The Changing Learning Landscape


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The Changing Learning Landscape

  1. 1. The Changing Learning Landscape LTUG Webinar Presented by Anne Bartlett-Bragg
  2. 2. Topics to explore: <ul><li>What’s happening to your learning landscape? </li></ul><ul><li>What can social software do for learning? </li></ul><ul><li>How will our practice be influenced? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is happening to your learning landscape?
  4. 4. Learning: Then & Now From “Minds on Fire” by John Seely Brown & Richard P. Adler Educause February, 2008 From this To this
  5. 5. How do we get there?
  6. 6. What is social software? an attitude not a technology !
  7. 7. What is social software? <ul><li>Do you have a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use Flickr? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use chat/IM? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use a wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you make a podcast? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you live without your aggregator? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have an avatar - or 2? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you explain RSS - in plain English? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you Facebook me? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you use Delicious? </li></ul><ul><li>Just give me the SLURL and I’ll see you there! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Social Software: The key principles <ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul><ul><li>User - generated </li></ul><ul><li>User - controlled </li></ul>The information is not important in itself – it is the relationship to other people with shared interests!
  9. 9. What does it enable? <ul><li>Learners are now producers and creators of learning NOT just consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Learning can be collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Learning can be personalised </li></ul><ul><li>Learning can be informal </li></ul><ul><li>Learners can now create, publish, distribute, subscribe, read and re-create content </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is participatory </li></ul><ul><li>Learners are empowered </li></ul><ul><li>Learners are engaged </li></ul>
  10. 10. Learning Spaces
  11. 11. Personalised Learning Spaces
  12. 12. Communication & Participation Synchronous vs Asynchronous
  13. 13. Communication & Participation Synchronous vs Asynchronous Chat Webinars Video conferencing Second Life Blogs Wikis Social sharing Communities Social networks
  14. 14. The Role of the Educator? <ul><li>Trusted resource in a social learning network </li></ul><ul><li>Guiding and advising </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating establishment of networks </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting personal landscape development </li></ul>
  15. 15. Role of the Educator? <ul><li>Complex simulations </li></ul><ul><li>To co-operate, to support </li></ul><ul><li>Realization of adequate action strategies </li></ul><ul><li>To cope, to master </li></ul><ul><li>Action in real situations (complex and social) </li></ul><ul><li>(Baumgarten, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>To observe, to help, to demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of methods and its use </li></ul><ul><li>To do, to practice </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of pre-determined problems </li></ul><ul><li>Programmed instruction </li></ul><ul><li>To teach, to explain </li></ul><ul><li>Production of correct answers </li></ul><ul><li>To know, to remember </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of knowledge </li></ul>Mode 3: Coach (Informal Guide) Mode 2: Tutor (Facilitated Learning) Mode 1: Transfer (Directed Teaching)
  16. 16. Inhibitors to implementation <ul><li>1. Organisational inhibitors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisational technology infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisational culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Individual inhibitors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital literacy – computer & information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners – identity, dependency, time management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Pedagogical inhibitors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modes of teaching </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Further resources: what’s next? <ul><li>Ning community Continue the discussion…. </li></ul><ul><li>ABBs blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Further resources: Next webinar <ul><li>Free Online Tools for Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Thu - 17 April 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>10am – 11am </li></ul><ul><li>(Sydney time - AEST) </li></ul>