In this Action Lab, we will focus on participants using SPLOTs in experiential ways. Participants will get a feel for the simplicity of the tools and how faculty can use diverse media to create community, share information, and spur creativity. All of our actions will remain as an open resource that can grow and expand beyond this conference Action Lab.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Woodward

Tom Woodward

Assistant Director of Learning Innovation and Onli, Virginia Commonwealth University
avatar for Jörg Pareigis

Jörg Pareigis

Head of Centre for Teaching and Learning, Karlstad University
Open education advocate and Head of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Karlstad University, Sweden.


Thursday November 28, 2019 14:15 - 15:20
BL27 first floor south corridor - Action Lab